Africa Update

DTI extends invite for a trade initiative to the DRC

The dti invites you to apply to take part in the eighth Investment and Trade Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) scheduled to take place from 12-16 September 2016. The objective of this...

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Challenges for the rail industry in the SADC region

Speaking at the Southern African Railways Association media briefing, director of operations and marketing for Swaziland Railways, Mr Sam Mzileni, outlined some of the challenges that rail operators...

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AfDB and GEF boost renewable energy projects across Africa and urban planning in Cameroon

On April 15 The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced the approval of $US18 million in funding for two projects co-financed with the African Development Bank (AfDB). The funding is earmarked for...

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The future of Africa lies inside Africa

At the first ever Global Infrastructure Forum in Washington DC on 16 April, African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina made his position on localisation in Africa clear: "If we...

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Despite China’s decline in procurements, the demand for electric locomotives remains on a growth course at EUR4.6 billion worldwide

China‘s rail freight transport is on the decline, which in turn, is affecting the procurement of new electric locomotives. Despite this development, Asia remains the largest market, driven by India...

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DRC joins Northern Corridor

The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced its decision to join the Northern Corridor Integration projects as full member during the next summit. The announcement was made by DRC minister of...

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China & Africa in figures

China's trade with countries in Africa has grown about ten times in the last ten years. Total value will possibly reach $US300 billion in 2015, according to the fourth China-Africa Industrial Forum at...

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SA optimistic about trade with Gabon

A South African business delegation visited Gabon and Cameroon late in November. In Gabon it participated in an Outward Trade and Investment Mission (OSim), the SA Department of Trade and Industry...

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Grindrod in Cameroon

South African loco manufacturer Grindrod has opened an office in Cameroon. This follows the delivery of nine locomotives to Camrail, the Bolloré group concessionaire which operates railways in the...

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Six New Locos For Gabon

Société d'Exploitation du Transgabonais (Setrag), the state railway of Gabon, is taking delivery of six new locomotives - part of a long-term modernisation of the country's freight rail operations....

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Deputy MD of Tazara reports improved performance

Speaking at a media event on 20 May, deputy managing director of Tazara, Dr Betram Kiswaga, had the following to say regarding the recent performance of the railroad in East Africa linking the port of...

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Tripartite meeting between Tazara and China promises further investment in the line.

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) Tripartite Meeting between the shareholding Governments of the United Republic of Tanzania (URT), the Republic of Zambia (GRZ)) and their partner, the...

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Kenya Rail staff briefed on possible terrorist attacks

Terrorism remains a concern for authorities in Kenya following the infamous August 7 attack in 1998. In 2002, the Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel was bombed in Mombasa killing 13 people and injuring 80....

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TAZARA initiates rehabilitation works for copper-carrying wagons at Mpika

In a press statement issued by the public relations office of the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), the rail operator announced that it has embarked on a rehabilitation programme to restore...

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Tanzania launches its second five-year development plan

Tanzanian minister of finance and planning, Dr Philip Mpango, presented the second Five Year Development Plan (FYDP) to the National Assembly last week. The FYDP aims to boost industrialisation for...

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Kenya - Huge increase expected in cargo haulage using SGR

Speaking during a consultative meeting with members of the Shippers Council of Eastern Africa, the Principal Secretary in charge of Transport, Wilson Irungu Nyakera, presented forecasts regarding the...

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Challenges for the rail industry in the SADC region

Speaking at the Southern African Railways Association media briefing, director of operations and marketing for Swaziland Railways, Mr Sam Mzileni, outlined some of the challenges that rail operators...

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Bruno Ching’andu assumes office as Managing Director of TAZARA

On 15 April, Mr Bruno Tandeo Ching’andu was appointed to the position of Managing Director of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA). In an address to the Executive Management Committee of...

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AfDB and GEF boost renewable energy projects across Africa and urban planning in Cameroon

On April 15 The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced the approval of $US18 million in funding for two projects co-financed with the African Development Bank (AfDB). The funding is earmarked for...

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The future of Africa lies inside Africa

At the first ever Global Infrastructure Forum in Washington DC on 16 April, African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina made his position on localisation in Africa clear: "If we...

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Challenges for the rail industry in the SADC region

Speaking at the Southern African Railways Association media briefing, director of operations and marketing for Swaziland Railways, Mr Sam Mzileni, outlined some of the challenges that rail operators...

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Establishment of a Navigational Line between Lake Victoria and the Mediterranean Sea (VICMED) Project

The Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt has received a grant from the African Development Bank (acting as administrator for the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation Trust Fund) to finance part of...

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AfDB and GEF boost renewable energy projects across Africa and urban planning in Cameroon

On April 15 The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced the approval of $US18 million in funding for two projects co-financed with the African Development Bank (AfDB). The funding is earmarked for...

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The future of Africa lies inside Africa

At the first ever Global Infrastructure Forum in Washington DC on 16 April, African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina made his position on localisation in Africa clear: "If we...

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Despite China’s decline in procurements, the demand for electric locomotives remains on a growth course at EUR4.6 billion worldwide

China‘s rail freight transport is on the decline, which in turn, is affecting the procurement of new electric locomotives. Despite this development, Asia remains the largest market, driven by India...

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South Korean loan to Egypt

In the course of a signing ceremony of nine cooperation agreements on 3 March, South Korea agreed to a loan to be made to the Egyptian railway authority. This followed a summit meeting between...

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Algeria reduces intercity fares

Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviares (SNTF - the state railway of Algeria) has announced that ticket fares for some Algerian intercity lines are being reduced. This reduction, as much...

