Transnet says it has started increasing supplies of jet fuel to the OR Tambo International Airport to address the shortage currently being experienced at the airport.

Dwindling supplies of jet fuel have affected several international flights, with airlines having to divert flights to other airports to refuel.

Spokesperson, Ayanda Shezi says the repair of Transnet infrastructure, damaged in the recent KwaZulu-Natal floods, is being fast-tracked to ensure the increased delivery of fuel to facilities in Gauteng.

She says they hope to have the shortages addressed as soon as possible.

Read Transnet’s full statement here.

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Transnet has urged residents not to buy fuel from unregistered fuel traders in order to curb the theft of fuel from its pipelines.

The operator says it has started seeing an increase in incidences of fuel theft, recording 70 such incidents in the past financial year.

Transnet Pipelines spokesperson Saret Knoetze says that last week alone, 3 incidences of theft were reported from the Durban to Heidelberg multiproduct pipeline.

Knoetze urges residents to report incidences of fuel theft to authorities.

Read more here.

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Transnet has announced the immediate suspension of all Blue Train services.

The suspension came into effect yesterday.

Last week, operations were also halted after a fire broke out in one of the coaches of the Blue Train.

Services were also halted late last year after the train was involved in an accident.

Transnet spokesperson Ayanda Shezi says the aim is to reinstate services as soon as possible.

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