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Transnet shuts down PE Manganese line for ten-day maintenance programme
12th April 2023 By: Darren Parker

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will undertake a yearly maintenance shutdown on the Port Elizabeth (PE) Manganese main line, from Hotazel, in the Northern Cape, to the Gqeberha Port... 

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South Africa needs coal and iron-ore rail lines to become competitive without delay
7th April 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Worsening logistics constraints and rising electricity supply shortages have made South Africa a very difficult place in which to do business. While electricity supply gets the big headlines, the... 

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5th April 2023

This week: Menar’s MD believes South Africa will overcome its rail and electricity problems; Mining needs a truth-and-reconciliation approach to ESG; And, critical metals for a low-carbon economy... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Controversial Eskom exemption withdrawn 'for now'
5th April 2023 By: News24Wire

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana told MPs on Wednesday that he has decided to withdraw the exemption of Eskom from the Public Finance Management Act "for now" to have further consultation with the... 

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South African coal miners facing same old challenges in addition to lower prices
4th April 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

South Africa’s coal industry will have to contend with the same “headaches” as before this year, and without the advantage of record high prices. This was noted by McCloskey by OPIS Southern Africa... 

TFR achieves record volumes on manganese export line
4th April 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) Cape Corridor has achieved a ten-year record on its Manganese Hotazel–Port Elizabeth export line, achieving 9.8-million tonnes in the 2022/23 financial year. The... 

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TFR expects borderless train service to Maputo to raise commodity export volumes
3rd April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is preparing to materially increase the number of weekly trains operating on that component of its North East Corridor that transports export commodities... 

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Major player moving to secure power purchase agreements
31st March 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

As South Africa’s energy crisis continues, global renewable resource company Sappi is actively engaging with independent renewable-energy producers to secure renewable energy as and when it becomes... 

Mining industry contributing towards sustainable water supply in the Northern Cape
30th March 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Industry body the Minerals Council South Africa and its members in the Northern Cape have welcomed the completion of the first phase of a project to refurbish the Vaal Gamagara Water Supply Scheme... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa highlights importance of new rail Infrastructure Manager in paving way for private operators
28th March 2023 By: Terence Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the establishment of a separate Infrastructure Manager (IM) within Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) as a crucial step towards creating a level playing field for... 

Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu.
South Africa will overcome its rail and electricity problems, Menar MD predicts
27th March 2023 By: Martin Creamer

At the end of the day, South Africa will overcome its rail transport and electricity availability issues, and confidence in both Transnet and Eskom will be fully restored, Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu... 

Cape Main line freight rail operations halted after heavy rains damage infrastructure
27th March 2023 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) says the Cape Corridor has suspended all train operations on the Cape Main line owing to washaways caused by heavy rains on the evening of March 24. The rail... 

TFR says will act swiftly if unscheduled ghost train allegations are true
27th March 2023 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned rail network operator Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) says it has referred allegations that trains that are not formally scheduled by it are operating on its lines for independent... 

Thungela CEO July Ndlovu
Dealing with rail constraints remains a priority as Thungela achieves good results
27th March 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Despite the impact of ongoing rail constraints, thermal coal producer and exporter Thungela Resources managed to deliver good results for the 2022 financial year, with earnings before interest,... 

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As clear as mud
24th March 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The messages around the future governance of South Africa’s large and seriously underperforming State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) are incredibly mixed. On the one extreme is the message that these... 

Transnet to implement contingency plans to mitigate against planned protest
17th March 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Rail, port and pipeline company Transnet says it is working with stakeholders to implement contingency plans, where necessary, to ensure business continuity in light of the Economic Freedom... 

Exxaro CEO Dr Nombasa Tsengwa.
Coal miner Exxaro to build 68 MW solar power plant in Limpopo
16th March 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Financial close is expected at the end of this month for construction in the second quarter of this year of a 68 MW solar power plant at a cost of between R1.52-billion and R1.56-billion, Exxaro... 

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Manufacturer focused on anti-theft, -vandalism signalling equipment
10th March 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

The prevention of vandalism and theft of rail infrastructure continues to be a significant money pit for the South African passenger and freight rail industry. State-owned entity Passenger Rail... 

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Third-party access crucial for sector
10th March 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

Rail industry representative African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) is driven by a mandate to facilitate public–private partnerships (PPPs) as a tool to revitalise the South African rail... 

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Black Rock mine and Gloria modernisation projects, South Africa – update
10th March 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

The Gloria project was 96% as at December 2022. 

Important responsibility for new Minister of Electricity, but reshuffle questionable – commentators
7th March 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

There are some positives in the Cabinet reshuffle announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa, with some appointments having been welcomed by industry organisations; however, many were concerned by... 

African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) CEO Mike Schmidt.
Turn energy, logistics threats into opportunities, African Rainbow Minerals CEO urges
6th March 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa's energy and logistics threats should be turned into opportunities, says African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) CEO Mike Schmidt. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview following ARM’s... 

