Driving East African Rail Connectivity: Insights From Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency's Zaituni Nakonde
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by Railways Africa
1M ago
In this edition of Coffee with the Editor, Zaituni Nakonde, Director of Infrastructure Development at CCTTFA, discusses the agency's role and mandate in enhancing rail connectivity across East Africa. Learn how the Central Corridor is tackling funding challenges and promoting the new Standard Gauge Railway to boost regional trade and logistics ..read more
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Rail Integration And Regional Connectivity: Eng. Achieng’ Akun Beatrice On The EAC's Mission And Challenges
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by Railways Africa
1M ago
In this edition of Coffee with the Editor, Eng. Achieng’ Akun Beatrice discusses the role of the East African Community (EAC) and its mission to integrate the region through various policies and infrastructure development programmes. We touch on topics from project preparation, to standards, and harmonisation for seamless operability and connectivity. The East African Community is a regional intergovernmental organisation with member states from the East African region. Currently, the community has eight member states: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi ..read more
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Building The Future: LAPSSET’s Strategic Railway Network To Boost Trade Between Kenya, South Sudan, and Ethiopia
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by Railways Africa
1M ago
In a recent Coffee with the Editor interview, Alex Wariithi, Senior Valuer at LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority, provided insight into the LAPSSET project and its current status, particularly from a railway perspective.   LAPSSET stands for Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport, a significant transport and economic corridor. The objective of this project is to develop regions of Kenya that have remained underdeveloped since independence, covering about 70% of the country's land mass. The Port of Lamu serves as the project's anchor point, providing a critical connection to the sea ..read more
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Transnet Freight Rail Insights: Strategy, Infrastructure and Industry Collaboration
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by Railways Africa
2M ago
In this edition of Coffee with the Editor, we are joined by Russell Baatjies, CEO of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR).  Russell provides invaluable insights into TFR's strategic direction, ongoing collaborations and formidable challenges. Our dialogue navigates through TFR's overarching vision and proactive approach in aligning with industry imperatives while anticipating future demands. We explore the significant industry support received, particularly along the North Corridor, and the potential extension of similar agreements for the North East corridor, servicing chrome magnetite and rock ..read more
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Navigating The Rails Of Change: Prof. Havenga Comments On Current Rail Developments In South Africa
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by Railways Africa
2M ago
Professor Jan Havenga, the newly appointed board member of PRASA, offered an insightful dialogue on current rail affairs in South Africa, during the celebration of the PRASA’s 200th train launch in Cape Town on 23 April 2024. His expertise in freight logistics will bring fresh perspectives to passenger rail transport. Full article: https://www.railways.africa/rails-of-change-professor-havenga-current-rail-developments-south-africa/ **************************************************************************** DISCLAIMER: The views expressed by Professor Jan Havenga are his own and do not repre ..read more
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PRASA’s Progress And Innovation In Train Systems And Signalling
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by Railways Africa
2M ago
Join Railways Africa Magazine for an insightful interview with Athanacious Makgamatha, General Manager: SAD Signals and Telecoms, as he discusses the latest advancements in South Africa’s passenger rail systems. Recorded during a celebratory event on April 23, marking the 200th trainset and the re-signalling of the Southern Line in Cape Town, Makgamatha shares valuable insights into ongoing progress and future plans. From enhanced signalling systems to proactive measures against vandalism and theft. Stay tuned for an engaging conversation that sheds light on the innovative strategies driving t ..read more
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Rail Reform In South Africa: Progress And Challenges
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by Railways Africa
2M ago
A brief discussion on the future of rail transport in South Africa with Ngwako Makaepea, Deputy Director General of Rail Transport, during the PRASA celebration in Cape Town on 23 April 2024. Ngwako highlights the Department of Transport's commitment to advancing rail reform, emphasising the importance of laying down foundational building blocks for a robust system. He discusses key initiatives such as the freight logistics roadmap and the establishment of the Transnet Infrastructure Manager. Ngwako further explores the significance of private sector participation in rail projects, detailing ..read more
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South Africa's Railways: Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga Discusses Milestones & Future Plans
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by Railways Africa
2M ago
Join us in this interview as the Minister of Transport, Ms. Sindisiwe Chikunga, discusses significant advancements in South Africa's passenger railway system, including the delivery of the 200th train from a total of 600, and the national signalling programme. As of 23 April, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has successfully recovered 31 of the 40 rail corridors. Minister Chikunga outlines PRASA's future plans with Gibela. These initiatives are in line with the African Union's agenda for South Africa to produce rolling stock for the continent, and the objectives of the Africa ..read more
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Beira Port Bolsters Facilities Amidst Growing Trade Demands
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by Railways Africa
2M ago
At the Land Linked Zambia Event held on April 4-5, 2024, in Zambia, we caught up with Mudiwa Mupfanochiya from Cornelder de Moçambique, S.A., for a "Coffee With the Editor" interview. Mudiwa provided an insightful overview of the operations and strategic role of the Port of Beira, managed by the private consortium formed through a partnership between the Mozambican public company Porto e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) and the Cornelder Group, CdM, since 1998. The Port of Beira is strategically linked by two major railway lines, enhancing its connectivity across the region. The rehabili ..read more
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BBR’s Rail Initiatives In Zimbabwe And Beyond
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by Railways Africa
2M ago
In this edition of Railways Africa Magazine’s "Coffee with the Editor," filmed at the recent Land-Linked Zambia 2024 event, we speak with Raymond Shoniwa, the General Manager of Beitbridge Bulawayo Railway (BBR). Raymond discusses some of the major breakthroughs, including the recent acquisition of three new locomotives and 150 wagons, which are being used for the recently concluded open access agreement with the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ). With fluctuations in lithium prices, BBR’s scope has broadened and the company is now transporting a diverse range of commodities including chrom ..read more
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