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Jupiter forecasts higher manganese prices in coming months
28th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

ASX-listed Jupiter Mines marketing head Tracey Cloete says manganese ore prices are likely to trade higher than the historical average in coming months owing to supply disruptions. Jupiter has a... 


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Unintended consequences?
24th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

It is highly unlikely that South Africa would have made the progress it has in stabilising electricity supply and setting in place initiatives to halt the collapse of the country’s... 


Air freight leads recovery in logistics sector in March, Ctrack index shows
24th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

After a notable decline in the first two months of the year, the Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) in March increased to an index level of 119.7. This is an increase of 1.1% compared... 


Menar MD Vuslat Bayoğlu
Menar advancing on the manganese front
21st May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Private investment company Menar, which is advancing steadily on the manganese front, has anthracite, coal, nickel, and gold in its diversified multi-country portfolio. The company's... 


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Coalitions and reform
10th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

With the 2024 election days away, attention is turning to the governance arrangements that will prevail nationally and in key battleground provinces following the poll and what these outcomes will... 


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South African unions urge Anglo shareholders to reject BHP bid
7th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s biggest labour union federation urged local shareholders, including the powerful Public Investment Corporation (PIC), to oppose BHP Group’s bid to buy Anglo American. The Congress of... 


Coal train
TFR ramps up coal trains to 28 a week
3rd May 2024 By: Darren Parker

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has embarked on a ramp up of GF-class coal trains from 21 a week to 28 a week, supported by an injection of locomotives. This is part of Transnet’s recovery... 


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RFA helps to address cross-border challenges
3rd May 2024 By: Lynne Davies

The Road Freight Association (RFA) – the largest national trade association in South Africa – is concerned about cross-border transport and the associated regulatory and traffic challenges. Three... 


Cape Town takes another stab at rolling out electric buses for its MyCiTi service
3rd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town should have battery electric buses (e-buses) operational on its MyCiTi bus service by 2027, says Urban Mobility MMC Rob Quintas. It will be the city’s second stab at rolling... 


LOGISTICS CRUNCH: Kumba Iron Ore reported a 10% fall in first quarter sales due to port equipment challenges. The Anglo American company reduced production by 2% to 9.3-million tons in line with its strategy to match output to available logistics capacity. Ore taken to port by Transnet Freight Rail was flat at 9.4-million tons, but sales declined to 8.5-million tons because of problems at the Port of Saldanha. Photograph: Reuters
LOGISTICS CRUNCH
3rd May 2024

Kumba Iron Ore reported a 10% fall in first quarter sales due to port equipment challenges. The Anglo American company reduced production by 2% to 9.3-million tons in line with its strategy to... 


Brazil Potash aims to beat Russian, Canadian suppliers on price
2nd May 2024 By: Reuters

The cost to produce potash from a mine being developed in the Brazilian Amazon will be similar to Russia's and lower than in No. 1 producer Canada, said the CEO of Brazil Potash, citing a... 


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South Africa views BHP bid for Anglo as 'normal market activity'
29th April 2024 By: Reuters

South Africa views BHP Group's proposed bid for Anglo American as "normal market activity" and is following the process as it unfolds, President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson said on Monday. BHP... 


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Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?
26th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

In this essay, Terence Creamer reflects on the factors that have shaped South Africa’s real-economy sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture over the past 30 years and considers ways to end... 


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Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?
26th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

In this essay, Terence Creamer reflects on the factors that have shaped South Africa’s real-economy sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture over the past 30 years and considers ways to end... 


China coal prices have bottomed, will surpass 2023 highs, industry group says
24th April 2024 By: Reuters

China's domestic coal prices have bottomed out and will exceed 2023 highs this year, a major coal industry group said on Wednesday. "Overall stockpiles are not very high, so if market purchases... 


LINDI JUMBO PROJECT
Significant strides have been made towards bringing the Lindi Jumbo mine to operational status
Graphite mine on track to meet growing demand
12th April 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

In the rapidly evolving energy storage and electric vehicle (EV) landscape, the global demand for critical minerals, such as graphite, is escalating at an unprecedented rate, says Africa-focused... 


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Roads, Rail & Ports 2024: Inefficiencies reach new lows
5th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Creamer Media’s ‘Roads, Rail & Ports 2024’ report reflects upon the current state of South Africa’s roads, delving into the some of the issues that are plaguing the sector such as maintenance... 


Ctrack transport, freight index shows deterioration in all but one of six sectors tracked
29th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

After increasing somewhat in December, the Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (TFI) declined notably in January to a level of 119.3 – a drop of 2.1%, compared with December’s 121.9. The extent of... 


Resources Watch
Resources Watch
27th March 2024

This week: Stage set for mining explosives centenarian to capture global top-three spot, Copper 360 output set to quickly double on Nama Copper acquisition and, RBCT, TFR show that private-public... 


Transnet Freight Rail’s North Corridor achieves weekly record
26th March 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) North Corridor accomplished the delivery of 1.41-million tonnes last week, marking the most substantial weekly performance in terms of volume for the current... 


AECI, Copper 360, public-private partnership make headlines
AECI, Copper 360, public-private partnership make headlines
22nd March 2024

In this week's episode of Second Take, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer talks about the AECI being on track become a global top 3 player in the industry by 2030; Copper 360's first concentrate... 


Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu.
RBCT, TFR show that private-public collaboration can work very well – Menar
19th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The private-sector’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) and the State’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) have shown that the private sector and State-owned entities can work together very well, Menar MD... 


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Thungela delivers strong financial performance despite rail, price headwinds
18th March 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Thermal coal exporter Thungela Resources says it delivered a resilient performance for the year ended December 31, 2023, which underpinned strong cash generation and a robust net cash position.... 


