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Railways Africa is the authoritative trade, technical, business-to-business publication and online news service covering the rail industry across the African continent.
Railways Africa is the authoritative trade, technical, business-to-business publication and online news service covering the rail industry across the African continent.

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Regional Integration A Key Driver Of Economic Growth

African researchers have indicated that improved governance and structural transformation on the continent will naturally depend on the advancement of regional integration initiatives. Successful regional integration will eventually bring about the desired ease of movement of people and ease of doing business, as well as improve the balance of payment through increased quality exports.

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Transnet Freight Rail Employees Celebrate GCU Qualifications

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) employees celebrated the completion of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) qualifications at a ceremony in South Africa, Thursday, December 7.

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE led the fourth graduation ceremony held at the TFR’s School of Rail campus in Esselenpark with a leadership speech from Transnet Group Chief Executive Mr Siyabonga Gama. A total of 183 TFR employees graduated with a BSc in Railway Operations Management, Diploma of Higher Education and Certificates of Higher Education in Railway Operations Management. Glasgow Caledonian University’s School for Work Based Education, has for four years worked in partnership with the University of Johannesburg to deliver this unique, bespoke programme to Transnet Freight Rail with the collaboration originating in a UK partnership with the Institution of Railway Operators.

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Freight Looting A Growing Concern

The escalating voracity of freight looting – the theft of goods off the back of fleet vehicles, sometimes while moving – was highlighted in a recent Carte Blanche insert. This criminal act has massive financial repercussions for the fleet and insurance industries, and ultimately the consumer, and is expected to intensify in the run-up to the festive season.

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Gibela Gears Up To Deliver South African-Built Commuter Trains

As 2017 draws to a close, the new factory and training centre complex and corporate office of emerging South African commuter train manufacturer Gibela, at Dunnottar in Ekurhuleni, is nearly complete – just short of two years from the start of construction.

From 2 January 2018, the company’s current 400+ fulltime employees will be based at the complex at 2 Shosholoza Avenue, and work will begin in earnest on the manufacture of the first of 580 six-car X-Trapolis Mega commuter trains to be built over the next 10 years for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).

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Morocco Unanimously Re-Elected For UIC Africa Region

On Thursday December 7, 2017, the International Union of Railways (UIC) held its 91st General Assembly (AG) in Paris, bringing together more than 180 senior managers of railway networks around the world. On the agenda of its work are the presentation of the report of the activities carried out in 2017 and the adoption of the action plan 2018.

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Prasa Appoints New Acting Group CEO

The Passenger Rail Agency (PRASA) has announced the appointment of Mr Cromet Molepo as the new Acting Group CEO (GCEO) with immediate effect. Mr Molepo relieves Mr Lindikaya Zide who has been the Acting GCEO and who’s acting period had expired as per Corporate Governance policy.

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Resumption Of Train Services

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority has confirmed that train services between New Kapiri Mposhi and Nakonde Stations have resumed, following the return to work by unionized employees in Zambia, who had downed tools on 5th December 2017.

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Handover Of First Bombardier TRAXX Locomotive in Africa

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation and the South African State-Owned Enterprise Company Transnet have celebrated the handover and acceptance of the first of 240 BOMBARDIER TRAXX locomotives for freight traffic in South Africa.

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Central Train Services Suspended Indefinitely In The Western Cape

Metrorail Western Cape has resorted to suspend all central train services as no trains are able to operate on the Chris Hani – Kapteinsklip and Bishop Lavis lines as a result of extreme vandalism.

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Nako Systra To Be Acquired

The Commission has approved the proposed merger, without conditions, whereby Systra Société Anonyme à Directoire et Conseil de Surveillance SA (Systra SA) and Iliso Consulting (Pty) Ltd t/a Nako Iliso (Nako Iliso) intend to acquire Nako Systra (Pty) Ltd. Systra SA is an international engineering and consulting group with worldwide experience in the field of providing engineering services for mass transit modes such as railways, metro, monorails, tramways and buses throughout the entire lifecycle of a given mass transit project.

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