TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) aims to replace all locomotives aged 30 years or more within ...

PORT AT BOEGOEBAAI

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) chief executive Tau Morwe is quoted saying plans to develop a new deepwater port at Boegoebaai, north of Port Nolloth, could provide an alternative export point for manganese traffic. This seems unlikely, in the light of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) spending millions on its current upgrading of the route from […]

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TFR’S 77M RBCT COAL TARGET

In the course of the recent IHS Energy South African Coal Exports conference, Divyesh Kalan – a Transnet Freight Rail general manager – said this year’s target for railing coal to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) is 77 million tons. Glencore’s decision to close part of its Optimum coal mine is not expected to […]

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PRASA PROPERTIES FOR SALE

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is the possessor of a number of valuable immovable assets that it neither needs nor wants. Its subsidiary Intersite Asset Investments together with Prasa Corporate Real Estate Solutions own between them some 4,200ha of undeveloped land and nearly 5,000 other properties in the country’s four biggest cities. […]

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FATAL TRAINSURFING IN CAPE TOWN

This item would ordinarily be carried in the weekly “Mishaps” section on www.railwaysafrica.com . The incident is a matter for considerable concern however and its topicality justifies its inclusion here. On 19 February, a 15-year-old was electrocuted on a Cape Town suburban train while on his way to school. The risk of this happening to […]

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P E MANGANESE TERMINAL

Transnet is inviting tenders for the refurbishment of rail wagon tipplers at Port Elizabeth’s manganese loading terminal. Interested participants are required to possess CIDB contractor grading of 7ME or higher. According to Transnet Port Terminals CEO Karl Socikwa, quoted by Bloomberg in June 2012, the manganese export terminal was to be moved from Port Elizabeth […]

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TRANSNET JOB PROMISES

A KwaZulu-Natal woman who claims she is a Transnet recruitment agent has been promising people jobs in the ports department. All the prospective employee need do was deposit R12,000 in her account. Incredibly, people have been doing just that, apparently since 2013. The promised positions did not materialise and neither the promiser (nor her account) […]

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NEW STATION AT LUAU

On 14 February, Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos officially inaugurated the new station at Luau and the railway bridge over the Luau river, in Moxico Province. These lie at the eastern end of the recently rehabilitated Caminhos de ferro de Benguela (CFB), the 1,334km railway from the Atlantic to the border with the Democratic […]

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GHANA’S EASTERN LINE

During 2015, according to junior transport minister Joyce Mogtari, the government of Ghana intends to award a contract for rebuilding its 300km Eastern line. A public-private partnership option is to be offered, she is quoted saying, to attract investors, and it is intended to integrate the project with development of the Boankra Inland Port.

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SENA LINE CAPACITY

Mozambique minister of transport and communications Carlos Mesquita is quoted saying that work to increase the freight carrying capacity of the 575km Sena railway from Moatize to the port of Beira is nearing completion. In January 2014, the Maputo daily Noticias reported that work was progressing on increasing capacity of the Sena line from 6.5 […]

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NIGERIAN RAIL PROMISES “A HOAX”

Reports suggesting that Nigeria’s government will have a high-speed electrified standard gauge railway running between Lagos and Abuja within three years is nothing more than “a hoax”. Asserting this, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign organisation’s media and publicity director Malam Garba Shehu says the intended public private-partnership (PPP) agreement to build and operate […]

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