Creating value through the six capitals
Engineering, an internationally acclaimed original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of freight wagons, forms our research and innovation hub. Through Engineering, Transnet is expanding its offerings to narrow-gauge operators worldwide. Our investment in research and development has led to an expanding range of rolling stock products designed to suit various area-specific conditions.
- Research and development (Engineering) Research
- Standard operating procedures Procedures
- Policies, frameworks and processes Frameworks
- Responsible leadership principles and practices Leadership
Learning from the traction motor prototype will be used in the manufacture of the full-scale prototypes Advanced manufacturing
The Condition Monitoring System (CMS) tracks stationary and mobile assets Improved decision-making
Our real-time Advanced Data Analytics and Machine Learning platform facilitates predictive maintenance, which improves reliability and productivity World-class rolling stock OEM
The rapid decline in revenue from traditional markets means Engineering must invest heavily in achieving OEM status in passenger trains. Large investments remain critical in research and business intelligence development to increase revenue in niche markets. Transnet’s ability to attract sufficient funding remains key to our ability to greatly expand our horizons and contribute to the MDS.
- Transnet’s first in-house designed traction motor
- Transnet’s first in-house designed CMS using satellite, 3G, WiFi and GPS for real-time condition monitoring of stationary and mobile assets
- Transnet’s first in-house designed Advanced Data Analytics and Machine Learning platform (IRIS)
- Transnet’s first standard gauge wagon bogie – currently undergoing manufacturing
- Transnet’s own port hauler, which is a truck-like vehicle for the ports
- Deployed an in-house developed commissioning tool for locomotives (TAL) – an application to connect to Transnet’s in-house designed control system for advanced diagnostics and monitoring
Moving into the 4th Industrial Revolution, Transnet will increasingly operate as a multi-faceted, manufacture-driven, service-led organisation. Some of our existing technical competencies may become obsolete, while other yet unknown competencies will be required. Some existing skills may be replaced by technological innovations. Within this digital context, in which Transnet hopes to play an innovative role, we need to maintain a careful balance in our requirement for specialist technical advancements, and our mandate to create and sustain broad-based employment for the Company and the wider economy. This balance will be maintained, in part, by investing in appropriate upskilling of people and appropriate re-deployment of skills.
Approaches to managing intellectual capital outcomes
Leading research and development into emerging digital technologies. Technology is a key enabler of innovation and transforming the organisation into a ‘digital’ Transnet.
Attracting and retaining people with skills that enable our strategy and add value through innovation.
Enhancing customer relationship management and business intelligence to create customer-centric business solutions.
Partnering with academic institutions to empower growth-oriented entrepreneurs through business education, mentorship and other support.