Africa Update

Cross Border Logistics platform to link Angola to DRC and Zambia

Benguela Railway Station (Image by David Stanley) Angolan minister of transport Augusto da Silva Tomás, announced this week that Angola, together with relevant stakeholders, are planning to...

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IFC Railway Investment to Improve Transport for Freight and Passengers in Gabon

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has agreed to provide 52.5 million euros ($58 million) of debt financing to boost the capacity and improve the efficiency of Gabon’s rail network and improve the...

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Tender request for Multimodal Transport Project in Cameroon

The government of the Republic of the Cameroon has requested interested parties to submit tender applications for the supply and installation of a centralised, embedded signalling and traffic control...

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Derailment claims two lives in the DRC

The Congolese rail operator the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer du Congo (SNCC) has had another passenger train derail, resulting in two confirmed deaths and an as yet undisclosed number of...

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DRC President visits SNCC facilities

President of the Democratic of the Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila recently paid a visit to the regional facilities of the national railway operator SNCC. Accompanied by minister of...

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Promise of improved service by TAZARA and SNCC

Following assurances of improved service delivery from the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) and the National Railways Company of Congo (SNCC), the two railway operators have agreed to...

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The dti Invites Companies to Participate in Investment and Trade Mission to DRC

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites companies to apply for participation in the eighth Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The...

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Tender for the supply of ballast for SNCC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been awarded funding from the International Development Association to finance the country’s Multimodal Transport Project (PRM). A decision has been made...

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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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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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Tanzania Transport Minister Mbarawa to Head Panel of Industry Leaders at 7th Roads & Rail 2016

Tanzania Minister of Works, Transport & Communications Makame Mbarawa, will be among the distinguished transport industry speakers and panellists presenting at next month's 7th East & Central Africa...

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Kenya SGR Project Scheduled to Start Testing in January 2017

Transport minister James Michara has announced that Kenya’s standard gauge railway project will be completed by December 2016. According to the minister, 90% of the civil works are complete, with...

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Tanzania - Standard Gauge Railway Project Expected to Start in December

Tanzanian Minister for Works, Prof Makame Mbarawa announced this week that the country plans to initiate work on a standard gauge railway (SGR) line that will link Tanzania with landlocked...

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Kajiado Residence Protest SGR Route Through Nairobi National Park

Kenya Railways Corporation and China Bridge and Road continue to China Bridge and Road Corporation (CBRC) continue to battle objections to the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway line in...

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RVR Advertises Job Opportunities For Their Uganda Operation

Rift Valley Railways are advertising for a number of senior posts for their Uganda Operation. Available posts include: Terminal Manager Mukono Container TerminalManager, Passenger Services...

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Investment in Kenya Railway Training Institute Promises Skills Development Ahead of SGR Project Launch

Ahead of the commissioning of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project, expected in 2017, the Kenyan government has decided to invest heavy in the education of young Kenyan engineers to ensure...

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Kenyan President Defends SGR Project Amidst International Criticism

President Kenyatta of Kenya has strongly defended the implementation of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railways Project (SGR). The negative remarks about the project insinuated that Kenya’s massive investment...

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Expression of Interest for SGR - Tanzania

The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania has set aside funds for the operation of Reli Assets Holding Company (RAHCO) during the financial year 2016/17. It is intended that part of the...

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Disgruntled youth storm construction site on Kenya’s SGR project demanding jobs

On August 2, residence from Kenya’s southwestern Narok County staged a violent demonstration at a construction site managed by Chinese contractor China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC). The...

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TAZARA Board recognises positive results

The Tazara board of directors, comprising the permanent secretaries responsible for transport in Tanzania and Zambia, together with three board members from both countries have published an official...

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Egyptian National Railways Restructuring Project

In 2015, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development announced a loan agreement with Egypt to the value of €126 million, for the country’s Railways Modernisation Programme. The project aims...

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AFDB– Request for Expression of Interest for Computerisation Project Support Processes, Algeria

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has requested expressions of interests from consulting firms that can deliver on computerisation project support processes for Algerian railway operator Société...

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Discussions start around the rehabilitation and modernisation of the Trans-Maghrebine railway line - Morocco

The The General Secretariat of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) has requested expressions of interest for a feasibility study into the rehabilitation and modernization of the Trans- Maghreb iron railway...

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Railway expansion in Egypt

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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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UPDATE - UNTU Announces Possible Gautrain Strike

The United National Transport Union (UNTU) released a press statement this week indicating their intention to apply to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) for a...

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Union Demands More Security After Further Crime on Central Line, Cape Town

The United National Transport Union has issued a public statement demanding more armed security services be deployed on Cape Town’s Central line following further attacks on PRASA staff members in...

