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John Kelly
Rolls-Royce has appointed a new senior executive to oversee its African operations
15th March 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

UK-based global major propulsion and power systems group Rolls-Royce has announced that its African operations have, with immediate effect, a new head. He is 21-year company veteran John Kelly and... 


Logan Naicker, CEO of Alstom Ubunye
Logan Naicker
10th March 2023 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

This week we profile Logan Naicker, CEO of Alstom Ubunye is involved in the manufacturing, servicing and maintenance of rail products and components for the local and export markets 


Transnet Freight Rail on Sishen-Saldanha railway line
AfriForum asks High Court to compel Transnet to share information on contracts, assets
9th March 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Civil rights organisation AfriForum has submitted a formal Promotion of Access to Information application to the Gauteng High Court, requesting State-owned freight utility Transnet to provide... 


Grindrod CEO Xolani Mbambo
Grindrod looks to expand commodity portfolio in the hunt for growth
2nd 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 on Thursday, he... 


Study shows Alstom supported 9 000 jobs, injected R3.9bn into South Africa in one year
1st March 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Rail and mobility solutions company Alstom supported more than 9 000 jobs and injected R3.9-billion into South Africa as it continues to grow its local presence. These were the findings of a report... 


A train transporting manganese to port
Junior miner allocations won't impact existing manganese slots – TFR
28th February 2023 By: Donna Slater

State-owned rail operator Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) says its opening of rail capacity allocations to junior miners will not impact existing guaranteed manganese miner export allocations. As part... 


TFR will separate out the infrastructure manager from freight operations
Separation of TFR’s infrastructure, operator functions may open way for big third-party ramp-up
20th February 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Separation of TFR’s infrastructure, operator functions to open way for big third-party ramp-up State-owned freight logistics group Transnet aims to launch a dedicated infrastructure manager... 


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Fortesue sees costs rise
15th February 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals on Wednesday reported a 4% fall in revenue for the half-year ended December, despite iron-ore shipments in the first half of the yar reaching a record 96.9-million... 


Port of Maputo achieves new handling record as chrome throughput soars
10th February 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Port of Maputo achieved a new handling record in 2022, registering growth of 20% over 2021. The total volume handled last year was 26.7-million tons, compared with 22.2-million tons in 2021.  


Transnet to shrink rail network
9th February 2023 By: Bloomberg

State-owned logistics company Transnet plans to shrink the 20 000 km freight rail network it operates by at least 35% as it focuses on delivering more profitable cargo loads. Transnet, which also... 


South Africa’s coal export snags worsen as rail shipments slump
6th February 2023 By: Bloomberg

Rail disruptions on the key line to Africa’s biggest coal-export terminal are intensifying, choking off more than half the fuel the facility is capable of shipping. Deliveries to Richards Bay Coal... 


Integrated Air Solutions gains traction in the railway sector forging new partnership with Compressor & Engine Engineering (CEE)
1st February 2023

Compressed air systems specialists, Integrated Air Solutions, are proud to announce the appointment of Compressor & Engine Engineering (CEE) as their exclusive distributor for the ELGi compressor... 


Integrated Air Solutions gains traction in the railway sector forging new partnership with Compressor & Engine Engineering (CEE)
30th January 2023

Compressed air systems specialists, Integrated Air Solutions, are proud to announce the appointment of Compressor & Engine Engineering (CEE) as their exclusive distributor for the ELGi compressor... 


An estimated 161 locomotives have been out of service for periods exceeding 90 days
TFR sets March 20 closing date for tender seeking OEMs to step in to rehabilitate idle locos
26th January 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has set a closing date of March 20 for responses to a tender inviting original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to step in to rehabilitate more than 160... 


Image of the Port of Maputo
Port of Maputo achieves new handling record, sees soaring chrome throughput 
24th January 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Port of Maputo achieved a new handling record in 2022, registering growth of 20% over 2021. The total volume handled last year was 26.7-million tons, compared with 22.2-million tons in 2021.  


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Simulation software shortens HVAC prototyping time
20th January 2023

Simulation software shortens HVAC prototyping time Simulation software can help to significantly shorten product prototype development time in the heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) sector and... 


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Woodhouse Colliery, UK
13th January 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

The UK has approved opening its first deep coal mine in more than 30 years. 


A Transnet locomotive
Transnet to issue locomotive rehabilitation tender as it reaches impasse with CRRC
12th January 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

State-owned Transnet says it has reached an impasse with CRRC E-Loco Supply, following an "unwillingness" on the part of CRRC to engage with the relevant authorities in South Africa to normalise... 


Transnet sees South African coal exports as being safer on diesel trains
5th December 2022 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s State-owned port and rail company Transnet proposed switching to diesel trains to avoid disruptions to coal exports caused by the theft of power cables that disable electric... 


Third-party access has been identified as one of the main reforms to be pursued for implementation under government’s Operation Vulindlela initiative
TFR says lessons from slot-sale process will inform future third-party model
30th November 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) insists that valuable lessons have been gained from a recent attempt to sell 16 slots on its Cape and Container corridors, which resulted in only one applicant emerging... 


Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Six-month ban imposed on export of copper scrap as South Africa seeks to combat theft
30th November 2022 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government has imposed a six-month ban on the export of copper and copper-alloy scrap, as well as most ferrous scrap as part of the first phase of a three-phase intervention... 


