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An Investigation into the Causes of Failures in Railway Infrastructure at Transnet Freight Rail - A Case of the Steel and Cement Business Unit

Mpho Ramuhulu


Ngonidzashe Chiranga

Mpho Ramuhulu 1 ,

Ngonidzashe Chiranga 1 
  1. Mancosa Graduate School of Business, 16 Samora Machel St, Durban Central, Durban, 4001, South Africa 1

Pages: 8-26

DOI: 10.18488/journal.26.2018.71.8.26

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Article History:

Received: 14 August, 2018
Revised: 18 September, 2018
Accepted: 25 October, 2018
Published: 23 November, 2018


The purpose of the study was to investigate the causes of railway infrastructure failures in the case of Transnet Freight Rail’s Steel and Cement business unit and suggest methods to increase the reliability of the business unit’s railway infrastructure and recommend policies to increase the reliability of the railway infrastructure., A reliable railway infrastructure will grow the market share of the business unit, reduce operating costs, grow the economy of South Africa, create employment, and increase the revenue of the business unit. A quantitative approach was used to conduct the research and questionnaires were distributed to a population of 1048 employees that work for the business unit with the participants chosen based on their railway infrastructure experience and railway exposure. The study revealed that extreme weather conditions, ageing railway infrastructure, vegetation, lack of maintenance, other Transnet departments, poor railway infrastructure maintenance, theft and vandalism, are the major causes of railway infrastructure failures in the business unit. The research made a number of recommendations including that the business unit develop a lifecycle management program for its ageing infrastructure and introduce skills transfer programs in place. Railway maintenance was suggested as being a key performance measure.
Contribution/ Originality
The paper's primary contribution determined that management needs to improve on asset protection and security measures and controls, as neglected these can lead to substantial financial forfeiture and loss of life. The study identified the inadequacy of current security measures and makes a number of suggestions to alleviate loss.


