Traffic on South Africa’s main railway line that connects the country’s urban hubs of Johannesburg and Pretoria with Africa’s largest port in Durban operated at just 25% capacity last week — hobbled by rampant theft, vandalism and damage.
The 688-kilometer rail line is one of the world’s most important arteries in the global supply chain as it transports millions of tons of raw materials from across southern Africa to the Port of Durban for shipment to China and other major industrial centers.
Lead the Conversation on China
Subscribe Today to Get Full Access to The China-Global South Project
$19.00 / monthly
Cancel Anytime - Renews Monthly
$199.00 / yearly
Check Out Everything You'll Get With Your Subscription
The China-Global South Daily Brief delivered to your inbox at 6AM Washington time
Full access to exclusive news and analysis from editors based in the Global South
With road and rail access to South Africa’s main port in Durban still blocked by the damage from the past week of record floods, there’s a new urgency to develop alternate trade routes for the vast ...