Africa Update

CAMEROON REFURBISHING

The 22nd ordinary session of Comifer, Cameroon’s inter-ministerial committee for railway infrastructure, met in Yaounde on 7 August 2015, for a progress report on projects. Minister of transport...

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INVESTMENT PLANS: CAMEROON

The first Cameroon Railway Investment Plan, PQ1, covered the period from 2009-December 2013. The project sourced FCFA 101 billion against contractual engagements of FCFA 103 billion, with financial...

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AFRICA RAIL INNOVATION

Africa Intelligence reports that Thierry Ballard has set up his own firm entitled Africa Rail Innovation. Ballard is well known as head of the rail division of Bolloré. ...

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LOUIS BERGER & ACP DEVELOPMENT

Louis Berger, a $1 billion global professional services corporation, has been hired to support the development of the transport sector in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, with...

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ON-BOARD COMPUTERS FOR 1,300 LOCOS IN AFRICA

According to Alta Rail Technology (ART) of Brazil, the company is supplying on-board computer equipment for fitting to 1,300 locomotives on the African continent. “With two years of existence,...

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NEW LINES IN CAMEROON

In September 2010, Australia-based Sundance Resources Limited signed an MOU with China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd (CHEC) for construction of a new port near the southern border of Cameroon, able to...

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GRINDROD LOCOS FOR CAMEROON

Pretoria locomotive manufacturer Grindrod recently delivered two new diesel-electric locomotives to Camrail. A further two are expected at the port of Douala in May and four more before the end of...

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CAMRAIL ELECTRONIC TICKETING

Fifteen years have been completed by Camrail in terms of its concession to operate the railways of Cameroon. The achievement was marked by the introduction of new electronic ticketing to the passenger...

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DRC ACQUIRES LOCOS FROM CNR

Early in April, the China North (CNR) Locomotive company despatched 18 type CKD8C1 diesel-electric locomotives to Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Congolais (SNCC – the state railway in the...

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DRC-ZAMBIA RAIL FREIGHT AGREEMENT

Serious endeavour is being made to reduce the extent of freight traffic moving on Zambia’s roads. Much of this originates in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Société Nationale des Chemins de...

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DJIBOUTI LINE TO OPEN IN EARLY 2016

According to Ethiopian Railways Corporation Chief Executive Getachew Betru, "By October 2015, a considerable portion of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti project will be completed." Trains are to begin running...

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“EAST AFRICAN RAILWAYS WERE SUPERB”

The existing metre gauge railway was built by the British at the turn of the previous century. During years of mismanagement by the Kenya and Uganda governments, proper maintenance of tracks...

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RVR UPBEAT

Through its subsidiary African Railways, Egyptian-based Qalaa Holdings has a controlling stake in Rift Valley Railways (RVR), the concessionaire operating the metre-gauge railways in Kenya and Uganda....

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NEW TAZARA ASST M D

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Dr Betram Kiswaga as deputy managing director, replacing Saidi Sauko who acted in the position - for...

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TANZANIA INVESTING IN RAILWAYS

Some $US3.7 million has been spent on renovating 1,067mm gauge rolling stock and rail infrastructure for Tanzania Railways Ltd. For use on the metre-gauge lines, the government has purchased 274 new...

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RWANDA, BURUNDI, TANZANIA PLAN JOINT RAILWAY PROJECT

In August 2013, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda signed a tripartite agreement to “fast-track” the building of a 1,435mm gauge railway from Mombasa through Nairobi to Kampala and on to Kigali. In June 2014,...

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USA-KENYA TRANSPORT ACCORD

During USA President Barrack Obama’s July visit to Kenya, a memorandum of understanding was signed. According to cabinet secretary for foreign affairs and international trade Amina Mohamed, it...

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TAZARA SERVICES RESUME

In mid-July, the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) announced that scheduled services had been resumed, following their suspension when unionised staff in Zambia embarked on an illegal strike....

