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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.... 

ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster
ArcelorMittal moves ahead with 200 MW Vanderbijl renewables project, studies third-party rail access
9th February 2023 By: Terence Creamer

ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects initial construction work on a 200 MW renewable-energy plant in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, to begin during the fourth quarter of 2023, with a feasibility... 

Transnet to shrink rail network
9th February 2023 By: Bloomberg

State-owned logistics company Transnet plans to shrink the 20 000 km freight rail network it operates by at least 35% as it focuses on delivering more profitable cargo loads. Transnet, which also... 

Seriti CEO Mike Teke.
Seriti wins plaudits for decarbonising its coal mines while keeping coal lights on
8th February 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The 91% black-owned and -controlled Seriti Resources was seen at the Investing in African Mining Indaba as setting a compelling example by generating wind energy to decarbonise its coal mining... 

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Transnet Port Terminals’ operations show marked improvement
8th February 2023 By: Darren Parker

State-owned Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has reported a steady improvement in operations that support the mining industry, following flooding and industrial action that adversely impacted on... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa and DRC president Félix Tshisekedi.
Ramaphosa determined to remove all impediments in way of sustained mining growth
7th February 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The Presidency is determined to remove all impediments in the way of the sustained growth of the South African mining industry, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Investing in African Mining Indaba... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, Council president Nolitha Fakude, office bearer Themba Mkhwanazi, and chief economist Henk Langenhoven.
Minerals Council's Roger Baxter encouraged by board-level engagement with Transnet
6th February 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Monday that the council is encouraged by the board level engagement it has undertaken so far with State rail enterprise Transnet and is hoping... 

South Africa’s coal export snags worsen as rail shipments slump
6th February 2023 By: Bloomberg

Rail disruptions on the key line to Africa’s biggest coal-export terminal are intensifying, choking off more than half the fuel the facility is capable of shipping. Deliveries to Richards Bay Coal... 

Record year for mineral production marred by persistent issues, Minerals Council says
6th February 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The value of South African mineral production achieved a record high for the second consecutive year in 2022, but underlying mining’s considerable contribution to the country’s economy and its... 

Minerals Council Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell
Serious challenges face the South African junior coal mining sector
3rd February 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

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... 

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Farmers seek new deal as loadshedding threatens industry and food security
3rd February 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 

Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen mine
Kumba marks six fatality-free years, but warns of lower full-year earnings
2nd February 2023 By: Darren Parker

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... 

Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso.
Intervention urgent to resolve rail, port problems, says Business Leadership South Africa
30th January 2023 By: Martin Creamer

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... 

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On-The-Air (27/01/2023)
27th January 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

This week Martin Creamer discusses green hydrogen, a low-emission ship, cable theft. 

Lowest coal exports from Richards Bay Coal Terminal in 30 years.
RBCT coal exports fall below 1993 level, being hit very badly by cable theft
26th January 2023 By: Martin Creamer

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-million tonnes was exported from the private-sector-owned... 

An estimated 161 locomotives have been out of service for periods exceeding 90 days
TFR sets March 20 closing date for tender seeking OEMs to step in to rehabilitate idle locos
26th January 2023 By: Terence Creamer

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... 

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Transnet plans bond sale under $6bn note programme
26th January 2023 By: Bloomberg

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.... 

Transnet Freight Rail and South Africa’s lagging coal exports.
Transnet could be major disaster to South African economy, coal commentators warn
23rd January 2023 By: Martin Creamer

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... 

VWSA weighs African expansion with new Polo-based product – and yes, it may include a half-ton bakkie
20th January 2023 By: Irma Venter

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... 

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Mercedes-Benz to make second hybrid in SA, but competitiveness concerns mount
20th January 2023 By: Irma Venter

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will add a second plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to the production line-up at its East London plant this year, says CEO Andreas Brand. The 50-year-old... 

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Regressive step
20th January 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The African National Congress’ resolution to relocate the country’s large State-owned enterprises (SOEs) under their line departments is a regressive step for governance and bad news for... 

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TFR calls on emerging miners to apply for export manganese rail, port capacity
13th January 2023 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has invited emerging miners who hold valid mining rights and have existing manganese mining operations to apply for two-million tons a year of export... 

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Transnet to issue locomotive rehabilitation tender as it reaches impasse with CRRC
12th January 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

State-owned Transnet says it has reached an impasse with CRRC E-Loco Supply, following an "unwillingness" on the part of CRRC to engage with the relevant authorities in South Africa to normalise... 

Energy department to oversee Eskom
9th January 2023 By: Bloomberg

President Cyril Ramaphosa said the energy department will take over responsibility for overseeing state utility Eskom Holdings, which has been failing to meet the nation’s power demand since 2008.... 

