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Prasa in turmoil as board ejects chief executive TROUBLES continue at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) after last week's sacking of its chief executive, suspension of a senior engineer, and a commuter train collision on July 17 that left 200 people injured.
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THE governments of Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania have issued a request for expressions of interest from suitable qualified and experienced firms which have the capacity to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the proposed 1661km...
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TROUBLES continue at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) after last week's sacking of its chief executive, suspension of a senior engineer, and a commuter train collision on July 17 that left 200...
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GHANA plans to rehabilitate the Dunkwa - Awaso branch line of the 340km 1067mm-gauge western main line that links Takoradi, Dunkwa and Kumasi.The $US 1bn project, which is expected to attract funding from China, will...
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IRJ at the UIC High-Speed Rail World Congress, Tokyo: MOROCCAN National Railways (ONCF) has confirmed that Africa's first high-speed line will open in spring 2018, two-and-a-half years later than originally scheduled. Speaking at the UIC High-Speed...
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TESTING is underway at Alstom's Lapa plant in Brazil on the first of 600 X'trapolis Mega commuter EMUs for Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), while preparations for the transfer of production to South...
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ITALFERR, the engineering subsidiary of Italian State Railways (FS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Algeria's National Railway Investment Agency (Anesrif) on June 26 to create an engineering joint venture, which will support the...
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THE first TGV Duplex train for Morocco's inaugural high-speed line arrived in the country at the port of Tangiers on June 29. Moroccan National Railways (ONCF) placed a €400m order with Alstom in December 2010 for...
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TRANSNET, South Africa, has agreed a Rand 2.8bn ($US 230m) 15-year loan with Germany's KfW Development Bank to partially fund the purchase of 240 electric locomotives from Bombardier as part of its record Rand 40bn...
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IRJ at IHHA 2015, Perth, Australia: TRANSNET says it is close to completing a study on a new heavy-haul railway which would enable landlocked Botswana to export its vast coal reserves through the South African...
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TANZANIA has introduced a 1.5% infrastructure development levy on imports to assist the government with raising $US 14.2bn to finance new rail projects and improve existing lines over the next five years.Finance minister Ms Saada...