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Heritage and Preservation

Transnet SOC Ltd ("Transnet"), as a State Owned Company, has a statutory obligation to manage its heritage assets on behalf of the government and the community under the National Heritage Resource Act, 1999, (Act 25 of 1999) ("the Act").

Lead by Example

Transnet recognises that, as a State Owned Company, it must endeavour to lead by example. It will set out the standard for the community and adopt appropriate heritage management strategies in accordance with the Act.

Transnet, through its special unit, Transnet Foundation, is engaging with the interested parties on heritage matters and has since made some of its steam locomotives available to the steam clubs, for tourism purposes. Transnet has also donated some of its plinthed (stationary) locomotives to municipalities for display and tourism.

Transnet also has two transport museums in George, Western Cape and Kimberley, Northern Cape. The transport museum in George comprises more than 14 000m² and exhibits historical items such as steam locomotives, passenger coaches, vintage cars, furniture, silverware, cutlery and crockery from various periods of the transport industry, as well as paintings, poetry, photographs and other rail related items. For more information, contact Mr Kobus Volschenk at or log on at

Transnet also has a heritage library under the care of one of its operating divisions, Transnet Freight Rail. For more information on the heritage library, please contact Ms Yolanda Meyer. The library's collection includes Corporate Annual Reports, railway related journals and books, the South African Railways & Harbour Magazine, the Transport Encyclopaedia of South Africa, Railway Working timetables, reports of investigation done for the South African Railways and ± 200 000 photographs.

Conservation of Heritage Assets

Transnet will, as far as practicable, commit to high quality conservation outcomes for its heritage assets to retain their heritage significance to the greatest extent feasible, in accordance with the Act.

Appropriate Use of Heritage Assets

Heritage assets will, where feasible, continue to be maintained in their operational role. Transnet recognises the need to allocate appropriate uses for its heritage assets. Transnet will ensure that where practical, its heritage assets are adaptively reused for a purpose sympathetic to their heritage significance.

Promotion of Heritage Assets

Transnet recognises the importance of the heritage significance of all its heritage assets and the value of those assets to the community. Transnet will do its best to promote its heritage assets to the communities concerned.

Management Action Plan

Transnet will develop and implement a Management Action Plan to achieve the conservation and management of heritage items listed on its impending heritage assets register. Transnet will endeavour to manage its heritage assets in accordance with the requirements under the Act, its policies, procedures, financial and budgetary constraints and heritage principles.

Management of Transnet’s Heritage Assets will be integrated into all corporate systems, such as the website, asset management plan, corporate plan and also executive and staff induction materials.

To monitor performance, Transnet Heritage's Asset Management Strategy will adopt indicators relevant to the heritage assets and core function of Transnet, such as; the business outcomes; service delivery obligations; community satisfaction; and comparison of actual performance against anticipated performance.

Redundant Asset Plan

The Redundant Asset Plan will cover the management of heritage assets which have no economic re-use options. Transnet will ensure that heritage assets which do not meet its service delivery needs will be transferred to other government institutions, or leased to private individuals before any proposals to demolish such heritage asset is considered.

Heritage Trains