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South African coal miners turn to trucks as rail service deteriorates
3rd May 2022 By: Reuters

Mining companies in South Africa have resorted to trucking coal to ports to meet a surge in European demand since the war in Ukraine started, bypassing the deteriorating rail infrastructure they... 


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Infinity Train, Australia and UK
29th April 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

To support the delivery of Fortescue’s industry-leading target to achieve net-zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2030, Fortescue Future Industries and William Advanced Engineering plan to... 


The Financial Case for Carbon Neutrality
The Financial Case for Carbon Neutrality
22nd April 2022

By Gareth Huckle – Partners in Performance Various recent articles can be found that suggest the quest towards carbon reduction will negatively impact both productivity and profitability. One such... 


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Mining proves its importance to the fiscus, but Transnet lets the side down
21st April 2022

The strong financial performance of the South African mining industry during two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, its associated lockdowns and slowing economic performance has proved how valuable... 


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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... 


Exxaro gets 'numerous' European requests for coal
7th April 2022 By: Reuters

South Africa's Exxaro Resources has received "numerous" requests from European countries wanting to sign supply contracts after the European Union )EU) proposed sanctions on Russian coal, the coal... 


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Transnet moves to sell 16 rail slots to private operators
1st April 2022 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has officially launched the much-anticipated bidding process for 16 rail slots, which will be sold to third-party operators for a period of two years on... 


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Strong investment case for country’s mining sector, but issues must be addressed
30th March 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

There are a myriad of opportunities that can be capitalised on in South Africa’s mining sector and there has been notable progress in improving the state of the industry; however, to further... 


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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... 


AMSA shuts furnace over rail troubles and grapples with pricing impacts of Russia-Ukraine conflict
17th March 2022 By: News24Wire

Transnet's poor performance has forced ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to shut off a blast furnace for three weeks while the steelmaker has also warned customers that the Russia-Ukraine conflict... 


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Drones successful in deterring railway cable theft syndicates
15th March 2022 By: Donna Slater

Johannesburg-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator and developer UAV & Drone Solutions (UDS) proposes that government departments and State-owned entities (SOEs) use, to a far greater... 


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Third-party access to create jobs
11th March 2022 By: Anna Moross

Third-party access to the rail networks in South Africa will help to not only revitalise the rail industry but also have a ripple effect in ensuring job creation and economic growth, says local... 


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Investment, maintenance can restore infrastructure
11th March 2022 By: Anna Moross

While there are still many challenges, State-owned freight utility Transnet believes that, through investment and collaboration, rail infrastructure can be revitalised. 


Transnet records highest-ever theft of copper cable, JMPD arrests two suspects
8th March 2022 By: Donna Slater

About 1 000 km of copper cable used to power electric locomotives has been stolen, to date, in the financial year ending on March 3, Transnet reports. This is a significant increase on the 700 km... 


Exxaro outgoing CEO Mxolisi Mgojo, incoming CEO Nombasa Tsengwa and FD Riaan Koppeschaar
Exxaro posts R9.7bn net operating profit for 2021, despite rail issues
3rd March 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed diversified resources group Exxaro Resources has declared a total ordinary dividend for the 2021 financial year of R32.52 apiece, up 72% compared with the prior year. Outgoing CEO... 


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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TFR to release tender in April for take-or-pay access to container corridors
28th February 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will release a request for proposals (RFP) on April 1 for the sale of slots to private operators on the key container corridor linking Gauteng and Durban, as well as... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
Red tape delaying R90bn investment in ready-to-go projects – Minerals Council
14th February 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Red tape is delaying investment worth R90-billion in ready-to-go mining-related projects, at a time when the South African economy is in desperate need of such projects proceeding, to create jobs... 


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Mixed reaction from business to SoNA
11th February 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Business organisation Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says business was hoping for a greater sense of urgency and stronger commitment from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the... 


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Investment needed for SADC’s rail infrastructure to compete with road transport – Derby
4th February 2022 By: Donna Slater

Rail operators in the Southern Africa Development Community region need to jointly and urgently ramp up investments into their respective rail infrastructure to enable trains to move quicker and... 


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Mining can be a catalyst for growth in 2022
28th January 2022 By: Cameron Mackay

Global commodity prices and economies have rebounded strongly since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, which left many companies facing mammoth financial challenges to sustain themselves.... 


PRASA reiterates commitment to improving service reliability
24th January 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has issued a statement clarifying a number of issues raised in an article published in the Sunday Times on January 23. PRASA stated that,... 


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BHP buys electric trains for the Pilbara
17th January 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Major BHP will purchase four battery-electric locomotives and conduct trials at its Western Australia iron-ore rail network, as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce its operational... 


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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... 


Grindrod reports solid progress in executing various strategies
6th December 2021 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

JSE-listed Grindrod continues to focus its efforts on executing the Port and Terminals, Logistics and Bank strategies and disposal of noncore businesses, it notes in a pre-close business update.... 


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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... 


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Green hydrogen advocate Forrest slams oil, gas as ‘anathema methane mines’
17th November 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Oil and gas plants are methane mines and opening new ones is an anathema that fails to take the livelihoods of today’s offspring seriously, says Fortescue Metals Group chairperson and green... 


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Traxtion prepares to make use of ‘rare’ private sector rail opportunity
15th November 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Private rail freight operator Traxtion sees the national government’s structural reform agenda as a rare opportunity for the private sector to leverage massive investment in train sets to unlock... 


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... 


TFR bemoans unprecedented levels of cable theft, vandalism
10th November 2021 By: Simone Liedtke

The theft of overhead cables and vandalism of Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) property has reached unprecedented levels, the rail entity said on November 10. From January to October, TFR has lost... 


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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... 


Eastern Cape Health Dept launches vaccination train with Transnet
15th September 2021 By: Donna Slater

Eastern Cape Health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth on September 14 unveiled Transnet’s first Covid-19 vaccination train – the Transvaco, in what Transnet says is its commitment to support the national... 


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... 


Grindrod targets port, rail projects in govt’s private-sector participation drive 
10th September 2021 By: Irma Venter

Ports and logistics operator Grindrod is positioning itself to take part in the private-sector participation (PSP) opportunities to be created by government in the rail and ports sectors, says... 


Sovereign confirms logistics for Malawi rutile
8th September 2021 By: Esmarie Iannucci

An independent study on the logistics and infrastructure solution for the Kasiya rutile project, in Malawi, has confirmed owner Sovereign Metals’ proffered logistics route through the Nacala... 


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