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
Transnet Freight Rail's service were reported in
2010. Its head office is in Inyanda House in Parktown,
2 Business Units
3 Links to neighbouring countries
4 Ongoing projects
5 See also
7 External links
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
Ore Export Line
Ore Export Line – dedicated to iron ore transport on the Sishen to
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 was transferred to
the Passenger Rail Agency of
South Africa on 23 December 2008. A line
Eastern Cape is leased to Kei Rail.
Transnet Freight Rail is divided into 6 Business Units:
Agriculture and Bulk Liquids ("ABL")
Coal Business Unit (
Intermodal (Container) and Automotive Business Unit ("CAB")
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
The South African rail network
Transnet rail network is linked to all of South Africa's
TransNamib of Namibia, at Nakop;
Botswana Railways at Ramatlabama;
National Railways of Zimbabwe
National Railways of Zimbabwe and the
Beitbridge Bulawayo Railway at
Mozambique Ports and Railways
Mozambique Ports and Railways at Ressano Garcia;
Swazi Rail of
Golela and Mananga;
Lesotho on the
Maseru branch line (owned by Transnet).
Transnet Freight Rail is developing a plan with the
Railroad Development Corporation
Railroad Development Corporation to transport magnetite from
Maputo as feedstock for a proposed steel plant in
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 freight railway.
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.
Swazilink is expected to connect from Lothair to
Swaziland, at a cost of R17 billion.
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