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SEBETA LINE PROGRESS

At the eighth meeting of the Ethio-Djibouti joint ministerial council held in Addis Ababa on 23 July, transport minister Workneh Gebeyehu reported progress on the 752km Ethio-Djibouti railway from...

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NEW KENYA LINE THROUGH NATIONAL PARK

According to The Star, published in Nairobi, the Kenya Railways Corporation, Wildlife Service and National Land Commission have reached agreement on a proposed rerouting of the planned new 1,435mm...

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EGYPTIAN RAILWAYS BUYING LIST

The Egyptian National Railways Authority targets attracting investments worth $US918.8 million during the financial year 2015-16. The authority's investment plan includes the purchase of...

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EXTENDING CONSTANTINE TRAMWAY

Since its inauguration in July 2013, Algeria’s Constantine Tramway has carried more than 7.2 million passengers. The system is to be extended by 10km to link the existing station of Zouaghi with the...

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CHINESE TRAINS FOR SUDAN

International embargoes against Sudan do not seem to perturb the government. Reportedly these can be bypassed by looking to China. According to transport, roads and bridges minister Makawi Mohammed...

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ALSTOM ORDER FOR ALGERIA

Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires (SNTF – the national railway of Algeria) has confirmed an order placed with Alstom for 17 six-coach Coradia Polyvalent bi-mode (diesel and 25kV AC...

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AFRICA RAIL INNOVATION

Africa Intelligence reports that Thierry Ballard has set up his own firm entitled Africa Rail Innovation. Ballard is well known as head of the rail division of Bolloré. ...

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LOUIS BERGER & ACP DEVELOPMENT

Louis Berger, a $1 billion global professional services corporation, has been hired to support the development of the transport sector in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, with...

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LINKING DJIBOUTI & WEST AFRICA

Djibouti, the smallest state in the Horn of Africa, is embarking on large infrastructure projects, building six new ports and two airports in the hope of becoming the commercial hub of East Africa....

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LINKING DJIBOUTI & WEST AFRICA

Djibouti, the smallest state in the Horn of Africa, is embarking on large infrastructure projects, building six new ports and two airports in the hope of becoming the commercial hub of East Africa....

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AFRICA'S 1ST HIGH-SPEED TRAIN

Office National des Chemins de fer (ONCF – the national railway of Morocco) has taken delivery of the first Alstom Duplex high-speed, double-deck trainsets for use on the Tanger-Casablanca line...

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NEW METRO ROLLING STOCK FOR CAIRO

Rolling stock for the Cairo metro system is the responsibility of the Egyptian National Authority for Tunnels. An application for a loan of €175 million - to augment the fleet -has been lodged...

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GAUTRAIN CLAIMS

The legal process for the Bombela Civils Joint Venture (BCJV) multi-billion-rand Gautrain delay disruption claim is progressing, says Murray & Roberts (M&R) Chief Executive Henry Laas, but the merit...

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PRASA: NO INTERNAL AUDIT?

Zilungile Mnisi (Slider, Voices), asked Durbanites for their views on the problems at South Africa’s Passenger Rail Agency (Prasa). Journalism student Nompilo Mkhwanazi (21) of Pinetown pointed out:...

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ROLE OF SWAZILAND RAILWAY EMPHASISED

Speaking at the first railway conference held at the Royal Villas, at eZulwini, Minister for Public Works and Transport Lindiwe Dlamini said since Swaziland is a landlocked country, it relies greatly...

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STATION AT PIETERMARITZBURG

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndela says it is important to protect the historical significance of the area around the Pietermaritzburg railway station as it is a major part of the city's history. He wants to...

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BOMBARDIER’S PROPULSION MANUFACTURING PLANT

Bombardier’s propulsion manufacturing plant located in Isando, Gauteng, is conveniently close to their local suppliers. The 6,000m2 factory, which is100% South African managed, employs about 150...

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TEGA INDUSTRIES – INVESTING FOR AFRICA’S RAIL NEEDS

Tega Industries has been supplying purpose-designed, carefully engineered and locally manufactured custom-made rubber and combination material products that are key to enhancing the performance,...

