JOHANNESBURG – South Africa's Palabora Mining will export iron-ore by road from Monday after a train derailment damaged a line linking its mine with ports, Logistics group Transnet said.
Palabora, partially owned by Rio Tinto, uses the Brakspruit bridge to transport magnetite – a type of iron ore produced as a by-product of the company's copper production – from its mine to the ports of Richards Bay and Maputo.
The bridge, in South Africa's Limpopo province, was damaged last week and Transnet said it would be out of service for several weeks.
"As a result, all major train traffic to and from Palabora ...will be re-routed via road ...commodities will then connect to rail to different destinations.," Transnet said in a statement late on Sunday.
Palabora produced 1,37-million tons of magnetite in the six months to the end of June this year.