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Unveiling the future of rail: SAHHA’s strategic vision for Heavy Haul, Pit-to-Port

SINCE its inception, the South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) has been at the forefront of driving excellence and innovation and has achieved significant milestones in
enhancing the industry.

Through hosting conferences, technical workshops, and strategy seminars, SAHHA has facilitated the dissemination of best practices and state-of-the-art technological advancements.

By writing and publishing Best Practice manuals, papers, articles, and books, the association has built a robust repository of knowledge that supports continuous learning and improvement.

SAHHA’s impact extends beyond mere knowledge sharing. The association plays a pivotal role in advocating for rail-friendly freight solutions, fostering a collaborative environment among industry stakeholders including researchers, suppliers, customers, regulators, and rail operators.

This holistic approach ensures that every link in the Heavy Haul value chain is strengthened, from train loading at the mines to vessel loading at the ports.
As part of its ongoing efforts to shape the future of the Heavy Haul industry, SAHHA will host its biennial conference from 26 to 29 of August 2024.

Themed “Positioning Heavy Haul for Success – from Pit to Port,” the conference will cover the entire Heavy Haul logistics value chain, addressing both strategic and technical aspects.
The conference will kick off with discussions among policymakers, regulators, and key decision-makers to align on the strategic implementation plan that will position Heavy Haul for success.

The first day’s plenary session will focus on building a strong foundation for successful rail reform implementation, including updates on the National Freight Logistics Roadmap.
The second day’s session will tackle major challenges and opportunities facing the freight logistics industry, aiming to find solutions by leveraging local and global best practices.
Day three will feature Think Tank sessions in the form of panel discussions, promoting collaboration and partnership.

The “From Cradle to Grave – Fundamentals of Heavy Haul Railway Asset Management” technical workshop will precede the main conference, offering in-depth insights into asset management in Heavy Haul operations.

“Through collaborative efforts and shared expertise, we are poised to unlock the full potential of South Africa’s Heavy Haul industry,” said SAHHA founder and chairman Brian Monakali.

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