Africa Update

IFC Railway Investment to Improve Transport for Freight and Passengers in Gabon

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has agreed to provide 52.5 million euros ($58 million) of debt financing to boost the capacity and improve the efficiency of Gabon’s rail network and improve the...

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Tender request for Multimodal Transport Project in Cameroon

The government of the Republic of the Cameroon has requested interested parties to submit tender applications for the supply and installation of a centralised, embedded signalling and traffic control...

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Derailment claims two lives in the DRC

The Congolese rail operator the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer du Congo (SNCC) has had another passenger train derail, resulting in two confirmed deaths and an as yet undisclosed number of...

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DRC President visits SNCC facilities

President of the Democratic of the Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila recently paid a visit to the regional facilities of the national railway operator SNCC. Accompanied by minister of...

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Promise of improved service by TAZARA and SNCC

Following assurances of improved service delivery from the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) and the National Railways Company of Congo (SNCC), the two railway operators have agreed to...

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The dti Invites Companies to Participate in Investment and Trade Mission to DRC

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites companies to apply for participation in the eighth Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The...

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Tender for the supply of ballast for SNCC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been awarded funding from the International Development Association to finance the country’s Multimodal Transport Project (PRM). A decision has been made...

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DTI extends invite for a trade initiative to the DRC

The dti invites you to apply to take part in the eighth Investment and Trade Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) scheduled to take place from 12-16 September 2016. The objective of this...

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Challenges for the rail industry in the SADC region

Speaking at the Southern African Railways Association media briefing, director of operations and marketing for Swaziland Railways, Mr Sam Mzileni, outlined some of the challenges that rail operators...

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AfDB and GEF boost renewable energy projects across Africa and urban planning in Cameroon

On April 15 The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced the approval of $US18 million in funding for two projects co-financed with the African Development Bank (AfDB). The funding is earmarked for...

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Tanzania secures Chinese loan for upgrade of Central Railway Line

The Exim Bank of China has approved a loan of $US7.6 billion to the Government of Tanzania for the upgrading of the country’s Central Railway Line. The central line is considered the most important...

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18m litres fuel order secured

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority is delighted to announce the conclusion of an Agreement with African Fossils Limited of Tanzania to move 18 million litres (18,000 metric tones) of petroleum...

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TAZARA: life begins at 40

After completing the construction of the track, together with the entire support infrastructure, and concluding successful trial operations, the Chinese officially handed over TAZARA on 1st July 1976....

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World Bank launches enquiry into alleged misspending at RVR

The World Bank has launched an inquiry into alleged misuse of some of the $US 164 million in loans extended to Rift Valley Railways in 2011. RVR took over the management and operations of the Great...

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Call for SA companies to explore opportunities in Tanzania

Speaking at a business seminar in Dar es Salaam, South African High Commissioner to Tanzania, Thami Mseleku has called on South African business to explore opportunities in roads, rail and port...

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TAZARA institutes a Master Workers’ Council

TAZARA has announced the launch of a Master Workers’ Council, which has been formed in accordance with the labour laws of the United Republic of Tanzania. Speaking at the launch of the council in...

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Kenya Commission on Revenue Allocation lauds SGR project

During a recent tour of the Kenyan Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Project, the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) has applauded Kenya Railways for the remarkable progress in implementing the SGR...

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Kenya Railways secures signal frequencies for SGR project

The Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) has approved telecommunication signals for the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project currently underway in the region and has officially allocated frequencies...

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TAZARA CEO lays out vision for employees

The managing director of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), Bruno Ching’andu, has laid out his vision to employees, calling on every worker to be customer-centric in order to turn the...

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TAZARA receives massive fuel order for Malawi

According to the TAZARA press office, the rail operator has recently received a request to move 48 million litres of petroleum products, over the next 12 months, for the Malawian government. The order...

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Discussions start around the rehabilitation and modernisation of the Trans-Maghrebine railway line - Morocco

The The General Secretariat of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) has requested expressions of interest for a feasibility study into the rehabilitation and modernization of the Trans- Maghreb iron railway...

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Railway expansion in Egypt

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Challenges for the rail industry in the SADC region

Speaking at the Southern African Railways Association media briefing, director of operations and marketing for Swaziland Railways, Mr Sam Mzileni, outlined some of the challenges that rail operators...

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Establishment of a Navigational Line between Lake Victoria and the Mediterranean Sea (VICMED) Project

The Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt has received a grant from the African Development Bank (acting as administrator for the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation Trust Fund) to finance part of...

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AfDB and GEF boost renewable energy projects across Africa and urban planning in Cameroon

On April 15 The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced the approval of $US18 million in funding for two projects co-financed with the African Development Bank (AfDB). The funding is earmarked for...

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The future of Africa lies inside Africa

At the first ever Global Infrastructure Forum in Washington DC on 16 April, African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina made his position on localisation in Africa clear: "If we...

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Despite China’s decline in procurements, the demand for electric locomotives remains on a growth course at EUR4.6 billion worldwide

China‘s rail freight transport is on the decline, which in turn, is affecting the procurement of new electric locomotives. Despite this development, Asia remains the largest market, driven by India...

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South Korean loan to Egypt

In the course of a signing ceremony of nine cooperation agreements on 3 March, South Korea agreed to a loan to be made to the Egyptian railway authority. This followed a summit meeting between...

