Protests in­ter­rupt coal de­liv­er­ies

The Star Early Edition - - COMPANIES -

TRANSNET said yes­ter­day that it ex­pe­ri­enced in­ter­rup­tions to its op­er­a­tions on the Richards Bay coal line as a re­sult of vi­o­lent com­mu­nity protests in cer­tain ar­eas of north­ern KwaZulu-Natal. Ac­cord­ing to Transnet, the protests re­lated to com­mu­nity de­mands for jobs and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties. The dis­rup­tion re­sulted in the sus­pen­sion of coal line op­er­a­tions, ser­vice to cus­tomers and po­ten­tial losses to the South African econ­omy. The Richard’s Bay coal line is the coun­try’s ded­i­cated rail­way line which han­dles South Africa’s coal ex­ports by con­nect­ing the mines in Mpumalanga with the coal ter­mi­nal at the port of Richards Bay. The line also moves do­mes­tic com­modi­ties such as­chrome, coke, chem­i­cals and tim­ber. – ANA

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