Africa Update

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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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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DRC joins Northern Corridor

The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced its decision to join the Northern Corridor Integration projects as full member during the next summit. The announcement was made by DRC minister of...

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China & Africa in figures

China's trade with countries in Africa has grown about ten times in the last ten years. Total value will possibly reach $US300 billion in 2015, according to the fourth China-Africa Industrial Forum at...

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SA optimistic about trade with Gabon

A South African business delegation visited Gabon and Cameroon late in November. In Gabon it participated in an Outward Trade and Investment Mission (OSim), the SA Department of Trade and Industry...

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Grindrod in Cameroon

South African loco manufacturer Grindrod has opened an office in Cameroon. This follows the delivery of nine locomotives to Camrail, the Bolloré group concessionaire which operates railways in the...

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Six New Locos For Gabon

Société d'Exploitation du Transgabonais (Setrag), the state railway of Gabon, is taking delivery of six new locomotives - part of a long-term modernisation of the country's freight rail operations....

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African Growth Outpacing Global Average

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, in their Economic Insight: Africa Q3 2015 report, provide a snapshot of the region's economic performance focusing specifically on Kenya,...

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TAZARA initiates rehabilitation works for copper-carrying wagons at Mpika

In a press statement issued by the public relations office of the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), the rail operator announced that it has embarked on a rehabilitation programme to restore...

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Tanzania launches its second five-year development plan

Tanzanian minister of finance and planning, Dr Philip Mpango, presented the second Five Year Development Plan (FYDP) to the National Assembly last week. The FYDP aims to boost industrialisation for...

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Kenya - Huge increase expected in cargo haulage using SGR

Speaking during a consultative meeting with members of the Shippers Council of Eastern Africa, the Principal Secretary in charge of Transport, Wilson Irungu Nyakera, presented forecasts regarding the...

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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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Bruno Ching’andu assumes office as Managing Director of TAZARA

On 15 April, Mr Bruno Tandeo Ching’andu was appointed to the position of Managing Director of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA). In an address to the Executive Management Committee 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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The Africa Regional Index report launched in Addis Ababa

It has often been stated that economic integration is a key component of economic transformation for developing countries, however up until recently no mechanisms existed to systemically measure how...

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Huawei to build railway operational communications network for Kenya

China-based communications company Huawei announced that it has been awarded a contract to build a train-to-ground communications solution, fully integrated with train signal systems, for Kenya's...

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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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Algerian-Chinese Joint Venture

China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) and Algeria’s national company of railway construction (Infrafer) have created a joint venture for the construction of railway track. The agreement was...

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Algiers metro extensions

A consortium of Colas Rail and Algerian partner Kou GC has been awarded two contracts by the Algiers Metro Company (EMA) with a total value of €168 million for work on two extensions of the Algiers...

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TAZARA initiates rehabilitation works for copper-carrying wagons at Mpika

In a press statement issued by the public relations office of the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), the rail operator announced that it has embarked on a rehabilitation programme to restore...

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Gibela Welcomes New Chairman

According to a recent press release, Gibela has appointed DR Xolani Mkhwanazi as its new non-executive Chairman, which will be effective from 1 May. Dr Mkhwanazi is an internationally experienced...

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GMA to achieve 65% localisation for its extension plans

At a media briefing following a meeting of the Transport Portfolio Committee in the Gauteng Legislature on 5 May, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Dr Ismail Vadi highlighted that the minimum...

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Extension plans for Gauteng Rapid Rail System to be announced in next two months

Responding to questions at a meeting of the Transport Portfolio Committee in the Gauteng Legislature on 5 May, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Dr Ismail Vadi announced that planning for the...

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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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SARA Conference and Exhibition

The Southern African Railways Association (SARA) is preparing for the 6th edition of its highly successful SARA Rail Conference and Exhibition, being held on the 18 and 19 May in Johannesburg. In...

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Minister Lynne Brown – Proud of Transnet Engineering’s repositioning

Tabling the department’s Budget Vote at the National Assembly on 26 April, minister of public enterprise Lynne Brown, highlighted the fact that the re-industrialisation of state-owned companies (SOC)...

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Strengthening the freight logistics system

In her address to the National Assembly on 26 April, minister of public enterprise Lynne Brown expanded on the role of infrastructure development in the National Development Plan. She stated that...

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UNTU apportions blame while rail violence continues

General secretary of the United National Transport Union (UNTU), Steve Harris, published a statement addressing the escalating levels of violence in the rail sector stating that: “The rail violence in...

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Gauteng Household Travel Survey Report shows interesting commuter trends in the province

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Dr Ismail Vadi has launched the 2014 Gauteng Household Travel Survey Report. The survey is the second in a series of household travel surveys carried out by...

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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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Locomotives for Sitarail

Railways Africa has confirmed with Grindrod Communications the delivery of 6 locomotives for Sitarail. A full feature will appear in issue 3 of Railways Africa....

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Nigerian Railway Corporation Act open for discussion

On 25 April, Nigerian President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, opened the public hearing of a proposed piece of legislation, aimed at reforming the country’s railway system. The Nigerian...

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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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President Buhari Orders Establishment Of Technical Committees On New China/Nigeria Joint Projects

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that technical committees be immediately established to finalise discussions on new joint Nigeria/China projects in rail, power, manufacturing, agricultural and...

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China yields billions in investments for Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed satisfaction with the outcome of his working visit to China, which has yielded additional investments in Nigeria exceeding $US6 billion. A total of $US1...

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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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Record numbers of rail commuters recorded in Nigeria

Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) reports that they have had at least 405,048 passengers travel by train in the first two months of the year, with some 207 286 in January and 197 762 in February....

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Nigerian Lagos-Calabar rly irregularity

The government of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria awarded a $US12 billion contract to the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) in terms of which a new 750km railway...

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International Rail News

Uruguay government to contracts ART to modernise the country’s rail system

On 27 April, the Uruguayan Government announced that it has initiated a modernisation project, which will result in an overhaul of the entire rail traffic control structure that crosses the geographic...

UIC published new guidelines for safety at level crossings

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the International Union of Railways (UIC), two worldwide road and rail associations, together with Operation Lifesaver Estonia, have joined forces to...

Alstom and Qatar Railways unveil the new Citadis Tram for the city of Lusail

In June 2014, Qatar Railways awarded a contract to Alstom, who were operating as a part of a consortium, for the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of an integrated...

Qatar metro tunnel breakthrough

The 11.3km Red Line tunnel on which boring began in July 2014 for the Doha metro in Qatar achieved breakthrough on 21 March. Four tunnel boring machines were used on this project. The northern section...