TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) aims to replace all locomotives aged 30 years or more within ...

SOUTH AFRICA HAS CHEAPEST FARES

According to GoEuro’s Worldwide Transportation Price Index, released on 20 August, South Africa can claim the cheapest overall average fare charge per 100 kilometres in respect of bus, train and air travel. A total of 52 countries were surveyed, taking into account distance, scheduling, taxes, etc. The mean bus fare for 100km in South Africa […]

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT STILL THE PRIORITY

Speaking on the SABC’s Morning Live programme, South African transport minister Dipuo Peters said one of the key priorities that will benefit from the R5.5 billion allocated to her department is public transport. The budget will help build and operate integrated public transport networks in 13 cities. This, she explained, is in line with the […]

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TRANSNET NEEDS PRIVATE INVESTORS

“Transnet has a shortfall of some R100 billion in the logistics system,” CEO Siyabonga Gama told journalists earlier this month. Private sector investment of R100 million in transport projects would be very useful, he said, commenting: “The private sector sits on a pile of cash.” While emphasising that Transnet intends retaining ownership of the rail […]

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TFR COULD BE WORLD’S NO 5 RAILWAY

Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama told journalists early in August: “By 2020, we could become one of the top five railways in the world.” There is an upward trajectory and a perceptible change in the way people see the state-owned enterprise. “We are beginning to attract a cadre of people that ten years ago would not […]

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TFR CONTAINER STATS

Transnet Freight Rail is currently handling about a million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) annually, compared to 150,000 in 2005. Growth in the financial year to March 2014 alone has been of the order of 25.2%, compared with the previous period. CEO Siyabonga Gama quoted these figures when he spoke to journalists early in August.

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CLASS ACTION MAY AFFECT TRANSNET BORROWING

Late in July, the North Gauteng High Court granted an application by two Transnet pensioners to institute an R80 billion class action against Transnet and its pension funds. The action is to be brought on behalf of 62,000 impoverished pensioners in an attempt to recover close to R80 billion in assets and interest. Transnet is […]

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ANOTHER R300M TO FIX GAUTRAIN TUNNEL

Murray & Roberts spent R200 million on earlier, unsuccessful attempts to stem water leaking into the Gautrain tunnel.   Late in 2013, South Africa’s Arbitration Tribunal ruled that, as the amount of water seeping into parts of the tunnel over a specified period was higher than that provided for in the contract, this shortcoming was […]

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ALSTOM ENDS CASABLANCA TRAM CONTRACT

French manufacturing group Alstom is withdrawing from a contract to maintain the newly built 30.7km light rail line in Casablanca, Morocco, citing “contractual unresolved differences” with the consortium appointed by the Casa Transport authority in terms of a €90 million, five-year contract to operate and maintain Line 1 from Ennassim to Ain Diab and Facultes. […]

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COMMUTER RAIL FOR WINDHOEK

Tenders have been invited from consultants interested in undertaking railway feasibility studies in the Namibian capital Windhoek. The main aim is to ease road traffic congestion by providing commuter train services. The successful tenderer will be required to prepare suggested route plans through suburban areas and estimate the extent of locomotive power and rolling stock […]

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TAZARA’S JOINT OWNERSHIP RUNS INTO TROUBLE

The Chinese-built and financed “Uhuru” railway from Zambia to Dar es Salaam is owned jointly by the governments of Zambia and Tanzania. There have been problems since the line was opened in 1976, largely to do with finance, though rolling stock and infrastructure maintenance have remained a perpetual headache. Now, however, operational difficulties have brought […]

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