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WearCheck’s technical manager, Steven Lumley
SLIDING THROUGH TIME: Lubrication from stone age to modern age
19th February 2024

In part one of Lubrication from Stone Age to Modern Age (WearCheck Technical Bulletin 88), we slid through 5,000 years of lubrication history and left off at the end of the age of enlightenment in... 


An image of two automotive vehicles treated with ISO-Reliability Partners' Royal Purple lubricants
Supplier secures five-year contract
16th February 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

Marking a successful 2023, lubrication solutions supplier ISO-Reliability Partners has secured a five-year contract with State-owned rolling stock company Transnet Engineering. The company will... 


An image of President Cyril Ramaphosa
Busa seeks govt's backing on private sector support to resolve energy, logistics crises
8th February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Business organisation Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has outlined its expectations for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address tonight, with the first being a call for a clear... 


Transnet receives locomotive batteries through RBCT partnership
6th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned Transnet has taken delivery of seven full sets of batteries procured by the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). The delivery of these critical spares will improve the reliability of... 


Coal being transported to port
Transnet says rail volumes recovered slightly in the last quarter of 2023
2nd February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) says it experienced an improvement in rail volumes in the last quarter of the 2023 calendar year, as the implementation of Transnet’s recovery plan got under way. The... 


Road and rail
Government's new plan to shift cargo from roads back to rail
26th January 2024 By: News24Wire

Government is seeking to finalise a plan aimed at improving its rail network and move cargo away from its overburdened roads.  While the economy loses a billion rand per day to its logistics... 


From top left clockwise, RBCT CEO Alan Waller, RBCT chairperson Nosipho Damasane, Acting Transnet CEO Michelle Phillips and Acting Transnet Freight Rail CE Russell Baatjies.
New public-private rail corridor agreement already boding well – RBCT
25th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The three-month-old mutual cooperation agreement that the private-sector-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) signed with State rail enterprise Transnet in November is already boding well, RBCT... 


Coal being transported on South Africa's railway
Transnet partially restores service on coal export line
19th January 2024 By: Reuters

South African freight rail operator Transnet said late Thursday it resumed partial service on the line connecting to the country's main coal export terminal, four days after two trains collided and... 


Coal loaded for transport by rail
Transnet plans to partially reopen coal line after derailment
18th January 2024 By: Reuters

South African freight rail operator Transnet plans to reopen the first of two coal lines to the country's major coal export terminal on Thursday after it was blocked following a train collision... 


Vesconite’s pedestal liners set to transform railway efficiency
Vesconite’s pedestal liners set to transform railway efficiency
17th January 2024

An often-overlooked yet crucial component of locomotives are the pedestal or axle box liners, which significantly enhance the smooth operation of trains on tracks. South African wear parts... 


Thungela expects volume boost from Aus mine, while rail impacts South African volumes
13th December 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed Thungela Resources expects to report 2.9-million tonnes of saleable production from the Ensham operation, in Australia, for the 2023 financial year, which is above the company’s... 


Rail line
Cabinet likely to consider freight logistics roadmap in February - Ntshavheni
6th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Transport is undertaking a two-part consultation programme on the Roadmap for the Freight Logistics System in South Africa ahead of Cabinet approval, which is unlikely before... 


Roy Hill’s iconic pink livery symbolises the company’s commitment to assisting research and those suffering from breast cancer.
Rio Hill adds battery-powered locos to its rail fleet
1st November 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Rail solutions group Wabtec and its launch customer, Australian iron-ore miner Roy Hill, have celebrated the unveiling of the FLXdrive battery locomotive – the world’s first 100% battery-powered,... 


Transnet Freight Rail
Head of troubled coal line exits Transnet
23rd October 2023 By: News24Wire

In the latest in a slew of resignations, Transnet’s managing executive for the critical export coal line, Ali Motala, is leaving the embattled State-owned company. Several high-placed sources have... 


