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View in the photo gallery the origins of rail in South Africa dating back to 1853


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Timeline - 2000s

  • 2002

    The creation of the Railway Safety Regulator (“the RSR”) a public entity established in terms of Section 4 of the National Railway Safety Regulator Act, 2002 (Act No. 16 of 2002). The RSR is governed and controlled by a board of directors, appointed by the Minister of Transport, who hold office The mandate of the RSR is to oversee and promote safe railway operations through appropriate support, monitoring and enforcement, guided by an enabling regulatory framework.

  • 2003

    Spoornet logo

  • 2007 July 23

    2007 marks the end of the structural transformation of Transnet from a diversified group into a focused and integrated freight transport company, as envisioned in our four-point turnaround strategy. The conclusion of the structural transformation prompted us to rethink the Transnet brand, its relationship with the sub-brands and the appropriate architecture to give content to the philosophy of “One Company, One Vision”.

  • 2010 May 31

    Transnet celebrate Centenary.

  • 2010 June 26

    Celebration of 150 years of railways in South Africa.

  • 2011 Sept 11

    Ultrasonic system preventing trains from becoming derailed, because of broken rails. This broken-rail detector has been developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as a world first and is already in use by Transnet. In the past financial year the CSIR prevented derailments that might have cost Transnet around R100m and placed coal and iron-ore supplies under pressure.

  • 2011 Nov 3

    Transnet Rail Engineering (TRE) unveiled the first 36 of 145 ammonia rail tanker wagons to be built in South Africa, for explosives and fertiliser supplier Omnia. Following the expansion of its production facilities, Omnia needed additional tanker wagons to transport ammonia, which it would import through Richards Bay to its inland plants. Launching the new Omnia rail tankers represents a significant milestone for TRE.

  • 2011 Nov 15

    Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has started migrating its general freight business (GFB) to a scheduled service having hitherto operated a tonnage-based dispatching model, whereby trains waited for loads to accumulate before departing. CEO Siyabonga Gama said fixed schedules were already in place for four key general freight lines and the remainder of the network would be placed on fixed schedules .

  • 2012 Sept

    Transnet compiling first-ever distributed power train for manganese made up of 208 wagons .

  • 2012 Dec 3

    Transnet Freight Rail reopens Orkney-Vierfontein line.

  • 2012 Dec 6

    Transnet has taken ownership of the Old Durban International Airport site for the development of a proposed dig-out port which will cost R75bn).

  • 2013 February 22

    Billion investment in City Deep Freight Terminal.