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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... 

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Back River Gold – Goose mine gold project, Canada – update
22nd September 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

B2Gold has reported that all long-lead items for the 2024 construction season have been received at its freight consolidation points. 

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... 

A September 2023 photo of the Goose site in Nunavut.
Goose gold pour on track for 2025
19th September 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The Goose gold mine, in Nunavut, is on schedule to pour its first gold in the first quarter of 2025, Vancouver-based B2Gold reported on Monday. The company also stated that its construction... 

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... 

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Debt derailment?
15th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

As with so much else in South Africa currently, the indication given by new Transnet chairperson Andile Sangqu that the State-owned freight logistics group may require an equity injection is... 

Road freight growth subsiding, rail sector struggling – Ctrack index
15th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) retreated further in July to an index level of 120.8, the lowest level this year since March’s 120.5.  This represents a decrease of 1.2% during... 

A locomotive owned by Transnet Freight Rail
Considerable challenges hampering TFR's performance, but interventions under way
14th September 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

There are myriad of challenges plaguing State-owned rail operator Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), ranging from infrastructure and security to skills shortages; however, several interventions are under... 

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Unresolved problems dog manufacturing
8th September 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

The machinery and capital equipment industry is “very quiet” and many businesses are reluctant to spend on marketing or new procurement, owing to challenges such as power failures, water cuts,... 

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Study investigates novel zinc refining method
8th September 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

Researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are leading a concept study aimed at developing a mini-scale, environment-friendly process to extract pure zinc from polymetallic South African ore... 

VAESA CEO Pulane Tshabalala Kingston
Three-year contract for rail turnout sets awarded to voestalpine VAE SA
6th September 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Railway infrastructure solutions provider voestalpine VAE SA (VAESA) has been awarded a three-year contract by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) to supply turnout sets and turnout components, which are... 

Trafigura-led Lobito rail upgrade has yet to find users
1st September 2023 By: Reuters

African metal producers are reluctant to make long-term commitments to use a railway a Trafigura-led consortium plans to upgrade, four sources with knowledge of the matter said. Known as Lobito... 

Transnet chairperson Andile Sangqu
New Transnet chair hints at possible equity injection as group slumps to R5.7bn loss
1st September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

New Transnet chairperson Andile Sangqu has indicated that the troubled State-owned freight logistics group, which has hitherto prided itself on being financially self-sufficient, may require and... 

Transnet Freight Rail locomotive and wagons
Seamless operation of trains between South Africa, Moz extended to include chrome, ferrochrome flows
29th August 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

South Africa's Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and its Mozambican counterpart Caminhos De Ferros De Mocambique (CFM) have agreed that the seamless operation of trains between the two countries will be... 

Durban Container Terminal Pier 2
Draft Freight Logistics Roadmap promised by year-end
28th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

A new ‘Freight Logistics Roadmap’ is currently undergoing an internal government consultative process for publication before the end of the year, the latest Operation Vulindlela progress update... 

Another metals trader says it has been hit by a nickel fraud
Another metals trader says it has been hit by a nickel fraud
25th August 2023 By: Bloomberg

Another trading house has been stung after buying a cargo supposedly containing nickel that turned out to be full of near-worthless rubble. The latest example, detailed in lawsuits in London and... 

Railway infrastructure
Transnet revamps security as crime hobbles trains
23rd August 2023 By: Bloomberg

State-owned rail network operator Transnet has hired five private security companies in an effort to reduce chronic theft and vandalism of trains that disrupt its operations. Transnet said it was... 

Thungela CEO July Ndlovu.
Thungela: R1.4bn dividend, R2.4bn shaft capex, R156m to employees, community
21st August 2023 By: Martin Creamer

To navigate the considerably softer coal prices, as well as inflationary pressures and the underperformance of Transnet Freight Rail, export coal-mining company Thungela has enhanced its business... 

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HUD Mining Supplies
18th August 2023

HUD Mining Supplies (HUD) is a South Africa based specialist manufacturer  and supplier to the exploration and geotechnical drilling industries.  HUD has over 75 years’ heritage in this industry,... 

CRIME & CONGESTION: The collapse of South Africa’s freight rail service has resulted in serious traffic congestion in Komatipoort, a town on South Africa’s border with Mozambique. Every day about 1000 trucks carrying coal and other commodities are picking up the slack left by declining volumes on key rail corridors. Bloomberg reports that there are fears that this number could rise to 3 000 trucks a day by the end of 2024 unless there is a drastic turnaround in the performance of rail. Photograph: Bloomberg
18th August 2023

The collapse of South Africa’s freight rail service has resulted in serious traffic congestion in Komatipoort, a town on South Africa’s border with Mozambique. Every day about 1 000 trucks carrying... 

Transnet Portia Derby
Transnet CEO fears major job losses in trucking industry after road demand fades
17th August 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s surge in trucking that’s emerged largely due to higher coal prices and train bottlenecks may lead to catastrophic job losses in the road transport sector when factors ease, according... 

A lack of investment in coal mining globally has raised concerns for coal supply going forward. This, coupled with high demand, could result in supply constraints and high prices
Coal crucial for alleviating poverty and loadshedding
17th August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Despite the negative impacts that coal-fired power stations have on the environment and local populations, localized energy solutions developer NET Energy owner Mike Blenkinsop has stressed that... 

Teck and Norden team up to reduce freight emissions
17th August 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Canadian miner Teck Resources has entered into an agreement with shipping group Norden to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in its steelmaking coal supply chain. The agreement is expected to... 