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Transnet auction fails to attract private sector
28th November 2022 By: News24Wire

On Friday, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) announced that only two companies had participated in its much-anticipated auction of slots to private players, the company's first foray into allowing... 


BHP working towards GHG targets at Olympic Dam
28th November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Mining major BHP has unveiled a fully electric Jumbo at its Olympic Dam operations, in South Australia, to support the company’s target to reduce operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,... 


Namibia plans railway revamp to boost regional coal exports
25th November 2022 By: Reuters

Namibia's state-owned railway company TransNamib plans to shift coal exports from Botswana off the road and onto rail by early next year, potentially doubling exports via Walvis Bay port, its CEO... 


ARIA CEO Mesela Nhlapo
Association warns of imminent collapse of Transnet
16th November 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) says State-owned freight utility Transnet’s reluctance to implement structural reforms is costing the economy and South Africa’s international... 


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Transnet declares sixth force majeure in 18 months
11th November 2022 By: News24Wire

Transnet has declared its sixth force majeure in 18 months, this time on the coal export line to Richards Bay, which experienced a massive derailment on Tuesday.  Force majeure is a clause that is... 


Indlela Connections chairperson Nosipho Damasane.
New startup aims to improve pit-to-port turnaround times
11th November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Three women who have been in logistics collectively for more than 30 years have formed a company intent on helping to smooth out rail and port logistics in the Southern African region. The three... 


Image of gold refining
TGME underground project, South Africa – update
11th November 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Theta Gold Mines has been granted the first of two water-use licences for its TGME project. 


National Treasury acting director-general Ismail Momoniat
We can't let SOEs be 'zombies', says Treasury DG
4th November 2022 By: News24Wire

National Treasury acting director-general Ismail Momoniat said the medium-term budget made allocations to struggling parastatals to supplement infrastructure investment for growth, warning some... 


Image of Class 20E locomotive
Transnet Freight Rail 10-64 locomotives acquisition programme, South Africa
28th October 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Transnet Freight Rail CEO Sizakele Mzimela has reported that the group’s plan to procure new locomotives will be put on hold. 


Indlela Connections chairperson Nosipho Damasane.
New start-up intent on improving pit-to-port turnaround times
27th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Three women who have been in logistics collectively for more than 30 years have formed a company intent on helping to smooth out rail and port logistics in the Southern African region. The three... 


Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Higher revenue collections support consolidation as growth headwinds strengthen
26th October 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Better-than-expected revenue collection enabled Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to report an improvement in government’s fiscal position relative to the one forecast in the February Budget.... 


An image of Traxtion's Rosslyn Rail Services Hub
Traxtion calls for open rail access in South Africa, looks to build on 35-year journey
26th October 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

As it celebrates 35 years of operation, private rail operator Traxtion has called for open rail access in South Africa, to enable the company to replicate similar success and freedom it has enjoyed... 


A Transnet Freight Rail locomotive in action
Transnet to hold off on loco procurement following in-principle agreements with CRRC E-Loco and Alstom
25th October 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Sizakele Mzimela reports that the group’s plan to procure new locomotives will be put on hold in light of the recent in principle agreements reached between Transnet... 


Image of gold refining
TGME underground project, South Africa – update
21st October 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Theta Gold Mines has entered into a nonbinding streaming term sheet with Sprott Resources Streaming and Royalty Corporation worth A$110-million. 


Brian Molefe, McKinsey & Co. in court over Transnet fraud - Barry Roux part of big defence team
14th October 2022 By: News24Wire

The case against 11 high-profile private sector and former state executives implicated in a R398.4 million Transnet fraud and corruption case - including among them the state parastatal's former... 


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Projects in Progress 2022 (Second Edition)
13th October 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Without basic infrastructure to deliver energy and water, and to facilitate mobility and communication, South Africa’s growth prospects will remain constrained. Greenfield and brownfield... 


Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
South Africa takes 354 days to issue prospecting right, Botswana does it in 40
10th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Why does it take 354 working days for South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to issue a prospecting right which Botswana accomplishes in 40 days? Mineral Council South... 


TGME underground project, South Africa
TGME underground project, South Africa
7th October 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

The TGME project aims to restart historical underground gold mines in the prolific-gold mining region of Mpumalanga.  


Transnet says agreement with Alstom may pave way for completion of locomotives delivery
Transnet says agreement with Alstom may pave way for completion of locomotives delivery
3rd October 2022 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned freight logistics group Transnet announced on Monday that an in-principle agreement had been reached with Alstom in relation to a legal dispute arising from an electric locomotive... 


Transnet locomotive
NPA charges McKinsey SA with fraud over Transnet locomotive debacle
30th September 2022 By: News24Wire

The National Prosecuting Authority has indicted McKinsey South Africa on charges of fraud, theft and corruption related to State capture at Transnet.  The NPA's Investigating Directorate announced... 


California regulator sees 2035 EV mandate as 'sweet spot'
21st September 2022 By: Reuters

California's choice of 2035 as the deadline to end gasoline-only new car sales was the "sweet spot" that will sharply cut emissions but was also realistic for the industry, the head of the state's... 


Image shows a Fortescue operation in the Pilbara
Fortescue pledges $6.2bn to eliminate emissions by 2030
20th September 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Iron-ore major Fortescue has announced a $6.2-billion investment by 2030 to eliminate fossil fuel use and achieve real zero terrestrial emissions across its iron-ore operations. The miner said in... 


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