Africa Rail 2024: Charting the Future of Transportation

Africa Rail 2024: Charting the Future of Transportation

The Sandton Convention Centre is set to host a pivotal event in the African rail industry—Africa Rail 2024. Scheduled for June 25-26, this conference is not just another industry gathering; it’s where the future of transportation in Africa takes shape. With over 120 exhibitors and 100 speakers, Africa Rail 2024 promises to be a melting pot of innovation, networking, and insights. Whether you’re a rail operator, government official, or investor, Africa Rail 2024 is your chance to immerse yourself in cutting-edge technology, groundbreaking ideas, and powerful networking opportunities—all within the vibrant setting of Sandton Central. Let’s take a closer a look.

A Deep Dive into Rail Innovation

At Africa Rail 2024, you can expect to hear from the brightest minds in the rail industry. Leaders from Bombela Operating Company, Lobito Atlantic Railway, Mozambique Railway and Port Company, and TransNamib Holdings will share their insights. These sessions are more than presentations—they’re conversations that could redefine the rail landscape in Africa. The conference features two dedicated ‘tracks’ covering 20 themes, including sustainability, digital rail, AI and analytics, infrastructure investment, and safety. Whether you’re interested in the environmental impact of rail transport or the latest in digital rail technology, there’s something here for you.

The Exhibition: A Showcase of Tomorrow’s Rail Technologies

Step onto the exhibition floor and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the latest rail innovations. Over 120 exhibitors, including heavyweights like Alstom, Wabtec Corporation, NGRT, and PRASA, will showcase cutting-edge technologies. This isn’t just a static display; many exhibitors offer hands-on demonstrations. Think feeling the power of next-gen locomotives or exploring smart rail solutions up close. It’s a rare opportunity to interact with the technology that’s driving the rail industry forward.

Networking That Matters

Africa Rail 2024 is designed to foster meaningful connections. High-level attendees from government, rail operators, end-users, and technology providers will be present, making it a prime venue for networking. Built-in networking sessions, a dedicated app, and a special reception ensure you have ample opportunities to connect with industry peers. Picture engaging conversations over coffee with industry leaders, brainstorming sessions during lunch, and connections that could transform your career. The opportunities are endless, and the connections you make here will be invaluable.

Flexible Ticket Options

Africa Rail 2024 offers several ticket options to suit your needs. The Free Expo Ticket is perfect for those looking to explore the exhibition and attend select sessions. For those who want the VIP experience, the Guest Buyer Ticket provides access to keynote conferences, networking lounges, and pre-arranged meetings. And for just $100 (or R1860 at the time of writing), the Site Visit Ticket allows you to join the PRASA – Gibela site visit, including refreshments and lunch. This exclusive look at Gibela’s operations is a chance to network with industry leaders.

Experience Sandton Central

Sandton Central is more than just a business hub; it’s a destination that offers a perfect blend of luxury, entertainment and relaxation. As you attend Africa Rail 2024, take the opportunity to explore and enjoy all that Sandton Central has to offer. From world-class dining to sophisticated nightlife, there’s something for every visitor.


  • Sandton Sun: This hotel offers a blend of comfort and sophistication, making it the perfect retreat. Enjoy elegant rooms, top-notch service, and a location that puts you in the heart of the action. Relax at their rooftop pool and spa, where you can rejuvenate after a busy day at the conference.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel: Offering modern luxury and stunning views, the Radisson Blu features spacious rooms, an outdoor pool, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. Its prime location provides easy access to the Sandton Convention Centre and other local attractions.
  • The Maslow Hotel: This contemporary hotel provides a tranquil oasis with stylish rooms, a luxurious spa, and beautiful gardens. The Maslow’s renowned service and convenient location make it an excellent choice for business and leisure travellers alike.


  • Saint Restaurant: Known for its exquisite menu and chic ambience, Saint is a must-visit for food enthusiasts. Savour gourmet dishes crafted from the finest ingredients and let your taste buds celebrate in style.
  • The Bull Run Restaurant: This iconic steakhouse offers a rich culinary experience with a focus on premium cuts of meat and an extensive wine list. It’s the perfect spot for a hearty meal after a day of networking.
  • Tashas Nelson Mandela Square: Enjoy a vibrant atmosphere and a diverse menu that combines contemporary and classic dishes. Tashas is ideal for a leisurely lunch or a casual dinner with colleagues.

Bars and Nightlife

  • Alice & Fifth: When the sun sets, Sandton comes alive. Head to Alice & Fifth for an unforgettable night out. Whether you’re in the mood for a cocktail or dancing the night away, this hotspot offers an exciting atmosphere and top-tier entertainment.
  • The San Deck: Located at the Sandton Sun, the San Deck is perfect for sunset cocktails with panoramic views of the city. Enjoy a relaxed vibe with live music, delicious bites, and signature drinks.
  • The Alto 234: Elevate your evening at Alto 234. Perched atop The Leonardo, it is Africa’s highest urban bar. Offering breathtaking views of the Johannesburg skyline, this exclusive rooftop bar provides a sophisticated atmosphere, premium cocktails, and a chic setting to unwind and socialize.

Don’t get Left at the Station!

Africa Rail 2024 is a pivotal event that will shape the future of rail in Africa. With its comprehensive agenda, diverse exhibitors, and unparalleled networking opportunities, this is where you need to be. Don’t miss this chance to be at the forefront of rail innovation and discover all that Sandton Central has to offer. Register now and join us in charting the future of transportation in Africa.

For more detailed information and to register, visit Africa Rail 2024.