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From a battered toolbox to a multinational force – that’s the short story behind Traxtion’s 35 years in the rail freight industry in Africa.

It all started in 1987 when General Motors EMD decided to close its locomotive production and assembly facility in Port Elizabeth. One of their staff members, the late Roy Puffett, had a decision to make – relocate to the US or take a retrenchment package.

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