Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is once again responding to one of the fastest growing industries in South Africa which is the export of citrus fruit.
A new service was introduced from Musina in partnership with Musina Intermodal Terminal. The first Musina train that departed on 5 August loaded 250 wagons indicated how the private sector can participate and collaborate with Transnet in growing the economy.
Musina Intermodal Terminal were able to load the train with support from the technicians from MSC to ensure that the trains run efficiently into the port. The train was placed in Kingsrest on Saturday 10 August and departed back to Musina on 11 August. Subsequently, trains have continued service the inland terminal.
This collaborative effort serves producers in both South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as farmers located along to the Limpopo River.
Commenting on the initiative, Transnet Freight Rail Acting Chief Executive, Mr. Lloyd Tobias, said this remarkable achievement in increased capacity is due to efficiency and productivity improvements in the business. “This initiative on the North-South Rail corridor will contribute to the objective to deliver a seamless, safe, reliable and competitive railway service. Furthermore, this partnership promotes rail over road transport which will contribute to the preservation of southern Africa’s road network”.
A weekly service to rail fruit was also introduced from City Deep to the port of Durban on 13 August 2019.
Tobias added that “The initiative resulted in the creation of about 45 new job opportunities for the town of Musina and additional 8 job opportunities for Transnet. The employment in Musina includes crane operators, weigh bridge operators, truck drivers and the loading operators at the farms. We expect that this figure will grow to more than 75 employment opportunities next year”.
“Transnet and the Citrus Growers Association is equal to the task of getting SA working,” concluded Tobias. -railwaysafrica.com