Dear Coal Transportation Role-Players  

This year the 1st Annual Coal Transportation Africa Summit was attended by over 40 delegates from various mining houses, ports, transporters and authorities. The conference ended with a general consensus that there is an urgent need for a rail economic regulator so as to bridge the pricing gap between what the markets can afford what it costs for investors and what the port wants and consolidate it to be conducive for trade. Transnet speaker Moshe Motlohi ended his presentation by saying “Transnet Port Terminals is ready to grow with emerging miners. We are not competing for the market but we are calling on all who want to ship to come and join us and together we can”

The top 5 speakers as rated by you:

    • Andrew Marsay, Independent Transport Economist
    • Michel Thuysbaert, Chairman, COBRAMAR GROUP
    • Victor Rakabopa, General Manager Operations, HWANGE COLLIERY

Some of the key outcomes after the conference:

    • Collaborative leadership especially in the mining industry is key to overcome some of the hindrances to the export of coal. The government and the private sector working together to build a corridor is more advantageous
    • Who is responsible for the unlocking of rail infrastructures? Is it SOE’s, Government or Private Sector?
    • There is need for out-of-the-box solutions to allow integration between road and rail
    • It will take more than technical efficiencies to drive optimum rail efficiencies
    • In creating a corridor environmental sustainability is key
    • Road to rail migration is paramount to the reduction in casualties on the roads

The overall conference was rated as:

47% Excellent 53% Good 0% Average

We would like to hear from you…

… with regards to any ideas you might have for next year’s conference as we create a platform across all relevant industries to the transportation of coal so as to address inefficiencies in coal transportation in Africa and beyond.