In a sweeping policy overhaul aimed at opening the floodgates of private retail operators to its railway network, Transnet has proposed a multiyear tariff structure that was met with dread from industry experts.

In a tariff discussion document, released for public comment at the weekend, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) proposes the establishment of a framework under which Transnet’s rail infrastructure manager — a role created as part of breaking Transnet’s monopoly in the sector — would set tariffs for three to five years with provisions for minor annual reviews and significant reviews every five years...

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