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Algeria reduces intercity fares

Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviares (SNTF - the state railway of Algeria) has announced that ticket fares for some Algerian intercity lines are being reduced. This reduction, as much...

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African economic summit in Egypt

More than 1,200 delegates, including heads-of-state, attended a two-day African economic summit in Egypt which ended on 21 February. African Export-Import Bank president Benedict Oramah was quoted...

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South Africa wins the bid to host the 11th International Heavy Haul Conference

South Africa has won the bid to host the 11th International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) conference, which will be held in Cape Town from 2 to 6 September 2017. This premier event is...

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DTI invitation to take part in an Investment and Trade initiative to Zimbabwe

The dti has extended an invitation to interested parties to apply to take part in an Investment and Trade Initiative to the Republic of Zimbabwe. The objective of this mission is to increase trade and...

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Zimbabwe - new legislation proposed to move freight back onto rail

Speaking at an inaugural Infrastructure Conference held in Bulawayo this week, Zimbabwean minister of transport and infrastructure development, Joram Gumbo stated that the country is looking at...

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Transnet requests proposals for a Liquid Bulk Terminal

Transnet has posted a request for proposals for a terminal operator to design, develop, finance, construct, operate, maintain and transfer a liquid bulk terminal for the handling of refined petroleum...

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Metrorail explains this weeks media reports of ‘cancelled’ trips in Cape Town

Recent media reports that claim that Metrorail has cancelled 40 peak hour trips on their metro lines in the Western Cape this week may be somewhat misleading. Speaking to Railways Africa, spokesperson...

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Lafarge Zambia and Zambia Railways Limited land transportation deal

LAFARGE Zambia and Zambia Railways Limited have signed a transport agreement that aims to enhance delivery of production inputs used in cement manufacture as well as delivery of clinker and cement...

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Gibela celebrates Nelson Mandela’s legacy

Some 914 learners at Umnyezane Primary School, near Nigel, are walking that little bit taller in new school shoes donated by Gibela employees in recognition of Mandela Day. A group of 20 employees...

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National Treasury issues an instruction note to facilitate outstanding payments to suppliers.

In a move that will assist suppliers working with state owned entities who are battling to get paid within the stipulated 30 days, The National Treasury has issued an instruction note No 5 of...

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Ex-PRASA boss Lucky Montana defends his position on national radio

Speaking to Redi Tlhabi on South Africa’s 702 news radio station earlier this week, former PRASA chief executive officer Lucky Montana defended his position in the face of possible prosecution for...

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Metrorail driver shot

A Metrorail train driver, identified as Pieter Barent Botha, was shot dead during a robbery at the Netreg Station in the Western Cape. The United National Transport Union issued a statement about the...

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Request for Expression of interest – project management of transport corridor

The governments of Mali and Cote D’Ivoire, in West Africa, have gained the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the proposed “"Road Upgrading and Transport Facilitation Project on the...

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Nigerian House of Representatives threaten to arrest railway contractors

The Nigerian House of Representatives has launched investigations into possible irregularities in railway contracts awarded to companies between 2010 and 2014, which have been valued at about N100...

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Abuja-Kaduna railway in Nigeria starts trial operations

The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has initiated trial services on the Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge railway line, with a maiden run on 22 June. The trial ride took of from Idu Station in Abuja at...

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Successful integration projects hold promise for improved trade in West Africa

The economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held its 41th anniversary celebration on 10 June, at their Commission Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria. Marcel de Souza, the president of...

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BALLAST SUPPLY ON TRACK

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Eskom Majuba Line

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Nigerian government commits to completing Lagos-Ibadan rail project in 2018

On 7 June, Nigerian Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, offered his assurance that the proposed Lagos-Ibadan segment of Lagos-Kano rail line project will be ready and operational within the next...

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Proposed Nigerian Transport bill serves to privatise rail operations in the country

The Nigerian railway service has suffered a protracted period of decline since the country gained independence in 1960, with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) declaring bankruptcy repeatedly over...

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Nigeria – Four dead in derailment at Jebba Station

An accident at the entrance to the Jebba train station in Kwara State, Nigeria on Friday 6 May, has resulted in four confirmed dead and several injured, the Nigerian Railway Corporation confirmed this...

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The dti trade mission to Ghana and Nigeria

The dti invites you to apply to participate in a Trade and Investment Mission to Ghana and Nigeria scheduled to take place from 8-12 August 2016. The objective of this mission is to increase trade and...

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International Rail News

CAF to supply 18 UNITS FOR Quito Metro

The recent signing of the  Credit Agreement between the Official Credit Institute  (ICO) on behalf of the Government of Spain and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of  Ecuador,...

Alstom to supply 79 Intercity trains to NS in the Netherlands

Alstom has been awarded a contract worth over €800 million to supply 79[1] Intercity New Generation trains to NS[2].The trains which can reach a maximum speed of 200 km/h will be delivered from...

Global Sustainable Transport Conference

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, will convene a global sustainable transport conference, on 26 and 27 November 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.  In its resolution 70/197...

Progress in logistics performance

Progress in logistics performance has slowed for the first time since 2007 for the world's least developed economies, while emerging economies that implement comprehensive initiatives continue to...