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South Africa’s Decrepit Railway Infrastructure is Slowing Iron Ore Shipments to China

More than a million tons of South African iron ore is blocked from leaving the country, mostly bound for China, due to SA’s failing railway infrastructure.

The local unit of British-South African mining giant Anglo American, Kumba Iron Ore, blamed poor maintenance, vandalism and lack of capacity at South African state-run rail operator Transnet for the problems in getting iron ore from its mines in Northern Cape province to the Port of Saldanha near Cape Town.

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