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Transnet to issue locomotive tender in July to address crippling port and rail backlog
21st June 2022 By: News24Wire

In a bid to improve on its operational performance, clear logistic backlogs, and claw itself out of its financial predicament, Transnet has confirmed that it will issue a tender for the procurement... 


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Saving a leading engineering company through business rescue
15th June 2022

Cast Products SA has been under the control of the turnaround team of Engaged Business Turnaround and Chrisyd Advisory Services for five months, after the firms were appointed to manage its... 


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Trident’s lithium-powered locomotives engendering benefits for mining operations
13th May 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Original-equipment manufacturer Trident SA has diversified its offering and is now providing lithium-powered batteries for locomotives used by global mining operations. During a visit to the... 


Local HVAC expert works to global rail standards
22nd April 2022

While Booyco Engineering has been designing HVAC systems for South Africa’s rail industry for over three decades, it has also been serving the world’s largest rail players for more than 15 years by... 


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Coal exporters discussing agreements with Transnet following force majeure notifications
14th April 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Coal miners Thungela Resources and Exxaro Resources have reported in separate statements that they remain in discussions with Transnet, through its Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) division, regarding... 


Thungela in talks with Transnet about coal transport contracts; PIC increases shareholding
Thungela in talks with Transnet about coal transport contracts; PIC increases shareholding
14th April 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has again increased its holdings in JSE-listed Thungela Resources to 11.22%. This follows less than a week after having increased in shareholding in Thungela... 


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Transnet signals force majeure as it moves to amend coal railing contracts
14th April 2022 By: News24Wire

Transnet will amend railing agreements with coal exporters as the State-owned enterprise continues to struggle with persistent security and legal issues which it believes constitute a force... 


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Transnet prepares to resume locomotive procurement to close gap left by halted 10-64 programme
11th April 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet CEO Portia Derby has confirmed that the State freight logistics group is preparing to procure a significant number of locomotives again, after having halted purchases under the “irregular... 


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Transnet battling on several fronts as it works to stabilise the rail network
8th April 2022 By: Donna Slater

With plans to increase the cargo-handling capability at the Port of Durban and to ease congestion by having fewer trucks on the road near the port, Transnet needs to improve rail capacity, as well... 


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Opinion: Transnet’s private sector invitation appealing from afar but far from appealing
8th April 2022

In this opinion article, Mirai Rail MD Pulane Tshabalala-Kingston argues that Transnet’s invitation to private bidders for 16 rail slots signals a key milestone. However, she argues that the... 


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Commodity boom remains untapped as South Africa fights rail woes
28th March 2022 By: Bloomberg

South Africa is missing out on some of the riches on offer from the commodities boom as a rail network beset by problems hobbles its exports. While coal prices recently soared to a record and iron... 


Japan to trial first hydrogen fuel cell train
23rd March 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Passenger rail operator JR East, formerly East Japan Railway, will begin safety testing the country’s first hydrogen-powered train at the end of the month, industry body the World Platinum... 


Canadian Pacific reaches deal with union, ending work stoppage
22nd March 2022 By: Bloomberg

Canadian Pacific Railway said it will resume normal operations after it agreed to work with an arbitrator on a contract for 3 000 workers, ending a two-day work stoppage. “This agreement enables... 


Canada calls for quick end to CP Rail strike amid fears of worsening commodities shortages
Canada calls for quick end to CP Rail strike amid fears of worsening commodities shortages
22nd March 2022 By: Reuters

Canada on Monday referred to as for a quick negotiated end to a piece stoppage on the nation’s second-largest railroad, Canadian Pacific Railway, that’s set to irritate a scarcity of commodities... 


Fortescue settles WAE buy, starts on new train
3rd March 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Iron-ore major Fortescue this week settled its £164-million purchase of UK-based technology and engineering services business Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), marking its transition to a... 


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Sibanye restarts some safety-affected operations but records another fatality
20th January 2022 By: Darren Parker

Mineral resources group Sibanye-Stillwater has restarted some of its operations following safety-related interventions and stoppages that were announced on December 15, the company said in a... 


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Rio purchases battery-electric trains for the Pilbara
11th January 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Mining major Rio Tinto will buy four battery-electric trains to use in the Pilbara as part of its strategy to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% by 2030. Rio on Tuesday announced that it had... 


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Minerals Council backs State capture commission’s recommendations
6th January 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday endorsed the recommendations of the first report of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. The Minerals Council said these recommendations, aimed at... 


Anglo American and Aurizon study hydrogen trains
13th December 2021 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Freight operator Aurizon and mining major Anglo American will undertake a joint feasibility study to assess the introduction of hydrogen-powered trains for bulk freight. Aurizon and Anglo American... 


Fortescue ramps up rail decarbonisation
9th December 2021 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals on Thursday said that it would be ramping up the decarbonisation of its locomotive fleet, with the arrival of two additional locomotives at its green energy arm... 


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Rail operator eyes South African, African leasing expansion with renewed locomotive fleet
29th November 2021 By: Donna Slater

Freight logistics company Grindrod, through its 43% shareholding in Pretoria-based freight company Railco Africa, is looking to expand its locomotives leasing and rail operations business in South... 


New Mpumalanga siding enables TFR to maximise coal line throughput
26th November 2021 By: Natasha Odendaal

Rail supply chain solutions company Barberry Holdings has successfully launched its new multiuser Pullenshope Siding facility aimed at mitigating two key areas currently constraining Transnet... 


