JOHANNESBURG - State rail transport company Transnet said on Friday it would embark on a ten day shutdown of its coal line for scheduled maintenance.
The shutdown, starting on July 2, will cover the entire coal line which has flows originating from the Ermelo, Vryheid, Richards Bay, Witbank, Ladysmith and Isando depots.
"The shutdown is an annual scheduled maintenance that is carried out ... to ensure that the company catches up on maintenance backlog, replaces old, obsolete and problematic infrastructure as part of sustainability of the business, as well as to accelerate the major capital expansion/upgrade projects in line with the expected volume growth," Transnet said in a statement.
"The shutdown programme is also necessitated by the fact that on the coal line there are sections where infrastructure work cannot be carried out without stopping the entire train service."
It said the maintenance would result in Increased network reliability and availability and improved train transit times, among other benefits.