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​North Corridor




CoalThe North Corridor comprises a diverse mix of line types and capacities which together feed both the domestic and export markets. 



The most prominent line section is the heavy-haul export line between Ermelo-South and Richards Bay. It serves the Mpumalanga coalfields via a feeder network known as the Coal Backbone. The system also serves the Waterberg coalfields by means of the Waterberg line and the Gauteng Freight Ring. The dominant direction is from Lephalale towards Pyramid South with chrome, domestic coal, export coal, cement and ferrochrome being the top commodities. Chrome and ferrochrome originates between Phokeng and Pendoring and is mainly transported to Richards Bay for export. Domestic coal originates form Mpumalanga and Lephalale and is transported to various destinations around the country. 


The main commodities transported on the corridor are:


  • Ammonia
  • Chrome Ore
  • Ferro-Chrome
  • Clinker
  • Coal
  • Gas
  • Pulpwood
  • Sugar Cane
  • Sugar (loose/packed)
  • Sulphur
  • Titanium Slag














  • Koedoesooort

  • Ermelo

  • Vryheid

  • Richards Bay

  • Nsezi

  • Skoonkai  

  • Empangeni  

  • Springs

  • Welgedag  

  • Ogies

  • Rustenburg

  • Thabazimbi

  • Pyramid South 



Our Customers

Our key customers in this sector include:


  • Omnia Fertilizer

  • Arxo; Chromtech

  • NPC; PPC

  • Anglo; Eskom

  • Afrox; Easi Gas

  • Mondi; Natal Forest

  • Sentrans

  • Barloworld; Tongaat

  • Trade Imports & Exports

  • Richards Bay Titanium

  • Glencore​ 






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