Railway Transport and Manufacture of Locomotives and Rolling Stock in South Africa 2023: Ageing Infrastructure and Governance Issues Plague Industry

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

The rail industry has been plagued by ageing infrastructure and governance issues. Companies have continued to shift the transport of goods to road as the country's rail system becomes increasingly unreliable. The plan to open the rail network to private participation has failed to gain traction, with only one successful bidder to date.

Theft and vandalism of rail infrastructure is rampant and locomotive availability is a major issue. The loss-making state-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), which is responsible for most passenger rail services in the country, and Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), have been involved in procurement irregularities and irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure and poor governance, with ongoing investigations and appearances at the commission of inquiry into state capture.

State of Decline

South Africa's railway industry is in a state of decline, as seen by the decrease in freight and passengers transported by train, with freight volumes the lowest recorded over the past decade, and the downward trend continuing. The dilapidated rail network is forcing more freight onto the country's already overwhelmed and overburdened roads, increasing congestion and damaging infrastructure. The passenger network is even worse than freight, as passenger volumes decreased nearly 90% between 2019 and 2021, and a further 15% in 2022. Criminality, such as theft and vandalism, is the biggest challenge and safety threat to rail infrastructure.

Report Coverage

This report focuses on freight and passenger rail transport and the manufacture of railway locomotives and rolling stock and includes information on the size and state of the industry, revenues, volumes, transport costs, investment and expansion and turnaround plans. There are profiles of 27 companies including major state-owned players such as PRASA and Transnet, whose businesses include Transnet Freight Rail and Transnet Engineering, Gautrain operator Bombela and locomotives and rolling stock manufacturers such as Alstom and Gibela.

Key Topics Covered:


2.1. Industry Value Chain
2.2. Geographic Position
2.3. Size of the Industry

3.1. State of the Industry
3.2. Key Trends
3.3. Key Issues
3.4. Notable Players
3.5. Corporate Actions
3.6. Regulations
3.7. Enterprise Development and Social Development



6.1. Unforeseen Events
6.2. Economic Environment
6.3. Environmental Issues
6.4. Technology, R&D, Innovation
6.5. Government Support
6.6. Operating and Input Costs
6.7. Safety and Security
6.8. Investment in Rolling Stock and Rail Infrastructure
6.9. Localisation and Supplier Development Programmes
6.10. Private Sector Open Access and Concessions
6.11. Governance and Supply Chain Issues
6.12. Mining Sector Issues
6.13. Cyclicality

7.1. Competition
7.2. Ownership Structure of the Industry
7.3. Barriers to Entry




11.1. Publications
11.2. Websites


  • Summary of Notable Players

Companies Mentioned

  • ABB South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • ACTOM (Pty) Ltd
  • African Rail and Traction Services (Pty) Ltd
  • ALSTOM Rolling Stock SA (Pty) Ltd
  • ALSTOM Ubunye (Pty) Ltd
  • Bombela Operating Company (Pty) Ltd
  • Denel Asia LLC
  • Denel Vehicle Systems (Pty) Ltd
  • Gaborone Container Terminal JV
  • Galison Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd
  • GEC Zimbabwe Pvt 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
  • RRL Grindrod Locomotives 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
  • TSD Consulting Services (Pty) Ltd
  • Versa Rail (Pty) Ltd
  • Wabtec South Africa Technologies (Pty) Ltd

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