Trans-African Locomotive: Zuma Set To Launch First Locally Manufactured Train


I know, you have many reasons to be unhappy with the way things are in South Africa. From the axing of Mr Gordhan as Finance Minister to the high court approval of the use of dagga in private homes, you’re depressed.

While you’re completely entitled to feel and express your feelings about the “uncool things” happening in South Africa, it’s only fair you’re informed about the “cool things”.

BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed by the Presidency that President Jacob Zuma is set to launch South Africa’s first locally manufactured train, the Trans-African Locomotive.

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As informed, President Zuma will on Tuesday, 4 April 2017 officially launch the Trans-African Locomotive in Pretoria at the Transnet Engineering Kilner Park.

According to the Presidency, the Trans-African Locomotive is the “first ever train that has been designed, engineered and manufactured locally by the State-Owned Entity, Transnet.

Adding that it’s expected that the train will serve the African continent, the Presidency indicated that the locomotive is specifically customised to African conditions and is suitable for use on branch lines and in shunting yards.

“Transnet designed the original underframe, superstructure, bogies, body and locomotive control system to withstand the African environment and is needs-specific to the continent.

“Through the Trans-Africa Locomotive, Transnet has heeded the resolution taken at the 2015 Heads of State and Government Summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, for South Africa to champion the manufacturing and supply of rail stock in Africa,” stated the Presidency.

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The Presidency further highlighted the under-listed as the other intended benefits of the Trans-Africa Locomotive for South Africa and the continent:

  1. Regional integration
  2. Localisation
  3. Industrialisation
  4. Skills development
  5. Road-to-rail migration

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Above all, the Presidency proclaimed that the prospective socio-economic spin-offs of the project are crucial in enabling the government to confront the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality in South Africa.

That, the Presidency said, is in line with the National Development Plan and Vision 2030.