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Evolving Coal to meet current and future energy needs  
Evolving Coal to meet current and future energy needs  
20th July 2023

A drastic reduction of coal energy supply will come at a hefty cost for South Africa, as the country grapples to cope with growing poverty levels and record high unemployment. Menar MD Vuslat... 


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,... 


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... 


Trafo Power Solutions has successfully extended its scope of supply into modular substations – also called E-houses
Trafo serves growing demand for modular substations
18th July 2023

Dry-type transformer specialist Trafo Power Solutions has broadened its offerings to include modular substations – leveraging the company’s depth of experience in designing and providing custom... 


Minerals Council welcomes appointment of new Transnet board
12th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

The Minerals Council South Africa has welcomed the appointment of nine new members to State-owned Transnet’s board, which is now chaired by former Minerals Council VP Andile Sangqu. “The Minerals... 


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... 


COAL BOTTLENECK: Exxaro Resources has warned that coal shipments by State-owned freight logistics group Transnet in 2023 have dropped to an annualised rate of only 46.5-million tons. The figure represents a fall from the 50.4-million tons of coal transported to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal for export in 2022, already the lowest volume recorded in three decades. Exxaro attributed the slump to locomotive availability, train derailments, and instances of cable theft and vandalism. Photograph: Bloomberg
COAL BOTTLENECK
7th July 2023

Exxaro Resources has warned that coal shipments by State-owned freight logistics group Transnet in 2023 have dropped to an annualised rate of only 46.5-million tons. The figure represents a fall... 


SA’s logistics chain in ‘desperate’ need of PPPs – SAAFF 
7th July 2023 By: Irma Venter

Port and rail parastatal Transnet and government cannot “go it alone” to repair South Africa’s strained logistics network, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) CEO Dr... 


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Firm open to investing in the ‘right’ sectors in KZN
7th July 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

Black-owned private equity investment firm Agile Capital focuses on investments that drive sustainable development and have a demonstrable track record of growth and investment returns, with Agile... 


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... 


The Majuba power station
Thieves threaten World Bank-funded South African coal rail project
28th June 2023 By: Bloomberg

A World Bank Group-funded effort to increase train access to a power plant in South Africa’s coal-rich region has started to significantly backslide as criminals target the country’s rail system.... 


Exxaro FD Riaan Koppeschaar
Exxaro's first-half export coal sales to fall 6% on logistics challenges, low prices
27th June 2023 By: Chanel de Bruyn

Diversified resources company Exxaro Resources expects to report a 6% decrease in export coal sales volumes to 2.51-million tonnes for the six months ended June 30, compared with 2.67-million... 


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Domestic manganese miners urged to up exports
23rd June 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

The South African mining industry needs to ensure that it remains competitive in its supply of manganese to the global market amid a global energy transition and an increasing emphasis being placed... 


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Transnet expands manganese corridor for longer trains
23rd June 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

To boost the South African economy, State-owned rail company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has extended its Mamathwane crossing loop – a key manganese rail corridor, originating in the Northern Cape... 


Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking infrastructure, energy and telecommunications head Mike Peo.
Green hydrogen presenting South Africa with good target point – Nedbank
22nd June 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Green hydrogen is presenting South Africa with a good target point at a time when the African continent is on the cusp of a massive revolution in the energy space. “For South Africa in particular,... 


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... 


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... 


TFR undertaking recovery efforts to restore operations on ore corridor
15th June 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Rail operator Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) says urgent recovery efforts are under way to restore operations to its ore corridor, after wagons derailed in the early hours of June 14. Teams were... 


Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter 
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I’ll somehow re-emerge in the mining sector at some point in the future, says Baxter
13th June 2023 By: Martin Creamer

I’ll somehow re-emerge in the mining sector at some point in the future, outgoing Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Tuesday, when spoke to Mining Weekly in a Teams interview.... 


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... 


The joint venture Mafube mine
Lower coal prices, rail challenges dampen Thungela’s expected interim earnings
12th June 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed coal miner Thungela Resources expects to report lower earnings and cash generation for the six months ending June 30, owing to a sharp decline in coal prices and continued rail... 


