Africa Update

GE Reinforces Commitment to Africa at US Africa Business Forum

In 2014, the first United States - Africa Business Forum drew the attention of the world to the promise of Africa. Governments and organisations discussed and debated opportunities in infrastructure,...

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Cross Border Logistics platform to link Angola to DRC and Zambia

Benguela Railway Station (Image by David Stanley) Angolan minister of transport Augusto da Silva Tomás, announced this week that Angola, together with relevant stakeholders, are planning to...

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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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Private Investors Invited To Tap Into The US1.2 Billion Investment Gap In TAZARA

According to TAZARA managing director Bruno Ching’andu, the TAZARA railway Authority is in need of approximately US$250 million in external investment in the short term and a further US$1.2 billion...

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AfDB Seeking $US7.6 Billion For Investment In Tanzanian Railways

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced that it plans to hold an investor’s roadshow with the aim of attracting $US7.6 billion in financing for the Central Transport Corridor Standard Gauge...

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Construction Of Kenya SGR Phase 2 Will Commence Despite Environmental Objections

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has announced that phase two of the country’s Standard Gauge Railway Project will commence within a fortnight. The announcement comes following a decision by the...

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Ethiopia – Djibouti Railway Project Complete

The Ethiopian Railways Corporation has announced that the long-awaited Addis Ababa – Djibouti standard gauge railway line, currently under construction by China Civil Engineering Construction Company...

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GE Reinforces Commitment to Africa at US Africa Business Forum

In 2014, the first United States - Africa Business Forum drew the attention of the world to the promise of Africa. Governments and organisations discussed and debated opportunities in infrastructure,...

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Kenya Is The Model Of Success For Railways in Africa, says Senegalese President

Senegal’s President Macky Sall recently visited the Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project to assess progress in its implementation. The president was welcomed by the principal secretary for transport Wilson...

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Railway Training Institute Lauded by President Uhuru

President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on Kenyan students to consider undertaking technical training courses that are being offered at the Railway Training Institute (RTI) under the Standard Gauge...

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Kenya Railways Announces the Proposed Route for Phase Two of their SGR Project

The Kenya Railways has made public the proposed route for phase two of the country’s standard gauge railway project. The route starts from the west end of the Nairobi South Hub (end point of the...

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Majority Shareholder Looks To Sell Its Stake in Rift Valley Railways

Egyptian equity fund company Qalaa (formerly Citadel Capital) has announced, in a 2016 quarterly report, that it plans to sell non-core business assets with the view to stabilising the profitability...

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Accident Delays Passenger Train in Tanzania

An accident involving a freight train at the Kazuramimba and Luiche stations between Kigoma and Tabora, Tanzania, has resulted in delays in passenger rail services this week, the operator reports. It...

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Algerian Train Collision Claims A Life and Leaves 196 Injured

The national railway operator of Algeria (SNTF) experienced a serious train accident near the Boudouaou station, east of Algiers on the 24 September. According to reports, the incident occurred when...

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GE Reinforces Commitment to Africa at US Africa Business Forum

In 2014, the first United States - Africa Business Forum drew the attention of the world to the promise of Africa. Governments and organisations discussed and debated opportunities in infrastructure,...

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Five Fatalities in Train Accident - Cairo

Five people died in a Cairo when a passenger train derailed after leaving Cairo for the Southern city of Aswan this week. According to reports, the train operator engaged the train’s braking system...

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Egyptian National Railways Restructuring Project

In 2015, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development announced a loan agreement with Egypt to the value of €126 million, for the country’s Railways Modernisation Programme. The project aims...

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AFDB– Request for Expression of Interest for Computerisation Project Support Processes, Algeria

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has requested expressions of interests from consulting firms that can deliver on computerisation project support processes for Algerian railway operator Société...

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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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Vodacom Sign a R1bn Fibre Deal with PRASA

The telecommunications group Vodacom has recently announced that it has entered into a 15-year strategic partnership deal with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) valued at more than R1...

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Metrorail Resumes Services On Central Line

Recently reported in Railways Africa NewsExpress, Western Cape Metrorail was forced to suspend passenger rail services in on its Khayelitsha / Kapteinsklip / Sarepta line on 21 September, as a result...

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Level Crossing Accident Near Stellenbosch

A level crossing accident, which occurred between Koelenhof and Muldersvlei, near Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, has resulted in severe damage to a Metrorail passenger train on 22 September. The...