Jupiter overcomes third-quarter challenges that dented production, sales
21st December 2022 By: Donna Slater

Several issues, including contractor drill rigs and a strike by employees of South African rail and ports operator Transnet, negatively impacted on the production of ASX-listed Jupiter Mines’... 

The Port of Saldanha Bay
Minerals Council, Transnet to establish joint structures to improve rail, ports performance
19th December 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

State-owned freight utility Transnet and the Minerals Council South Africa have agreed to form joint collaborative structures to ensure all possible actions are taken to stabilise and improve the... 

Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad.
World’s rapid rate of change resulting in profound business disruptions, says Anglo CEO
9th December 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The world changing at a rapid rate has resulted in profound disruptions to the business of Anglo American, CEO Duncan Wanblad told analysts and investors on Friday. Speaking during an update... 

Kumba CEO Mpumi Zikalala
Kumba lowers production guidance on the back of rail constraints
9th December 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Iron-ore miner Kumba Iron Ore has lowered its production guidance for this year to 37-million tonnes, from the 38-million to 40-million tonnes previously guided. CE Mpumi Zikalala says rail... 

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Extortion ‘mafia’ hits South Africa’s $55bn mining sector
9th December 2022 By: Bloomberg

A threatening letter, a derailed train, blocked roads, burned vehicles, workers locked up. That’s what some of the world’s biggest mining companies say they’re battling in South Africa: Extortion.... 

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Disappointing outcome
9th December 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has attempted to put a positive gloss on its recent attempt to sell 16 slots on its Cape and Container corridors that resulted in only one applicant emerging as a... 

Thungela achieves strong cash generation despite rail constraints
Thungela achieves strong cash generation despite rail constraints
8th December 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

JSE-listed Thungela Resources has continued to deliver strong earnings and cash generation for the period from January 1 to November 30 and expects to achieve another strong set of financial... 

TFR to increase emerging manganese miners’ rail allocation to 4Mt/y
6th December 2022 By: Donna Slater

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) says it is easing the requirements for emerging manganese miners to transport their ore and products to the ports of Gqeberha and Saldanha, starting with new... 

Transnet sees South African coal exports as being safer on diesel trains
5th December 2022 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s State-owned port and rail company Transnet proposed switching to diesel trains to avoid disruptions to coal exports caused by the theft of power cables that disable electric... 

Ford ‘remains engaged’ with Transnet on development of southern rail corridor
2nd December 2022 By: Irma Venter

Ford South Africa remains “actively engaged” with government and its rail arm, Transnet, to enable vehicle and component transport to and from the Gqeberha port, says Ford Motor Company Africa... 

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After challenging season, citrus industry moves to mitigate new and old risks
2nd December 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

South Africa’s citrus growers industry has, despite achieving a marginal increase in export volumes for the 2022 season, compared with that of 2021, faced a myriad of challenges during this period,... 

Sasol shares sink after warning on Secunda challenges
1st December 2022 By: Reuters

Sasol shares fell nearly 7% after the South African petrochemicals company said it expects challenges at its Secunda operations to impact coal and fuel production, although higher crude oil prices... 

Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.
Strong call for rapid green hydrogen investment by ramp-up backer
30th November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

A strong call for final investment decisions (FIDs) on a multiplicity of green hydrogen projects was made at the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit in Cape Town yesterday by H2Global, a market... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
South Africa unveils R300bn green-hydrogen pipeline as it states ambition to be ‘destination of choice’
29th November 2022 By: Terence Creamer

A R300-billion investment pipeline has been identified under South Africa’s Green Hydrogen National Programme, which has been designated as a Strategic Integrated Project (SIP) for accelerated... 

Extortion rackets becoming an epidemic in South Africa – Mavuso
28th November 2022 By: Donna Slater

Large industries, from mining to construction, are being targeted by extortion rackets of epidemic proportions, as organised crime is fast emerging as the biggest threat to South Africa’s economy,... 

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Transnet auction fails to attract private sector
28th November 2022 By: News24Wire

On Friday, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) announced that only two companies had participated in its much-anticipated auction of slots to private players, the company's first foray into allowing... 

TFR concludes ten-day maintenance programme on Sishen-Saldanha line
25th November 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Rail operator Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has successfully completed a ten-day maintenance plan on its Sishen-Saldanha iron-ore corridor. The maintenance involved electrical, perway and technical... 

TFR opens up coal line again
25th November 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

State-owned rail operator Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has lifted the force majeure it imposed on the export coal line on November 8. The closure of the line followed the derailment of a... 

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