PRASA’S GAUTENG PLANS

On 14 April, Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi announced details he had received from the ...

RESIGNALLING GAUTENG

The current fleet renewal project at South Africa’s Passenger Rail Agency (Prasa) will be a massive undertaking. However, to get the maximum benefit from the new trains a completely new signalling system is required. Speaking in late 2013, Prasa CEO Lucky Montana explained that “the need for more effective train control was as important as […]

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GREEN TRANSPORT IN GAUTENG

On 16 April, Gauteng provincial transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi released the “Promoting Sustainable (Green) Transport in Gauteng” draft policy for public comment. The document itemises directives to reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector with measures to improve environmental conditions which impact adversely on the health of the population. Key aims of the Gauteng […]

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GAUTENG TRANSPORT APP

Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi recently launched the “GoGauteng app” (mobile application) to help commuters to plan journeys within the metropolitan areas of Johannesburg and Pretoria, as well as the East and West Rand. The accessory is to be made available in Android, iOS and Blackberry app stores. Users search for “Gauteng […]

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SUSTAINED GLOBAL DEMAND FOR S A BRAKE BLOCKS

DCD Metpro ¬ is set to achieve substantial future growth as a result of continued global demand for its locally manufactured products. Pretoria-based DCD Metpro boasts the capacity to manufacture up to 720,000 on-tread railway brake blocks and 1,4 million brake block backing plates per annum. DCD Metpro general manager Hlayisani Matelakengisa explains that the […]

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SOUTH AFRICAN BRANCH LINES

In reply to a question tabled in the South African parliament in November 2012, public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba said Transnet Freight Rail intended to concession certain branch lines including the narrow gauge railway in Nelson Mandela Bay. He said other branch lines in the Eastern Cape earmarked for concessioning included Umtata-Amabele, Sterkstroom-Maclear, Stormberg-Rosmead, Aliwal […]

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OUTENIQUA CHOO-TJOE

According to The Friends of the Choo-Tjoe (FoCT), their recent annual general meeting held in the Sedgefield library hall was well attended. Though there was little “visible progress” to report, it had transpired at a February business forum in Knysna that a survey had been completed of the line to George, to determine “the true […]

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GAUTRAIN FACING PROBLEMS

Recent press articles reflect an apparently growing dissatisfaction with some important aspects of the Gautrain service. The main gripes concern crowded peak hour trains, the worst problem areas being on the line south of Centurion. Commuters are being quoted saying it is just as bad as Metrorail, only the passengers are more affluent. Gautrain builder […]

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MAPUTO TRANSPORT CONFERENCE

The second Mozambique annual land transport conference takes place from 19 to 22 May 2014 at the Hotel Avenida in Maputo, Mozambique. There will be two special “focus” days, 19 May devoted to the west-east corridor and 22 May to the north-south. Speakers include Swazi Rail CEO Stephenson Ngubane and Cleopatra Shiceka, a general manager […]

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LOOKING BACK: NIGERIAN RAIL REVIVAL 2011

The railways of Nigeria deteriorated progressively following political independence in 1960, reaching a situation forty years later when almost no passenger service survived. Eventually partial rehabilitation of the line out of Lagos was put in hand, and on 23 March 2011, members of the public were treated to a free inaugural ride on an eight-coach […]

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TANZANIA TO UPGRADE

The Tanzanian government’s Reli Assets Holding Company (Rahco) is empowered by Section 11 of Tanzania’s Railways Act of 2002 to develop, manage and maintain rail infrastructure and to provide rail transport services by means of joint venture, concession and similar arrangements. Rahco has briefed COWI Tanzania Limited, a consultancy firm, to undertake full Environmental and […]

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