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Grindrod Rail Operations



For short-haul / branch line operations, Grindrod Rail Operations provides services including crewing, shunting, inbound and outbound rail management, tippler operations, building of train sets and industrial cleaning of rolling stock.

Through the Grindrod Corridor Management (GCM) division, the business also offers an added value service of being an interface between all stakeholders on the rail supply chain, facilitating efficiencies from pit to  port.

On mainline operations, the NLPI Group, in which Grindrod has a joint controlling interest, operates in Zimbabwe. The concession provides a key link in the North / South corridor linking the South African ports of Durban and Richards Bay and the copper belt in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The NLPI group’s Zimbabwean subsidiary, Beitbridge Bulawayo Railways, was formed in 1997 in partnership with National Railways of Zimbabwe to manage the railway concession between Beitbridge and Bulawayo. The concession included a Build Operate Transfer (BOT) arrangement to construct 150km of new track and the upgrade of a further 172km of existing track. The concession completes a missing link between the South African border at Musina and Bulawayo on the North / South corridor and saves significant travel distance compared to the original route via Botswana. The concession runs until 2029.

The Group also enjoys an access agreement with NRZ to operate trains between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. Total volumes carried, of around 1 million tonnes of general freight annually, consisting of sulphur, fuel (diesel), clinker, coal, copper, sugar and containers. The NLPI Group owns a fleet of 50 locomotives and 400 wagons.

Grindrod Rail Operations

Tel +27 (0)11 262 7307


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