Rail

Transnet Issues RFP to return long-standing Locomotives to Service to meet Customer Demand

In a further effort to normalise freight operations in South Africa, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has issued an open competitive tender inviting eligible original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to step in to rehabilitate the non-operational Chinese-manufactured locomotives awaiting critical spare parts. This follows on the impasse with the CRRC E-Loco Supply, the Chinese stateowned supplier of […]

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Premier Alan Winde Welcomes Partial Resumption of Eerste River-Bellville Train Service

Premier Alan Winde cautiously welcomes Metrorail’s partial resumption of the train service between Eerste River and Bellville in Cape Town this morning. The service has been suspended since the Covid-19 national state of disaster was implemented in 2020. According to Metrorail, services would have resumed in December 2022 but were delayed due to “environmental issues”. […]

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Agreement signed between Botswana Railways (BR) and National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ)

Botswana Railways (BR) and National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) recently signed an agreement to improve the efficiency of services offered by both administrations. Signed at Plumtree station in Zimbabwe, the agreement will allow Botswana Railways locomotives to travel through Plumtree to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe National Railways locomotives to Francistown. Prior to the agreement, […]

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Ghana Easing urban traffic: Kumasi to get electric rail system

The first electric light rail transportation, also known as the Tram System, is to be launched in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital. The project, which forms part of the government’s effort to ease traffic congestion, particularly in urban centres, will be fully financed by the Czech Government at a total cost of about 180m Euros. […]

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Sitarail receives its new tamper to maintain the railway between Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso

(Press release Bolloré – 19 august 2022) On 19 August 2022, SITARAIL took delivery at the Port of Abidjan of a new tamping-levelling-lining machine worth 2 billion CFA francs (more than €3 million), for maintenance on the railway between Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. Presented at the recent International Exhibition for Track Technology (IAF) in […]

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South Africa and Botswana join forces to improve trade between the two countries through rail freights  

 Transnet Freight Rail (South Africa) will collaborate with Botswana Rail to upgrade 126 km of rail between Swartruggens, in South Africa’s North West Province, and Mafikeng, on the border with Botswana, according to a statement from the South African company.      The announcement, which follows a high-level trade roundtable between the two countries, aims […]

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Kenya : President Kenyatta Commissions Kisumu Railway Station

The restoration of the rail transport in Kisumu will not only lower the cost of ferrying goods along the line but also stimulate the growth of industries President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday commissioned the Kisumu Railway Station, expressing optimism that the rail transport will boost Kisumu’s status as an economic hub in the western region. […]

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The role of railways in empowering AfCFTA’s success

Trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) commenced in January 2021, creating a huge single market of 54 African states – all but Eritrea – of almost 1.4 billion people. It’s a game changer for Africa with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) estimating (1) that AfCFTA has the potential both to boost intra-African […]

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WFP and partners bring first-of-its-kind transport training centre to West Africa

DAKAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is partnering with global corporations to build a world-class Transport Training Centre in Accra, Ghana, aimed at enhancing transport and logistics capacities across West Africa. The centre will inject new expertise into local transport markets, equipping them to deliver life-saving goods like food and medicine more […]

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Ghana: Government and Thelo DB Consortium to Sign US$3.2 Billion Rail Project Contract

The signing ceremony of this contract which will take place during a ministerial program organized by the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) in Accra at the Labadi Beach Hotel, will be attended by several personalities from the country and the continent. These include: H.E. Nana Addo Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana, […]

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