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Improved Freight Rail Logistics Performance Needed

According to The Port Management Association for Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA) secretary general, Nozipho Mdawe: “Improved port connectivity with rail networks and better logistics performance...

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Trade Agreements In The Spotlight At KZN Export Week

South Africa's increasing international presence has led to several trade agreements being negotiated with other countries. Facilitating the growth of the country's export markets, these favourable...

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Zambia Rail Limited Clinches $US20 Million Crude Oil Contract

PUMA Energy has contracted Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) to transport petroleum products from Ndola to Lusaka by rail. The contract, worth approximately $US20 million, will see 144,000 metric tonnes...

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Transnet Accelerates Maritime Skills Training For The Country

State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet celebrated the graduation of 283 KwaZulu-Natal-based graduates out of a record 513 national graduates who recently completed their qualifications in...

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GE Reinforces Commitment to Africa at US Africa Business Forum

In 2014, the first United States - Africa Business Forum drew the attention of the world to the promise of Africa. Governments and organisations discussed and debated opportunities in infrastructure,...

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Lucrative Rail Supply Contract In Namibia

The Namibian government has issued a tender for the supply of railway materials to rehabilitate the Walvis Bay – Tsumeb railway lines. The contract is divided into three, with each successful bidder...

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Violent Protests Result Metrorail Trains Being Set Alight in Cape Town

Approximately 150,000 commuters were affected when Cape Town’s Metrorail was forced to suspend passenger rail services in on the city’s central line on 21 September, as a result of violent service...

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Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Coordination Meeting Held in Abidjan

A regional corridor meeting held in Abidjan with all stakeholders in the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor was concluded on the 26 September, with calls for renewed commitment, accelerated implementation while...

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The AfDB Pledges $US1.4 Billion In Funding For Senegal

The African Development Bank (AfDB) board of directors has the approved the Country Strategy Paper for Senegal for the next five years (2016-2020). The new strategy has two pillars, which aims to...

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GE Reinforces Commitment to Africa at US Africa Business Forum

In 2014, the first United States - Africa Business Forum drew the attention of the world to the promise of Africa. Governments and organisations discussed and debated opportunities in infrastructure,...

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Nigeria Awards Railway Concession To General Electric

Nigerian minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi, announced this week that the government is in negotiations with General Electric with the view to award the international railway company a concession...

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NRC Suspends Services from Abuja to Kaduna

The Nigerian Railways Corporation (NRC) has suspended its passenger train service from Abuja to Kaduna because of the Eid-el-Kabir public holidays, Alhaji Yakub Mahmood, the deputy director, public...

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Rail Services Suspended due to Collapsed Bridge between Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso

On 7 September a key bridge linking Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast collapsed, resulting in rail services between the two countries being suspended.  The 1,260km railway route, operated by...

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Nigerian Ports Authority to Prioritise Cargo Movement by Rail

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has announced in a recent press release that they are set to prioritise the movement of cargo into and from the ports by rail, to maximise Nigeria’s inter-modal...

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Vandalism Threatens Construction of Abuja Light Rail Project

A local news agency in Nigeria, NTA, has published reports that vandalism is undermining progress made on the Abuja Light Rail Project in the country’s capital city. The Abuja Light Rail Project,...

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Nigeria Approves Funding for the Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project

The Nigerian Executive Council (FEC) announced this week that it has approved funding of $US1,488 billion for the execution of the Lagos/Ibadan Railway line modernisation project. The project was...

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Recruitment Drive at Nigerian Railway Corporation

The Nigeria Railway Corporation has announced the commencement of a recruitment exercise due to recent expansion and the introduction of new routes. Job opportunities include both senior and junior...

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International Rail News

InnoTrans 2016 Opens in Berlin

InnoTrans is the leading international trade fair for transport technology and takes places every two years in Berlin. The event, this year, covers all aspects of the railway industry and includes...

InnoTrans 2016 - GE Transportation Enables Digital Rail System, From Locomotive To Train Yard

A series of announcements by GE Transportation at InnoTrans reinforces how advanced digital technologies and analytics are helping to create an efficient, digital rail ecosystem – from the locomotive...

InnoTrans 2016 - Alstom Unveils Its Zero-Emission Train Coradia Ilint

Alstom presented its zero-emission train at InnoTrans, the railway industry’s largest trade fair, which takes place in Berlin from 20 to 23 September 2016. Despite numerous electrification...

InnoTrans 2016 – New MoU Signed For ERTMS Deployment

A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at InnoTrans between the European Commission, the European Union Agency for Railways, the UIC and European rail sector organisations. The...