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ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster
ArcelorMittal SA CEO sees no way of avoiding longs closure, says wind down to start in Jan
28th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster believes there is no immediate prospect of addressing the structural issues undermining the financial viability of the group’s long-products business... 


Manganese ore on a conveyor
Private South Africa port project set to boost manganese exports
7th November 2023 By: Bloomberg

The Logistics Group has built a port facility in South Africa that will enable increased volumes of a key battery metal to be offloaded from one of the world’s longest freight trains for export as... 


Roy Hill’s iconic pink livery symbolises the company’s commitment to assisting research and those suffering from breast cancer.
Rio Hill adds battery-powered locos to its rail fleet
1st November 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Rail solutions group Wabtec and its launch customer, Australian iron-ore miner Roy Hill, have celebrated the unveiling of the FLXdrive battery locomotive – the world’s first 100% battery-powered,... 


Transnet chairperson Andile Sangqu
Transnet’s recovery plan premised on securing govt capital injection
26th October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Absent an equity injection or debt relief from government, Transnet chairperson Andile Sangqu says the State-owned entity will not be able to deliver on what he described as a “credible” recovery... 


Bloom Lake expansion delivers for Champion Iron
Bloom Lake expansion delivers for Champion Iron
26th October 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

The Bloom Lake mine, in Quebec, is starting to realise its full potential with production reaching its expanded nameplate capacity of 15-million tonnes a year in the last 30 days, TSX- and... 


Rio Tinto's iron-ore trains
Challenge for world’s biggest robot trains is going electric
20th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

Rio Tinto Group is preparing for trials of battery-powered locomotives in Australia, where it uses giant autonomous trains – the world’s largest and longest robots – to transport iron-ore across... 


TFR transporting coal to port
Ramaphosa rules out privatisating State companies
17th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated that his administration wasn’t moving to privatize state-owned companies as the government initiates reforms to clean up their balance sheets and revive their... 


A train operated by Transnet Freight Rail
Embattled Transnet seeks South Africa’s support to turnaround
16th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s embattled State-owned freight-rail and ports company identified areas that require immediate state support in a turnaround plan that is being submitted to the government. Transnet's... 


A hydrogen-fuelled truck
Industries must choose and move on most important hydrogen uses first
10th October 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Hydrogen can be used in a range of applications and it is important to select the most important use cases for green hydrogen, upon which industries worldwide must then move on. Multinational gas... 


An image of a TFR locomotive
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... 


Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) was refuelled with hydrogen produced by Sasol, using an Air Products dispensing technology
Fuel cell electric vehicle demonstration seen as catalyst for nascent green hydrogen economy
2nd October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

In a milestone for South Africa’s nascent green hydrogen economy, three large corporates have teamed up to showcase the potential of using domestically produced hydrogen as a zero-emission... 


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... 


The above image depicts one of the Booyco Engineering technicians
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... 


Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu.
South Africa must make Transnet work or economy will grind to halt – Menar
8th September 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa has no option but Transnet, and the country must make the State logistics enterprise work or the entire economy will grind to a halt, Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu highlighted in an... 


African Rainbow Minerals CEO Phillip Tobias.
Cost focus is key, new African Rainbow Minerals CEO emphasises
5th September 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Ensuring cost-competitive operational performance and increasing efficiencies and outputs to improve margins were cited as being key by new African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) CEO Phillip Tobias when he... 


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... 


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On-The-Air (25/08/2023)
25th August 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer discusses Thungela’s tree planting, renewables, rail 


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.
Best-of-breed rail model needed for critical national infrastructure, says Thungela
22nd August 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Once short-term and medium-term rail restoration has been achieved, a best-of-breed approach should be adopted to put South Africa on a competitive logistics path, says thermal coal exporter... 


A map showing the location of the Lobito corridor
Ivanhoe's Kamoa Copper subsidiary signs MoU to start copper exports through Lobito corridor
16th August 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines' Kamoa Copper subsidiary has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lobito Atlantic International for the transportation of copper concentrate produced at the... 


A queue of trucks transporting coal
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... 


Bloom Lake posts record quarterly output
Bloom Lake posts record quarterly output
28th July 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

Iron-ore miner Champion, which operates the Bloom Lake mine on the south-end of the Labrador Trough, has posted record quarterly production, despite navigating one of Quebec’s biggest forest fires... 


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... 


Partners introduce Li-ion solutions
28th July 2023

Swiss low-carbon, lithium-ion (Li-ion) cell-based energy storage solutions provider Leclanché and India-based research and development focused railway products developer Medha Group have formed a... 


Image of iron ore
Hamersley Iron, Australia
28th July 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

An iron-ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. 


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... 


Coal
Contango signs 20 000 t/m coal offtake agreement with TransOre
10th July 2023 By: Darren Parker

London-listed natural resource development company Contango Holdings has entered into a new offtake arrangement with mineral trader TransOre International for the sale of up to 20 000 t a month of... 


Transnet Freight Rail
TFR completes Mamathwane crossing loop ahead of schedule
6th July 2023 By: Darren Parker

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has announced the completion of the construction of the Mamathwane crossing loop, in the northern Cape, 30 days ahead of schedule. The completion of the loop... 


Manufacturer opens welding school for unemployed youth
23rd June 2023

A class of unemployed youth from local communities in the greater Nigel area, in  Ekurhuleni, were able to start free accredited and certified professional welding training at the beginning of... 


Transnet Engineering secures contract to supply 80 wagons to DRC company
20th June 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering solutions provider Transnet Engineering (TE) has been awarded a contract to supply 80 wagons to Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) based logistics and transport company SWALA... 


Cape Town
Metro progresses devolution study
16th June 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

As the City of Cape Town investigates the viability of building up its own infrastructure and managing an independent passenger rail network, it has expressed concern about government’s having... 


Infrastructure Finance Advisory Institute director Bongani Mankewu
Opinion: Economy heavily dependent on freight rail demonopolisation, passenger rail devolution
15th June 2023

The pragmatism of the National Logistics Crisis Committee can yield an innovative complementary funding model for freight and passenger rail networks in South Africa, writes Infrastructure Finance... 


National Logistics Crisis Committee to tackle transport emergencies in parallel to reform agenda
National Logistics Crisis Committee to tackle transport emergencies in parallel to reform agenda
13th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Logistics Crisis Committee (NLCC) will adopt a two-pronged approach to addressing the rail, port and road crises currently undermining growth and job creation in South Africa, whereby... 


Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
South Africa’s locomotive shortage unresolved after China visit
2nd June 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s Department of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said he’s yet to resolve an impasse with China that’s held up the delivery of locomotives and parts essential to improving... 


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Vital overhaul
2nd June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

One of the ironies about South Africa’s use of competitive bidding for just about all public procurement, from the purchase of office stationery to diesel locomotives, is that it hardly ever... 


Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu.
Construction phase of Menar’s new R600m colliery project is in full swing
26th May 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The construction phase of the new Gugulethu Colliery is in full swing. “We’ve started working on the box cut with the anticipation that first coal will be extracted sometime around July/August this... 


SADPO vice chairperson Lyndon de Meillon
Lack of energy, logistics challenges eroding emerging miners' profitability, viability
5th May 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The significant electricity shortages in South Africa and the significant logistics constraints, especially for bulk commodities, are eroding junior and emerging miners' profitability, with some... 


Teck signs coal rail agreement with CPKC
Teck signs coal rail agreement with CPKC
4th May 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Diversified miner Teck Resources has entered into a long-term rail agreement with Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) for the transportation of steelmaking coal from its operations in south-eastern... 


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