Africa Update

DRC joins Northern Corridor

The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced its decision to join the Northern Corridor Integration projects as full member during the next summit. The announcement was made by DRC minister of...

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China & Africa in figures

China's trade with countries in Africa has grown about ten times in the last ten years. Total value will possibly reach $US300 billion in 2015, according to the fourth China-Africa Industrial Forum at...

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SA optimistic about trade with Gabon

A South African business delegation visited Gabon and Cameroon late in November. In Gabon it participated in an Outward Trade and Investment Mission (OSim), the SA Department of Trade and Industry...

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Grindrod in Cameroon

South African loco manufacturer Grindrod has opened an office in Cameroon. This follows the delivery of nine locomotives to Camrail, the Bolloré group concessionaire which operates railways in the...

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Six New Locos For Gabon

Société d'Exploitation du Transgabonais (Setrag), the state railway of Gabon, is taking delivery of six new locomotives - part of a long-term modernisation of the country's freight rail operations....

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African Growth Outpacing Global Average

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, in their Economic Insight: Africa Q3 2015 report, provide a snapshot of the region's economic performance focusing specifically on Kenya,...

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CAMEROON REFURBISHING

The 22nd ordinary session of Comifer, Cameroon’s inter-ministerial committee for railway infrastructure, met in Yaounde on 7 August 2015, for a progress report on projects. Minister of transport...

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INVESTMENT PLANS: CAMEROON

The first Cameroon Railway Investment Plan, PQ1, covered the period from 2009-December 2013. The project sourced FCFA 101 billion against contractual engagements of FCFA 103 billion, with financial...

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AFRICA RAIL INNOVATION

Africa Intelligence reports that Thierry Ballard has set up his own firm entitled Africa Rail Innovation. Ballard is well known as head of the rail division of Bolloré. ...

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LOUIS BERGER & ACP DEVELOPMENT

Louis Berger, a $1 billion global professional services corporation, has been hired to support the development of the transport sector in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, with...

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Kenya to electrify the new railway

Ministers from Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan, who met in Kampala to discuss implementation of projects under the Northern Corridor Integration projects initiative, considered a proposal by Kenya to...

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Financing Tanzanian standard gauge

In May 2015, Tanzanian transport minister Samwel Sitta informed parliament in Dodoma that a Chinese consortium led by China Railway Materials had been awarded a $US7.6 billion contract to build a...

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Kampala passenger service

A five-coach passenger train has been operating an experimental commuter service at Kampala for two months. For a city with a population of about 2 million, the roads are poor and characterised by...

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Kenya standard gauge locos

Six standard gauge locomotives are at work assisting in the construction of Kenya’s new railway. According to transport principal secretary Irungu Nyakera, “at least” 50 more units are to be imported...

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Tanzania prepares for growth

Tanzania International Container Terminal Services Ltd (TICTS) CEO Paul Wallace, who handles cargo at the port of Dar es Salaam, says cargo containers have been increasing at about 8% every year. He...

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Freight must move by rail - Tanzania

Of goods transported out of the port of Dar-es-Salaam, 75% is moved by road. New Tanzanian minister for works, transport and communications Professor Makame Mbarawa says the practice is destroying the...

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Tanzania: rules for private rail operators

Tanzania’s Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (Sumatra) is drafting open access regulations aimed at permitting multiple operators to use railway infrastructure. Sumatra director of...

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Tanzanian rail chiefs suspended

Tanzania plans to spend $US14.2 billion constructing a standard gauge rail network within five years. In December, Reli Assets Holding Company (Rahco - the state railway assets holding firm)...

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Tazara freight drops 57%

Freight conveyed by the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara), which operates the 1,860km, 1,067mm-gauge railway from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, to New Kapiri-Mposhi in Zambia, dropped by 57% in...

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Statement issued by Tazara

We, the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) board of directors, comprising the permanent secretaries responsible for transport, in Zambia and Tanzania, as chairperson and co-chairperson,...

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Algiers metro extensions

A consortium of Colas Rail and Algerian partner Kou GC has been awarded two contracts by the Algiers Metro Company (EMA) with a total value of €168 million for work on two extensions of the Algiers...

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AfDB loan to Morocco

The 143km of railway between Settat and Marrakech is to be doubled, financed with a loan of $US112.3 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB). Office National des Chemins de fer (ONCF – the...

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China building new light rail in Egypt

A new 70km light rail electric system is to be built in Egypt with 12 stations and trains running up to 120kmph.  Design, tracklaying and trial operation is to be undertaken by Chinese companies....

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Morocco’s high-speed railway

Construction of Morocco’s high-speed railway linking Casablanca to Tanger is about 70% complete. Office National des Chemins de fer (ONCF – the national railway of Morocco) has begun preliminary...

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Railway expansion in Egypt

Egypt's economy has experienced sustained growth in the last four years due in large part to the increasing stability of its government and its commitment to investing in ambitious large-scale...

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Cairo metro Line 6

According to Egypt’s State Information Service in Cairo, a new 24km section of line is to be built in Cairo, comprising Line 6 of the city’s metro. Initial estimates of cost are around $US3.5 billion....

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Thales Egyptian signalling contracts

More than 30 years after its first contract for the Greater Cairo Metro, Thales has signed new contracts to upgrade the fare collection system for Lines 1 and 2, as well as provide communications...

