Transnet publishes R13bn port development plans

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Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has published its approved Port Development Framework Plans (PDFPs) for South Africa’s commercial seaports after concluding “a robust public participation process” the port authority said on Friday.

In terms of the plans, TNPA would invest in excess of R13 billion over the next five years towards capacity creation to ensure long-term sustainability of the port system, TNPA said in a statement.

“The approved plans outline key projects in the pipeline to develop port infrastructure in the immediate and long term and allow future demand planning aligned to TNPA’s strategy of creating an efficient smart-port system. Underpinned by the Ports Act, the review of the PDFPs ensures plans remain relevant and in line with international best practice,” TNPA said.

The Port of Port Elizabeth is being positioned as an automotive hub, while the manganese and liquid bulk facilities are being relocated to the Port of Ngqura. The deepening of the N-berth quay will support the automotive sector in the Port of East London.

“In the Eastern Region ports, the South Dunes liquid bulk terminal will be expanded to handle liquid and gas commodities at the Port of Richards Bay, while the Port of Durban continues to be positioned as a regional container hub aligned to the KwaZulu-Natal Port Master Plans,” TNPA said.

Western Region ports will acquire strategic land parcels for port expansion at the Port of

Mossel Bay.

“The development of Culemborg as a back-of-port logistics park is planned for the

Port of Cape Town, while the provision of the Liquefied Natural Gas facilities is planned for the Port of Saldanha,” TNPA added.

The plans have been published on the TNPA website here.

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