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Dire rail logistics hamper South Africa coal exports – union


27 Sept 2023 12:33

27 Sept 2023 12:33

(Montel) Rail logistics constraints are impeding South Africa’s coal export potential, with railings down by a third since 2018, the country’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday.

“The coal sector is in turmoil, and time is running out,” the union said in an open letter to the nation’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa. “The situation is very dire,” it added.

The union letter cited “poor management and idle locomotives, cable theft and ageing tracks” for the rail sector’s woes and said that many miners were resorting to trucks to transport coal.

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