Exxaro's Cennergi wind turbine.
Exxaro renewables business up in half-year coal earnings downer
17th August 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The half-year revenue contribution from the energy business of Exxaro Resources was 17% higher than in the first half of last year, with energy generation from the Cennergi wind assets driven up by... 

Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu
Coal still has role to play despite naysayers, Menar MD tells conference
15th August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Resources investment company Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu has emphasised that South Africa is on the precipice of a significant industrial revolution. Fuelling this revolution, however, will require a... 

SHALLOW WATERS: Companies reliant on the Rhine River, Europe’s most important trade route, are rushing to adapt as water regularly recedes to levels that impede shipping. Bloomberg reports that water levels this latest European summer fell to the point where ships could carry only about half of their normal capacity. Companies are also increasingly having to resort to costly workarounds, while freight operators have started overhauling fleets with barges able to navigate shallow water.
11th August 2023

Companies reliant on the Rhine River, Europe’s most important trade route, are rushing to adapt as water regularly recedes to levels that impede shipping. Bloomberg reports that water levels this... 

inDrive launches ‘name your price’ freight service in SA
4th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

California-based mobility and urban services platform inDrive has launched a name-your-price freight service in South Africa, targeting small businesses and individuals. InDrive is already active... 

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Global demand for coal is bringing mayhem to South African towns
1st August 2023 By: Bloomberg

An often impenetrable logjam of trucks laden with coal at South Africa’s crossing with Mozambique has brought chaos to a sleepy border town. Elephants escaping from the nearby Kruger National Park... 

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Botswana, South Africa seek funds for $230m minerals line
31st July 2023 By: Bloomberg

State-owned rail companies from Botswana and South Africa are seeking funding for a three-billion pula ($230-million) railway line between the two countries to transport commodities including coal.... 

Universal locos approved in European Corridor
28th July 2023

Global provider of integrated urban solutions with over 50 years of experience, Alstom, and leasing provider and asset manager of rolling stock in Europe, Northrail AG have completed a framework... 

Supplier protects inner mechanisms
28th July 2023

Local lubricants supplier Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa is celebrating 15 years of supplying its Pyroshield 9000 Synthetic Open Gear Lubricant to a major freight rail company in South... 

Firm starts moving to fully electric locomotives
28th July 2023

Australia’s largest rail freight operator, ASX-listed company Aurizon, has been in contact with a Caterpillar company in rail technology solutions, Progress Rail, to undertake an innovative... 

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Local challenges hinder greener steelmaking
28th July 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

With iron-ore production having declined in South Africa over the past two years, the country faces several challenges that could hinder the realisation of establishing a greener steelmaking... 

In-cab signalling needed in Africa
28th July 2023

Local investor in new rolling stock and track infrastructure projects, and rail solutions provider, Traxtion CEO James Holley and solutions provider Gear Rail CEO Roelf C Alberts suggest the... 

Survey reveals alarming trends in SME road freight sector
28th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

Sixty-eight per cent of small and medium-sized road-freight companies have inadequate vehicle maintenance programmes.  This neglect of proper maintenance increases the risk of mechanical failures,... 

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South Africans must work together to keep the markets we have
28th July 2023 By: Martin Creamer

My ears pricked up during last week’s discussion on the hydrogen economy when the event's keynote speaker said South Africa dare not lose the market share that platinum group metals have in the... 

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Truck driver wellness hinges on preventative measures
21st July 2023 By: Yolande Botes

Santam Heavy Haulage recognises the critical link between driver wellness and road safety. The challenge is: How can the trucking industry respond to the need for faster deliveries without... 

Funding, skills and logistics remain challenges for junior coal miners
19th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Junior miners Ndalamo Resources founder and CEO Shammy Luvhengo, Morupule Coal Mine CEO Edwin Elias and energy company Shumba Energy chairperson Alan Clegg on July 18 outlined various challenges,... 

Anglo American Platinum Projects and Environment Executive Head Prakashim Moodliar.
South Africa dare not fail in securing future demand for platinum
19th July 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa dare not fail in securing future demand for its ‘incredible’ platinum group metals (PGM) endowment, the Hydrogen Economy Discussion heard on Wednesday. Anglo American Platinum projects... 

A TFR locomotive
Resolving locomotive supply impasse with Chinese firm crucial, says TFR CEO
18th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

It is crucial that State-owned freight rail operator Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) find a solution to its long-standing locomotive supply impasse with Chinese manufacturer CRRC, TFR CEO Siza Mzimela... 

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Rail link between Greenbushes and Bunbury on the cards
14th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Western Australian government and lithium miner Talison Lithium would each contribute A$3.3-million towards investigating the recommissioning of the Greenbushes to Bunbury railway line. The... 

Andile Sangqu
New Transnet board named as the country faces logistics snarls
11th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa revamped the board of the state-owned ports and rail operator, appointing a former mining executive as its new chairman as it seeks to improve inefficient infrastructure that major... 

When complete, the bridge will have a main span of 580 m, supported from a pair of 127-m-tall pylons
Msikaba project harnesses local steel
7th July 2023

Steel company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is one of the suppliers to the iconic Msikaba Bridge Project, which is currently under construction near Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape. The... 

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South African leader in Steel -Racking, -Shelving, and -Mezzanine flooring. Universal has innovated an approach which encompasses conceptualising,...

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Immersive Technologies is the world's largest, proven and tested supplier of simulator training solutions to the global resources industry.

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