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The science of Africa’s most developed rail network

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South Africa’s rail network is an indispensible part of the country’s transport infrastructure.

All major cities are connected by the network, the most developed in Africa.

The rail network of South Africa.

The entire rail network in South Africa is publicly owned.

Many South Africans use the railways for their daily commute, but long distance travel has declined in recent years.

South Africa's rail network in 1892.

The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviewed Teddy Daka, CEO of Ansys, a company that provides complex rail solutions, train cab control, communication systems, trackside measurement and train condition monitoring systems, for his weekly "The Science Of" feature.

Daka discusses the science of the rail network in South Africa.

Listen to the audio (scroll down) for more detail.

There’s work to be done to improve the capacity of the lines. Demand for rail services is high. We must upgrade the network.

Teddy Daka, CEO of Ansys

We monitor the condition of the train wheels using lasers and communicate this to the control centre in real time.

Teddy Daka, CEO of Ansys

The Gautrain cannot be integrated into the current system.

Teddy Daka, CEO of Ansys

Trains have become as complicated as airplanes. We have a system which makes it much easier for less skilled people to operate a train.

Teddy Daka, CEO of Ansys

The rail network is fairly healthy. However, we need to use technology to improve the customer experience.

Teddy Daka, CEO of Ansys

As our population grows it becomes more viable to improve long-distance passenger travel.

Teddy Daka, CEO of Ansys

There’s a justification for a high-speed train between Johannesburg and Durban. It will lower the cost of travel and moving products between the two cities. We don’t need what they have in Shanghai. If you travel at 140 km/h; that’s pretty good.

Teddy Daka, CEO of Ansys

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