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Railways Africa Continues To Celebrate Women In Rail This Women’s Month

PATRICIA NORRIS: ON TRACK IN A MAN’S WORLD In a male dominated industry Patricia Norris, a mother of four and founder of Commuter Transport Engineering (CTE), has broken boundaries,...

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Informal settlement encroaches on railways in Kwazulu-Natal Midlands

Residents in the Nottingham Road area of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands have raised their concerns in a local newspaper regarding the development of an informal settlement within the Transnet reserve...

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CCMA rules against NTM and NUMSA for organisational rights within Transnet

The United National Transport Union published the following statement after a ruling by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), which effectively dismissed the applications...

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UNTU announces possible Gautrain strike

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) will pass their ruling on a technical point that Bombela, the operator of the Gautrain, has pursued in an attempt to avoid a strike...

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Cape Town Sees More Arson Attacks on Trains

Metrorail has confirmed that a fire at Cape Town’s Retreat Station that occurred on 7 August has resulted in severe damage to more of its rolling stock. Two plain trailers and two motor coaches,...

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UNTU Points Finger at PRASA for Recent Increase in Crime and Vandalism

The United National Transport Union (UNTU) released a statement this week after two trainsets were torched on Cape Town’s Southern line on the weekend. The union had the following to say: The...

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South Africa’s Women’s month sees TFR celebrating Women in Rail

South Africa has recently celebrated their National Women’s Day, with the month of August dedicated to the celebration of women and women empowerment in the country. To this end, Ravi Nair, Executive...

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Women in Transport Awards

The Women in Transport awards evening will take place on 18 October 2016. The event will be hosted by the African Ports Evolution and African Rail Evolution at the Durban International Convention...

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Engie and Thales to Build Rail System to Connect New Airport in Dakar

French companies Engie and Thales have been selected by the Senegalese Agency for Investment Promotion and Public Works (APIX), to design and build the infrastructure and systems for the new Dakar...

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Ghana Secures Funding for New Railway Line from India Exim Bank

In a recent media briefing held in Ghana’s capital city of Accra, minister of transport Mr Fifi Kwetey announced that the Ghanaian government has officially signed a deal with the Exim Bank of India...

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African Economic Outlook 2016 launched in Nigeria

The 2016 African Economic Outlook (AEO) was launched by the Nigeria Country Office of the African Development Bank (AfDB) at an outreach event held at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. The theme...

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Nigerian Senate Passes Landmark Rail Bill

Nigeria’s senate has recently passed the Nigeria Railway Authority Bill 2015, a bill that proposes to repeals the current railway legislation dating back to 1957. The proposed bill makes...

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Nigeria’s Dry Ports to be linked to railways

In an effort to improve import-export services in the country, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), together with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) have supported the development of six inland...

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Nigerian president inaugurates the Abuja-Kaduna SRG line

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari officially inaugurated the newly completed Abuja-Kaduna railway line on 26 July.  The 186km standard gauge line runs from Idu, near Abuja, to Kaduna, in the...

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Multinational telecoms firm to connect West Africa Railways through fibre

According to reports in AllAfrica News, Vincent Bolloré’s French telecoms giant Vivendi, through their subsidiary Group Vivendi Africa (GVA), is planning to lay some 5000km of fibre-optic cables along...

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Request for Expression of interest – project management of transport corridor

The governments of Mali and Cote D’Ivoire, in West Africa, have gained the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the proposed “"Road Upgrading and Transport Facilitation Project on the...

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Nigerian House of Representatives threaten to arrest railway contractors

The Nigerian House of Representatives has launched investigations into possible irregularities in railway contracts awarded to companies between 2010 and 2014, which have been valued at about N100...

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Abuja-Kaduna railway in Nigeria starts trial operations

The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has initiated trial services on the Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge railway line, with a maiden run on 22 June. The trial ride took of from Idu Station in Abuja at...

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International Rail News

InnoTrans Boasts Record Exhibitor Numbers For Their Upcoming Event

In six weeks’ time, InnoTrans will be opening its doors for the eleventh edition of the international trade show. Currently, approximately 2,940 exhibitors are making preparations to ensure their...

Innovative and international: Railway Technology at InnoTrans 2016

From 20 to 23 September “Railway Technology” will be covering 28 halls on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. This core segment of InnoTrans will offer 1,660 exhibitors ample space for showcasing...

Bombardier Named Preferred Bidder to Supply Rolling Stock for UK's East Anglia Franchise

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has been named as the preferred bidder for a major rolling stock order to be produced for the United Kingdom's Department of Transport. The UK...

2016 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Rail Transportation

The 2016 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Rail Transportation will be held in the UK at the Edgbaston Campus of the University of Birmingham from 23 to 25th August 2016. As demand for...