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Five-year railway operations collaboration with South Africa's largest freight rail company

26 June 2013

Transnet and GCU work together on five-year railway operations management programme

Transnet and GCU work together on five-year railway operations management programme

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and Transnet Freight Rail, South Africa’s largest freight rail company, have finalised a five-year agreement for a significant capacity building programme in railway operations management.

The new agreement follows a pilot programme for a BSc Railway Operations Management running in South Africa with Transnet Freight Rail.  In the new five-year collaboration, Transnet will recruit 220 students per year to the programme.

The programme was designed by GCU’s Scottish Centre for Work Based Learning in partnership with the Institution of Railway Operators and was rolled out in South Africa in partnership with the University of Johannesburg.

Fiona Stewart-Knight, Director of Business Academies at GCU, says: “This is a considerable project in the context of human capital development for Transnet and of significant scale for GCU. The South African Government are investing R300bn over the next 6 years in freight rail infrastructure (rail and rolling stock); our project is part of the corresponding activity in investment in people.”

Transnet Freight Rail is the largest division of Transnet, with approximately 25,000 employees throughout the country. It is a world class heavy haul freight rail company that specialises in the transportation of freight.

The company maintains an extensive rail network across South Africa that connects with other rail networks in the sub-Saharan region, with its rail infrastructure representing about 80% of Africa's total.

Transnet Freight Rail's core business lies in freight logistics solutions designed for customers in industry based business segments such as mining, heavy and light manufacturing.

By 2019, Transnet Freight Rail aims to increase its market share of container traffic from 79% to 92%.
 
In 2012, President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of South Africa announced in his State of the Nation Address that Transnet would invest more than R300bn in infrastructure development to rejuvenate the economy, create jobs and address poverty and inequalities.

Of this amount, R201bn has been channelled to Transnet Freight Rail to expand its rail infrastructure to create capacity and increase cargo volumes. Through investment, Transnet Freight Rail will be able to optimise its capital portfolio, build a world class capital execution function and leverage capital procurement and localisation.