TFR starts repairs on iron-ore rail line following derailment
7th June 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The iron-ore corridor rail line, in the Northern Cape, that had to be closed after a derailment on June 5 has been cleared and Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has started with the necessary repairs.... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa chaired a meeting of Ministers and CEOs at the Union Buildings on June 6
Top CEOs sign up to help tackle South Africa’s energy, transport and crime crises
7th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

CEOs from some of South Africa’s largest companies – including Sasol’s Fleetwood Grobler, Anglo American’s Nolitha Fakude, former Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo, Toyota South Africa’s Andrew Kirby,... 


Derailment, cable theft disrupts TFR's iron-ore rail corridor
6th June 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) on June 5 reported that its iron-ore corridor had been severely impacted on by a derailment and cable theft. TFR said 20 iron-ore loaded wagons had derailed... 


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... 


Iron-ore being transported on the Sishen rail line
Operations resume after theft shut key railway serving South Africa's iron-ore exporters
1st June 2023 By: Bloomberg

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has resumed mainline operations on its ore corridor in the Northern Cape. Operations on the rail line linking South Africa’s iron-ore hub in the Northern Cape province... 


Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mining industry has critical role in closing energy supply gap – Mantashe
31st May 2023 By: Darren Parker

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe is convinced that mining companies can supplement State-owned Eskom’s supply of electricity, and that this would be critical for narrowing the... 


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... 


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Proper planning limits load-based risks
19th May 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

To ensure that heavy load deliveries are made safely and on time, heavy lifting and rigging specialists Lovemore Bros conducts thorough route planning to mitigate risks associated with transporting... 


World’s largest RORO vessel docks at Durban port
19th May 2023 By: Irma Venter

The world’s largest roll-on-roll-off (RORO) vessel, MV Salome, docked at the Durban Car Terminal at the end of April on her maiden voyage to Africa. The vessel carried a consignment of 644 fully... 


bird's eye view of Afrimat operation in KZN
Afrimat attributes higher revenue to diversification strategy
18th May 2023 By: Darren Parker

Mid-tier openpit mining company Afrimat has reported a 4.9% year-on-year increase in revenue from R4.7-billion to R4.9-billion for the financial year ended February 28.  Speaking at the company’s... 


TFR reports derailment on North Corridor
12th May 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is operating its North Corridor on reduced load, after a train, enroute to Richards Bay, derailed on Thursday. TFR said in a statement on Friday that 49... 


Minerals Council South Africa outgoing CEO Roger Baxter
Emerging miners highlight impact of energy, logistics constraints on economic growth
8th May 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The South African economy is limited to 1.5% potential growth a year because there is no productivity growth. National productivity has declined for five years consecutively, highlighting the... 


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Rampant corruption at Eskom drags down South Africa
8th May 2023 By: Bloomberg

On a late Thursday afternoon last November, in the midst of rolling blackouts implemented by South Africa’s state-owned electricity company, a contractor at a power station in the eastern... 


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... 


Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter
Minerals Council engages anew with govt over concerns raised in latest Fraser Institute Survey
5th May 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Minerals Council of South Africa has expressed concern about South Africa remaining poorly rated as a mining investment jurisdiction in the latest Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies.... 


Miner delivers ‘exceptional’ 2022
5th May 2023

JSE-listed thermal coal exporter Thungela has delivered exceptional financial performance and solid operations, and continued to create value for stakeholders in 2022. The company achieved a... 


TFR bolsters manganese export capacity
4th May 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) says it is providing additional capacity for the export of manganese through the extension of the current Mamathwane crossing loop in the Northern Cape. This... 


TPT expects to invest just over R8-billion over the next five years
South African port operator pursuing R8bn OEM strategy in bid to bolster equipment performance
24th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is optimistic that its emerging strategy of entering into long-term agreements with original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for the supply and life-cycle maintenance... 


Durban Car Terminal notches up historic milestone
21st April 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Durban Car Terminal (DCT) says it has handled more than 600 000 vehicles this financial year. Towards the end of March, the vessel Cattleya Ace of MOL Shipping offloaded 4 025 fully built... 


Transnet rebuilding internal audit capabilities
17th April 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

State-owned Transnet says it is repositioning and strengthening its internal audit function to ensure improved governance and internal controls. A key part of this includes implementation of a... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa at the fifth edition of the South African Investment Conference
Ramaphosa underlines commitment to energy and freight reforms as he unveils new R2tr investment target
13th April 2023 By: Terence Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled a new investment target of R2-trillion for the five-year period to 2028 at the fifth edition of the South African Investment Conference on Thursday, where he also... 


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