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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.
canada-to-finance-angolan-locomotive-order
CANADA’s export credit agency, Export Development Canada (EDC), has agreed to provide Angola with a $US 429.5m loan to finance the purchase of 100 locomotives from General Electric (GE), according to an authorisation granted by...
environmental-tribunal-halts-kenyan-rail-project
KENYA’s National Environment Tribunal has suspended the construction of the $US 1.5bn standard-gauge railway line extension from Nairobi to Naivasha. A group of environmental organisations and activists filed a petition with the Tribunal claiming an environmental...
railrunner-intermodal-system-heads-for-south-africa
IN a move that could have long-term ramifications for South Africa's long-haul trucking industry, Transnet has signed a deal with RailRunner, United States to develop intermodal technology for the country's general freight business. The project -...
ethiopian-railway-tunnel-holed-through
CONSTRUCTION of the 375km Awash - Weldia railway in Ethiopia achieved a major milestone during the weekend of August 7-8 with the holing through of a 1530m-long tunnel, just over one year after tunnelling started.The...
crcc-to-build-kano-light-metro-network
THE Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport of the Nigerian state of Kano has provisionally awarded a $US 1.86bn contract to two subsidiaries of China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) to build a light metro network...
bombardier-opens-new-south-african-production-site
BOMBARDIER inaugurated its new South African production site and headquarters in Isando, Johannesburg, on August 25. South African state-owned freight and logistics company Transnet awarded Bombardier a contract to supply 240 electric locomotives in March 2014...
south-africa-seeks-to-centralise-locomotive-procurement
FUTURE locomotive acquisitions for South African state-owned rail operators Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) will be consolidated under one umbrella organisation if the country's treasury and public enterprise departments get...
transnet-receives-first-crrc-diesel-locomotive
THE first two class 45-000 six-axle diesel locomotives for Transnet Freight Rail, South Africa, were officially handed over by CRRC Coropration vice president Mr Sun Yongcai, at a ceremony in Durban on August 11. Transnet placed...
zimbabwe-seeks-south-african-funding-to-revamp-railway
ZIMBABWE’s Ministry of Transport is trying to negotiate a partnership deal with Transnet, South Africa, while the government is in talks with the Development Bank of South Africa to help fund the rehabilitation of Zimbabwe’s...
grindrod-to-sell-locomotive-business
SOUTH African freight logistics, shipping and financial service company Grindrod has announced plans to sell its locomotive assembly business due to the company’s deteriorating financial performance and an impairment of Rand 675m ($US 50.6m) for...