Railway Transport in South Africa 2017

  • ID: 4412631
  • Report
  • Region: Africa, South Africa
  • 104 pages
  • Who Owns Whom
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Railway Transport: South Africa’s current rail network is the eleventh-largest in the world at 22,387 route-km or 30,400 track-km. It comprises 12,801km of national network, 7,278km of branch lines and 2,228km of narrow gauge urban network, as well as 80km of standard gauge regional rapid transit network. The Department of Transport regulates all transportation in the country and shares its responsibility for both passenger and freight infrastructure and operations with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) and Transnet SOC Ltd. The Department of Transport has oversight over PRASA and RSR, while Transnet, a state-owned company, falls under the Department of Public Enterprises. The Gauteng Provincial Government, through the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA), is the owner of the R27bn Gautrain system.

Revitalising the Rail Sector: The proposed National Rail Policy plans to stimulate a renaissance in the South African railway sector by introducing remedial infrastructural investment plus institutional interventions to position rail as the backbone of the national transport sector. Total capital expenditure by Transnet in the 2016 financial year reached R34bn with R11.1bn spent on the expansion of infrastructure and equipment and R18.5bn spent on maintaining capacity in the rail and ports divisions. For the 2017/2018 fiscal year the Minister of Transport allocated R19bn. The major revitalisation investment will entail the conversion of an outdated Cape gauge network to a standard gauge high-performance national rail network and the provision of sufficient capacity for heavy haul and general freight services, as well as for regional rapid transit and long-distance passenger services.

Report Coverage:
As well as covering passenger and freight transportation by rail, the detailed report on the South African rail sector includes information on the manufacture of concrete railway sleepers and turnouts. The report profiles the two state-owned entities, PRASA and Transnet, as well as four other role players in the railway transport sector.
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1. Introduction

2. Description Of The Industry
2.1. Industry Value Chain
2.2. Geographic Position

3. Size Of The Industry

4. State Of The Industry
4.1. Local
4.1.1. Corporate Actions
4.1.2. Regulations
4.1.3. Enterprise Development And Social Economic Development
4.2. Continental
4.3. International

5. Influencing Factors
5.1. National Rail Policy – Draft White Paper
5.2. Economic Environment
5.3. Rising Operating Costs
5.4. Investment In Rolling Stock And Rail Infrastructure
5.5. Supply Chain Issues
5.6. The Movement From Road To Rail
5.7. Private Sector Participation (PSP)
5.8. ChallengeSAnd Issues Facing The Mining Industry
5.9. Technology, Research & Development (R&D) And Innovation
5.10. Labour
5.11. Cyclicality
5.12. Environmental Concerns
5.13. Crime, Safety And Security

6. Competition
6.1. Barriers To Entry

7. Swot Analysis

8. Outlook

9. Industry Associations

10. References
10.1. Publications
10.2. Websites
Appendix 1
Railway Operators Who Applied For A Railway Safety Permit During The Period 2016/17, In Accordance With The Railway Safety Regulator Act
Appendix 2
Transnet Freight Rail Business Units: CommoditieSAnd Critical Train Flows
Appendix 3
Examples Of Current And Future Rail-Related Projects On The African Continent
Appendix 4
PraSA Capital Expenditure Programme Mtef 2017-2020
Appendix 5
Overview Of The Manufacture Of Concrete SleeperSAnd Turnouts
Company Profiles
Bombela Operating Company (PTY) Ltd
Grindrod Corridor Management (PTY) Ltd
Grindrod Rail Operations (PTY) Ltd
Passenger Rail Agency Of South Africa
SAfreight Logistics (PTY) Ltd
Transnet Soc Ltd
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  • Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa
  • Transnet SOC Ltd
  • Bombela Operating Company (Pty) Ltd
  • Grindrod Corridor Management (Pty) Ltd
  • Grindrod Rail Operations (Pty) Ltd
  • SAFreight Logistics (Pty) Ltd
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