Bombardier Contract: Bakara was a partner in the Bombardier Africa Alliance consortium for the PRASA Durban Resignalling contract from May 2013 to December 2015. We were responsible for site establishment, rail telecommunications, project document management, construction site security, site occupation, the design of the Central Traffic Control building and the supply of signal-equipment rooms. Bakara unfortunately had to withdraw from this contract because of the unsustainable financial burden it placed on the company.
Botswana Rail (through Transnet): Bakara supplied and commissioned 80 vacuum-on-demand toilets for 34 luxury coaches built by Transnet Engineering for the Botswana Railways between December 2015 to May 2016.
PRASA: Bakara was appointed by PRASA in January 2015 to prototype a new propulsion and control system (traction convertor) on the 5M2A motor coaches (Electric Multiple Units). This incorporates the latest semiconductor technology used for variable-speed drives and the IGBT (Insulated-gate Bipolar Transistor). The scope includes removing the obsolete propulsion gear, modifications to the coach body, and the installation of the new drive components. Bakara is currently negotiating with the Dutch company, Strukton to conclude a technology partnership in this field.
Angola: Through a bigger company of Consulting Engineers (AECOM), Bakara was invited to assess and make recommendation on the renewal of Angola railway maintenance depots. This project was commissioned by the Ministry of Transport in Angola in anticipation of rolling stock renewal. Bakara’s scope was to assess the state of readiness of the four depots in Luanda, Huambo, Lobito and Lubango. Bakara’s scope of work covered the maintenance equipment requirements for each.
Nigeria Monorail: The MOU signed in 2013 with PPC Nigeria, formerly Philips Projects Company that led to Bakara being awarded a 5-month contract in 2014 to commission the monorail in Port Harcourt. This project was however cancelled before completion, after the Nigerian elections in 2015.