Transnet opens up freight rail network to private operators

Bids open April 1.
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South Africa‘s state rail company Transnet on Friday invited bids from the private sector to operate sections of its freight network, seeking a cash injection to improve the service.

Transnet, whose rail infrastructure has been underperforming after years of underinvestment, widespread copper cable theft and vandalism, will be taking bids from April 1 to May 31, the company said.

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Transnet’s total freight rail volumes declined by nearly 14% from 212.3 million tonnes in 2020 to 183.29 million tonnes last year, the worst performance in a decade, company records show.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has ruled out privatising Transnet but in February directed the state-owned company to allow private rail operators to operate on the country’s core network.

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Why do they have to bid? Transnet isn’t using it.

Just take it and use it. No one will know.

100 %, no one goes to work there, no one to notice these things!

Oh yes, the looters of tracks and cable put in long night shifts. Private companies using those tracks should maybe be paid for watching and caring for it.

Where is this cash injection going to come from?

If 20 farmers organise an operator to run fruit from Ceres Citrusdal Langkloof to Cape Town or PE harbor, they will pay per tonne kilometer conveyed on Transnet network and lease the rolling stock.

NOBODY will pay an upfront fee for a ten year concession

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