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Neglect, mismanagement threaten S Africa's once-promising transport infrastructure, warns Cesa
13th October 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

South Africa boasts extensive road and railway systems, along with well-equipped ports and airports, some of which are comparable to infrastructure in developed nations. However, a lack of... 

Consumer Goods Council of South Africa co-chair Gareth Ackerman
Consumer goods body counts cost of loadshedding, poverty, failing infrastructure
12th October 2023 By: News24Wire

The consumer goods industry's largest representative body warned on Wednesday that the cost of load shedding, failing infrastructure and rising poverty were a "potentially lethal cocktail"... 

#UniteBehind launches court battle for Cape Town railway control
12th October 2023 By: News24Wire

Civil society organisation #UniteBehind has launched a court bid to compel the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to hand over the running and management of the railway system in the... 

Bleak outlook for third-quarter economic growth in South Africa
11th October 2023 By: Darren Parker

September reflected another month of weakened economic activity in South Africa, indicating bleak prospects for the economy’s growth in the third quarter, automated clearing house BankservAfrica’s... 

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Broad-based strain evident in the logistics sector – Ctrack index
11th October 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (CTFI) retreated further during August, to an index level of 118.8, the lowest since February, when it was at 116.7.  This represents a 1.5% decrease. It is... 

South Africa's freight rail and ports crisis in the spotlight at supply chain conference
11th October 2023

Urgency and hope were the key messages delivered in an important update on the National Logistics Crisis Committee’s (NLCC’s) work at the recent SAPICS Spring Conference in Johannesburg. A panel... 

Dhiren Vanmali
Opinion: Speedbumps, not roadblocks, beckon South African bakkie builders
10th October 2023

In this opinion article, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa sales operations executive director Dhiren Vanmali writes that South Africa's hosting of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa)... 

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Ministerial meddling in SOE leadership sparks dysfunction – BLSA
9th October 2023 By: Darren Parker

Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has voiced her concern over Ministerial meddling in State-owned enterprise (SOE) leadership decisions.  “Good governance starts with a board... 

African Rail Industry Association CEO Mesela Kope-Nhlapo
Rail industry needs all hands on deck if it is to be saved – industry association
6th October 2023 By: Darren Parker

The resignation of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Siza Mzimela just days after Transnet group CEO Portia Derby announced that she will be stepping down has highlighted the urgent need for key... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Eskom to have CEO by year end – Gordhan
6th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa will name a chief executive officer for beleaguered power utility Eskom by the end of the year, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said. Eskom has been without a full-time head... 

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Local sector facing pressures
6th October 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

Amid power outages, poor service delivery, a depressed global economic environment and a declining domestic economy, the South African steel and engineering sector is described as a “sector in... 

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Lobito rail corridor, Angola
6th October 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

The Lobito rail corridor has great potential to boost the development of sectors along the line, including heavy industry, agriculture and mining, creating new jobs and new opportunities. 

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Orom-Cross graphite project, Uganda – update
6th October 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Blencowe Resources has signed an agreement with the US International Development Finance Corporation to provide funding for the definitive feasibility study programme on the Orom-Cross project. 

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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... 

Johannesburg bridge collapse: Safety MMC says it was a 'disaster waiting to happen'
5th October 2023 By: News24Wire

The City of Johannesburg's MMC for Public Safety, Mgcini Tshwaku, warned that the collapse of a pedestrian bridge on Wednesday would have turned into a major disaster if it occurred during peak... 

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Transnet rail CEO Siza Mzimela has resigned
5th October 2023 By: News24Wire

The CEO of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) Siza Mzimela has resigned.  Mzimela sent out a letter to staff on Thursday reminding them of the progress made in the past three years, thanking them for... 

Anglo American cutting head office jobs in several countries
4th October 2023 By: Reuters

Anglo American said it is cutting corporate office jobs across several countries, as unions said its South African iron-ore business plans to lay off scores of workers at its head office. The... 

Energy Council of South Africa chairperson and Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Business, govt collaboration showing signs of success in addressing multiple crises
4th October 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Business is working to add more than 10 GW of generation capacity to the electricity system by the end of next year, which would effectively end loadshedding in South Africa, Sasol president and... 

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Australian resource exports poised to fall
4th October 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australia’s commodity export earnings are forecast to fall from last year’s record A$467-billion to A$400-billion in 2023–24, and A$352-billion by 2024–25, the Department of Industry, Science and... 

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East London handles first shipment of export manganese
3rd October 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The East London port received its first export manganese call on October 3 when vessel MV BBG Leader docked to load 30 000 metric tonnes at the East London Multipurpose Terminal. In preparation,... 

Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis
'There is just zero engagement': City of Cape Town won't back down in fight for railway control
3rd October 2023 By: News24Wire

The City of Cape will not back down from its fight with the national government to devolve railways to capable metros. So says Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis, who spoke to journalists shortly... 

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Railways should be under the stewardship of experienced rail community
3rd October 2023

In this opinion article, Bongani Mankewu highlights the role that South Africa’s deep railways expertise should play in resolve the economic morass at Transnet 

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Fenix secures 10mt of iron-ore in WA
3rd October 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Fenix Resources has struck a deal with Sinosteel Midwest Corporation (SMC) for the exclusive right to mine and export up to 10-million tonnes of iron-ore from the Beebyn-W11 iron-ore... 

