Transnet refreshes the parts other SOEs cannot reach

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Transnet refreshes the parts other SOEs cannot reach

Success of manganese line goes to show what goodwill between the private and public sector can achieve

Allan Seccombe

Transnet has done a remarkable job on its manganese rail business, nearly tripling its tonnages in seven years and making the best possible use of the network and ports it can.

It doesn’t often get credit – given that it’s been in the news for the wrong reasons around corruption and poor management – but in this case Transnet deserves a mention.

The original thinking was to move manganese ore down a central line between Hotazel, the perfectly named town in the Northern Cape, and Port Elizabeth or Coega in the Eastern Cape. However, as demands on Transnet rose from producers wanting to capture more of the global manganese market, those plans changed...

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