oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Upgrading the Sishen-Saldanha Ore Line

Volume 18, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The 861 km dedicated iron ore line between the mines in the Sishen area of the Northern Cape and the Port of Saldanha in the Western Cape is the backbone of South Africa's iron ore export. Saldanha is the only port in South Africa handling iron ore. A total of 96,2% of all iron ore produced in the country is exported, making South Africa one of the top ten exporters in the world and generating massive revenue for the country. As overseas producers are continually increasing their export quantities, this places pressure on South Africa to increase production and exports to remain relevant as a global producer.

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