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Africa Update

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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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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Tender Request For Construction of Truck Loading And Wagon Off-Loading Yard In Kenya

Tata Chemicals Magadi Ltd. (TCML) has put forward a tender request for the construction of truck loading and wagon off-loading equipment for their plant in Kajiado, Kenya. Formerly known as...

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Request For Quotation For Line Maintenance On Private Railway In Kenya

Tata Chemicals Magadi Ltd. (TCML) has put forward a request for quotations for the structural assessment of bridges, viaduct, box culverts and drainage structures on the company’s 146km line between...

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AECOM Appoints New Strategy And Growth Director For Africa

AECOM appointed Fadzai Nyamasve as the strategy and growth director for Africa from 1 January 2017. Nyamasve previously served as AECOM’s strategic projects director for buildings and places, and as...

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Afreximbank Announces New Strategic Plan Targeting $US90 Billion Disbursement Over Five Years

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has announced the inception of a new five-year strategic plan that will see the African export-import bank distribute $US90 billion in support of African...

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Rolling Stock For Kenya’s Standard Gauge Line Arrives At Mombasa Port

The first batch of six locomotives to be deployed on Kenya’s much anticipated national Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line arrived in the port of Mombasa aboard MV Kota Bistari from China on 7 January...

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TAZARA Training Centre To Benefit From Closer Ties With Regional University

TAZARA’s Mukuba Express Passenger Train played host to 31 senior members of the Copperbelt University (CBU) Senate on 10 January. The University’s most senior body decided to use TAZARA’s passenger...

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South Korean loan to Egypt

In the course of a signing ceremony of nine cooperation agreements on 3 March, South Korea agreed to a loan to be made to the Egyptian railway authority. This followed a summit meeting between...

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Algeria reduces intercity fares

Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviares (SNTF - the state railway of Algeria) has announced that ticket fares for some Algerian intercity lines are being reduced. This reduction, as much...

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African economic summit in Egypt

More than 1,200 delegates, including heads-of-state, attended a two-day African economic summit in Egypt which ended on 21 February. African Export-Import Bank president Benedict Oramah was quoted...

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Algerian-Chinese Joint Venture

China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) and Algeria’s national company of railway construction (Infrafer) have created a joint venture for the construction of railway track. The agreement was...

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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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UPDATE: Community Unrest Resolved At Gibela’s Manufacturing Facility In Dunnottar

The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium has welcomed the restoration of law and order in Duduza, Ekurhuleni, following weeks of community unrest. This development has facilitated the re-start of...

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Grindrod Rail Construction passes ISO 14001 audit

Recently noted on the Facebook page of Grindrod Limited: After a two-year journey, Grindrod Rail Construction has passed the ISO 14001 audit. The ISO 14001 accreditation certifies that international...

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UNTU wishes train drivers and their passengers a speedy recovery

The United National Transport Union (UNTU) would like to extend our well wishes to the train drivers, Blackie Swart and Paskal Setalala, who were amongst the 125 injured after their Metrorail trains...

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Government Satisfied With Zambia Railways Rehabilitation Programme

The Zambian government has indicated that it is satisfied with the progress made by Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) in implementing their recapitalisation and rail rehabilitation programme, after the...

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Human Error Behind Recent Gautrain Derailment

The Bombela Concession Company (BCC) has conducted a preliminary investigation to determine the cause of the minor derailment that occurred on 16 February, when a train was approaching the Hatfield...

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CCMA Issues Strike Certificate Against PRASA

The members of the United National Transport Union (UNTU) within the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), have the right to embark on a protected strike within 48 hours, the union announced...

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Ghana Secures Funding For The Accra Urban Development Project (AUTP)

The Government of the Republic of Ghana has received a $US83.9 million loan from the African Development Fund (ADF) to finance the Accra Urban Development Project (AUTP). The government intends to use...

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Nigerian Federal Government Announces Appoint of MD at Nigerian Railway Corporation

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has announced 13 senior executive appointments for 13 federal government agencies, including those of chairman of the board and managing director at the country’s...

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Nigeria To Start Construction On Light Rail Projects For Urban Mobility

Nigeria remains the largest economy on the African continent and is currently ranked as the 21st largest economy globally, with a nominal GDP of $US493,000 billion in 2015. While the country is...

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Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Coordination Meeting Held in Abidjan

A regional corridor meeting held in Abidjan with all stakeholders in the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor was concluded on the 26 September, with calls for renewed commitment, accelerated implementation while...

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The AfDB Pledges $US1.4 Billion In Funding For Senegal

The African Development Bank (AfDB) board of directors has the approved the Country Strategy Paper for Senegal for the next five years (2016-2020). The new strategy has two pillars, which aims to...

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GE Reinforces Commitment to Africa at US Africa Business Forum

In 2014, the first United States - Africa Business Forum drew the attention of the world to the promise of Africa. Governments and organisations discussed and debated opportunities in infrastructure,...

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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,...