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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... 


Wagons of coal being transported to port by rail
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... 


Rail tracks
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... 


Railway tracks
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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Service agreements reduce cost of ownership
22nd September 2023

The productive uptime of capital equipment is often compromised by heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) failure, with a primary casualty being the machine’s total cost of ownership... 


A copper mine at night in Zambia
New railway to include Zambia minerals line
22nd September 2023

Inclusive of a stretch of railway extending into Zambia’s copper-producing district, the start of the transfer of the concession of railway services and support logistics of the Lobito Corridor to... 


A cut through view of a Timken Quick Flex coupling
Supplier hones in-country offering
22nd September 2023

Industrial products supplier BMG has established itself in Zambia as a single point of contact and reliable supplier of all essential quality branded products and essential support services,... 


Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet says indebted companies are behind the calls for its CEO’s removal
21st September 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s beleaguered state ports and rail company deepened its feud with the private sector, accusing business chambers of intimidation because they owe it money. A September 12 letter from... 


Africa lays the groundwork for a future of electric vehicles
21st 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... 


The Gautrain fleet.
Empowered group keen to see Gautrain run by South Africans from 2026
20th September 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The Strategic Partners Group (SPG) is the empowerment partner in the Gautrain, the rapid rail link owned by the Gauteng provincial government and run by the Bombela Concession Company (BCC). When... 


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R575m Goodwood social housing project gearing up for its first tenants
20th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

Tenanting is set to begin in November on the 330-unit first phase of the Goodwood social housing megaproject, which will, once completed, provide affordable rental opportunities to more than 1 000... 


Pressure for action grows as South African ports firm flails
19th September 2023 By: Bloomberg

Business lobby groups are piling pressure on South Africa’s government to act against the management of state ports and rail operator Transnet for failures they say are hobbling economic growth.... 


Rio Tinto shoulders Simandou iron-ore bill as Chinese funds delayed – sources
18th September 2023 By: Reuters

Rio Tinto has been solely funding preparatory work at the blocks it holds at Simandou, one of the world's largest untapped iron-ore deposits, as its Chinese partners are yet to make their funds... 


Rail link to Port Elizabeth port damaged by rough seas
18th September 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Transnet Freight Rail's (TFR's) rail link into the Port of Port Elizabeth has been heavily damaged by rough sea conditions that caused a wash-away of the track formation on September 16. This is... 


Adriatic Metals to start output at Bosnia silver mine in November
18th September 2023 By: Reuters

 British-based mineral exploration company Adriatic Metals plans to start production at its Vares Silver Project in central Bosnia in November, the first mine to open in Europe in over a decade,... 


Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
South Africa publishes draft law to establish holding company for State entities
18th September 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa has released a draft law that will facilitate the creation of a holding company to house struggling power utility Eskom, rail and port operator Transnet and other State-owned... 


Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Durban business chamber calls for axing of Transnet CEO and execs
15th September 2023 By: News24Wire

The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called on the Public Enterprises Minister to remove Transnet’s CEO Portia Derby, accusing her of sabotaging businesses through lack of service... 


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