Africa Mining Logistics: Transnet to boost coal volumes exported in Maputo, Richards Bay ports

Maputo coal terminal
Bulk export of coal from Botswana via Maputo corridor – a feasible option

Transnet is moving ahead with projects to boost the volume of coal carried from the coalfields to the port of Richards Bay and Maputo, says GM capital planning Brian Monakali.

He told delegates attending the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, this week, that some of the group’s plans and projects were at an advanced stage.



He said a team had been to Germany and Norway to learn about their experiences.“We’re looking at 2022 to get the project done. We have followed the normal governance processes to get to the next phase. We now need to go to the market to get a service provider to do the project.”

Transnet was also in a pre-feasibility stage with Botswana Railways in a project to more easily transport Botswana’s growing reserves of coal to the ports of Richards Bay and Maputo.

Meanwhile, the Swaziland rail link, which involves the construction of a new 150 km link to Swaziland, had passed the feasibility phase and is ready to go to the market to request funding, said Monakali. (source:

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