THE view from the 49th floor of Transnet's Johannesburg headquarters is impressive. The city sprawls out on all sides and those with an eye for such things will immediately note the big yard to the north - where lines of passenger coaches are a reminder of South Africa's once vibrant long-distance passenger train service - and to the south, the vast City Deep terminal through which 60% of Gauteng province's container traffic currently flows.
With new locomotives and EMUs set to revitalise its dilapidated fleet, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is starting to overcome decades of underinvestment. Yet more is required to meet the needs of a growing and increasingly urban population, as group CEO Lucky Montana reveals in an exclusive interview with Paul Ash.
Several companies are benefiting from what is being dubbed a railway renaissance in Africa as new opportunities emerge in markets across the continent buoyed by a rush for mineral wealth. But things are far from simple, as Paul Ash explains.
Rail corridors are breathing new life into the ancient trade route between east and west and could reinvigorate Georgian Railway. Paul Ash reports from Tbilisi on how GR is seeking to capitalise on the movement of freight between Asia and Europe.
In their rush to extract western Africa's vast mineral wealth, mining companies are revitalising existing, and building new, heavy-haul rail lines. Paul Ash presents a comprehensive round-up of the latest activities in the region.