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The RailRoad Association of South Africa (RRA)

The RailRoad Association of South Africa (RRA)

At the inaugural meeting the founder members adopted a preamble to the constitution which stated: A desire to ensure the rightful place of all modes of transport in Southern Africa, in particular rail, which has been severely disadvantaged in recent times,
The RailRoad Association of South Africa (RRA)

At the inaugural meeting the founder members adopted a preamble to the constitution which stated:
  • A desire to ensure the rightful place of all modes of transport in Southern Africa, in particular rail, which has been severely disadvantaged in recent times,
  • Desires consistency in the application of transport policies, safety, edxucation and training, information and communication, regulations and technical specifications in the land-based transport arena,
  • In so doing it will serve the best interests of the people, the environment and the economy of South Africa.
Since 2000 many studies at ministerial level have recognised the importance of logistics to the wellbeing of the economy, secondly only to perhaps education in the long term. However little was evident in concrete terms to indicate that the various recommendations were being actioned.

When South Africa emerged from its period of isolation in 1994 it became progressively evident that a rethink of the transport regulatory regime was necessary in order for the local economy to take its place in the global village. Racial and gender targets of the new government coupled with skills transfer also set revised targets.

To play its part the RRA has worked closely with a number of high leved initiatives in order to add value to the processes.
Amongst these are the following:
  • The development of the Railway Safety Regulator Act and subsequent Regulations and Standards based on risk analysis for the development of Safety Management Systems
  • The development of the Transport Charter for Broad-Based Black Enonomic Empowerment especially for the rail sub-sector
  • Training of artisan level persons in railway disciplines
  • Post graduate education in railway engineering
  • Ongoing development of a National Transport Masterplan to 2050
  • Studies on the connectivity of Africa’s railways including a phased migration to standard (1435mm) gauge as proposed by the African Union
  • Comparison of direct and external costs of land-based transport for road and rail. Cost comparisons would indicate investment prioritries suitable to decrease logistic costs as a percentage of gross domestic product as well as enhancing export competitiveness
  • The RRA is registered as an export council with the Department of Trade and Industry and is tasked with promoting, developing and increasing exports of goods and services in the rail and intermodal arena.
 
Directors:    F F Dantile (President), T Gwala (Vice President), M A Tshabalala (Immediate Past President),  H Hone,
                    J H Labuschagne, C Lloyd, D vd Meulen, A Masianoga, R Puffett
Executive:  J I Thompson (CEO), A A Jorgensen, W C Strong.
 
Registration Number: 2008/001810/08
 
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In the recent past government as the shareholder of the freight and passenger transport operating state owned enterprises has authorised the investment of some R43.5bn for freight rail operations through funding ex balance sheet and loans. Passenger services especially commuter traffic will also benefit greatly from spending initially focused towards the provision of services needed for the 2010 FIFA world cup soccer event.
The well publicised Gautrain high speed rail service will also service commutors between Johannesburg and Pretoria with the link to OR Tambo international airport. Although the total project will not be ready for the world cup it is confidently expected that the airport link will be a boon to international visitors.

It is expected that a number of branch lines will be hived off from Transnet Freight Rail in the next eighteen months affording private operators the opportunity to bid for and develop rural traffic volumes.

To that end the RRA is in discussion with the Department of Transport in respect of forming and legislating the Railway Economic Regulator.
Membership of the RRA allows for members being kept up to date on all of the above, the opportunity to “have your say” in the direction the association takes and to be kept informed of export opportunities available to the industry. The RRA also from time to time organises or partakes in rail focused visits overseas. These visits have proven most successful over the years.

If you have interest in interacting with us, preferably initially by E-mail, we would love to hear from you.
 
PO Box 12484 Selcourt 1567, Cell +27 79 857 5374, Fax +2786 685 5042
E-Mail :  admin-rra@mweb.co.za
Website:  http://www.rra.co.za

 
 
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