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Transnet plans R50bn Durban expansion

2011-06-14 14:23

Cape Town - Transnet aims to forge ahead with plans to develop the site of the old Durban airport into a maritime container port at an initial cost of R50bn, its CEO Brian Molefe told Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on Tuesday.

According to Molefe's presentation, the old Durban airport site would be dug out and eventually equipped with 16 container berths, five automotive berths and four bulk liquid berths.

The first phase of the development would create four container berths creating capacity for 2.4 million containers, while Molefe said the ultimate capacity would be 9.6 million containers.

Durban International Airport, situated on 620 hectares of land south of the city, closed at the end of April 2010 when King Shaka International Airport opened on the north coast ahead of the Fifa World Cup.

Comments
  • Hope Lekoa - 2011-06-14 15:12

    Already Durban is conggested and they keep on adding more, i realy don't understand the planning and thinking behind all this, why don't they establish this container terminal in Richards Bay?

  • Bill - 2011-06-14 15:12

    This scheme is total madness. You never give up land for water ever! Durban harbour will have sufficient container capacity till hell freezes over. They can expand the container terminal all the way to the silt canal at a fraction of the cost Where do these people get these hair brained schemes from….crazy! I smell a rat for someone’s big payday here…!

  • Bill - 2011-06-14 15:15

    This scheme is total madness. You never give up land for water ever! Durban harbour will have sufficient container capacity till hell freezes over. They can expand the container terminal all the way to the silt canal at a fraction of the cost Where do these people get these hair brained schemes from….crazy! I smell a rat for someone’s big payday here…!

  • bob - 2011-06-14 15:22

    Well good luck on fixing all the surrounding infrastructure, I have an engineers 3d image/photo, where can I upload?

  • Uno_Beche - 2011-06-14 15:38

    The sad part is that this is a complete waste of money but taxpaeyers will pay for this through higher levies or industry will pay through higher tarrifs resulting in job losses etc. King Shaka International is a case in point. But its ok. Please be ineefficientwith our money. Please boost your ego and build the port and destroy our economy

  • Delta Roger - 2011-06-14 19:02

    Its a case of planners without brains. Build piers out to sea, dont dig up land to extend the sea.Containers can then be rolled moved on conveyors to the former airport land. We can easily sort out the containers and beat City Deep hands down. WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM? BORROW, BORROW BORROW and more kick backs for those signing the contracts. Typical, Africa sinking in debt.

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