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African economic summit in Egypt

More than 1,200 delegates, including heads-of-state, attended a two-day African economic summit in Egypt which ended on 21 February. African Export-Import Bank president Benedict Oramah was quoted...

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Algerian-Chinese Joint Venture

China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) and Algeria’s national company of railway construction (Infrafer) have created a joint venture for the construction of railway track. The agreement was...

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Algiers metro extensions

A consortium of Colas Rail and Algerian partner Kou GC has been awarded two contracts by the Algiers Metro Company (EMA) with a total value of €168 million for work on two extensions of the Algiers...

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President Zuma highlights development goals at Africa Day celebrations in Cape Town

In celebration of Africa Day, President Jacob Zuma addressed a gala dinner held at The International Convention Centre, Cape Town to mark the occasion.  During the President’s keynote address, he...

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Transnet opens opportunities for engineering and accounting students

Transnet has launched its bursary drive by inviting eligible students to apply for approximately 171 bursaries as well as a training programme for Chartered Accountants. The bursary programme...

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Transnet announces more senior appointments

As reported by Railways Africa, Transnet announced their revised leadership team earlier this month, with the appointment of a new Transnet Group Executive Committee. Adding to these appointments, the...

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DTI extends invite for a trade initiative to the DRC

The dti invites you to apply to take part in the eighth Investment and Trade Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) scheduled to take place from 12-16 September 2016. The objective of this...

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Leadership shake-up at TFR

Transnet Freight Rail announced in a press release on 18 May that they have finalised the leadership team that they hope will lead the company on a new strategic trajectory. Mr Siyabonga Gama was...

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SARA conference

The Southern African Rail Association (SARA) held the 6th edition of its SARA Rail Conference and Exhibition, in Johannesburg on 18 and 19 May. The theme of this year’s event was Ports, Rail and Road...

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RSR offers technical advisory service for rail operators across the SADC region

Speaking at the Southern African Railways Association (SARA) conference in Johannesburg on May 18, Mr Mabila Mathebula, a senior researcher at the Railways Safety Regulator (RSR), presented a paper on...

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PPP for mega infrastructure development highlighted as the way forward at SARA conference

As documented by the African Development Bank (AfDB), Africa’s infrastructure gap is enormous and poses a severe threat to development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for...

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Transport Forum in Johannesburg unpacks the challenges of affordable public transport

On 12 May, key stakeholders from the transport sector met in Johannesburg at a gathering of the Transport Forum Special Interest Group to discuss cost effective public transport management systems in...

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Centre of Excellence for Transport proposed by MD Vadi

Speaking at a gathering of the Transport Forum Special Interest Group in May, MEC for Roads and Transport Mr Ismail Vadi announced his department’s intention to establish a virtual Centre for...

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Proposed Nigerian Transport bill serves to privatise rail operations in the country

The Nigerian railway service has suffered a protracted period of decline since the country gained independence in 1960, with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) declaring bankruptcy repeatedly over...

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Nigeria – Four dead in derailment at Jebba Station

An accident at the entrance to the Jebba train station in Kwara State, Nigeria on Friday 6 May, has resulted in four confirmed dead and several injured, the Nigerian Railway Corporation confirmed this...

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The dti trade mission to Ghana and Nigeria

The dti invites you to apply to participate in a Trade and Investment Mission to Ghana and Nigeria scheduled to take place from 8-12 August 2016. The objective of this mission is to increase trade and...

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Challenges for the rail industry in the SADC region

Speaking at the Southern African Railways Association media briefing, director of operations and marketing for Swaziland Railways, Mr Sam Mzileni, outlined some of the challenges that rail operators...

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Locomotives for Sitarail

Railways Africa has confirmed with Grindrod Communications the delivery of 6 locomotives for Sitarail. A full feature will appear in issue 3 of Railways Africa....

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Nigerian Railway Corporation Act open for discussion

On 25 April, Nigerian President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, opened the public hearing of a proposed piece of legislation, aimed at reforming the country’s railway system. The Nigerian...

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AfDB and GEF boost renewable energy projects across Africa and urban planning in Cameroon

On April 15 The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced the approval of $US18 million in funding for two projects co-financed with the African Development Bank (AfDB). The funding is earmarked for...

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The future of Africa lies inside Africa

At the first ever Global Infrastructure Forum in Washington DC on 16 April, African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina made his position on localisation in Africa clear: "If we...

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President Buhari Orders Establishment Of Technical Committees On New China/Nigeria Joint Projects

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that technical committees be immediately established to finalise discussions on new joint Nigeria/China projects in rail, power, manufacturing, agricultural and...

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China yields billions in investments for Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed satisfaction with the outcome of his working visit to China, which has yielded additional investments in Nigeria exceeding $US6 billion. A total of $US1...

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International Rail News

SYSTRA to partner with Hyperloop One

Hyperloop One, a California-based start-up established in 2014, is to build the first Hyperloop. The company has selected SYSTRA as one of its strategic partners for the development of this new...

UIC holds its first workshop on digital technology and railway security

The International Union of Railways (UIC) held the first in a proposed series of workshops focusing on the role of digital technology in railway security during the recent UIC Regional Assembly for...

Final preparations for the opening of the world’s longest rail tunnel

Event organisers in Switzerland are making the final preparations for the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in June, the Swiss Federal Railways (SFR) announced this week. The tunnel forms a part of...

Uruguay government to contracts ART to modernise the country’s rail system

On 27 April, the Uruguayan Government announced that it has initiated a modernisation project, which will result in an overhaul of the entire rail traffic control structure that crosses the geographic...