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Africa Update

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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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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Tanzanian Deluxe Passenger Train Derailment

Five people were injured when a Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL) Deluxe passenger train derailed on 29 January.  The train was travelling from Kigoma to Dar se Salaam when seven coaches derailed...

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TAZARA: Industrial Action In Zambia - Update

As reported by Railways AfricaTM on 24 January, passenger services on the Zambian side of the TAZARA line were suspended on 20 January as a result of industrial action over wages. TAZARA has...

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Kenyan Standard Gauge Railway: #TheTrainsAreHere

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World Bank Forecasts Industrial Commodities Prices to Surge in 2017

The World Bank is forecasting strong gains for industrial commodities such as energy and metals in 2017, due to tightening supply and strengthening demand.  In its January 2017 Commodity Markets...

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AFRICA ENERGY INDABA 2017 brings together Africa’s leading women in energy

The third annual Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector on Monday 20###sup/sup### February at the Sandton...

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Land Acquisition Almost Complete For Implementation Of Uganda’s SGR Project

Land acquisition for the first phase of Uganda’s standard gauge railway (SGR) project is 60% complete, with assessors currently working in the Buikwe, Wakiso and Kampala districts. The government...

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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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TAZARA Board Reports Positive Results Amidst Financial Difficulties

The TAZARA Board of Directors held their 110th meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 20 February. The board reports that during the first half of the financial year 2016/2017, TAZARA transported...

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Deadlock In PRASA Wage Negotiations

The United National Transport Union (UNTU), the majority union in the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), together with the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU), have...

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Pretoria Metrorail Collision Leaves More Than A Hundred Injured

On the evening of 20 February, two Metrorail trains were involved in a head-on collision at the Lynross station, Pretoria.  The incident resulted in at least 100 passengers hurt and approximately...

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From Road To Rail – The Opening Of The Isando Distribution Centre

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, and ArcelorMittal South Africa chief executive officer, Wim de Klerk, officially opened the Isando Distribution Centre on 24 February,...

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RSR Preliminary Findings On Gautrain’s Derailment In Hatfield, Pretoria

The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has concluded its preliminary investigation into the derailment of a Gautrain on 16 February at Hatfield station, Pretoria. The purpose of the preliminary inquiry...

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Barloworld Equipment And Caterpillar Launch A Free Training Programme In Mozambique

Barloworld Equipment and Caterpillar aim to help address Africa’s shortage of technicians with the launch of their free foundation training programme titled, “Technicians for Africa”, in Tete...

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Changing the Way Railway Projects Are Executed With ARES PRISM

Global project management leaders, ARES PRISM, will be featured in the upcoming issue of Railways AfricaTM Magazine (6:2016), due for release soon. The company is currently providing project...

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Nigeria to Deploy High Speed Train on the Abuja-Kaduna Line

The managing director of Nigeria Railways Corporation (NRC), Mr Figet Edetanlen Okhiria, announced this week the NRC intends to deploy a locomotive capable of travelling at 150km/h on the...

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Rio Tinto to Sell its Stake in Guinea’s Simandou Project

According to a recent press statement, Rio Tinto has signed a non-binding agreement to sell their entire stake in the Simandou project in Guinea to Chinalco Mining Corporation International, a Chinese...

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Sierra Leone: Bolloré Ports Starts Construction of the Extension of the Container Terminal at the Port Of Freetown

Bolloré Ports has officially launched construction of extension works on the container terminal at the Port of Freetown, Sierra Leone, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone,...

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Railways Africa Magazine Issue 5:2016

The upcoming issue 5:2016 of Railways AfricaTM Magazine brings you news from some of the industry’s most exciting events locally and abroad including InnoTrans, Transport Forum, GARA and the Rail...

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Nigerian Senate Committee Request Railway Infrastructure Be Included In The Lekki Deep Port Project

The Nigerian Senate Committee on Marine Transport has suggested that the Tolaram Group, sponsors of the Lekki Deep Seaport, should include rail transportation in their construction works to avoid...

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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,...