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Port Elizabeth Car Terminal sets new export record
15th July 2022 By: Irma Venter

The Port Elizabeth Car Terminal has moved 5 700 export vehicles in a single vessel.  This is the highest volume ever moved through the terminal, and surpasses the previous record of 4 500 export... 

Urgent privatisation of South African rail network is called for
11th July 2022

By Simon Norton, Manager, International Zinc Association (IZA), Africa Desk  A cursory online search reveals the tragic and appalling state of the railway network in South Africa, which has been... 

TFR to start North Corridor maintenance shutdown on July 12
11th July 2022 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will start with the annual maintenance shutdown of its North Corridor on July 12. The shutdown is scheduled for completion by July 22 and is important for... 

'The losses are enormous': Mpumalanga shutdown hits coal, chrome exporters
8th July 2022 By: News24Wire

Blockaded roads and disruption of transport routes associated with the Mpumalanga shutdown have served to twist the knife in commodity exporters already struggling to move product out of the... 

Cable theft disrupts coal deliveries by rail to Majuba power station
6th July 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Cable theft has critically constrained the delivery of coal by rail to the Majuba power station, as the portion of the rail network owned by State-owned power utility Eskom that feeds directly into... 

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TFR offers deed of amendment to lift force majeure on coal exporters
6th July 2022 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is encouraging coal export parties to sign a deed of amendment for the remaining term of a long-term agreement, which expires in March 2024, to lift its... 

TNPA employs its biggest cohort of interns to address youth unemployment
5th July 2022

Approximately 288 South African unemployed graduates have commenced a two-year internship programme, thanks to what Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) considers as its largest single... 

TFR signs cross-border agreement with Railways of Mozambique
1st July 2022 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned rail agency Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has signed a cooperation agreement with Mozambique State agency Ports and Railways of Mozambique (CFM) to implement an immediate train... 

Third-party rail access unlikely to unlock private investment, owing to restrictive terms – ARIA
1st July 2022 By: Irma Venter

African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) CEO Mesela Nhlapo says the association has serious concerns regarding the restrictive terms and conditions Transnet has imposed on the use of the national... 

Exxaro highlights strong European coal demand, while local rail challenges persist
Exxaro highlights strong European coal demand, while local rail challenges persist
30th June 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Diversified mining and energy group Exxaro Resources says high-quality thermal coal remains significantly in demand as the Russia/Ukraine war persists. The company reported in a pre-close... 

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Illegal mining brazenness a significant concern to legitimate industry
29th June 2022 By: Donna Slater

Minerals Council South Africa legal deputy head Mxolisi Ngubane says that, although the prevalence of illegal mining is not new, the brazenness and evolving nature at which operations are taking... 

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TNPA embarks on ambitious R9.1bn seven-year infrastructure development programme
24th June 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Further to Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) “reimagined” operational model, launched in November last year, and increased efficiency initiatives that are under way, the State-owned... 

Green economy will require more commodities – specialist mining director
24th June 2022 By: Nadine Ramdass

Rather than requiring fewer commodities, the green economy, and its resulting technological developments, will actually require more commodities, says specialist mining services provider Ukwazi... 

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Unique Welding – Integrated Gas and Welding Solutions
24th June 2022

Unique Welding imports, supplies and distributes a wide range of welding equipment, welding consumables and industrial gases to the Southern African region. Established in 1968, Unique Welding has... 

Eightfold surge in profits in 2020 sees Shumani clinch major business award
23rd June 2022

An eightfold surge in profits during 2020, the height of the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa, has seen Shumani Industrial Equipment awarded the 2021 Goscor Business Unit of the Year Award.... 

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Panel unpacks mining-focused manufacturing obstacles
23rd June 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

If South Africa is to solve its unemployment problem, about 6 000 new factories will have to be built every year over the next decade, each employing about 100 people. The incentives from... 

Transnet to issue locomotive tender in July to address crippling port and rail backlog
21st June 2022 By: News24Wire

In a bid to improve on its operational performance, clear logistic backlogs, and claw itself out of its financial predicament, Transnet has confirmed that it will issue a tender for the procurement... 

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Strong investment case for country’s mining sector, but issues must be addressed
21st June 2022

There are a myriad of opportunities that can be capitalised on in South Africa’s mining sector and there has been notable progress in improving the state of the industry; however, to further... 

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Policy opportunity for rail infrastructure
17th June 2022 By: Sabrina Jardim

With South Africa’s reliance on commodity exports, which can be handled only in large volumes by rail, law firm Norton Rose Fulbright Africa director and transport head Malcolm Hartwell says rail... 

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Sector can reap benefits from rail liberalisation
17th June 2022 By: Sabrina Jardim

Liberalising rail will allow for rail freight to be operated with the efficiency of the private sector at the core of designed operations, says rail infrastructure consulting company Taylorail CEO... 

Increased coal demand buoying Thungela exports, but high costs a challenge
13th June 2022 By: Donna Slater

In a pre-close statement on June 13, JSE- and LSE-listed coal miner Thungela CFO Deon Smith said a high average benchmark coal price contributed to strong earnings and cash generation for the miner... 

