TRANSNET CEO MOVES TO ESKOM

The board of Transnet agreed unanimously to CEO Brian Molefe being seconded to Eskom as chief executive with immediate effect, chairperson Linda Mabaso has confirmed. Public enterprises minister Lynne Brown says it is intended he remain there “for at least a year”, to implement a turnaround similar to action previously put into effect at both […]

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TRANSNET FREIGHT RAIL APPOINTMENTS

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Siyabonga Gama, who has held many senior posts in the company in the past 21 years, has been appointed acting group chief executive of Transnet Limited, with immediate effect. TFR chief operating office general manager Ravi Nair is now acting chief executive of Transnet Freight Rail. Twenty years with the […]

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CAPE MAIN-LINE SHUTDOWN

To permit concentrated maintenance procedures along portions of the Cape Town-Johannesburg main-line, traffic is being shut down for specific periods during April. Train operations ceased on the 232km section between Beaconsfield, south of Kimberley, and De Aar from 15 April for seven days. To the north of Kimberley, the 229km section from Fourteen Streams to […]

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PASSENGER TRAIN UNDERINVESTMENT

On 9 March, as part of the presidential Siyahlola service delivery monitoring programme, President Zuma carried out unannounced visits to public transport facilities around Pretoria to assess performance and the state of infrastructure. His day began with an inspection at Metrorail’s Denneboom station, which serves Mamelodi, a vast township east of the capital. According to […]

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BLUE TRAIN – MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL

On 10 May 2015, the Blue Train will be returning to Pretoria from the International Indaba Tourism Expo in Durban. JB Train Tours have arranged package trips at heavily discounted prices including return air fare – a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. The train departs on Sunday 10 May 2015 at 13:00 from Durban’s […]

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UMGENI STEAM RAIWAY

www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za Steam-hauled excursion passenger trains: Sunday, 26 April 2015: Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30. Sunday, 31 May 2015: Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30.

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BOMBARDIER PROBE BY PROTECTOR

South Africa’s public protector is currently looking into an allegedly questionable deal involving Bombardier in the run-up to finalising the Gautrain construction contract. The matter enjoyed press coverage some years ago but did not apparently reach any conclusion. Bombardier’s home ground being in Montreal, the latest developments have been reported in detail by the Canadian […]

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WORLD BANK PROJECTS DISPLACE POOR

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) recently carried out a detailed investigation into projects funded and/or managed by the World Bank, with specific reference to the displacing of poor people from their work or homes in the process. Fourteen countries fell under the spotlight, several in Africa. The sort of schemes involved include the […]

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BENIN: NEW COTONOU CENTRAL STATION

Benin president Thomas Boni Yayi and Bolloré Group CEO Vincent Bolloré, together with the prime minister of Chad, recently inaugurated the new central station at Cotonou in Benin. Construction of the facility was carried out by Bolloré in partnership with local engineering companies in Benin. The daily workforce on the site numbered about 150. Completion […]

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CAMRAIL ELECTRONIC TICKETING

Fifteen years have been completed by Camrail in terms of its concession to operate the railways of Cameroon. The achievement was marked by the introduction of new electronic ticketing to the passenger services. Travellers subscribed to the country’s Orange Money system are now able to purchase intercity train tickets directly from their mobile phones up […]

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