The Logistics Group has successfully completed the construction of a state-of-the-art port facility in South Africa, significantly enhancing the offloading capacity for manganese. The new Saldanha Dry Bulk Terminal represents a milestone in logistics infrastructure, enabling the processing of larger volumes from one of the world’s longest freight trains.
Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Anton Potgieter, the project has introduced a substantial upgrade to the port’s capabilities. Unlike existing operations, which can handle up to 63 tons per wagon, the new facility is equipped to accommodate a remarkable 100 tons per wagon. This enhancement is poised to revolutionise the efficiency and throughput of manganese offloading at the terminal.
In recent years, volumes transported by the state rail operator Transnet experienced a decline attributed to challenges such as mismanagement and locomotive shortages. The completion of the Saldanha Dry Bulk Terminal addresses these issues head-on, providing a vital solution to boost operational capacity and support the region’s manganese export industry.
This development holds great promise for South Africa’s logistics landscape and the broader economy. By unlocking the potential for higher throughput, the new facility sets the stage for increased productivity and economic growth in the manganese sector. It also underscores the importance of strategic investments in infrastructure to drive progress and competitiveness in key industries.