South Africa's state-owned port and rail company Transnet on November 25 lifted force majeure on its main coal export line after a train derailed on the line and violence delayed cleanup efforts, Bloomberg reported.
The Nov. 8 incident caused significant damage to infrastructure and rolling stock, making it necessary to close both lines, it said. The company implemented a clause on November 10 that allows the company to avoid liability if it is unable to fulfill a contract due to events beyond its control, which remained in place until November 25.
Efforts to clear the tracks were interrupted by extortion and violence from a community group demanding a contract. That added to the plethora of problems plaguing Transnet - which has invoked force majeure six times in less than two years.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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