Rail industry body the African Rail Industry Association (Aria) suggests several interventions to help State-owned Transnet address its prevailing inefficiencies, including re-introducing systems it used in the past and the prioritisation of maintenance of currently disabled locomotives, besides others.

Despite declaring a profit of R5-billion for the 2022 financial year, Transnet cannot “hide” the fact the South African rail industry is in trouble, with massive maintenance backlogs threatening the sustainability of Transnet, Aria states.