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 ...

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WOMEN LOCO DRIVERS ON TV

In a television programme screened on 25 November, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) featured women who drive Transnet Freight Rail locomotives. The documentary is to be repeated on channel 1 at 23:00 on 27 November.

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TRANSNET RAILS – HOW LONG EXACTLY?

Readers with an eye for figures will have noted those frequently quoted for the total route length of Transnet’s rail network. They don’t always agree precisely, but are generally said to be in the region of 22,000km. A recent report in the Mail and Guardian on what it terms Transnet’s master plan quotes head of […]

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PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN RAIL

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown was quoted by Business Day as indicating on 20 November that the private sector is to enjoy “greater participation” in transporting goods on the Transnet Freight Rail network. She provided no detail, but was reported saying private initiative was to be allowed to run trains both on main as well […]

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TUG-OF-WAR, CHESS & MORE AT THE SARSCO GAMES

General manager in Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR) chief executive’s office Cleopatra Shiceka was recently able to announce that the Southern African Railway Association (Sarsco) Games, inactive for some years, had been revived. This year the South African Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) hosted the games on 7 and 8 November at the University of Pretoria Sports […]

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NO LEGAL COSTS FOR TRANSNET PENSIONERS

The class action brought by the Transnet Pensioners Action Group will not involve pensioners themselves in any legal expenses. The legal team is providing its services on a contingency basis, meaning fees will only be payable by the claimants in the event of a successful outcome to the case. In this event, the applicable fees […]

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OUTENIQUA TJOE-CHOO

According to a report in the George Herald, officials from the Western Cape Government and Transnet met in Johannesburg in mid-November to discuss “regeneration” of the George-Knysna railway, derelict since disastrous floods in 2006. Tourism MEC Donald Grant was quoted saying at a mayoral forum in George: “We are passionate about rail and we are […]

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CURRENT GAUTRAIN PATRONAGE

Average weekday train ridership on the two Gautrain routes (Johannesburg-Pretoria and Sandton-airport) is stated as “about 55,000 passengers daily and bus patronage at about 22,000. Over 40 million people have travelled on the trains since the airport branch started operation in 2010. Punctuality is rated at more than 98%.

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WORLD BANK TALK AT THE AFRICAN RAIL SUMMIT

At the third annual Fleming Gulf African Railway Summit held in Johannesburg in mid-November, senior transport specialist Henry Longchamps explained the World Bank’s “tighter focus” on business-oriented developments, economic medium-term sustainability of projects and the strengthening of rail regulatory framework, with particular reference to the bank’s involvement in the Sub-Saharan rail sector. Transnet Freight Rail […]

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BOTSWANA CONTAINER VOLUMES DROP

An “ongoing decline” in railed container figures is worrying says FTW, quoting Gaborone Container Terminal (Gabcon) CEO Modise Koofhethile. “Major efforts” have been made to change the situation, he assures concerned observers, but it is not one over which he has meaningful control. He suspects that a marked decline in the second-hand car market, which […]

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