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Traxtion to invest billions in rail infrastructure development over next five years

Rail services and solutions provider Traxtion Group intends to embark on a significant investment programme within South Africa’s rail sector, which will, at first, see an initial locomotive and wagon build programme of R1.5-billion upon conclusion of the appropriate access rights with State-owned rail entity Transnet. Traxtion plans to invest a further R14-billion to R17-billion […]

‘Great opportunity’ to tap Mpumalanga’s grid capacity for just transition – IPP Office

The extension of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) to areas where coal jobs are at risk, but where grid capacity is available, represents a “great opportunity” to connect new renewable-energy generators while also supporting a just transition for coal workers, a senior official at the Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) argued on Monday. […]

Water supply projects in Sedibeng, Maluti-a-Phofung areas to resume

Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has confirmed that the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) had resolved a matter that involved delayed payment of service providers and, specifically, the department has paid R80-million to Sedibeng Water for continuation of projects in the Sedibeng district municipality. In turn, Sedibeng Water has made a […]

South Africa’s rail expansion plan links Soweto to Johannesburg

South Africa’s only high-speed rail network is drawing up a multibillion rand plan to expand outside Johannesburg and Pretoria, joining a potential bonanza of infrastructure projects the government says are key to reviving the economy. A proposal for the venture is awaiting sign-off by the National Treasury, William Dachs, chief executive officer of the Gautrain […]

Ethiopia slams pressure after Trump remark on destroying dam

Ethiopia slammed international pressure regarding its long-running dispute with Egypt and Sudan over a hydropower dam on the Nile River, after US President Donald Trump suggested Cairo could destroy the dam. “Ethiopia will not cave in to aggressions of any kind,” the office of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a statement. “Ethiopia may be […]

Transnet revamping concessions model to speed up private involvement in rail and ports

State-owned freight logistics group Transnet is in the process of overhauling its approach to opening up its port and rail networks, including 8 000-km of branch lines, to private participants, acknowledging that its previous models have been far to slow and cumbersome. CEO Portia Derby said the group was prioritising the leveraging of private sector investment […]