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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“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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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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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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SUDAN RAILWAYS

A recent report at http://graphic.com.gh/features/features/44098-sudan-africa-s-emerging-trade-hub.html says Sudan's government is "currently engaged in upgrading rail transport, and has signalled...

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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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10M LEASE STILL TO RUN; PRASA VACATED BUILDING

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) incurred fruitless and wasteful expenditure by paying rent for the Intersite Building which it vacated 10 months before the lease expired. This is one...

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BINDURA NICKEL TO HELP NRZ

The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) is currently refurbishing its fleet and reducing speed restrictions on its rail tracks, acting general manager Lewis Mukwada says. NRZ is working with Bindura...

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ESKOM ROAD-TO-RAIL IMPROVES

Coal road-to-rail performance for the year was 12.59 million tons, Eskom says, rising 8.5% since January and bettering the target of 11.5 million. The increase was achieved in the face of numerous...

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TFR INTO AFRICA

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) had cross-border revenue of R61.2 billion in the 2014/15 financial year – an 8% increase. As a percentage of overall group revenue, the contribution of cross-border...

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PUBLIC PROTECTOR REPORTS ON PRASA

On 24 August, public protector Thuli Madonsela released her findings on investigations into the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). Briefly, she uncovered widespread evidence of improper...

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TFR AUCTION 115

Peter Bagshawe reports - All the locomotive and rolling stock lots were sold. Lot Withdrawn: Lot 3, class 7E3 loco (E7225) at Pyramid South was taken out of the sale. Additional Lot: Lot 9,...

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MPOFU CALLS FOR HOLISTIC APPROACH

"The current state at National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) is due to a decline in business and also because of vandalism of infrastructure," transport and infrastructural development minister Dr Obert...

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PRASA LOCOS: A RUMOUR & A FACT

The new Afro4000 locos imported from Spain by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) not only exceed the prescribed South African loading gauge, but may be too long for comfort....

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TRANSNET CARBON CALCULATOR APP

South Africa intends introducing a tax on carbon emissions in 2016. The main purpose is to encourage the use of cleaner energy sources. The proposed carbon tax rate is R120/t of carbon dioxide...

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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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MAURITANIA RAILWAY

Hanno Resources, a mineral exploration company focused on north-west Africa, completed a four-year technical cooperation agreement (TCA) with the government of Western Sahara in June 2011, evaluating...

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SENEGAL - NEW RAILWAY PROPOSED

Senegal President Macky Sall has announced plans to construct a new railway to serve the country’s south-eastern region of Casamance. A feasibility study has been completed, he says, the cost of...

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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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International Rail News

HUAWEI AT LEADING CONFERENCE

Huawei, a global ICT solutions provider, demonstrated at the first International conference on railway interoperability, standardiSation and harmonisation in the Middle East, held in Doha, Qatar, how...

LONDON CROSSRAIL: LAST TBM DECOMMISSIONED

Victoria, the last remaining Crossrail tunnel-boring machine (TBM), is being dismantled following completion of the 42km tunnelling project. Victoria completed tunnelling at Farringdon Crossrail...

SHE LIVES ON TRAINS

Leonie Muller fell out with her landlord who was charging her R6 000 per month for her apartment. After this, she decided that she’d had enough of apartment life and bought a ticket, which enables...

METRO TRAINS FOR ST PETERSBURG

The city of St Petersburg approved a 2015-2020 transport strategy in June 2014, which will fund the supplying of 20 eight-car trains for the city's 1,524mm-gauge, 113km Metro network, together with...