Rail – a catalyst for economic development in South Africa

How important is rail in South Africa’s economic development?

This webinar focuses on the importance of rail in South Africa’s economic development, unpacking misconceptions regarding local content in the rail sector, as well as how the industry is tackling these hurdles and highlighting its commitment to the country.

Moderated by Moneyweb journalist Ciaran Ryan, speaks with:

  • Makgola Makololo, Managing Director (MD) South Africa of Bombardier Transportation, Sindi Dlamini, CEO of Pamodzi Unique Engineering and Pranushka Naidoo-Morar, Owner & MD of Laser Junction (South Africa).

Discussion topics:

  • Economic development: Rail sector’s role and contribution to growth
  • Local content in rail sector: Local norms and policies, e.g., Bombardier’s TRAXX project
  • Maintenance and service: Asset utilisation and optimisation, big challenge
  • Opportunities and investments: Systems such as the Gautrain, monorails, maintenance, etc.

More on the guests:

  • Makgola Makololo, MD South Africa, Bombardier Transportation.

With over 15 years of professional experience, Makololo has been a proven business partner for government agencies and state-owned companies in South Africa. She has held various roles and directorships with increasing responsibility over the years. Prior to being appointed MD of Bombardier Transportation for South Africa, she managed key leadership positions including as acting deputy director general for the energy business at the Department of Public Enterprises.

Bombardier Transportation announced Makololo’s appointment as MD for South Africa in September 2020. In this significant leadership role, she is responsible for the company’s strategy development and deployment in the country, with sustainable customer and partner relationships as priorities.

  • Sindi Dlamini, CEO, Pamodzi Unique Engineering

Dlamini joined the Pamodzi Group in 2003, after serving her articles with Ernst & Young and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. She also underwent the Strategic Leadership programme from GIBS, through an AWCA sponsorship.

She is currently serving as the CEO for Pamodzi Unique Engineering and has served on various boards and audit committees in the mining, information technology and food sector. She also serves as a board member for the Pamodzi Group.

Dlamini strives to empower women and youth through mentorships, internships, learnerships and other skills-development programmes within the engineering and finance fields, and is a true champion for transformation. Her passion for transformation is driven by past experiences as a young board member in a male-dominant environment, where facilities did not cater for women. Her vision is to harness the power of young and inquisitive minds by creating an enabling environment for innovation, in growing the company and contributing to the re-industrialisation of the country. 

  • Pranushka Naidoo-Morar, Owner & MD of Laser Junction (South Africa)

Naidoo-Morar is an Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She holds an LLB and LLM (Environmental & Media Law) from the University of Witwatersrand, and has completed higher certificate courses in energy law and in prospecting & mining law from the Mandela Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand.

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Until 1994 the evil NP constructed the most advanced rail network in the Southern Hemisphere.They actually built local trains.

From 1995 until 2020 the evil ANC government destroyed the most advanced rail network in the Southern Hemisphere.

From 2021 going forward the evil ANC government wants to build a rail network in SA.

Talk about giving one step forward, and 3 backwards.

There will be lots of talk and then no action.The Rail System has gone down the drain in South Africa.
Any money available is being spent on that Vanity Project, SAA, which will serve the well heeled ( including the ANC politicians for mahala). No room for projects to serve those less well off. If they cannot afford air travel, then they must risk their lives and limbs and travel by taxi.

It doesn’t help if the infrastructure is stolen out from under Bra Razzmatazz’s nose while he is sleeping.

And of course the 3 participants in the webinar are all rail suppliers. Go figure

watch my lips , while theft , incompetence and general fu attitude continues in state soe’s nothing will change
this govt has given green light to plunder

If only they had the skills to make it happen.

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