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

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Railways Africa’s NewsXpress forum is not usually used to put forward particular points of view. However, a recent speech given in front of an influential sector of the rail industry prompts us to comment. In the speech concerned, an attack was made on the Chinese and the role that they are playing in Africa’s rail […]

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S A CREDIT DOWNGRADE AFFECTS CAPITAL COSTS

Commenting on the downgrading of South Africa’s credit rating by Moody’s Corporation from Baa1 to Baa2, Transnet chairman Mafika Mkwanazi said he had not expected this, following finance minister Nhlanhla Nene’s medium-term policy statement. It is unfortunate, he added, because it has the effect of increasing the cost of capital and it will affect the […]

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WATERBERG HEAVY-HAUL COAL PLANS

According to Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Siyabonga Gama, almost R1 billion is to be invested in the project to achieve 26 million tons in annual coal export volumes from the Waterberg area in Limpopo between 2015 and 2019. In the longer term, after 2021, volumes will be pushed up to between 40 million and […]

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TRANSNET & THE RICHARDS BAY TERMINALS

According to Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Siyabonga Gama, consideration is no longer being given to construction of another coal terminal at Richards Bay. Already additional capacity of 3.5 million tons per annum is being provided by the Grindrod Navitrade terminal, and plans exist to expand this to 20 million. TFR is therefore concentrating on […]

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TRANSNET LAND NEEDED FOR HOUSING

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says she hopes to acquire substantial areas of land from Transnet for housing. She was quoted indicating this at a recent business breakfast. Transnet chairman Mafika Mkwanazi, who was present, explained that state-owned entities have to be guided by the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA). “Specific processes” have to be […]

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METRORAIL DELAYS “UP TO 45 MINS”

On 11 November, Metrorail announced that all commuter trains south of Bellville on the lines to Stellenbosch-Muldersvlei and Somerset West-Strand would be subject to delays up to 45 minutes. It was explained that a speed restriction of 30km/h was being applied during certain “construction and maintenance” work. The delays are to apply until further notice. […]

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UMGENI STEAM RAILWAY:

www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za Scheduled steam-hauled passenger trains: Sunday 30 November 2014: Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30 Saturday, 20 December 2014: Santa Special Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30; Carols by Candlelight 17:00 Sunday 21 December 2014: Santa Specials: Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30 Saturday, 27 December 2014: Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 17:00 Sunday, 28 December 2014: Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30 Sunday, 4 […]

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FIRED GAUTRAIN EMPLOYEE ON BIG FRAUD CHARGE

On 13 November, a former Gautrain employee appeared in the Johannesburg specialised commercial crimes court charged with fraud, corruption and contravention of the Communications Act. It is understood the charges relate to tampering with the Gautrain Management Agency’s (GMA) computers in order to access employees’ bank account data and codes. GMA’s Dr Barbara Jensen was […]

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KENYANS PROTEST CHINESE LABOUR

Low-interest Chinese loans are enabling African countries to push ahead with railway construction, but not all communities are happy with the way things are turning out. There have been protests in Kenya – some of the highway-blocking, burning tyre variety – about the large numbers of Chinese employed in constructing the new standard gauge line […]

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CHINESE COMPANIES TO DEVELOP MALI RAILWAYS

More clarity has emerged concerning the intended development of railways in Mali with Chinese help. Two separate projects are envisaged. One involves upgrading the existing metre-gauge line from Dakar in Senegal to Bamako in Mali. The other is to be an entirely new standard gauge line into Mali from the port of Conakry in Guinea. […]

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