Tambo Springs Next Generation Inland Port and Logistics Gateway which is being developed by Tambo Springs Development Company (TSDC) in partnership with Government, will offer the first complete Supply chain Solution to the Southern African Logistics Industry. This world class development will bring together all aspects of the warehousing, distribution, manufacturing and shipping industry through next generation solutions aimed at enhancing supply chain and operating efficiencies. From the Ports, to the rail or road, to the warehouses and finally to the customers, Tambo Springs will be equipped to meet all your manufacturing and distribution needs.
Tambo Springs will nearly double current freight logistics capacity in and out of Gauteng by incorporating a range of elements which will differentiate it as a world class competitive location. These elements, which will be developed on the 1037 ha site acquired by the TSDC as Master Developer, will include the following:-
- An intermodal freight transportation component including a major new rail terminal and an intermodal yard with rail access;
- A value added logistics park accommodating businesses involved in the transportation, processing, manufacture, warehousing and distribution functions;
- A business park accommodating a commercial component;
- The development of a retail support component for the above; and
- The development of a residential component which enables the occupants to work and live on the site without having to travel large distances.
- An Agro-industrial component focusing on high value products;
- Compliance with international standards regarding production, processing and transportation of goods resulting in compliance with post 9/11 international security requirements as well as SARS requirements;
- Providing advanced telecommunications networks/applications, including high speed broadband which are specifically designed to address the connectivity needs of users in order to be part of the Extended Global Supply Chain;
- Implementing a green or eco focused plan as part of a controlled environment which incorporates optimization of energy and other efficiencies via all aspects of the transportation system, the built environment and the social environment, as well as a focus on conservation of green areas and wetlands;
- Developing as part of a phased master development programme, thus ensuring that the development is market driven and responds to specific market requirements, while strategically being aligned with the Gauteng Provincial master plans relating to spacial development, economic growth and job creation.
Tambo Springs will create an intermodal capability, seamlessly integrating road, rail, air and sea transport i.r.o. the movement of container freight as it is exceptionally well positioned to achieve this being located in the southern periphery of Johannesburg/Ekurhuleni and within the Johannesburg/Durban road freight and rail corridor. It will have fast, easy access to major road and rail networks linking it to the country's major sea ports, OR Tambo International Airport and big industrial/distribution centres.
As regards road transport, it has direct access to the N3 freeway to/from Durban (South Africa's major freight transport route), to the N1 freeway to/from Cape Town and via the R390, to Port Elizabeth and East London. There are also direct road links to the major industrial centres in Gauteng most of which are within a 20 - 60 km radius. The site is only 22km from the City Deep Terminal and 25km from the OR Tambo Air Freight Terminal.
As regards rail, the existing freight rail links already run through the site and link it to the seaports of Durban, Cape Town and Ngqura (Port Elizabeth). Accordingly, the Tambo Springs development can contribute significantly to optimising the country's existing infrastructure, particularly that of the Ngqura Deep Water Port near Port Elizabeth. This is important in the short to medium term given existing congestion issues with Durban.
Tambo Springs is planned to accommodate a new state of the art rail terminal facility as well as anintermodal rail yard capable of handling point to point movement of freight using 'block trains' up to 2km in length. This is possible because the Tambo Springs property has an existing dual directional freight rail line which runs along the north western boundary for approximately 3.5 km's.
The Development Approval process is well advanced, with the Master Plan having been approved by the relevant Government departments and entities. In addition, the required Environmental Approvals (ROD) have been secured and final rezoning approval is expected eminently, with the Development being expected to commence by mid 2013.
Tambo Springs will be developed in phases on a market driven approach. The first phase will include: the turnkey development of a rail terminal facility for Transnet (which will ultimately be capable of handling 1 million TEU'S p.a.); the development of a private intermodal yard; and related warehousing, distribution and value added logistics facilities.
This development is being made possible by the extensive support for the project from all relevant public and private sector stakeholders. To private sector participants, the project offers the opportunity to improve operational efficiencies, contain costs, improve service levels and derive related financial benefits. For public sector participants, the project offers substantial socio-economic benefits including the development of a world class infrastructure and acting as a catalyst for economic development and the potential to create +- 191,000 new jobs opportunities. As a consequence, public sector support for the project is strong as evidenced for example, by the Public support for the project which has come from MEC Ismail Vadi of the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport when he tabled his budget speech on 5 June 2012. He highlights that the province is working on the development of the Tambo Springs Inland Port in partnership with Transnet, the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and the private sector over the next eight years. He confirms that a draft master plan has been finalised for this development and that preliminary designs for the K148/N3 interchange are being revised and will be ready for implementation at the end of the financial year with construction likely to commence in 2013.