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New high-capacity railroad planned for South Africa

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) plans to build a brand new rail hall between Gauteng and the Eastern Cape to assist cut back congestion at Durban’s port.

The hall is particularly aimed on the nation’s automobile producers, and boosting the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ), says DTIC deputy minister Fikile Majola.

“We will now get into another project, which is the development of the High Capacity Rail Corridor between Silverton and Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape. We will build rail lines working with Transnet and private sector partners to ensure that Ford and other manufacturers can transport their cars to reduce congestion at the Durban Port.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the TASEZ in 2019 following a world marketing campaign to mobilise funding into the South African economic system. It is without doubt one of the ten authorised Special Economic Zones unfold in seven provinces.

The authorities has to this point contributed R2.5 billion in the direction of the event of the zone, Majola stated. The Ford Motor Company invested R16 billion, and an additional R4.3 billion in investments is predicted from automotive parts suppliers who will occupy amenities inside the zone.

More than one hall? 

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has beforehand stated that the federal government is conducting a feasibility research to introduce a high-speed rail growth between Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban.

Presenting to parliament’s choose committee on transport on 25 August, Mbalula stated that the planned growth would carry passengers and freight.

He stated that the federal government can be trying to overhaul its freight-by-rail plans, and is engaged on an up to date rail coverage for the nation, at the moment being developed as a white paper.

The redevelopment of South Africa’s rail and freight sector is a key focus of the federal government’s infrastructure plans over the following 30 years.

On 11 August, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) printed a national infrastructure plan, specializing in the federal government’s vital developments up till 2050.

The DPWI stated that by 2050 freight transport ought to facilitate home and cross border motion of products to allow industrialisation, diversification, commerce and growth.

“It is proposed that the balance of transport projects need reassessment in anticipation of the shift of cargo off-road to rail. Transnet Freight Rail (should) complete its accounting and commercial separation and meaningfully accommodate third party operators by 2022/3.”

The plan can even see the institution of each the Independent Ports Authority and a single transport financial regulator by 2022/23, with a plan to combine rail, street, ports and intermodal hubs and freight villages by 2022/3.


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