The facility is located only 100 km from the country’s manganese belt in the Hotazel area and TPT believes its involvement will allow more of the mineral to be transported by rail than truck.
In this respect, it will work closely with its sister company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) to organise an integrated supply chain system for the miners.
TFR is actually upgrading the rail link between the Hotazel area and the port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape where a new bulk handling facility is also being developed.
“Transnet is continuing to position itself as a lead solutions provider, where customers can benefit from a one-stop and reduced cost solutions in a quick and efficient way,” said Gert De Beer, chief business development officer of Transnet.
“Operating cargo aggregation and consolidation for effective rail transfer, not only in coastal ports but also in inland terminals, demonstrates Transnet’s ability to apply its core competencies innovatively as we continue to connect the region.”
Currently, the Lohatlha terminal handles about 1.8 Mtpa. TPT has taken over the operations of Lohatlha from SAFreight Logistics (Saflog), which had been in control for five years.