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​Steel and Cement (SAC)



Steel and Cement (SAC) business unit aims to improve customer service and operational efficiency to grow and sustain rail market share in bulk flows of inbound and outbound products.


The SAC business unit encapsulates the steel, lime and cement industries in South Africa.


Cement is a crucial commodity in a developing country like South Africa, for domestic and industrial construction, such that South Africa is the largest steel producer in Africa. Cement is supplied to domestic markets and neighbouring markets such as Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


South Africa is the largest steel producer in Africa, producing more than half of the crude steel production on this continent. Transnet Freight Rail has been associated with South African steel producers since 1882 and remains a partner in the evolution of the industry. The largest South African consumers of steel products are: manufacturing sector (56%), followed by the building and construction sector (27%), and the mining sector (4%). 


Transnet Freight Rail transports raw material from mines in Tshikondeni and Lephalale in Limpopo Province, Sishen and Hotazel in the North West Province, imports coking coal through Richards Bay harbour and coal from the coal fields in Mpumalanga, Nelspruit, Vereeniging, Vanderbjl park and Dunswart in Gauteng, Newcastle in Kwazulu-Natal and Cape town and Saldanha in the Western Cape. Its average haul distance is 586km.


The SAC business unit’s strategic approach is to:

  • Develop and implement a market development strategy focussing on collaboration with industry to grow the outbound less than train sectors (accessRAIL) of the business.
  •  Developing innovative investment models to extract private sector capital.
  • Improve operations planning and extracting efficiencies in bulk captive traffic (megaRAIL) and less than train load markets.


The strategy will be supported by the overall organisational strategy to focus on employee and leadership development, as well as driving accountability through the revised organisational model.


General Manager Contact Details Operational Area
  • General Manager

     Solomon Rampheng




  • Operational Areas

    Pyramid South

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SteelOur focus is on optimising supply chains in the steel industry by collaborating with customers in developing integrated logistics solutions, consisting of rail, ports and beyond rail activities.
We transport bulk raw materials to steel manufacturing plants inland and finished products for exports through our ports and overland into Africa. We have customised wagon fleets dedicated to specific traffic flow and designed to satisfy the specific needs commodities to limit damage, spillage and contamination.




CementCement is a crucial commodity in a developing country like South Africa, both for domestic and industrial construction.


There are four major cement producers in South Africa, producing in excess of 10 million tons per year. They compete in other Southern African markets, e.g. Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Botswana and production capacity in the industry is constantly being upgraded to handle the demand for higher quality product. We have several wagons employed to service this industry.