Timeline

The history of Transnet is inextricably woven with that of South Africa. A such, Transnet has been at the forefront of major developments in the country.

Below is a timeline of major milestones at Transnet that have impacted on the lives many of the country’s citizens.

 

 

1867
Discovery of diamonds in Kimberly, catalyzing a need for railway and harbour expansions

1872
Cape railway system becomes government property

1877
Natal railway system becomes government property

1880
Rumours of gold deposits in the Transvaal Republic are confirmed. Economic power is shifted from the colonial south to the republican north


1910
Union is achieved and the South African Railway and Harbours administration is established as an arm of the government


1930
The opening of efficient mainliner passenger links and an impressive network of urban and metropolitan train services make South Africa a mobile nation


1970
Government agrees that the SAR&H should restructure itself along business lines


1981
The country’s railway, harbour, road transport, aviation and pipeline operations become known as South African Transport Services (SATS)


1990
SATS is given company status and renamed Tansnet SOC Ltd


1994
Transnet SOC Ltd further paves the way in developing South Africa’s transport infrastructure as the envy of the developing world


2004
Transnet announces their four-point turnaround strategy


2007
Transnet announces its Four-point Growth Strategy
Transnet launches its new, unified brand in August


2008
Transnet launches its Culture Charter in joint partnership with unions


2009
Transnet doubles its CSI spend to R175 million


2010
Transnet invites expressions of interest in branch lines


2011
Transnet buys new equipment for Durban Port


2012
Transnet launched R300BN plan which will create thousands of jobs


2013
Transnet awards biggest audit contract to black firms.


2014
Transnet secures R6 billion in US locomotive funding guarantee


2015
Transnet’s R800 million makeover for City Deep


2016
Transnet’s Phelophepa health trains on track to reach 12 million patients