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South Africa seeks to centralise locomotive procurement FUTURE locomotive acquisitions for South African state-owned rail operators Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) will be consolidated under one umbrella organisation if the country's treasury and public enterprise departments get their way.
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BOMBARDIER inaugurated its new South African production site and headquarters in Islando, Johannesburg, on August 25. South African state-owned freight and logistics company Transnet awarded Bombardier a contract to supply 240 electric locomotives in March 2014...
south-africa-seeks-to-centralise-locomotive-procurement
FUTURE locomotive acquisitions for South African state-owned rail operators Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) will be consolidated under one umbrella organisation if the country's treasury and public enterprise departments get...
transnet-receives-first-crrc-diesel-locomotive
THE first two class 45-000 six-axle diesel locomotives for Transnet Freight Rail, South Africa, were officially handed over by CRRC Coropration vice president Mr Sun Yongcai, at a ceremony in Durban on August 11. Transnet placed...
zimbabwe-seeks-south-african-funding-to-revamp-railway
ZIMBABWE’s Ministry of Transport is trying to negotiate a partnership deal with Transnet, South Africa, while the government is in talks with the Development Bank of South Africa to help fund the rehabilitation of Zimbabwe’s...
grindrod-to-sell-locomotive-business
SOUTH African freight logistics, shipping and financial service company Grindrod has announced plans to sell its locomotive assembly business due to the company’s deteriorating financial performance and an impairment of Rand 675m ($US 50.6m) for...
sitarail-to-upgrade-abidjan-kaya-railway
THE governments of Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso have signed a revised operating concession with Sitarail, part of the Bolloré Group, to include responsibility for the infrastructure of the 1260km railway linking the two countries.The...
ethiopia-djibouti-standard-gauge-line-to-start-trial-operation
TRIAL operation is expected to start in September on the 665km standard-gauge electrified line linking Addis Ababa with Djibouti. Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC) plans to set up a new corporation to enable Ethiopia and Djibouti to...
hyundai-rotem-completes-cairo-metro-train-deliveries
A ceremony was held at the Semaf Railway Factory in Helwan, Egypt, on August 1 to mark the completion of the last of 20 nine-car Hyundai Rotem trains for Cairo metro. The fleet of 180 air-conditioned...
apix-awards-contracts-for-new-dakar-regional-express-train
APIX, the Senegalese Agency for Investment Promotion and Public works under the office of the President of Senegal, announced on July 27 it has awarded a €225 m contract to Engie and Thales to design...
nigeria-inaugurates-abuja-kabuna-railway
NIGERIA’s capital Abuja finally joined the national railway network on July 26, when a 186.5km standard-gauge link to Kaduna was inaugurated by president Mr Muhammadu Buhari in the presence of transport minister Mr Rotimi Amaechi...