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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... 

Thando Makhoba, MD of Multotec Rubber
Thando Makhoba
25th November 2022 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

This week we profile Thando Makhoba, MD of Multotec Rubber, a mill-lining and rubber-wear products original-equipment manufacturer 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Eskom diesel plan will be announced in the coming days, says Gordhan
23rd November 2022 By: News24Wire

A plan to deal with Eskom's diesel crisis will be announced in the coming days, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan told Parliament on Wednesday. Eskom said last week that it had overspent... 

New-vehicle sales, exports accelerated in October
18th November 2022 By: Irma Venter

Domestic new-vehicle sales in October increased by 11.4%, to 45 966 units, compared with the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market reached 30 597 units in October – a 10.4% jump on the... 

The financially rewarding copper scrap export market continues to entice local copper cable theft
World unlikely to resolve copper deficit soon – CDAA
18th November 2022 By: Tracy Hancock

While the improved management of copper scrap recycling is crucial to supplement future mined supplies to address the world’s seemingly perpetual copper deficit, copper cable theft continues to be... 

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Transnet battles coal truck logjam at Richards Bay
17th November 2022 By: Reuters

State logistics firm Transnet is working to clear a jam of trucks carrying coal and other commodities at its Richards Bay port after last week's derailment on a rail artery drove more product onto... 

TFR clears derailment on north corridor
14th November 2022 By: Darren Parker

Following heavy rain over the weekend and complex recovery processes, the joint state-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and industry teams managed to clear all 97 derailed wagons from the... 

Menar chairperson Dr Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
It’s been a great year for Menar, says chair Mpumelelo Mkhabela
11th November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Despite its many challenges, 2022 has been a very successful year for the Menar group of companies. “We increased production at our operations, maintained our solid safety record, and made good... 

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Transnet declares sixth force majeure in 18 months
11th November 2022 By: News24Wire

Transnet has declared its sixth force majeure in 18 months, this time on the coal export line to Richards Bay, which experienced a massive derailment on Tuesday.  Force majeure is a clause that is... 

TFR starts ten-day ore corridor maintenance programme
9th November 2022 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) on November 8 started its ten-day maintenance across electrical, perway and technical support on the 861 km Ore Corridor, from Sishen in the Northern Cape to... 

Coal train derailment took place against ‘backdrop of threats by disgruntled groups’
9th November 2022 By: Creamer Media Reporter

State-owned logistics group Transnet reports that recovery teams are on site at the scene of the derailment that occurred on the morning of November 8 2022, where a train carrying export coal to... 

Export coal train derails en route to Richards Bay
8th November 2022 By: Schalk Burger

A train carrying export coal en route to Richards Bay derailed outside Intshamanzi, near Ulundi, on the morning of November 8, State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has reported. Response teams... 

Transnet strike deprived South Africa of opportunity to move R65.3bn worth of goods
4th November 2022 By: Irma Venter

South Africa lost the opportunity to move R65.3-billion worth of goods during the recent 11 days of industrial action at the country’s ports, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders... 

Jupiter Mines CEO Brad Rogers.
Northern Cape’s Tshipi manganese mine ‘up there with best of them’, says new Jupiter CEO
2nd November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The Northern Cape’s Tshipi Borwa manganese mine is “up there with the best of them”, says new Jupiter Mines CEO Brad Rogers, who has seen his fair share of mines around world as the former head of... 

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Jupiter achieves strong half-year performance
27th October 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

ASX-listed Jupiter Mines recorded a consolidated net profit of $33-million for the half-year ended August 31, on the back of its $46-million share of net profit from its investment in Tshipi é Ntle... 

Kumba CEO Mpumi Zikalala
Kumba lowers full-year export sales guidance following Transnet strike
27th October 2022 By: Chanel de Bruyn

South African iron-ore miner Kumba Iron Ore has revised its full-year export sales guidance lower to between 36-million and 37-million tonnes, compared with the previously guided 38-million to... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Higher revenue collections support consolidation as growth headwinds strengthen
26th October 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Better-than-expected revenue collection enabled Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to report an improvement in government’s fiscal position relative to the one forecast in the February Budget.... 

A Transnet Freight Rail locomotive in action
Transnet to hold off on loco procurement following in-principle agreements with CRRC E-Loco and Alstom
25th October 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Sizakele Mzimela reports that the group’s plan to procure new locomotives will be put on hold in light of the recent in principle agreements reached between Transnet... 

Transnet strike ends as smaller union calls off boycott
20th October 2022 By: Reuters

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has called off its strike at Transnet, ending a boycott that paralysed the state-owned logsitics firm and impacted commodities exports... 

Transnet worker activity as high as 80% as operations ramp up after wage deal
19th October 2022 By: News24Wire

Transnet said worker activity at its operations has returned to levels as high as 80% since the entity inked its three-year wage deal with the United National Transport Union (UNTU). Transnet and... 

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Satawu calls Transnet's wage deal with UNTU a 'betrayal' of workers, vows to continue strike
18th October 2022 By: News24Wire

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has vowed to continue striking at Transnet, calling the entity's three-year wage deal with the United National Transport Union (UNTU) a... 

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Transnet announces three-year deal with key union after brutal strike
17th October 2022 By: News24Wire

Transnet announced on Monday that it had reached an agreement with the United National Transport Union (UNTU) for a three-year wage deal. UNTU represents 54% of unionised employees at Transnet. 

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Miners’ losses mount as ports strike drags on in South Africa
17th October 2022 By: Bloomberg

A strike at South Africa’s port and rail operator Transnet that’s cost bulk mineral exporters as much as R9.8-billion continued for a twelfth day, with the company and labour unions struggling... 

Poorly maintained roads, rail impact costs of goods
14th October 2022 By: Nadine Ramdass

Badly maintained roads results in the increased cost of logistics which is exacerbated by the unreliable railway system, which results in an increase of cargo transported by road. This cost is then... 

Transnet container terminal
Business appeals for swift resolution to Transnet strike, as miners lose R815m a day
13th October 2022 By: Terence Creamer

As the impasse between Transnet and its two recognised unions – the United National Transport Union (Untu) and the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) – continues, organised... 

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