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South Africa’s Transnet Investigates Coal Train Line Derailments

  • Suppliers could potentially abuse emergency procurement system
  • Repairs are underway after second derailment of the year
Coal in freight wagons ahead of transportation at a rail depot in Ermelo, South Africa.

Photographer: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

South Africa’s state-owned rail company Transnet SOC Ltd. is repairing a main line used to export coal and investigating whether recent derailments benefited suppliers.

A train of over 200 wagons derailed July 3 on its way to Richards Bay, where Africa’s biggest coal terminal is located, Transnet said in a statement. Repairs continue on the line that’s partially open after the second such incident of the financial year.