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Transnet Freight Rail is a South African rail transport company, formerly known as Spoornet. It was part of the South African Railways and Harbours Administration, a state-controlled organisation that employed hundreds of thousands of people for decades from the first half of the 20th century and was widely referred to by the initials SAR&H (SAS&H in Afrikaans). Customer complaints about serious problems with Transnet Freight Rail's service were reported in 2010.[1] Its head office is in Inyanda House in Parktown, Johannesburg.[2]


1 Operations 2 Business Units 3 Links to neighbouring countries 4 Ongoing projects 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Operations[edit] Transnet Freight Rail is a freight logistics and passenger transport railway. It is the largest freight hauler in Africa. The company comprises several businesses:

GFB Commercial (General Freight Business) – Transnet's largest division; handles over 50% of its freight; Coal
Line, serving coal exporters on the Mpumalanga
– Richards Bay line; second largest coal railway in the world, delivering 62 million tonnes of coal (also known as "Black Gold") in the year ending 31 March 2010;[3] Ore Export Line
Ore Export Line
– dedicated to iron ore transport on the Sishen to Saldanha line; Luxrail
– The operation of the Blue Train, which is designed as a five-star hotel on wheels.

Transnet also formerly owned Shosholoza Meyl, the non-luxury long distance passenger rail service. Shosholoza Meyl
Shosholoza Meyl
was transferred to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa
South Africa
on 23 December 2008. A line in the Eastern Cape
Eastern Cape
is leased to Kei Rail.[4] Business Units[edit] Transnet Freight Rail is divided into 6 Business Units:[5]

Agriculture and Bulk Liquids ("ABL") Coal
Business Unit ( Coal
Line) Intermodal (Container) and Automotive Business Unit ("CAB") (Johannesburg-Durban Line) Iron Ore and Manganese
Business Unit (Kimberley-Port Elizabeth & Ore Export Line Mineral Mining and Chrome Business Unit ("MMC") (Witbank-Komatipoort & Phalaborwa-Komatipoort Lines) Steel
and Cement Business Unit ("SAC")

The launch of the Business Units took place in a company wide event for all managerial staff on 18 April 2012. Links to neighbouring countries[edit]

The South African rail network

The Transnet rail network is linked to all of South Africa's neighbouring countries:

of Namibia, at Nakop; Botswana Railways
Botswana Railways
at Ramatlabama; National Railways of Zimbabwe
National Railways of Zimbabwe
and the Beitbridge Bulawayo Railway at Beitbridge; Mozambique Ports and Railways
Mozambique Ports and Railways
at Ressano Garcia; Swazi Rail
Swazi Rail
of Swaziland
at Golela
and Mananga; Maseru
in Lesotho
on the Maseru
branch line (owned by Transnet).

Ongoing projects[edit]

Corridor: Transnet Freight Rail is developing a plan with the Railroad Development Corporation
Railroad Development Corporation
to transport magnetite from Phalaborwa
to Maputo
as feedstock for a proposed steel plant in Maputo. In May 2010, Transnet revealed a five-year-plan involving rail projects costing R52Bn. Most of this would be spent on new rolling stock, including 304 locomotives and 7231 wagons. R4Bn would be spent on infrastructure connecting Majuba coal-fired power station with the Richards Bay
Richards Bay
freight railway.[6] Transnet is upgrading the rail corridor which connect the Port of Ngqura with manganese mines around Hotazel
in the Northern Cape. The corridor would be 1,003 kilometres (623 mi) long, and would mostly involve upgrades of existing lines; capacity is expected to increase from 5·5 million tonnes / year to 16 mpta.[7] Swazilink is expected to connect from Lothair to Sidvokodvo in Swaziland, at a cost of R17 billion.[8]

See also[edit]

South Africa
South Africa
portal Trains portal Companies portal

Category:Locomotives of South Africa Hex River Tunnel List of South African locomotive classes


^ "Concerns over Rail Freight service". Railways Africa. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 2010-10-17.  ^ "Contact Us." Transnet Freight Rail. Retrieved on 15 April 2013. "Physical Address Inyanda House 15 Girton Road Parktown
2193" ^ "TFR reports record coal figures". Railways Africa. Retrieved 2010-10-18.  ^ " Kei Rail (South Africa) – Jane's World Railways". Retrieved 2010-10-19.  ^ "TFR Media Releases". Retrieved 2012-08-09.  ^ " Transnet five year plan". Railway Gazette. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-15.  ^ " Transnet to expand heavy haul operations". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 10 June 2013.  ^ "New Swaziland-link line to run in 2017". Railways Africa. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Transnet Freight Rail.

Official website Transnet website South African Trains – A Picto