FFI calls for less emissions in shipping sector
12th November 2021 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Green energy developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has called for a net zero 2040 target to be embraced by the shipping industry. Speaking at the COP26 Transport Day, FFI chairperson Andrew... 


Conference explores innovative and sustainable rail safety solutions and rail transport’s potential to drive economic growth
14th October 2021

If the safe operation of passenger rail transport is given the attention and priority it deserves, it can be a catalyst for economic development; if not, then it will become a catalyst for economic... 


Headwinds mounting for world economy into final stretch of 2021
4th October 2021 By: Bloomberg

The global economy is entering the final quarter of 2021 with a mounting number of headwinds threatening to slow the recovery from the pandemic recession and prove policy makers’ benign views on... 


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Digitisation slashes Sibanye-Stillwater’s loco incidents
29th September 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Digitisation has slashed by nearly 70% underground locomotive incidents at Sibanye-Stillwater’s South African gold and platinum group metal (PGM) mines. The digital locomotive systems improve... 


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Infrastructural challenges impede coal industry
17th September 2021 By: Nadine Ramdass

South Africa is a major coal-exporting country, with its coal sector also providing baseload capacity for the country. However, infrastructure challenges negatively impact on the local industry,... 


Govt targets August next year, or sooner, for third-party rail access
10th September 2021 By: Irma Venter

The current target date for allowing third-party operators to participate in the rail-freight sector is August next year, says Dr Sean Phillips, head of the National Treasury’s Operation Vulindlela... 


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Battery Electric
3rd September 2021

Underground railway control systems manufacturer Battery Electric is a proudly South African company with a focus on the design and development of microprocessor-controlled underground mine... 


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Govt targets August next year, or sooner, for third-party rail access
30th August 2021 By: Irma Venter

The current target date for enabling third-party operators in the rail-freight sector is August next year, says Dr Sean Phillips, head of National Treasury’s Operation Vulindlela unit. There are,... 


Enviro-friendly Battery Electric loco on track for underground testing at Sibanye-Stillwater
Enviro-friendly Battery Electric loco on track for underground testing at Sibanye-Stillwater
15th August 2021 By: Tracy Hancock

Following successful surface trials, mining major Sibanye-Stillwater has approved the testing of a 5 t diesel, hydraulic underground mining locomotive converted into an environment-friendly battery... 


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Thungela confident Transnet rail challenge is transient
13th August 2021 By: Martin Creamer

New coal mining company Thungela Resources said on Friday that it remained confident that the Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) challenge is transient. Similar to the rest of the coal-mining industry,... 


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Australian miners accelerate green investment amid net-zero flurry
13th August 2021 By: Esmarie Iannucci

With the rise of environmental activism and greater investor interest in environmental and social governance, Australian miners and the Australian government have started to give greater priority... 


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Battery Electric introduces diesel machine conversion technology
12th August 2021

A 5 t diesel, hydraulic underground mining locomotive owned by mining major Sibanye-Stillwater has been converted into an environment-friendly battery powered electric version by Gauteng-based... 


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Battery Electric delivers on diesel machine conversion tech
4th August 2021

As investors place greater emphasis on carbon footprints, underground railway control systems manufacturer Battery Electric is ready to assist companies on their decarbonisation journey. Tracy... 


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Fortescue posts record shipments
29th July 2021 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has reported record shipments of 49.3-million tonnes for the quarter ended June, while full-year iron-ore shipments exceeded guidance. “The Fortescue team has... 


Second train derails on South Africa’s coal-export line
13th July 2021 By: Bloomberg

State-owned rail company Transnet is investigating a second derailment in as many weeks on the nation’s main coal-export line. A locomotive traveling from Richards Bay, the site of Africa’s biggest... 


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PRASA station modernisation programme, South Africa – update
9th July 2021 By: Sheila Barradas

The project involves the modernisation of 135 stations on the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa rail network. 


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FFI flies through June targets
6th July 2021 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The energy arm of iron-ore major Fortescue, Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) on Tuesday announced that it had completed all of its key projects targeted for June 30, as part of its initial... 


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Alstom Ubunye appoints Logan Naicker as new CEO 
29th June 2021 By: Irma Venter

Alstom Ubunye has announced the appointment of Logan Naicker as its new CEO.  Naicker has more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles in the rail and automotive industries, including Union... 


Rail constraints taking a toll on Exxaro’s performance
Rail constraints taking a toll on Exxaro’s performance
29th June 2021 By: Simone Liedtke

Diversified miner Exxaro Resources has successfully vaccinated 100% of its healthcare workers and has started with the vaccination of its employees older than 60 years of age. The Grootegeluk and... 


Vale mulls remote-controlled trains to work around risky dam in Brazil
14th June 2021 By: Bloomberg

Iron-ore giant Vale is considering the use of remote-controlled trains near a tailings dam that Brazilian authorities say risks collapsing and getting workers buried. It would take around 60 days... 


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Zinc has significant capacity to protect uncoated steel structures against premature corrosion
Association encourages use of zinc to boost rail
11th June 2021 By: Cameron Mackay

International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa Desk head Simon Norton says there is significant opportunity right now to increase the use of refined zinc for hot dip galvanising of steel, with the... 


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