Over time, it has become evident that an organised and efficient logistics component is essential for the proper functioning of the mining industry.
The first big development of railways and harbours in decades is connecting Africa to the global economy – and mining is set to be the main beneficiary.
A series of plans are under way for huge port expansion and construction in Southern Africa, which will have considerable benefits for the mining industry.
As bottlenecks are eliminated, traditional rail corridors revived and new ones opened, the transport possibilities for Africa’s mining sector are multiplying.
The expansion of mining projects will depend on how countries and companies tackle Africa’s infrastructure backlog to ensure freight can move more efficiently.