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Locomotives being loaded in Ogies, Mpumalanga, destined for the Richards Bay Coal Terminal.
Transnet has experienced interruptions to operations on the Richards Bay Coal Line as a result of violent community protests in certain areas of KwaZulu-Natal.

The disruptions have resulted in the suspension of the Transnet coal line operations, service to customers and losses to the South African economy.

The Richards Bay Coal Line is the country’s dedicated railway line that handles South Africa’s coal exports by connecting the mines in Mpumalanga with the Richards Bay Coal Terminal at the port of Richards Bay.

The line also moves domestic commodities such as chrome, coke, chemicals and timber.

The SOE is working closely with customers to ensure minimal disruption.

It has also deployed security in the affected areas and are working with relevant authorities to safeguard our employees, infrastructure and the assets of its customers.

Transnet wishes to appeal to communities to desist from destroying infrastructure as such activities pose a huge risk to the sustainability of the South African economy, including loss of lives due to train derailments and job losses.

As a state-owned company, Transnet remains committed to the socio-economic development of the communities in which it operates.

Transnet is open to engaging with relevant parties with a view to finding a common solution to the challenges.

Feature image credit: Transnet

Locomotives being loaded in Ogies, Mpumalanga, destined for the Richards Bay Coal Terminal

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