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South Africa - Articles and news items

Revolutionising rail in South Africa

Issue 3 2017 / 10 May 2017 /

The South African Government – through its National Department of Transport – has initiated an ambitious programme to modernise the country’s aged passenger railway system. This journey of investment and modernisation is well underway and the fruits are now visible. This article for European Railway Review explains the progress that has been made to date.

Alstom X’Tropolis Mega trains enter service in South Africa

Rail industry news / 9 May 2017 /

Alstom’s South African joint venture (JV) partner, Gibela, has successfully entered its first X’Trapolis Mega trains in South Africa.

Southern Africa railway revitalisation…

Issue 2 2016 / 23 March 2016 /

The Southern African Region can be considered as including the countries of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. This region is close to the Indian Ocean and also comprises the Comoros States, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles. The UIC has collaborated with experts from the African region in a study called: ‘Revitalisation of Rail in Africa: Destination 2040’ which was supported by the African Union and endorsed at the 3rd African Transport Ministers meeting in Malabo in 2014…

Alstom JV begins construction on South African suburban trains manufacturing site

Rail industry news / 7 March 2016 /

Alstom, together with its South African joint venture (JV) company Gibela, has begun construction on a new train manufacturing site.

Centralised control centre: South Africa’s answer to rail traffic management

Rail industry news / 14 October 2015 /

A state-of-the-art control centre has opened in the South African province of Gauteng integrating rail traffic management from 35 existing control rooms. The advanced rail traffic management control centre, known as the Gauteng Nerve Centre (GNC), accommodates 35 control rooms in a single location. The GNC constantly monitors each and every one of the over […]

South Africa’s long-distance rail network to be fitted with Siemens signaling

Rail industry news / 4 December 2013 /

South Africa’s biggest rail signaling project to make Gauteng’s rail network safer and more efficient…

Bombardier’s Gautrain passenger numbers surpass all expectations in South Africa

Rail industry news / 12 August 2010 /

While the eyes of the world were on South Africa, a staggering 400,000 people used the new trains to travel between Johannesburg’s commercial district at Sandton and the OR Tambo International Airport…