An image of a TFR locomotive
TFR undertaking initiatives to address constraints, outgoing CEO says
5th October 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), as a division of Transnet, is affected by three major constraints hampering the entity; however, there are initiatives under way to mitigate this and some progress is... 


Transnet locomotive
Bombardier to pay Transnet R468m to settle dispute over State capture locomotive deal
7th September 2023 By: News24Wire

Bombardier Transportation SA has agreed to pay Transnet a total of R468-million to settle a long-running legal dispute over a locomotive supply contract.  Transnet, in turn, will release withheld... 


Transnet chairperson Andile Sangqu
New Transnet chair hints at possible equity injection as group slumps to R5.7bn loss
1st September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

New Transnet chairperson Andile Sangqu has indicated that the troubled State-owned freight logistics group, which has hitherto prided itself on being financially self-sufficient, may require and... 


Image shows Fiona Hick
CEO exit casts shadow on Fortescue results
28th August 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Iron-ore major Fortescue has reported record shipments during the 2023 financial year, while also announcing the departure of CEO Fiona Hick only six months after her appointment. Hick’s... 


Vesconite Hilube bushings were installed in the brake rigging system of an Australian freight operator
Brake linkage bushings improve park braking
22nd August 2023

A large freight-rail operator in Australia has approved Vesconite Hilube brake linkage bushings for its locomotive fleet, to replace bushings in its fleet’s brake levers and improve its park brake... 


Thungela CEO July Ndlovu.
Best-of-breed rail model needed for critical national infrastructure, says Thungela
22nd August 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Once short-term and medium-term rail restoration has been achieved, a best-of-breed approach should be adopted to put South Africa on a competitive logistics path, says thermal coal exporter... 


Transnet Portia Derby
Transnet CEO fears major job losses in trucking industry after road demand fades
17th August 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s surge in trucking that’s emerged largely due to higher coal prices and train bottlenecks may lead to catastrophic job losses in the road transport sector when factors ease, according... 


Exxaro Resources CEO Dr Nombasa Tsengwa.
Decarbonisation is urgent imperative, says coal mining company Exxaro
17th August 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Decarbonisation of coal mining company Exxaro’s operations and entire value chain is an urgent imperative to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which will result in the additional benefits of... 


Exxaro's Cennergi wind turbine.
Exxaro renewables business up in half-year coal earnings downer
17th August 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The half-year revenue contribution from the energy business of Exxaro Resources was 17% higher than in the first half of last year, with energy generation from the Cennergi wind assets driven up by... 


Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu
Coal still has role to play despite naysayers, Menar MD tells conference
15th August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Resources investment company Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu has emphasised that South Africa is on the precipice of a significant industrial revolution. Fuelling this revolution, however, will require a... 


Universal locos approved in European Corridor
28th July 2023

Global provider of integrated urban solutions with over 50 years of experience, Alstom, and leasing provider and asset manager of rolling stock in Europe, Northrail AG have completed a framework... 


Supplier protects inner mechanisms
28th July 2023

Local lubricants supplier Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa is celebrating 15 years of supplying its Pyroshield 9000 Synthetic Open Gear Lubricant to a major freight rail company in South... 


Firm starts moving to fully electric locomotives
28th July 2023

Australia’s largest rail freight operator, ASX-listed company Aurizon, has been in contact with a Caterpillar company in rail technology solutions, Progress Rail, to undertake an innovative... 


In-cab signalling needed in Africa
28th July 2023

Local investor in new rolling stock and track infrastructure projects, and rail solutions provider, Traxtion CEO James Holley and solutions provider Gear Rail CEO Roelf C Alberts suggest the... 


A TFR locomotive
Resolving locomotive supply impasse with Chinese firm crucial, says TFR CEO
18th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

It is crucial that State-owned freight rail operator Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) find a solution to its long-standing locomotive supply impasse with Chinese manufacturer CRRC, TFR CEO Siza Mzimela... 


