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Serious challenges face the South African junior coal mining sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd February 2023 The major problems facing the junior and emerging coal mining sector in South Africa were finance, a dysfunctional regulator and logistical difficulties. These were highlighted in a panel discussion at the Southern African Coal Conference, in Cape Town, on Friday. Minerals Council Junior and... 

Farmers seek new deal as loadshedding threatens industry and food security 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd February 2023 The impact of loadshedding on the agriculture sector is evident at all levels of operation, including logistics and cold chain management, which necessitates urgent responses from farmers and government, lest food security and export sales are put at risk. A report by Nova Economics estimates... 

Kumba marks six fatality-free years, but warns of lower full-year earnings

By: Darren Parker     2nd February 2023 Iron-ore producer Kumba Iron Ore has marked a significant milestone in its safety performance by achieving more than six years of fatality-free production. The company said on February 2 that the safety record was the result of maintaining a focus on improving safety measures and promoting a... 

Intervention urgent to resolve rail, port problems, says Business Leadership South Africa

By: Martin Creamer     30th January 2023 Urgent intervention is required to resolve the problems of South Africa’s freight rail system and ports, says Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA)CEO Busi Mavuso, who in this week’s BLSA newsletter describes the coal export slump through Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) as startling. “The... 

On-The-Air (27/01/2023) 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th January 2023 This week Martin Creamer discusses green hydrogen, a low-emission ship, cable theft. 

RBCT coal exports fall below 1993 level, being hit very badly by cable theft  

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2023 The number of tons of coal exported through Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) in 2022 fell to the lowest level since 1993. A total of 50.35 t was exported from the private-sector-owned RBCT, with the public-sector-owned rail line again being severely hit by copper cable theft currently. (Also... 

TFR sets March 20 closing date for tender seeking OEMs to step in to rehabilitate idle locos 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2023 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has set a closing date of March 20 for responses to a tender inviting original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to step in to rehabilitate more than 160 Chinese-manufactured locomotives that are out of service, owing to the unavailability of critical spare parts. The... 

Transnet plans bond sale under $6bn note programme

By: Bloomberg     26th January 2023 Transnet, which operates South Africa’s ports and freight rail networks, is planning to sell a dollar-denominated bond under a $6-billion note programme, people familiar with the situation said. The bond will be of five-year tenure and investor meetings ahead of the sale will begin Thursday, the... 

Transnet could be major disaster to South African economy, coal commentators warn  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2023 Transnet could be a major disaster to the South African economy if everybody does not get involved, commentator Michael Avery warned in his column in Business Day on Monday on Transnet Freight Rail and South Africa’s lagging coal exports. “We must be sharply focused on Transnet and its... 

VWSA weighs African expansion with new Polo-based product – and yes, it may include a half-ton bakkie

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2023 The new CEO of Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) is a familiar face. Martina Biene returns to South Africa following a two-year stint as the head of the Volkswagen passenger brand before her exit in 2020. This time around, her job also focuses on growing the German brand in Africa, including... 

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