ARM's growth outlook.
African Rainbow Minerals to deliver early ounces from Bokoni platinum mine
6th March 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) has invested R1-billion of capital to deliver early ounces at the Bokoni platinum group metals (PGMs) mine, the company said on Monday when... 

KP Lime mine
KP Lime looks to expand with an additional pit
3rd March 2023 By: Donna Slater

Global commodities trader IMR Resources is set to expand its Kgatelopele Lime (KP Lime) mine, in the Northern Cape, with a second openpit operation that is expected to be built within the next two... 

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Skills study, awards show need for industry funding, support
3rd March 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Industry body Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa) conducted and completed a survey and case study last year on Fourth Industrial Revolution- (4IR-) related skills needed in the... 

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Junior miner allocations won't impact existing manganese slots – TFR
28th February 2023 By: Donna Slater

State-owned rail operator Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) says its opening of rail capacity allocations to junior miners will not impact existing guaranteed manganese miner export allocations. As part... 

Iron-ore being transported by rail
Transnet snubs Kumba’s overture to run lucrative iron-ore rail line
24th February 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s State-owned logistics company has rejected an overture from an Anglo American unit to take over the running of its iron ore rail line, which is one of its most profitable but battles... 

Eskom acting CEO Calib Cassim
Eskom appoints Calib Cassim as interim CEO after De Ruyter's early exit
24th February 2023 By: News24Wire

Eskom chief financial officer Calib Cassim has been appointed as interim CEO following the abrupt departure of André de Ruyter, the power utility announced on Friday morning.  De Ruyter was... 

Bank to support new era of sustainable solutions
24th February 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Despite industrial and economic challenges, 2023 potentially signals the start of a “great era of change and opportunity” for local mining and for South African bank Nedbank CIB, as the bank... 

Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter
New report to be released on the state of 4IR, ESG in the South African mining industry
23rd February 2023 By: Darren Parker

The Minerals Council South Africa, in collaboration with accounting firm PwC and the Mandela Mining Precinct, will soon release its new 2022/23 report on the state of digitalisation, the Fourth... 

Minerals Council welcomes 125% energy tax break in Budget speech
22nd February 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Minerals Council South Africa welcomed the government’s intervention on Eskom’s debt and the financial encouragement to stimulate businesses building renewable energy projects by offering generous... 

TFR's operations
Sanral, Transnet, Denel among SOEs to receive fiscal support in 2023/24
22nd February 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

As State-owned entities (SOEs) continue to rely on government bailouts and dominate the guarantee portfolio of the fiscus, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has announced conditional in-year... 

Dense media separation plant at Kumba Iron Ore's Kolomela operation.
Kumba Iron Ore resilient in tough environment, declares cash dividend
21st February 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South African iron-ore producer Kumba has delivered a resilient financial performance in 2022, despite the year being characterised by a volatile macro environment, lower iron-ore prices,... 

Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden
Afrimat upbeat about bulk commodities business, as construction materials business lags
17th February 2023 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed aggregates and mining company Afrimat's executives on February 17 reported to shareholders that the company was performing well in difficult times and that there were several projects... 

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Mindset change a must for effective PSP
17th February 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

Effective public-sector participation (PSP) in the funding, management, operation and maintenance of South Africa’s depreciating road, rail and port infrastructure requires a mindset change by... 

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S Africa needs smarter ports
17th February 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

For South Africa’s eight ports to keep up with the changes in global shipping, and safeguard trade that is vital to the economy, it is extremely important that Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)... 

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TPT engaging OEMs to address ageing equipment
17th February 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), a division of State-owned company Transnet, has started a process to engage with original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to establish long-term partnerships. The... 

MPs to Transnet: Fix this mess you are creating for the ANC government
16th February 2023 By: News24Wire

African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs tore into Transnet Group CEO Portia Derby on Wednesday, accusing her of "doing nothing" to arrest the company's slide into... 

DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius
Strong gold price helps DRDGold mitigate lower production
15th February 2023 By: Darren Parker

South African gold producer DRDGold has reported a 6% revenue growth for the six months ended December 31, 2022, thanks to favourable gold prices. The company's revenue grew to about R2.65-billion,... 

TFR resumes limited service on North East Corridor branch lines
TFR resumes limited service on North East Corridor branch lines
14th February 2023 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has resumed limited train services, primarily on the North East Corridor branch lines in Witbank, Belfast, Lydenburg and Steelpoort, following a massive... 

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Transnet says heavy rains disrupt link to regional countries
10th February 2023 By: Reuters

Freight rail utility Transnet on Friday said heavy rains have disrupted services on its North East Corridor, which links with countries in Southern Africa. "Heavy rains have caused severe... 

Shumani Madanda, CEO of Bombela Maintenance
Shumani Madanda
10th February 2023

This week we profile Shumani Madanda, CEO of Bombela Maintenance, a special-purpose company that maintains the core railway system of the Gautrain rapid rail system 

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Can SA finally turn the switch on its power crisis in 2023?
10th February 2023 By: Darren Parker

Stage 4 to 6 loadshedding has become more commonplace over the past few months, with many analysts expecting it to continue and possibly worsen before South Africa’s energy crisis has abated.... 

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