Swartkops Terminal (Pty) Ltd (‘STC’) pioneered the concept of increasing available manganese export capacity as a service provider to Transnet in Port Elizabeth as such Transnet directs various of the existing manganese mines in the Northern Cape to utilize the service of STC in offloading the arriving trains with one of two tipplers, stockpiling the contents thereof and subsequent delivery by road to the ship side in Port Elizabeth. STC can also receive manganese delivered by road transport and other commodities such as sinter, magnetite, etc.
STC commenced operations in September 2014, operating at the old Swartkops Power Station next to Swartkops River, the landmark that has become part of the cityscape over the years. STC receives bulk manganese export consignments by rail, offloading these trains, stockpiling the manganese and subsequent delivery of the manganese in skips to ships side by road transport for ship loading.
STC is suited midway between Ports of Ngqura and Port Elizabeth both approximately 17 km away from the terminals. An essential element of STC’s operation is the day to day monitoring train loading, running of the trains, stockpiling and shipping, ensuring the delivery of an efficient and cost-effective service to all concerned.
STC's operation has increased the operating efficiency of the Transnet Freight Rail train delivery by having the fastest wagon turn-around-times of all offloading terminals. This allows Transnet to do more train loads per week using the same rolling stock, i.e., increasing productivity, efficiency and earning SA more foreign revenue, by increasing the export capacity of 2 million tons.