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Company invests in driver, vehicle management systems
15th March 2024 By: Halima Frost

Specialist transport group Unitrans continues to invest heavily in various event-based in-vehicle management systems (IVMS) to ensure the safety of its drivers, fleet and cargo in its chemical and... 


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New service centre opened to back Normet Africa’s growth
15th March 2024 By: Tracy Hancock

To support the continued success of its African expansion, underground mining technology company Normet Africa has officially opened its custom-built 4 800 m2 service centre at the Equites... 


China coal group says US curbs on Russia to keep prices high, hurt exports
13th March 2024 By: Reuters

Tougher US sanctions on Russia's coal firms will keep global prices of high-calorific-value coal high in the near term, affecting a fifth of the latter's coal exports, a Chinese industry group... 


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Africa’s biggest freight rail market set for private operators
13th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

Africa’s biggest freight rail market is on the cusp of being transformed by private operators, the head of the operator of the continent’s largest rolling-stock fleet said. The South African... 


LEONARD DE VILLIERS
Challenges have resulted in significant disruptions and inefficiencies in the country’s transportation network
Local expertise needed to address challenges
8th March 2024

Despite having the most advanced railway system on the continent, with about 30 000 km of track, the South African rail and transportation sector is currently facing numerous significant... 


DENYS HOBSON
Global growth is expected to be subdued, if not stagnant, in 2024
Close collaboration essential to ensure competitive market, industry
8th March 2024

Global growth is expected to be subdued, if not stagnant, in 2024, and amid this slow growth and some challenging market conditions, global trade is also expected to be sluggish, says financial... 


SCOTT EDMUNDSON
By creating an international registry for recognising and enforcing creditor and lessor rights, these treaties aim to reduce financing costs and risks
Immediate actions needed to foster a more competitive rail industry
8th March 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

South Africa’s rail sector is faced with unprecedented challenges that threaten its operational viability and economic contribution, says law firm Webber Wentzel partner Scott Edmundson, who says... 


Ctrack index points to another year of ‘fairly subdued’ transport-sector growth
8th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) forecasts “another year of fairly subdued growth for the transport sector”. This is based on the assumption of mediocre economic growth in South... 


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SWASAP railway axle manufacturer
8th March 2024

Manufacturer and supplier of railway axles Swasap is a proudly South African-owned broad-based Black Economic Empowered company that is committed to expanding education and skills to develop... 


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Lindi Jumbo graphite project, Tanzania – update
8th March 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Commissioning is progressing according to plan. 


Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu
South Africa's Menar clinches mining MoU with government of Gabon
5th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s consistently advancing mining investment company Menar has signed a memorandum of agreement with the government of Gabon. “We think that Gabon is one of the promising countries when... 


Tyre stakeholders team up against illicit tyre trade
1st March 2024 By: Irma Venter

The South African Association of Freight Forwarders, the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC), the Tyre, Equipment and Parts Association (Tepa) and the Tyre Importers Association of... 


Acting TFR CEO Russell Baatjies and Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler (seated at centre) sign the agreement, in front of their respective teams, including (standing from left to right) Mario Klaasen, Loven Naidoo, Bonginkosi Mabaso, Pierre Koch, Pierre Taljaard and Kevin Govender, with Ayanda Mokhesi seated to the left of Baatjies and Brad Griffith and David Mokomela seated to Grobler’s right
Cabinet and business praise Sasol and TFR for ‘first-of-its-kind’ partnership to repair 128 ammonia tankers
29th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Both Cabinet and organised business have lauded the five-year public-private partnership agreement between Sasol and Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), under which the energy and chemicals group will... 


TFR train
Business sees appointment of Phillips as key step in accelerating Transnet Recovery Plan
29th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Organised business says the appointment of a permanent executive team at Transnet – led by CEO Michelle Phillips, who has been acting in the role since September and who has been with the utility... 


Tanzania graphite project undeterred by shipping delays
Tanzania graphite project undeterred by shipping delays
28th February 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Despite persistent and substantial shipping delays, commissioning of the Lindi Jumbo project – a new graphite mine in Tanzania – is progressing according to plan, Walkabout Resources MD And CEO... 


AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger
Amid disposals, AECI aligns internationalisation strategy to regions geared for rapid critical minerals growth
28th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

JSE-listed AECI, which is undergoing far-reaching restructuring to re-focus on its core mining and chemicals businesses and reduce debt, reports strong initial interest in the six noncore companies... 


Cleaner-fuelled Anglo ship built by Shanghai shipbuilder.
Anglo’s tenth emission-cutting ship contributing to cleaner, greener maritime industry
28th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The contribution of diversified mining company Anglo American to a cleaner, greener maritime industry is highlighted by this week’s delivery of the last of ten emission-cutting ships. The maiden... 


Mt Gibson makes big profit jump on strong Koolan Island performance
21st February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Iron-ore miner Mount Gibson on Wednesday reported an aftertax net profit of A$138.7-million in the half-year to December 31, compared with A$7.4-million in the corresponding period. The... 


R4bn may be removed from Eskom debt-relief for failure to meet EFC sale deadline
R4bn may be removed from Eskom debt-relief for failure to meet EFC sale deadline
21st February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government is proposing to reduce its planned allocations to Eskom under a previously announced R254-billion debt-relief package by R2-billion a year for the 2023/24 and 2024/25... 


A rail line in South Africa
Mozambique port critical to chrome exports gets upgraded railway link
21st February 2024 By: Bloomberg

The biggest port in Mozambique that’s become a key hub for global chrome exports will upgrade a railway link, bolstering a planned $2-billion capacity expansion. The African Development Bank is... 


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