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South Africa Railway Transport and Manufacture of Locomotives and Rolling Stock Report 2021: State of the Industry, Influencing Factors, Competition, Industry Assocations

DUBLIN, April 12, 2021 -- The "Railway Transport and Manufacture of Locomotives and Rolling Stock in South Africa 2021" report has been added to's offering.

This report focuses on freight and passenger rail transport and the manufacture of railway locomotives and rolling stock. It includes comprehensive information on Transnet, Prasa and Gautrain, including financial performance, infrastructure development and governance and supply chain issues.

Railway Transport and Manufacture of Locomotives and Rolling Stock in South Africa:

The rail industry was plagued by aging infrastructure and governance issues prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The industry has been further affected by a decrease in rail freight and passenger volumes and revenues due to lockdown restrictions.

The poor economy has led to lower production, with less freight to transport, resulting in lower investment in expansion, and reducing the demand for additional rolling stock for freight. The state-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and Transnet, which dominate the sector, are suffering the effects of the legacy of poor governance and procurement irregularities with ongoing investigations by the Special Investigation Unit and appearances at the commission of inquiry into state capture.

Government's proposed open access to the rail network for private sector investment should enhance competitiveness and promote efficiency in the sector.

Prasa and Transnet:

In December 2019, the minister of Transport dismissed Prasa's interim board and acting CEO and put the company into administration.

A permanent board was appointed in October 2020. Prasa's operational issues include fleets out of service and a train shortage, the deteriorating condition of rolling stock and infrastructure, a decline in the number of trains scheduled, train delays and cancellations.

Transnet's 2020 performance was affected by deteriorating economic conditions reducing the volumes requiring transport by rail, increased security incidents, adverse weather patterns and poor rail network conditions in some key corridors. Its 2021 interim results reflect significant declines in revenue and volumes as a result of the lockdown.

There are profiles of 31 companies including Transnet and Prasa, suppliers such as Siemens, ABB and Actom and logistics companies such as SAFreight Logistics.

Key Topics Covered:


2.1. Industry Value Chain
2.2. Geographic Position


4.1. Local: Overview
4.1.1. Local: Prasa
4.1.2. Local: Gautrain
4.1.3. Local: Transnet Freight Rail
4.1.4. Corporate Actions
4.1.5. Regulations
4.1.6. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development
4.2. Continental
4.3. International

5.1. Coronavirus
5.2. Economic Environment
5.3. Rising Operating and Input Costs
5.4. Investment in Rolling Stock and Rail Infrastructure
5.5. Private Sector Capacity Expansion Projects
5.6. Private Sector Open Access and Concessions
5.7. Governance and Supply Chain Issues
5.8. Localisation and Supplier Development Programmes
5.9. Challenges and Issues Facing the Mining Sector
5.10. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation
5.11. Labour
5.12. Crime, Security and Safety
5.13. Cyclicality
5.14. Environmental Issues

6.1. Barriers to Entry




10.1. Publications
10.2. Websites


  • Transnet Freight Rail Business Units: Commodities and Critical Train Flows
  • Summary of Notable players
  • Current and Future Passenger and Freight Rail Related Projects on the African Continent
  • Suppliers to the Rail Manufacturing Industry
  • Localisation and Supplier Development Initiatives and Incentives
  • Company Profiles
  • Abb South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Actom (Pty) Ltd
  • African Rail And Traction Services (Pty) Ltd
  • Alstom Ubunye (Pty) Ltd
  • Bombardier Transportation South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Bombela Operating Company (Pty) Ltd
  • Crrc E-Loco Supply (Pty) Ltd
  • Crrc Sa Rolling Stock (Pty) Ltd
  • Denel Vehicle Systems (Pty) Ltd
  • Etion Ltd
  • Galison Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd
  • Gibela Rail Transport Consortium (Rf) (Pty) Ltd
  • Global Railway Engineering (Pty) Ltd
  • Ikusasa Rail (Pty) Ltd
  • Knorr-Bremse (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd
  • Lucchini South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Passenger Rail Agency Of South Africa
  • Progress Rail Sa (Pty) Ltd
  • R And H Rail (Pty) Ltd
  • Safreight Logistics (Pty) Ltd
  • Siemens (Pty) Ltd
  • Siyahamba Engineering (Pty) Ltd
  • Swasap (Pty) Ltd
  • Thelo DB (Pty) Ltd
  • Tmh Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Transnet Soc Ltd
  • Traxtion Sheltam (Pty) Ltd
  • Trident South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Versa Rail (Pty) Ltd
  • Wabtec South Africa Technologies (Pty) Ltd
  • Wictra Holdings (Pty) Ltd

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