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( 272 ) Management of The CFA Franc: What are the Fundamentals of the Real Exchange Rate in West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)?
( 273 ) Evaluating the Model of Demand for Money in Nigeria
( 274 ) Intellectual Property Rights, Human Capital and Innovation in Emerging and Developing Countries
( 275 ) Entrepreneurship Training for Mitigating Unemployment in Nigeria: How have the Tertiary Institutions Fared?
( 276 ) Evaluating the Effectiveness of CAPM and APT for Risk Measuring and Assets Pricing
( 277 ) Innovation Strategy and Sustainability of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in South East Nigeria
( 278 ) Do Derivative Instruments Increase Firm Risk for Indonesia Non-Financial Companies?
( 279 ) State and Evolution of Public and Private Research and Development in Bulgarian Agriculture
( 280 ) Inflation, Oil Revenue, and Monetary Policy Mix in an Oil-Dependent Economy: Empirical Insights from the Case of Nigeria
( 281 ) Critical Review of Literature on Brand Equity and Customer Loyalty
( 283 ) Investigating the Environmental Effects of Economic Growth in African Economies
( 285 ) Analysis of Credit Ratings Determinants: Evidences in Brazilian and American States
( 286 ) Fraud Auditing Law Implications in the Case of Jiwasraya Insurance in Indonesia
( 287 ) The Relationship between Creative Accounting Risks and Auditing Risks from the Perspective of External Auditors in Saudi Arabia
( 288 ) Productive Welfare Policy: An Innovative Way in Social Safety Net in Malaysia
( 289 ) Accountability and Transparency in Nation Building: A COVID-19 Experience in Sub-Saharan Africa
( 290 ) Determinants of Profitability and its Implications on Corporate Values (Studies at Ceramic, Porcelain and Glass Sub Sector Listed in Indonesia Stock Exchange, 2009 - 2018)
( 291 ) Perception of Professional Accountants about the Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Auditing Industry of Bangladesh
( 292 ) The Impact of Economic Growth, Oil Price, and Financial Globalization Uncertainty on Financial Development: Evidence from Selected Leading African Countries
( 293 ) Testing the Validity of Gibrats Law in the Context of Profitability and Leverage
( 294 ) Exchange Rate Volatility and Agricultural Commodity Prices i Nigeria (2000-2018)
( 295 ) Interest Rate Ceilings and Financial Exclusion in Kenya: Evidence from Commercial Banks’ Sectoral Credit Distribution
( 297 ) Corporate Social Responsibility Disclosure in Indonesia: A Bibliographic Study
( 298 ) The Dimensions of the Quality Perceived by Users in a Clinical Analysis Laboratory of A University Hospital
( 299 ) Ethical Context of Organization and Turnover Intention of Women Employees: The Mediating Role of Perceived Organizational Support
( 300 ) A Process Model for Conformance of Health Information Systems: Towards National Interoperability
( 301 ) Likely Effect of Gender and Education on Information Adoption and Utilization among Sugarcane Farmers in the Nyanza Region, Kenya
( 302 ) Non-Linear Effects of Intellectual Property Rights on Technological Innovation: Evidence from Emerging and Developing Countries
( 303 ) Change Management and Firm Performance of Selected Deposit Money Banks in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
( 304 ) The Effect of Disruptive Factors on Inventory Control as a Mediator and Organizational Performance in Health Department of Punjab, Pakistan
( 305 ) Factors Influencing Farmers’ Adoption of Soil Conservation Development
( 306 ) Risk Management and Shareholders’ Wealth Maximization
( 307 ) International Financial Reporting Standards Adoption and Earnings Management: The Fundamental Effect Framework
( 308 ) Effect of Tax Administration on Tax Revenue of States in African Countries: Evidence from Nigeria
( 309 ) An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Decentralization on Poverty in Cameroon
( 310 ) Fiscal Decentralization and Economic Growth: Assessing Public Policy in Ukraine
( 311 ) Influence of Corporate Characteristics on Firm Leverage: Evidence from Bangladesh
( 312 ) Human Capital and Economic Growth in Latin America: A Cointegration and Causality Analysis
( 313 ) Exploring the Dimensions Using Exploratory Factor Analysis of Disruptive Factors and Inventory Control
( 314 ) Panel Data Estimators in the Presence of Serial and Spatial Correlation with Panel Heteroscedasticity: A Simulation Study
( 316 ) The Role of Women in Rural Development in Enugu State, Nigeria
( 317 ) The Impact of Data Frequency on the Level of Exchange Rate Pass-through to Consumer Prices in Nigeria
( 318 ) International Business Expansion: The Roles of Affiliation and Ownership
( 324 ) Kashmir Peasant Economy under Dogra’s: A Case Study of Agrarian Produce and Livestock 1885-1925 A.D
( 325 ) Social Sustainability of High-Rise Buildings
( 326 ) Driving Role of Institutional Investors in the Indian Stock Market in Short and Long-Run – An Empirical Study
( 332 ) Anti-Corruption Crusade in Nigeria: More Words Than Deeds
( 335 ) A Multidimensional Structure of Shopping Centre Visit Objectives - An European Consumers Perspective
( 336 ) Structural Breaks and the Long-Run Stability of Demand for Real Broad Money Function in Nigeria: A Gregory-Hansen Approach
( 337 ) Just-In-Time: Review of Empirical Studies
( 340 ) Beyond Marxist Economism and Entrepreneurial Essentialism: Post-Colonial Politics of Empire in Chinua Achebe’s And Linus Asong’s Writings
( 343 ) Bancassurance - Growth Guaranteed in India
( 345 ) A Mixed-Methods Study to Explore Stage of Readiness and Intention of Micro and Small Enterprises to Adopt Mobile Money in Indonesia
( 346 ) Micro-Credits and Poverty Reduction in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania: A Case Study of Dar-Es-Salaam Commercial Bank
( 347 ) An Empirical Test on Effect of Intra-Product Trade on Regional Income Distribution: The Case of Liaoning, China
( 349 ) Stock Market Index Prediction with Neural Network during Financial Crises: A Review on Bist-100