COAL BOTTLENECK: Exxaro Resources has warned that coal shipments by State-owned freight logistics group Transnet in 2023 have dropped to an annualised rate of only 46.5-million tons. The figure represents a fall from the 50.4-million tons of coal transported to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal for export in 2022, already the lowest volume recorded in three decades. Exxaro attributed the slump to locomotive availability, train derailments, and instances of cable theft and vandalism. Photograph: Bloomberg
COAL BOTTLENECK
7th July 2023

Exxaro Resources has warned that coal shipments by State-owned freight logistics group Transnet in 2023 have dropped to an annualised rate of only 46.5-million tons. The figure represents a fall... 


Exxaro FD Riaan Koppeschaar
Exxaro's first-half export coal sales to fall 6% on logistics challenges, low prices
27th June 2023 By: Chanel de Bruyn

Diversified resources company Exxaro Resources expects to report a 6% decrease in export coal sales volumes to 2.51-million tonnes for the six months ended June 30, compared with 2.67-million... 


Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
South Africa’s locomotive shortage unresolved after China visit
2nd June 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s Department of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said he’s yet to resolve an impasse with China that’s held up the delivery of locomotives and parts essential to improving... 


Iron-ore being transported on the Sishen rail line
Operations resume after theft shut key railway serving South Africa's iron-ore exporters
1st June 2023 By: Bloomberg

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has resumed mainline operations on its ore corridor in the Northern Cape. Operations on the rail line linking South Africa’s iron-ore hub in the Northern Cape province... 


Image of Siemens Mobility's manufacturing facility in Sacramento in the US
Manufacturing and rail services facility, US
26th May 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Siemens Mobility plans to build its ninth manufacturing site in the US. 


Sibanye-Stillwater's first-quarter results.
Sibanye pursuing rapid self-generation to improve energy supply
9th May 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Platinum group metals, green metals and gold producer Sibanye-Stillwater is pursuing self-generation projects that will improve the security of its energy supply in South Africa, the company said... 


Teck signs coal rail agreement with CPKC
Teck signs coal rail agreement with CPKC
4th May 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Diversified miner Teck Resources has entered into a long-term rail agreement with Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) for the transportation of steelmaking coal from its operations in south-eastern... 


Untethered electric train growth to quadruple by year-end – IDTechEx
11th April 2023 By: Donna Slater

Demand for “untethered” electric trains will increase rapidly over the coming years, with sales to grow four-fold year-on-year to reach over 100 deliveries this year, according to a report by... 


A rail line into the Maputo harbour
TFR expects borderless train service to Maputo to raise commodity export volumes
3rd April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is preparing to materially increase the number of weekly trains operating on that component of its North East Corridor that transports export commodities... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa highlights importance of new rail Infrastructure Manager in paving way for private operators
28th March 2023 By: Terence Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the establishment of a separate Infrastructure Manager (IM) within Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) as a crucial step towards creating a level playing field for... 


Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu.
South Africa will overcome its rail and electricity problems, Menar MD predicts
27th March 2023 By: Martin Creamer

At the end of the day, South Africa will overcome its rail transport and electricity availability issues, and confidence in both Transnet and Eskom will be fully restored, Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu... 


Image of a train to show that Booyco Engineering is supplying HVAC units for locomotives on a coal mine
HVAC solution for coal mine locomotives
18th March 2023

A leading South African coal producer selected Booyco Engineering to supply purpose-designed heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for its 8E locomotives. The order is for six... 


Trackless mobile machine safety next big challenge, says Minerals Council
17th March 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Having last year achieved the lowest fall of ground fatalities ever, South African mining’s next big safety challenge is to achieve greater safety in the use of trackless mobile machines –... 


Rolls-Royce Plc Announces New Leadership for Africa
14th March 2023

John will assume group-wide leadership and representation for the Group’s Civil Aerospace, Power Systems and Defence businesses across the META region Rolls-Royce plc (www.Rolls-Royce.com) is... 


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