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi
Gauteng must play a key role in advancing smart mobility – Lesufi
2nd October 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Smart mobility is a pivotal part of achieving the government’s Vision 2030 plan and Gauteng must play a leading role in this, especially with its transition towards a digital economy, Gauteng... 

BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso
Meeting with President, Ministers reinvigorates BLSA’s confidence in joint problem-solving efforts
2nd October 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has gained confidence in government’s willingness to work in partnership with the private sector to deal with key issues, following a meeting it had last... 

Transnet group CEO Portia Derby
'Transnet execs must go now.' Cosatu adds pressure as deadline looms
29th September 2023 By: News24Wire

As a sword hangs over the heads of top Transnet executives, group CEO Portia Derby and head of Transnet Freight Rail Sizakele Mzimela, the Congress of South African Trade Unions has turned up the... 

Richards Bay Coal Terminal
Striking workers at key South Africa coal port reject wage offer
29th September 2023 By: Bloomberg

Workers at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal in South Africa rejected its latest wage offer and will continue to strike, according to the main labour union at the port. Members of the Association of... 

The Kasiya Proiect area showing rail and port infrastructure for export of product to global markets.
Malawi gov't sets innovative permitting example by working alongside mining company
28th September 2023 By: Martin Creamer

On the face of it, South Africa could do a lot more to speed up critical minerals mining development in South Africa. An example of doing so that catches the eye is the extra mile the government of... 

Sovereign ups capex for Malawi critical minerals project
28th September 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

Australia-based Sovereign Metals has released the results of a prefeasibility study (PFS) for its Kasiya project, which is poised to be the world’s biggest rutile producer at 222 000 t/y and one of... 

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South Africa needs to look internally before going global on hydrogen
28th September 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

As South Africa progresses its hydrogen strategies and plans as a means to mitigate climate change and to bolster security of energy supply, the country needs to look internally before embarking on... 

Glencore, Seriti weigh job cuts in South Africa due to ‘dire’ train situation
Glencore, Seriti weigh job cuts in South Africa due to ‘dire’ train situation
27th September 2023 By: Bloomberg

Glencore and Seriti Resources are in talks to cut hundreds of jobs in South Africa as their ability to export coal is stymied by inefficiencies at the state-run freight company. Transnet, which... 

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Bad weather causes major disruptions on TFR’s Cape Corridor
27th September 2023 By: Darren Parker

State-owned rail company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has announced that it is experiencing significant disruptions to rail services on some parts of the Cape Corridor as a result of severe weather... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa alongside Discovery CEO Adrian Gore at a joint government-business meeting at Discovery Place, Sandton.
Roadmap to ‘fundamentally reform’ freight logistics sector by end of October
27th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Government has committed to finalise a Freight Logistics Roadmap, outlining a sequenced set of actions to fundamentally reform the logistics system, by the end of October. The commitment was made... 

Saldanha iron-ore terminal to shut for maintenance
Saldanha iron-ore terminal to shut for maintenance
26th September 2023 By: Darren Parker

The Saldanha Iron Ore Terminal (IOT) will begin its 28-day yearly maintenance shutdown on September 28. During this period, the terminal will perform maintenance on its major equipment across... 

Sasol moves to improve coal quality, completes study for new destoning unit
Sasol moves to improve coal quality, completes study for new destoning unit
26th September 2023 By: Darren Parker

JSE-listed energy group Sasol has confirmed that its planned new destoning unit, which has the potential to improve the quality of coal at its mines, will be on line towards the end of 2025 or... 

Africa lays the groundwork for a future of electric vehicles
26th September 2023

By Yael Shafrir, Associate Director at Webber Wentzel The fast-evolving emobility sector presents a significant opportunity for sustainable growth and job creation in Africa, but some constraints... 

PRASA’s future vision and the role of the SARA Conference
PRASA’s future vision and the role of the SARA Conference
26th September 2023

As anticipation builds for the upcoming Southern African Railway Association (SARA) Conference and Exhibition, the spotlight turns to key operators set to make a significant impact. One such... 

Fortescue abandons carbon offset scheme
22nd September 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Iron-ore major and green energy developer Fortescue will forgo buying carbon offsets from this financial year onwards. The miner said in a statement on Friday that all funds allocated to carbon... 

City of Cape Town to launch dispute mediation process on PRASA devolution, service standards
22nd September 2023 By: Irma Venter

Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says the city is briefing its lawyers to launch an intergovernmental dispute on passenger rail devolution and service standards.  Hill-Lewis says the city has... 

Five more Western Cape rail corridors targeted for recovery – PRASA
22nd September 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) says it has, to date, recovered eight lines in the Western Cape following the complete collapse of service during the Covid-19-pandemic. Six of the... 

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Party pooper
22nd September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

As D-Day for the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) approaches, it is evident that the National Treasury will need to go against the political grain if it is to achieve its objective of... 

Mounds of rare earths
Longonjo neodymium/praseodymium project, Angola
22nd September 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Pensana Rare Earths has reported that the project can be put into production in less than 18 months. 

Image of an iron-ore stockpile at the Kolomela mine
Kapstevel South project, South Africa – update
22nd September 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

The project is more than 70% complete. 

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