http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.23Change: -0.03
R/$ = 10.61Change: -0.05
Au 1300.07 $/ozChange: 2.51
Pt 1479.50 $/ozChange: 0.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jun 11, 2009

Transnet aims to put more containers on rail this year

Back
Department of Transport acting deputy director-general of transport logistics Clement Manungwana discusses road versus rail transportation (Videographer: Nicholas Boyd; Editing: Darlene Creamer)
Port|CoAL|Ports|Road|Transnet|Transnet Port Terminals|South Africa|Logistics|Transport|Bheka Xaba|Clement Manyungwana|Infrastructure|Iron Ore|Rail|Siyabulela Tsengiwe|Tau Morwe
Port|CoAL|Ports|Road|Transnet|Transnet Port Terminals||Logistics|Transport|Infrastructure|Iron Ore|Rail|
port|coal|ports|road|transnet|transnet-port-terminals|south-africa|logistics|transport-industry-term|bheka-xaba|clement-manyungwana|infrastructure|iron-ore|rail|siyabulela-tsengiwe|tau-morwe
© Reuse this



Getting more containers on rail is a key value and revenue priority for Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) in the 2009/10 financial year, executive manager of sales and marketing Bheka Xaba told delegates at the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) annual conference on Thursday.

He noted that the TFR had not been growing its customer business as it should have in the past, noting that in the past five years, demand from industry had grown by double digits, while the TFR has only grown its capacity by about 2%.

However, it was working towards putting together an intermodal strategy.

It was aiming to grow its market share in the maritime industry from 17% to 30% by 2012/13 and in the domestic or crossborder logistics sector from 5% to 20% in that same period.

Xaba noted that there were a number of advantages to using rail over road transport, including potential cost savings of about 35%.

Further, he noted that rail was also 90% more ecofriendly than road transport.

Department of Transport acting deputy director-general of transport logistics Clement Manyungwana stated that it was important for the road and rail sectors to complement each other.

He said that there had to be an optimum split between these two modes of transport and that commodities like coal and iron-ore should not be transported on road, as this was “killing the infrastructure”.

Manyungwana explained that there continued to be a difference in terms of the two modes’ market share.

Nevertheless, the country had to enhance its rail capacity to be able to carry these commodities, he noted.

To that end, draft documents on the air freight and rail branch lines strategies, which formed part of government’s overall transport strategy, have already been compiled.

The process of developing a road freight strategy had also been started, said Manyungwana.

PORTS


Meanwhile, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CE Tau Morwe told the conference that while the container sector had grown by about 10% a year over the past five years, the current global economic conditions were impacting on this growth.

The TPT forecast container growth to be 3% a year between 2008 and 2014.

However, it would continue with its expansion plans and would spend about R2,8-billion on infrastructure and technology at its ports in the 2009/10 financial year.

He noted that it was better to invest in infrastructure and expand its capacity despite the global economic crisis, than to become complacent in light of the lower demand and not have sufficient capacity when things turned around.

It had to invest now and ensure that it added capacity ahead of increased demand, he commented.

Morwe said the biggest challenge for the entire Transnet group would be how well it was able to provide a seamless service to its customers.

TRADE


Meanwhile, International Trade Administration Commission chief commissioner Siyabulela Tsengiwe said that the commission and the Department of Trade and Industry had, in light of the economic crisis, said that it would consider trade tariff adjustments for vulnerable sectors.

It was open to applications for tariff support from those industries that were struggling to survive, he said.

However, this would be awarded on a case-by-case basis and applicants would have to provide the requisite evidence to support its application.

Edited by: Mariaan Webb
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Latest News
The Medupi power station project
Electricity producer Eskom has, for the first time, offered a detailed timeline for the synchronisation of Medupi Unit 6, which is officially scheduled for December 15, 2014. Addressing a joint meeting of the Portfolio Committees on Public Enterprises and Energy on...
As South Africa had largely exhausted the use of traditional mechanisms to stimulate the fiscus, government now needed to swing its focus to dealing with the internal structural issues that had, thus far, prevented the country from unlocking its true economic value,...
The Western Cape High Court will on Monday hear a Sanral application for information about the proposed N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway Project to be kept secret, the City of Cape Town said. The application would be heard behind closed doors, mayoral committee member...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Steel 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the steel industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the global and South African steel and stainless steel markets, South Africa’s major steel producers and events that have shaped these markets.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Multinational semiconductor chipmaker corporation Intel announced its national campaign to further acquire partners to drive its She Will Connect programme, an initiative that aims to expand digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries, further into...
South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope array programme should get back on schedule within a few months. This assurance has been given by SKA South Africa (SKA SA) associate director: science and technology Prof Justin Jonas. Early last month, Science and Technology...
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail service will remain a subsidised service following its current multibillion-rand rolling stock, station, depot and signalling upgrade programme. PRASA group CEO Lucky Montana has allayed fears that...
GARYN RAPSON Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will open the door for court battles to determine who will be held liable for the remediation
The uncertainties around the remediation of affected areas as addressed in the Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will possibly spark litigation and disputes between landowners and businesses, contractors...
South Africa is currently the largest component of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) active portfolio in Southern Africa, comprising 62.5% of the bank’s $7.9-billion exposure to the 12-country region – the second largest beneficiary is Mauritius, which...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks