Why we need a 'thuma mina' trains signalling project team to fix deadly railway network failures

2019-06-16 10:00

For thuma mina to be taken seriously, it has to be broken into to manageable thuma mina projects with clear objectives, responsibilities, timelines and budgets, and managed by competent people, writes Phumlani Moholi.

Dear Mr President, now that you've experienced a train delay, let's get a few things straight

2019-03-20 05:00

On Monday, you found yourself stuck for hours on a train to nowhere. You seemed surprised, but surely this cannot be possible. You cannot act like you don't know that commuters are in mortal peril.

Metrorail trains across SA at risk of coming to a stand still

2019-01-24 19:31

The Railway Safety Regulator is considering suspending the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's safety permit again, following the fatal train collision in Mountainview, Pretoria that left four people dead and 620 injured.

Firefighters quell fresh blaze at Cape Town train station

2018-10-09 12:34

Firefighters have arrived at Cape Town train station to battle yet another train-related blaze after thick, black smoke permeated the air above the station.

Prasa operating permit suspension held over

2018-10-08 11:49

The North Gauteng High Court has held over the suspension of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's operating permit, the Railway Safety Regulator has confirmed.

Canadian start-up seeks testing ground for hyperloop train

2018-08-10 15:33

A Canadian company hopes to build what it bills as the future of public transportation, testing the development of super-fast "hyperloop" trains.

Metrorail services on Cape Town central line remain suspended

2017-12-11 17:29

Metrorail has announced that its central line train service remains suspended until further notice as commuters struggle to get to and from work using alternative modes of transport.

New German rail line connects Berlin to Munich

2017-12-08 22:20

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn has opened a new high-speed rail line connecting Berlin and Munich that it hopes will compete with air travel between the two cities.

Metrorail costs Cape businesses millions - survey

2017-09-03 15:22

Disruptions in Metrorail's services cost Western Cape businesses millions in lost production hours, while employees travelling by train suffer assault and theft on daily basis, a survey has found.


'Hero' tackles robber on Cape Town train, marches him to cop shop

2019-06-12 06:49

When Lorenzo Anthony saw a commuter pinned against the train door by armed robbers, he felt he had to help him out of a difficult spot. The men managed to confiscate the gun from one robber and marched him to the police station.

Hopeful, but realistic: A Cape Town train commuter's plea

2019-04-11 08:01

Unveiling a shiny, new train that will be introduced in the future is like putting a plaster over an open wound that needs surgery, writes Aaqeelah Floris.

Rare success story: Zimbabwe's only commuter train is packed

2019-02-10 13:52

Chugging through townships, maize fields and scrubland as the sun rises, Zimbabwe's only commuter train is cheap and reliable -- two qualities that its passengers cherish in a downwards-spiralling economy.

Prasa welcomes revoking of suspension, pledges safety compliance

2018-10-14 22:43

Prasa has said that it welcomed the revoking of a safety permit suspension notice which had been issued previously by the Railway Safety Regulator.

Train attacks: Prasa to brief Parliament on its strategy

2018-10-09 05:22

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is expected to brief Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Transport on its strategy for dealing with attacks on its trains.

Kempton Park train crash: Nzimande calls for 'severe consequences' if human error cited

2018-10-05 11:16

Transport Minister Blade Nzimande wants an urgent report on the Kempton Park train crash, after 320 people were injured in the collision between two trains.

Suspect in latest Metrorail train fire arrested in Cape Town

2018-07-31 16:55

With the help of an eyewitness, police and protection services officials were on the scene almost immediately after the fire was started and detained the suspect.

Metrorail suspends all train services on Cape Town central line

2017-12-11 10:18

Metrorail Western Cape has suspended all trains running on the central line, which services areas such as Khayelitsha, Philippi, Mitchells Plain, Bishop Lavis and Langa, until further notice.

Parliament to investigate massive Transnet locomotive tender

2017-09-17 16:11

Parliament’s trade and industry oversight committee has agreed to launch an inquiry into Transnet’s controversial acquisition of 1 064 locomotives at a cost of R50bn.

An open letter to Metrorail – here's why you need to up your service delivery game

2017-05-08 15:37

Will you ever stop failing your customers?

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