Africa Rail 2020 – The Largest and Most Impressive Rail Event in Johannesburg


The largest and most impressive conference and exhibition in the African rail industry will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 30 June to 1 July 2020. Called Africa Rail, the event is for stakeholders and leaders invested in the rail and transport service delivery in Africa.


More than 7 500 attendees are expected at the event where more than 250 exhibitors will showcase their products and services. The exhibition will run alongside the conference where 250 speakers will deliver exciting and thought-provoking speeches. Discussion groups and 220 sessions are more reasons to consider visiting or exhibiting at this impressive event. Representatives from over 30 countries are expected at the two-day event too.


Key Focus of Africa Rail 2020

The event is about investment opportunities, development discussions, and technology exhibitions by and for rail stakeholders, operators, investment partners, consultants, transport experts, governments, and users of the services. It provides a platform for idea development, industry disruptions, and staying in the loop regarding freight and passenger rail transport services and needs on the African continent.


Industry professionals, end-users, and other attendees visit the exhibition and participate in the conference because they have a vested interest in rail technology and innovative projects in transportations of goods and people.


The Africa Rail 2020 will be hosted for the 23rd time. As a long-standing event, it has become the most important of its kind for all role players in Africa. It is the go-to-event for networking with solution providers in the rail industry.


Among the many important speakers are:

  • Professor Johan du Plessis from the University of Johannesburg
  • Victor Radebe as the Executive Director at the Mobility Centre for Africa
  • Duncan Bonnett as Director at Africa House, South Africa
  • Howard Rosen as Chairman of the Rail Working Group from Switzerland
  • Leonard Makwinja as CEO of Botswana Railways


With more than 245 other speakers also on the list, the event will be jam-packed with important discussions.


Sponsors and Exhibitors

The event organisers have called for sponsors and exhibitors to book their stands and pledge their sponsorships. The target audience is mostly senior-level decision-makers in the rail and transport industry. Africa Rail’s event organisers provide tailored spaces for exhibitors. Sponsors benefit from naming rights, opportunities to host panels and guaranteed meetings, in addition to keynote branding.


Top Reasons to Attend Africa Rail 2020

Attendees benefit from the exceptional programme packed with innovative keynote addresses, product launches and demonstrations, and peer-to-peer meetings. The event will also feature:

  • Skills development seminar
  • Workshops on leadership
  • Rail tech academy
  • Start-up pavilion
  • Rail maintenance discussion
  • Inter-model display
  • Smart mobility display
  • Hosted purchaser programme
  • Operators pavilion
  • Site visits
  • Women in transport
  • Transport awards
  • Africa Rail bursary


Influential buyers will attend, while top brands and players in the industry will exhibit. Past sponsors and exhibitors include names such as RailPro, Liquid Telecom and Union Tiles, to name only three.


Interested parties should not pass on the opportunity to visit, host, and participate at the Africa Rail 2020.