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BLUE TRAIN PLUMS

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is advertising posts in its Blue Train department. Diligence, well-organised, six years’ experience in the management of a five-star hotel – and matric. This is all you...

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SA TRADE MISSION TO WEST AFRICA

Delberg Engineering, a rail component manufacturing company, made useful contacts in both Nigeria and Ghana during a recent trade mission, CEO Owen Maroleni says. "We met with government officials who...

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ANOTHER PRASA “DR” RESIGNS

Two bogus doctors have resigned from the Passenger Rail Agency (Prasa) at the latest count, that’s assuming the most recent didn’t – like the first - actually have the degree he claimed. The agency...

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FORMER PRASA CEO BROKE RULES

Former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) CEO Tshepo Montana disregarded proper disciplinary procedures, resulting in fruitless and wasteful expenditure, when he suspended seven employees;...

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BENIN-NIGER LINK ANOTHER STEP FORWARD

According to Bolloré, the Benin-Niger agreement signed in Niamey on 13 August is “another step forward” in constructing the West Africa rail loop, which ultimately aims to connect landlocked Niger and...

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NIGERIA TESTS NEW CONTROL SYSTEM

The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has started testing its new Safe Train Control (STC) system. At the formal unveiling in Lagos, NRC managing director Adeseyi Sijuwade commended the federal...

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SA TRADE MISSION TO WEST AFRICA

Delberg Engineering, a rail component manufacturing company, made useful contacts in both Nigeria and Ghana during a recent trade mission, CEO Owen Maroleni says. "We met with government officials who...

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$1 BILLION LOAN QUERIED

According to the Daily Trust, published in Abuja – quoting a former member of the railway’s board - a loan of $1 billion taken by the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) was illegal as board members...

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BENIN-NIGER AGREEMENT SIGNED

On 13 August, Prime Minister of Benin Lionel Zinsou signed a concession agreement with his counterpart in Niger Brigi Rafini and the Bolloré Group's Railway CEO Thierry Ballard. In terms of this,...

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BENIN-NIGERIA RAILWAY PROPOSED

Governor Bagudu of Nigeria’s Kebbi State recently paid a two-day official visit to Benin, on the instructions of President Buhari, who wanted him to explore ways of strengthening bilateral relations....

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DAKAR ELECTRIFICATION

The government of Senegal has invited interested firms to prequalify for various rail-related contracts. The western section of the Dakar-Diourbel metre-gauge line is to be upgraded and...

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NRC TRIALS SYSTEM CONTROL

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) is currently testing its new control system at its headquarters in Ebute-Metta, Lagos. The equipment was supplied by a consortium comprising Ansaldo, the...

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AFRICA RAIL INNOVATION

Africa Intelligence reports that Thierry Ballard has set up his own firm entitled Africa Rail Innovation. Ballard is well known as head of the rail division of Bolloré. ...

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LOUIS BERGER & ACP DEVELOPMENT

Louis Berger, a $1 billion global professional services corporation, has been hired to support the development of the transport sector in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, with...

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Mishaps

International Rail News

KIWIRAIL MAY SELL STATIONS

Kiwirail, New Zealand’s state-owned railway, is considering selling off stations as a way to keep itself afloat. It has sold $NZ40 million’s worth of property in the past two years and is presently...

PRESTON-BLACKPOOL ELECTRIFICATION DELAY

Electrification of the Preston-Blackpool line was due for completion by May 2016. Following a review which found the work unlikely to be delivered on time and to budget, main contractor Balfour Beatty...

FIRST LOCO BUILT IN RUSSIAN PLANT

The first unit built at the Engels plant in Saratov region has been received at an appropriate ceremony. Based on Bombardier's Traxx platform, the 1,520mm gauge loco is designed for operating in...

SECOND FUZHOU-ZHANGZHOU HS LINE

The existing 297km line linking Fuzhou with Zhangzhou in China - running via Fuqing, Putian, Quanzhou and Xiamen - opened in 2010. With a design speed of 250km/h, it is operating at over 100%...