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SA unlikely to reach 2010 coal export target

Coal on its way to
Richards Bay for export
Richards Bay, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 27 May 2010 – South Africa is unlikely to reach its target of exporting 65 million tonnes of coal this year due to the transport strike that has crippled the country’s railroads and ports for the past two-and-a-half weeks.

Making this prediction here, Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) chief executive Raymond Chirwa said exports of coal had been reduced due to the strike, but declined to give an exact figure.

“On average we could be receiving 1.3 to1.4 million tonnes per week and we have not received that, so our exports are reducing,” Chirwa told Reuters. “To catch up for the year in terms of our 65 million tonnes plan for exports would be very difficult,” he added.

South African coal exports are destined for Europe and Asia.

The strike, now in its third week, has also dented exports of metals, cars, fruit and wine to Europe and Asia, as well as imports of vehicle parts and fuel.