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Algerian signals upgrade

A European Train Control System (ETCS) upgrade is to be carried on the 140km, 18-station passenger and freight rail network in the Algiers metropolitan area. The work will be carried out by Estel...

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China & Africa in figures

China's trade with countries in Africa has grown about ten times in the last ten years. Total value will possibly reach $US300 billion in 2015, according to the fourth China-Africa Industrial Forum at...

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Moroccan high-speed train weighing

A new train weighing system being installed at the main depot for the 183km Tangiers-Kenitra high-speed line will provide data on wheel, axle and total vehicle weight. It makes use of multilingual...

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Prasa: High Court must cancel contracts

Many tall stories involve “an offer you cannot refuse”. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), it seems, has gone one better. It devised a system which ensured that, in its own supply...

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Richards Bay record

A new record of 75.4 million tonnes of coal exported in a year has been achieved at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal. The figure exceeded the target set, and represented an increase of 5.6% over the...

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WorleyParsons Africa rail advisory

Offering independent management and strategic advisory services for the railway sector, WorleyParsons's Advisian is fast making a name for itself. The business of WorleyParsons, listed on the...

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Safety at NRZ

National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) public relations manager Fanuel Masikati is concerned about the “disturbing and increasing incidence of level crossing accidents recently”, as well as cases of...

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Glencairn beach and railway measures

The City of Cape Town together with the provincial public works department and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is evaluating remedial measures at Glencairn where erosion is...

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Swifambo payments probed

Substantial payments said to have been made by Auswell Mashaba in his role as director of Swifambo Rail Leasing (Pty) Ltd. are now part of a probe into the contract in terms of which Spanish-built...

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Garry Pita appointed Transnet CFO

Garry Pita has been appointed chief financial officer at Transnet. He has been acting CFO since August 2015, succeeding Anoj Singh who was seconded to Eskom. A chartered accountant who has been at...

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NRZ audit reveals gross irregularities

The Zimbabwe Sunday News quotes an October 2015 audit report produced by the railway works council, “a combination of both management and workers’ representatives”. The audit investigations reveal...

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Disaster simulation

On 2 February, the City of Cape Town's disaster risk management centre coordinated a safety exercise at Simon's Town station. The intersections of Red Hill Road and Main Road, Red Hill Road and Palace...

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Zimbabwe: Mabena sheds light

Former National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) general manager Alvord Mabena was appointed board chairman in 2014 under former transport minister Obert Mpofu. Mabena, who was fired in November 2015, says...

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Nigerian rail contracts under scrutiny

Nigeria’s House of Representatives has been hearing evidence on allegations of mismanagement relating to over ₦1 trillion’s worth of railway contracts across the country. An ad-hoc committee led by...

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Nigeria: funding from China-Exim Bank

According to Nigerian vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, the China-Exim bank has agreed to finance standard gauge rail projects to link Lagos with both Kano and Calabar. He explained this as well as a...

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Sénégal first with electric trains

In his traditional New Year's Eve address, Sénégal 's President Macky Sall said that construction of a new electric railway is to begin during the course of 2016. Serving 14 stations, it will be able...

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Abuja-Kaduna line open soon

The 186km new standard gauge railway between Abuja and Kaduna is expected to commence operations between February and March 2016. The project was started in February 2011 by the China Civil and...

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Nigeria: refurbished trains

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has refurbished three air-conditioned coaches and several 90-seater standard class coaches, to be added to the rolling stock used on the Lagos-Kano intercity...

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Sénégal-Mali contract signed

The China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) has signed contracts worth $US2.7 billion with the governments of Mali and Sénégal in terms of which the 1,286km metre-gauge line from the Malian...

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Nigerian minister of transport looks ahead

Nigerian minister of transport Rotimi Amaechi, speaking in Lagos, said the new Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge railway would be completed in 2016. President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, he...

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Nigeria: 7 standard gauge corridors

According to Nigeria’s new minister of Transport Chibuike Amaechi, the Federal Government intends to create seven rail corridors on standard gauge. He announced this at the inauguration of train...

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China & Africa in figures

China's trade with countries in Africa has grown about ten times in the last ten years. Total value will possibly reach $US300 billion in 2015, according to the fourth China-Africa Industrial Forum at...

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Ghana union threatens service withdrawal

On 7 December the Ghana Railway Workers Union served notice of its intention to withdraw passenger services on 18 December “as a result of the failure of government to pay their two months salaries.”...

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International Rail News

Israel’s $7bn rail investment

On 3 February, transport minister Israel Katz approved Israel’s largest railway budget to date, involving investment equivalent to $US7.24 billion up to 2020. The budget includes substantial amounts...

Israeli station funding

Israel’s recently announced US7.24 billion investment in rail includes substantial sums to be spent on new passenger stations on the Ramla-Beer-Sheva line at Kfar-Menakhem (due to open in 2017) and...

Tenerife Tram southern extension

Tranvía de Tenerife is a light rail or tram service running on the island of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands (Spain). It is operated by Metropolitano de Tenerife, a limited company 80% owned by...

Streetcars for Brooklyn

Trams are set to return to New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced plans to build a $2.5 billion light rail line along the East River connecting Brooklyn and Queens. The Brooklyn-Queens Connector...