Ramaphosa to launch new multi-modal
rail terminal in Durban

By Khethukuthula Xulu |04/04/2024

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube says the new multi-modal rail terminal in Bayhead, Durban, will create thousands of jobs and reattract investors. President Cyril Ramaphosa will officially open the Newlyn PX Terminal and the Tetra Pak Manufacturing plant in Durban on Thursday. The launch is part of South Africa’s investment drive led by President Ramaphosa with the ambitious goal of attracting R1.2 trillion in investments over five years. “The multi-modal rail terminal in Bayhead next to the port of Durban pledged R2 billion for the development of the largest multi-modal rail terminal in Africa and has completed the last phase of the development exceeding the initial pledge by R2.6 billion.
“The entity has over the last 26 years demonstrated its commitment as well as significant financial, technical and human resource development in developing transformational logistics infrastructure along the country’s major trade corridors,” the Presidency said in a statement.

Furthermore, the terminal is considered a leading development for logistics. “The terminal has also been recognised as a flagship development expanding the logistics capacity of the country as well as enhancing global competitiveness as part of the critical NATCOR trade corridor linking Johannesburg to the port of Durban.”

“The development will further facilitate an integrated ecosystem yielding benefits to freight owners, Transnet and logistics service providers. This will also accelerate government’s objective of migrating cargo from road to rail,” the statement read. In 2022 the Tetra Pak Group invested more than R500 million in the manufacturing plant in KwaZulu-Natal. Tetra Pak is the world’s leading food processing and packaging company with a presence in more than 155 countries. “Post the investment, the manufacturing plant is now the only state-of-the-art facility in Africa producing carton aseptic packaging for the domestic market and African export; meeting standards of sustainability; supporting a circular economy and propelling industrial growth.”

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