About RRA

What We Do

The Railroad Association is the pre-eminent body in South Africa representing the players in the railway industry. We believe that a stronger and united railways industry has potential to grow the sector and propel the railways to play their rightful role as a mode of choice in Southern Africa.

We get our authority from the Railways Safety Regulator, and work closely with the Rail Sector Desk of the department of trade and industry (the dti).

The Vision

To be the leading and most influential organisation ensuring in ensuring efficient and intelligent Rail & Road integrated transport networks across Africa.

Mission Statement

To enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people by leveraging the strengths and capabilities of our members. The RRA will provide independent, objective and technically sound information, advice and expertise to enable decision makers, role players and stakeholder to make informed decisions regarding choice of mode, while at the same time addressing environmental and safety considerations.

Principles and Values



Board of directors (Interim)

  • MM Nhlapo (CEO)
  • Reg Taylor
  • Luther Makobe
  • James Holley
  • Dion Booyens

Our History

The RRA was officially launched on the 11th of October 2000. The Committee for Railway Engineering (CRE), representing railway engineers and allied academics, was the driving force behind the organisation’s creation.

This was achieved under the visionary leadership of Bill Strong, assisted by other industry stalwarts that included John Thompson, Allen Jorgensen and John Morgan.

Following a successful debut at the Africa Rail 2000 Conference & Exhibition in June 2000, the organisation formalised its existence

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