Foreword from the Chairperson

SAHHA Chairperson

  1. Brian Monakali

    The South African Chapter of the Heavy Haul, namely, South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA), was launched at the first successful Heavy Haul Conference held on 8th and 9th September 2014, Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa. The board member organizations of the SAHHA are Transnet Freight Rail, Transnet Engineering, University of Pretoria (Chair in Railway Engineering), University of the Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, South African Institution of Civil Engineers (R&H Division) and South African Society of Railway Engineering (SASRE). The establishment of the South African version of the Heavy Haul Forum will ensure that the technical knowledge and case studies shared at International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) level are cascaded locally for the advancement of Southern African Railways development. In addition, this will also provide an opportunity for technical advancements originating from South Africa to be shared at the international stage.

    Following this successful launch, on 8 & 9 October 2015, SAHHA and University of Pretoria will co-host a 2 day Technical Workshop. We are delighted to have international guest presenter, Mr. Michael Roney, a retired General Manager, Track and Structures and Chief Engineer with Canadian Pacific as part of the workshop proceedings. In addition to Michael, we have a number of other international and local railway experts that will present and share learnings on some of the most interesting and value adding topics.

    The first day will cover maintenance aspects of infrastructure and rolling stock. The day will close with a cocktail function which will provide networking opportunity for delegates. The second day will focus on operations, design and technological advancements. During the second day, delegates will have an opportunity to hear about the latest update on heavy haul developments. Lastly, key learnings of the recent International Heavy Haul Conference which was held in Pert, Australia, in June 2015 will also be shared.

    The presenters are experts and leaders in their areas of specialization. We expect robust discussions related to how we improve the performance of our Railways

    I look forward to seeing you at this technical workshop.

    Kind regards,
    Brian Monakali
    Chairman of SAHHA

    To attend as a delegate, please fill in the registration form attached and submit together with proof of payment as per instructions on form. Note that the workshop will earn you 2 CPD points as a delegate attending the 2 days.

    For more information, please send an email to or

    Call Amanda on 083 700 8473 or Kihisha on 0718992940.