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Railway Transport and Manufacture of Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Freight and passenger rail transport and the manufacture of railway locomotives and rolling stock in South Africa is dominated by Transnet, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and Gautrain, all of which are feeling the effects of the poor economy on passenger numbers, freight volumes and costs. Additionally, Transnet and Prasa have been directly linked to allegations of state capture and various corporate governance contraventions and wrongful activities including the award of multi-billion-rand contracts.
The proposed National Rail Policy plans to stimulate a renaissance in the South African railway sector by introducing remedial infrastructural investment and institutional interventions to position rail as the backbone of the national transport sector. About 42% of the more than R750bn investment in infrastructure projects to 2050 in terms of the National Transport Master Plan is earmarked for the rail sector. Proposed capital expenditure and expansion projects of Transnet, Prasa and Gautrain are expected to lead this revival. Gautrain plans to extend its route while Prasa plans to arrest its decline and return to stability, while renewing its rolling stock. Transnet’s strategy is based on the digitisation and integration of all elements in the value chain.
This report focuses on freight and passenger rail transport and the manufacture of railway locomotives and rolling stock and includes comprehensive information on the state and size of the industry, volumes and tonnages, investment in rolling stock and infrastructure and significant projects and corporate actions in South Africa, on the continent and internationally. There are 31 company profiles including Transnet, Prasa and Bombela Operating Company, which operates Gautrain. Other profiled companies include Traxtion Sheltam which provides services to the coal mining, ferrochrome, gold mining and paper and pulp industries and African Rail and Traction Services, part of the Surtees Rail Group, which operates and controls rail systems.