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Writer for African Business, Mobility, Rail, Policy and Commentary.

About Me

I am an Entrepreneur in the African Rail Sector, with a keen interest and strong industry insight into African Mobility, the market thereof as well as the policy developed to regulate the African Transport Market.

Furthermore, I am an Entrepreneur, with interests in rail projects in Egypt, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa. These projects range from Rail Operation, Infrastructure Refurbishment to Corridor Development and Greenfeld Projects.

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My Writing Samples

Private Rail Operation in the African Environment

We take a look at the potential that Private Rail Operation has in the South African Railway context. With the largest rail network in Africa underutilized by the Government, Private Access promotes competition and efficiencies in the rail environment. This article was published by Railways Africa Magazine in 2020.


World Economic Forum article of African Mobility

I draw a comparison between trends in the Global Mobility Technology Industry, and Africa's traditional Mobility solutions, and how these are converging. This article was published by the World Economic Forum in 2020.


Back to the Future - East Africa's Rail Conundrum

Many African countries are spending Billions of dollars upgrading their rail infrastructure from colonial-era Meter-Gauge rail to Standard-Gauge Rail. These infrastructure projects are often the most expensive projects that many countries have embarked on, however, in many instances, these projects do not make sense resulting in Industry to revert back to the old meter-gauge network for efficient movement of goods and people.


African Hyperloop - A Lofty Possibility?

South Africa has one of the busiest air routes in the world - Cape Town to Johannesburg. We look at how a hyperloop system could benefit this particular route considering the length, frequency of trips and end-to-end trip time. Furthermore, we assess how a move to Hyperloop with benefit the environment going forward.


Open Access Impact on Stakeholders - Operators

The President of South Africa recently announced that Private Operators will have access to South Africa's core rail network. This is a development in South African Transport Policy that is hugely anticipated by the Industry. We assess how this change in policy will impact the operators that are active in South Africa.



Founder and CEO

David founded Tanzania's first Private Rail operator. In this role, David developed the Private Rail business model, pitched it to the Government of Tanzania, obtained buy-in through the ratification of a Memorandum of Understading. David then developed partnerships with key roleplayers in the African Rail Arena in order to bring his idea to life. Through KRL, David can offer a savings of up to $35 per ton on freight moved from man landlocked countries in Africa to the port of Dar es Salaam.

Company: Kifaru Rail Limited

I worked there from 1/2014 until now

Transport Consultant, Project Developer

David's consulting arm, Taylorail has embarked on projects across Africa. Egypt: Project Development for the Giza-Beni Suef Rail Corridor Refurbishment Tanzania: Project Development and Business Deevelopment projects with the Government of Tanzania and various private sector players. Democratic Republic of Congo: Develop a High-Speed Commuter Rail solution for Kinshasa. Democratic Republic of Congo: Corridor Development with Deutsche Bahn on the Kolwezi-Lobito Corridor.

Company: Taylorail

I worked there from 1/2014 until now

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