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Africa Update

NEW RAILWAY LIKELY

The developing of an iron ore mine at Mbalam in Cameroon, currently being looked at by Sundance Resources Ltd of Australia, would probably mean building a port capable of accommodating ships of...

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GABON MAY LINK TO CAMEROON

A Chinese company, CMEC, is considering the development of an iron-ore mine at Belinga in Gabon. It would be connected probably to the existing 1,435mm gauge railway to the port of Libreville in...

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RAILING FROM BEIRA

According to the Mozambican News Agency, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is once again using Beira as point of entry for imports. In 2005, ,923t of cargo went through the port, presumably on...

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FLOODS, FUEL SHORTAGE & REBELS

According to a report by United Nations Regional Information Networks on 25 April, the suspension of rail service to Brazzaville has had serious consequences for the city’s million inhabitants, as...

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AFRICA RAILWAYS MEET IN BRAZZAVILLE

The theme at a conference of rail experts taking place in Brazzaville from 11 April was: "a more efficient railway system for the development of the African continent". More than 200 officials from...

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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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The Africa Regional Index report launched in Addis Ababa

It has often been stated that economic integration is a key component of economic transformation for developing countries, however up until recently no mechanisms existed to systemically measure how...

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Huawei to build railway operational communications network for Kenya

China-based communications company Huawei announced that it has been awarded a contract to build a train-to-ground communications solution, fully integrated with train signal systems, for Kenya's...

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Trade and Investment Mission to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

If you have been keeping up with Railways Africa online or in print you should be aware of the opportunities in the rail sector in Tanzania. The dti (department of Trade and Industry) invites...

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Kenya Request For Expression Of Interest (EOI)

Kenya Railways is looking for a transaction advisor - with regards to the procurement process for an operator for the Mombasa – Nairobi standard gauge railway (SGR) under development For more...

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EGYPT'S RAILWAYS LOSE 250M (EGYPTION POUNDS) IN 2 WEEKS

During a press conference at the end of August, Egyptian minister of transport Ibrahim al-Domeiry estimated losses incurred by the country's railways authority over the preceding two weeks at E250...

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CURFEW HITS EGYPT'S RAILWAYS

Egypt's Interior Ministry halted train services during the recent violence between the Muslim Brotherhood and security forces. The measure was aimed presumably at preventing loyalists in other...

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EGYPT AUGMENTS EID TRAINS

The Egyptian Railways scheduled a number of extra trains over Eid between 5 and 10 August. The railway announced that 24 special trains were reserved to serve passengers travelling during Eid, with...

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LIBYAN RAIL CONSTRUCTION MAY RESUME

On 23 February 2011, Rossiiskie Zheleznie Dorogi (RZhD – the Russian State Railway) announced that it and its affiliates had 204 specialised people working on the new €2.2 billion, 550km railway...

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EGYPTIANS URGED NOT TO BLOCK RAIL LINES

Large-scale protests planned for 30 June by opposition movements demanding President Mohamed Morsi step down are worrying Egyptian railway officials. In a number of recent instances, demonstrators...

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SOUTH SUDAN'S BABANUSA-WAU RAILWAY

The repair and reopening of South Sudan's Babanusa-Wåu rail line (414km) formed part of the National Emergency Transport Rehabilitation Project (Netrp), a $US64.7 million investment in the country's...

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Prasa Refuse To Disclose Minutes Of Safety Meeting

Steve Harris, General Secretary of the United National Transport Union (UNTU), says PRASA is blatantly ignoring the union’s urgent requests to provide it with copies of the minutes of its quarterly...

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Siemens Supports Learners in Rosmead While Delivering Signalling Upgrade For TFR

Siemens, in partnership with Transnet, have proudly donated a brand new mobile library to Rosmead Primary School, situated in Middleburg in the Eastern Cape, valued at over R100,000. The mobile...

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Women in Transport Awards Announced in Durban

The Women in Transport Awards Ceremony, hosted by African Ports Evolution and African Rail Evolution conference and expo, was held at the ICC in Durban on the evening of 19 October. Deputy...

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RME Completes Repairs to Amanzimtoti Railway Line

As reported by Railways Africa, flash floods along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline caused severe damage to railway lines between the towns of Umbogintwini and Winklespruit in Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal in...

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Feasibility Studies into Gautrain Expansion Plan Complete but Not Yet Public

Gauteng’s MEC for Transport, Ismail Vadi has announced that feasibility studies into the expansion of Gauteng’s standard gauge rapid rail transit system are done. “We will be looking at expanding the...

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Gautrain to Acquire 12 New Trains

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Dr Ismail Vadi, today announced that plans are at an advanced stage to acquire 12 new trains for the Gautrain system. This is due to passenger demand that is...

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NIGERIAN RAILWAY PENSIONERS

The Pension Transition Arrangement Committee (PTAD) is currently overseeing payment of Nigeria’s railway pensioners benefit in terms of the defined benefit scheme. According to the union, an amount...

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BENIN-NIGER LINK ANOTHER STEP FORWARD

According to Bolloré, the Benin-Niger agreement signed in Niamey on 13 August is “another step forward” in constructing the West Africa rail loop, which ultimately aims to connect landlocked Niger and...

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NIGERIA TESTS NEW CONTROL SYSTEM

The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has started testing its new Safe Train Control (STC) system. At the formal unveiling in Lagos, NRC managing director Adeseyi Sijuwade commended the federal...

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SA TRADE MISSION TO WEST AFRICA

Delberg Engineering, a rail component manufacturing company, made useful contacts in both Nigeria and Ghana during a recent trade mission, CEO Owen Maroleni says. "We met with government officials who...

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$1 BILLION LOAN QUERIED

According to the Daily Trust, published in Abuja – quoting a former member of the railway’s board - a loan of $1 billion taken by the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) was illegal as board members...

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BENIN-NIGER AGREEMENT SIGNED

On 13 August, Prime Minister of Benin Lionel Zinsou signed a concession agreement with his counterpart in Niger Brigi Rafini and the Bolloré Group's Railway CEO Thierry Ballard. In terms of this,...

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International Rail News

Alstom’s Hydrogen Train Coradia ILint First Successful Run At 80km/h

Alstom has successfully performed the first test run of the world’s only fuel cell passenger train, the Coradia iLint, on the company’s test track in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony (Germany). An...

Brazil Launches Infrastructure Concession Plan

Brazilian president, Michel Temer, recently announced that his government will be pursuing an infrastructure concessions programme that aims to raise $US14.6 billion in investment for building and...

Hack To The Future: Global Showdown In Montréal

From Cambridge to Cape Town, Santiago to Stockholm, more than 25 cities around the world are hosting transport hackathons, with the winners set to meet for a showdown at the upcoming UITP Global...

Alstom And NTL Launch Aptis, A New, 100% Electric Experience Of Mobility

Alstom and NTL presented Aptis, an innovative mobility solution, on 9 March in Duppigheim (Alsace, France). As cities are looking for smarter, more efficient and connected means of transportation,...