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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... 


Transnet Freight Rail locomotive and wagons
Seamless operation of trains between South Africa, Moz extended to include chrome, ferrochrome flows
29th August 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

South Africa's Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and its Mozambican counterpart Caminhos De Ferros De Mocambique (CFM) have agreed that the seamless operation of trains between the two countries will be... 


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On-The-Air (25/08/2023)
25th August 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer discusses Thungela’s tree planting, renewables, rail 


Railway infrastructure
Transnet revamps security as crime hobbles trains
23rd August 2023 By: Bloomberg

State-owned rail network operator Transnet has hired five private security companies in an effort to reduce chronic theft and vandalism of trains that disrupt its operations. Transnet said it was... 


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... 


A map showing the location of the Lobito corridor
Ivanhoe's Kamoa Copper subsidiary signs MoU to start copper exports through Lobito corridor
16th August 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines' Kamoa Copper subsidiary has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lobito Atlantic International for the transportation of copper concentrate produced at the... 


A queue of trucks transporting coal
Global demand for coal is bringing mayhem to South African towns
1st August 2023 By: Bloomberg

An often impenetrable logjam of trucks laden with coal at South Africa’s crossing with Mozambique has brought chaos to a sleepy border town. Elephants escaping from the nearby Kruger National Park... 


Awards honour and celebrate the supply chain profession in Africa
Awards honour and celebrate the supply chain profession in Africa
1st August 2023

The winners of the second annual Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards were announced at a gala event in Johannesburg attended by more than 220 supply chain practitioners from across the continent.... 


Bloom Lake posts record quarterly output
Bloom Lake posts record quarterly output
28th July 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

Iron-ore miner Champion, which operates the Bloom Lake mine on the south-end of the Labrador Trough, has posted record quarterly production, despite navigating one of Quebec’s biggest forest fires... 


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... 


Partners introduce Li-ion solutions
28th July 2023

Swiss low-carbon, lithium-ion (Li-ion) cell-based energy storage solutions provider Leclanché and India-based research and development focused railway products developer Medha Group have formed a... 


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Hamersley Iron, Australia
28th July 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

An iron-ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. 


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
Contango signs 20 000 t/m coal offtake agreement with TransOre
10th July 2023 By: Darren Parker

London-listed natural resource development company Contango Holdings has entered into a new offtake arrangement with mineral trader TransOre International for the sale of up to 20 000 t a month of... 


Transnet Freight Rail
TFR completes Mamathwane crossing loop ahead of schedule
6th July 2023 By: Darren Parker

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has announced the completion of the construction of the Mamathwane crossing loop, in the northern Cape, 30 days ahead of schedule. The completion of the loop... 


Manufacturer opens welding school for unemployed youth
23rd June 2023

A class of unemployed youth from local communities in the greater Nigel area, in  Ekurhuleni, were able to start free accredited and certified professional welding training at the beginning of... 


Transnet Engineering secures contract to supply 80 wagons to DRC company
20th June 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering solutions provider Transnet Engineering (TE) has been awarded a contract to supply 80 wagons to Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) based logistics and transport company SWALA... 


Cape Town
Metro progresses devolution study
16th June 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

As the City of Cape Town investigates the viability of building up its own infrastructure and managing an independent passenger rail network, it has expressed concern about government’s having... 


Infrastructure Finance Advisory Institute director Bongani Mankewu
Opinion: Economy heavily dependent on freight rail demonopolisation, passenger rail devolution
15th June 2023

The pragmatism of the National Logistics Crisis Committee can yield an innovative complementary funding model for freight and passenger rail networks in South Africa, writes Infrastructure Finance... 


National Logistics Crisis Committee to tackle transport emergencies in parallel to reform agenda
National Logistics Crisis Committee to tackle transport emergencies in parallel to reform agenda
13th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Logistics Crisis Committee (NLCC) will adopt a two-pronged approach to addressing the rail, port and road crises currently undermining growth and job creation in South Africa, whereby... 


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... 


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Vital overhaul
2nd June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

One of the ironies about South Africa’s use of competitive bidding for just about all public procurement, from the purchase of office stationery to diesel locomotives, is that it hardly ever... 


Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu.
Construction phase of Menar’s new R600m colliery project is in full swing
26th May 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The construction phase of the new Gugulethu Colliery is in full swing. “We’ve started working on the box cut with the anticipation that first coal will be extracted sometime around July/August this... 


Citrus fruit picking
Citrus growers call on DPE to urgently invest in rail for future growth
22nd May 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa (CGA) has called on Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to announce a turnaround to fix the current freight rail... 


Eskom acting CEO Calib Cassim
Eskom Head in China as South Africa grapples with acute outages
10th May 2023 By: Bloomberg

Eskom’s acting chief executive officer travelled to China, as the South African State-owned utility implements record power cuts that are hobbling the nation’s economy. Calib Cassim accompanied... 


SADPO vice chairperson Lyndon de Meillon
Lack of energy, logistics challenges eroding emerging miners' profitability, viability
5th May 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The significant electricity shortages in South Africa and the significant logistics constraints, especially for bulk commodities, are eroding junior and emerging miners' profitability, with some... 


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... 


Gordhan in China to fast-track locomotives, spares delivery to Transnet
2nd May 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has embarked on a previously announced official trip to China. He is leading a delegation to meet with his counterparts in the Chinese government as part... 


TPT expects to invest just over R8-billion over the next five years
South African port operator pursuing R8bn OEM strategy in bid to bolster equipment performance
24th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is optimistic that its emerging strategy of entering into long-term agreements with original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for the supply and life-cycle maintenance... 


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TGME underground project, South Africa
14th April 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

South Africa’s Department of Water and Sanitation has awarded a water-use licence for the project. 


President Cyril Ramaphosa at the fifth edition of the South African Investment Conference
Ramaphosa underlines commitment to energy and freight reforms as he unveils new R2tr investment target
13th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled a new investment target of R2-trillion for the five-year period to 2028 at the fifth edition of the South African Investment Conference on Thursday, where he also... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa to announce new investment target amid confidence-sapping electricity and freight crises
12th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa will outline what actions South Africa is taking to tackle its economically debilitating electricity crisis when he addresses investors at the fifth South African... 


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... 


DRILLING THE WAY Hydro Power Equipment’s Isidingo Drill is believed to be the lightest high-performance rotary percussive rockdrill in the world and paves the way for female operators
Local interest soars, despite obstacles
7th April 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

Local deep-level mining equipment manufacturers are noticing increased interest in their product offering on the back of Russian sanctions, but are being weighed down by the country’s ongoing... 


The Richards Bay Coal Terminal
South African coal miners facing same old challenges in addition to lower prices
4th April 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

South Africa’s coal industry will have to contend with the same “headaches” as before this year, and without the advantage of record high prices. This was noted by McCloskey by OPIS Southern Africa... 


Transnet locomotive
Transnet moves ahead with plan to set up rail leasing venture with partner
4th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Engineering (TE) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a partner to establish a rail rolling stock leasing company, which would supply wagons and locomotives to train operating... 


City Deep terminal to be included in the 20-year operational lease.
Transnet extends deadline for container corridor lease responses to end May
4th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has extended, to the end of May, the deadline for responses to a request for qualification (RFQ) regarding the proposed 20-year operating lease that the State-owned rail... 


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... 


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... 


Grindrod plans commodity portfolio expansion in hunt for growth
17th March 2023 By: Irma Venter

Logistics specialist Grindrod aims to “deconcentrate” its portfolio of commodities, says CEO Xolani Mbambo. Unveiling the company’s financial results for the year ended December 31 last week, he... 


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