Accessing Africa’s Mineral Wealth: Mining Transport Infrastructure and Logistics Conference

Accessing Africa’s Mineral Wealth: Mining Transport Infrastructure and Logistics 19–20 November 2014 Emperors Palace, Jet ...

GRINDROD’S NEW COST-EFFECTIVE 800HP SHUNTER

According to Grindrod, its newly launched 800hp GS7S3C DC diesel is “unparalleled in the market to provide cost-effective tractive effort for shunting and short-haul rail operations.” Proof as they say is in the eating, and judging from the name this organisation’s achievements has made for it, the claim will be quickly proved correct. Fuel consumption […]

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GRINDROD SETS IT OUT

Address by Grindrod CEO Alan Olivier at the function on 21 October 2014, introducing the group’s new shunting locomotive. “Grindrod’s business is about moving cargo by road, rail, sea and air and taking care of all the logistical issues en route. Founded more than 100 years ago, Grindrod is steeped in heritage and our culture […]

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GIBELA TRAIN MANUFACTURING FACILITY

A 75 hectare Business Park in Dunnottar, about 11km south of Springs in Gauteng, is the location chosen for the Gibela consortium’s vast new rolling stock manufacturing plant. Construction of the 600,000m2 facility is to begin in mid-2015. Press speculation suggests that between 20,000 and 30,000 people will be employed during the construction phase which […]

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TRANSNET BUILDS MORE CLASS 43

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has ordered a further 91 class 43 diesel-electric locos from Transnet Engineering (TE). Currently being built at TE’s Koedoespoort plant east of Pretoria, these are six-axle, AC traction, General Electric type C30ACi, 2.46MW. The present order will take the fleet to 234 units.

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EAST LONDON ELECTRIFICATION

It is reported that the only electric working to and from East London today is the daily passenger train to and from Johannesburg (still unofficially known as the Amatola). Class 34 diesels handle freight traffic and diesels also operate the East London suburban commuter service, formerly electrically worked. The main-line was electrified at 25kV AC […]

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CAPE TOWN’S MOBILE TRANSPORT APP

According to the city of Cape Town, its newly launched mobile app – “the first of its kind in Africa” – is able to map out all Metrorail and bus services including sightseeing vehicles. “It will tell commuters which mode — bus or rail, or combination of the two — to use to reach their […]

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SOCCER TEAM “STOLE GAUTRAIN CABLES”

According to the PSL Laduna soccer page, “Moroka Swallows caretaker coach, Fani Madida, was very proud of his side following their 1-1 draw against Kaizer Chiefs after they halted the Amakhosi. Speaking after the match, Madida, who took over from Zeca Maqrues on Monday, admitted his side stole the cables and slowed down the Gautrain. […]

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NEW CFL INTERMODAL STATION

According to an announcement by Caminhos de ferro de Luanda (CFL), the intermodal station located between Kapalanga and the highway crossing will start operating in November. Timetables will be adjusted so that rail and road passenger services coordinate. Trains will run to Bungo station in Luanda from 05:08 until 21:00, serving the towns Bela, Cacuaco, […]

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VALE’S NEW LINE THROUGH MALAWI

Paul Ash writes: “Think of this: by the end of 2015, when Vale’s new line from the Moatize coalfield across the bottom of Malawi to Liwonde and into Mozambique is complete, you are looking at a heavy-haul railway that will be worked by a fleet of modern diesels that would not look out of place […]

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PROPOSED CAPRIVI RAILWAY TO ZAMBIA

Interest has revived in building a railway from Grootfontein in Namibia (endpoint of a branch off the Walvis Bay-Tsumeb line) through the Caprivi to a point near Livingstone on the Zambian main north-south line. This would provide a useful route from the Zambian and DRC copper regions to the Atlantic, permanent secretary in Namibia’s transport […]

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