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Freight operators await green light to use Transnet network

After a decade of dashed hopes, SA’s private rail operators may get their chance to operate trains on Transnet’s vast core network.

In the economic recovery plan presented to parliament last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the state would grant third-party access to the core rail network in as little as a year.

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James Holley, chief executive of private freight rail operator Traxtion Group, chats to journalist Paul Ash about how private access to Transnet’s vast network could shake up SA’s railways.