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Minerals Council expresses concern about impact of logistics constraints on mineral exports
10th June 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

South Africa’s exported bulk mineral tonnages have dropped to their lowest level since the Covid-19 lockdown in the first half of 2020, with rail, port and border constraints negatively affecting... 

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There should be zero tolerance for poor export logistics
10th June 2022 By: Martin Creamer

An export business is as good as its logistics, which is invariably a combination of public and private sector involvement. Government should not tolerate decimation of foreign exchange flow and... 

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Analyst highlights ample continued opportunities for South African coal
9th June 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Now is the time to help junior coal mining companies expand or help bring newcomers on board, amid high coal prices and solid existing and incoming demand, XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier... 

Moody’s raises alarm on Transnet, puts it on notice for downgrade
9th June 2022 By: News24Wire

The credit ratings agency Moody's has placed most of Transnet’s credit ratings on review for a downgrade. Moody’s says it has become increasingly concerned over the Transnet's exposure to weak... 

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Transnet increasing rail and port capacity allocation for emerging miners
30th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

To reduce barriers to entry, improve the ease of doing business and support transformation of the mining sector, measures are to be implemented to increase rail and port capacity allocation for... 

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More arrests expected in corruption case against Gama and other ex-Transnet officials
27th May 2022 By: News24Wire

Former Transnet CEO, Siyabonga Gama, who is among the five people accused of R93-million fraud and corruption in a case relating to the procurement of 1 064 locomotives by the State-owned freight... 

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Former Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama arrested
27th May 2022 By: News24Wire

Five former Transnet officials have been arrested by the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority's Investigating Directorate on Friday morning on charges of fraud, corruption and money... 

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27th May 2022 By: Terence Creamer

The gap between infrastructure ambition and implementation is now widening faster than the country’s power utility is able to shift its load-shedding stages from two to four. While the electricity... 

Port of Maputo unveils rehabilitated berths
27th May 2022 By: Irma Venter

Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi in May inaugurated 1 058 m of rehabilitated berthing area – comprising berths 6, 7, 8 and 9 – at the Port of Maputo. The berths, rehabilitated, expanded... 

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Forum set up to improve cooperation between Eskom, Transnet and domestic industrialists
20th May 2022 By: Terence Creamer

A new forum comprising Eskom, Transnet and domestic industrialists is to be established to improve collaboration between the two large infrastructure-focused State-owned companies and domestic... 

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South African coal consumers face tough decisions as miners prioritise exports over domestic offtakers – Jones
13th May 2022 By: Donna Slater

A potential food crisis may be brewing in South Africa as domestic coal consumers face increasing difficulty in securing coal supplies at a fair price to fire their processing plants, says... 

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Machine tools importers faced with challenges
13th May 2022

Members of trade organisation South African Machine Tool Merchant Association (MTMA) have adapted to Covid-related impacts, such as importing delays, as 2021 progressed. However, unforeseen events,... 

By Raymond Obermeyer, Managing Director at SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa
Mining sector offers significant opportunity in enabling economic growth with a multiplier effect
12th May 2022

South Africa’s economy was built on its mining industry prowess which not only helped to fund the country’s infrastructure but also precipitated the growth of a number of a number of supporting... 

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Removal of growth impediments key to improve the perception of mining in South Africa, says Minerals Council
11th May 2022 By: Donna Slater

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s acknowledgement of South Africa ranking of seventy-fifth out of global mining jurisdictions in the latest Fraser Institute’s survey means the South African government... 

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South Africa keen to harness hydrogen economy opportunities, President Ramaphosa tells Indaba
10th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

It was just amazing to see the innovation that the mining industry is capable of scaling up, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in his enthusiastic address on... 

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South Africa has significant implementation crisis – Minerals Council
9th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa has a significant implementation crisis. A number of government departments and parastatals were hollowed out. Capacity is a significant issue in almost every parastatal – water... 

South Africa’s mine production value exceeded R1tr for the first time in 2021
9th May 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

South Africa’s mineral production achieved record values in 2021, exceeding R1-trillion for the first time, buoyed by strong commodity prices and giving the domestic economy a vital injection of... 

Webber Wentzel makes recommendations to bolster mining industry attractiveness
6th May 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Webber Wentzel’s team of mining experts has recommended that President Cyril Ramaphosa and Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, in their upcoming addresses at the Mining Indaba,... 

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Only way to fix Eskom, Transnet is to work as SA Inc, conference hears
6th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Putting South Africa’s 60-million people first and working as South Africa Incorporated – SA Inc – is the only way to solve the problems of this country’s biggest State-owned enterprises, Eskom and... 

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Proactive measures ensure targets are reached
6th May 2022 By: Nadine Ramdass

Coal mining company Canyon Coal ensures that its Khanye Colliery, in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng, follows a proactive approach to managing and mitigating the impacts of potential challenges.... 

South African coal miners turn to trucks as rail service deteriorates
3rd May 2022 By: Reuters

Mining companies in South Africa have resorted to trucking coal to ports to meet a surge in European demand since the war in Ukraine started, bypassing the deteriorating rail infrastructure they... 

Zondo wants Alexkor directors, diamond dealers to be probed for fraud
29th April 2022 By: News24Wire

A decade after the state-owned diamond company Alexkor became a site of Gupta influence and corruption, the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture issued a long list of recommendations... 

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