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​Agriculture and Bulk Liquids (ABL)

            

 Overview

Agriculture & Bulk Liquids business unit's focus is on transporting Grain & Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Petroleum products, Chemicals, Fertilizers and trade with our partners in Africa, from Maputo, Botswana to the DRC.

Some of the key commodities transported are:  maize, wheat, timber, petroleum products, gases, sugar, malt, acids, ammonia, amongst others.

The Business Unit is the most geographically dispersed BU, with depots extending from Durban and Pietermaritzburg to Pretoria and Sentrarand in the north; Bethlehem, Kroonstad, Bloemfontein in the Free State as well as East London, Worcester and Bellville in the Western Cape.

Critical train flows are :

Timber: Ermelo to Richards Bay, Ermelo to Umkomaas and Ermelo to Ngodwana

Fuel: Fuel from Durban to Gauteng, Pretoria to Polokwana. Aviation fuel from Island view to O R Tambo and Sasolburg to Waterkloof with Butadiene gas tankers from Richards Bay to Newcastle and Sasolburg.

Grain: Kroonstad to Durban, Kimberley to Cape Town, Klerksdorp to Polokwane

FMCG: Train flows are Rosslyn to Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg to Johannesburg and Caledon to Johannesburg.

Chemicals:  Secunda  / Sasolburg to Durban and Richards Bay

 

 

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  • General Manager

    Nyameka Madikizela

    Sentrarand

  • Operational Areas

    Durban
    Pietermaritzburg
    Pretoria
    Sentrarand
    Bethlehem
    Kroonstad
    Bloemfontein
    East London
    Worcester
    Bellville
      -Western Cape

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​Agriculture

Overview

Agriculture

Grain Sector

The grain industry is one of the largest industries of South African. Agriculture sector in South Africa produces between 25% and 33% of the total gross value of agricultural production. Although grain is rail friendly, the quantity of grain moved by Transnet Freight Rail has fallen from 80% approximately 40% in 2009/10. The balance is carried by road vehicles with consequent damage to an overloaded road system.

 

Bulk Liquids

Overview

Bulk Liquids

Fuel & Petroleum Products

South African fuel demand was estimated at 32 billion litres for 2009. There are challenges hampering the refining capacity to meet output, i.e., ad hoc fires, plant breakdowns as well as maintenance shutdowns and prolonged start up periods. This results in a shortage of 6.9 billion litres of fuel in the country.