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About Tambo Springs

Next Generation Logistics Gateway

Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway in Southern Ekurhuleni is an internationally competitive location which will offer the first complete Supply Chain Solution to the Southern African region. 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 rail, road or air, 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 607 ha site by the Tambo Springs Development Company as Master Developer, will include the following key differentiators, which set a new standard for industrial/logistics developments in South Africa:

Market differentiators

Tambo Springs will be equipped to meet all your manufacturing and distribution needs

Tambo Springs
Intermodal Terminal

The new state of the art Intermodal Terminal with a maximum capacity to handle 550,000 TEUs per annum is to be developed, owned and operated by a multi-national consortium, which have been awarded a 20 year concession licence by Transnet.

Secured &
Bonded Area

Secure and Bonded operations will be available with security adhering to C-TPAT, AEO and other international security standards. Secure and bonded feeder roads will connect this area to the intermodal terminal, ensuring drayage between this area and the intermodal terminal in line with best international practices.

Value-added
Logistics Park

Accommodating businesses involved in the transportation, processing, manufacture, warehousing, and distribution functions.

International 
standards

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.

Intra-Africa
Trade

Gauteng is at the cutting edge of Africa’s industrialisation efforts and is one of the principal contributors to Africa’s economic and intra-Africa trade.  Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway provides an excellent platform to enhance these initiatives.

Green & Eco 
Focused Plan

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.

Incentives

Negotiations are at an advanced stage to secure a range of incentivised benefits for the development in terms of local authority based incentives and those applicable in terms of SEZ Legislation.

Government 
Policy

Tambo Springs has been incorporated in multiple Government infrastructure policies. These include the Strategic Infrastructure Programme (National), Freight Logistics Strategy (Provincial) and Strategic Urban Development Strategy (Municipal).

Advanced Telecommunication

Including high-speed broadband which is specifically designed to address the connectivity needs of users in order to be part of the Extended Global Supply Chain.

Agri-Industrial
Component

Tambo Springs will address the needs of agri-industry and the cool chain, both as a transportation hub and a location for the production / processing of the product.

Business Park
& Residential

The development of a residential component which enables the occupants to work and live on the site without having to travel large distances.

Economic Growth
& Job Creation

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.

Location & Access

Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway 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 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 seaports, OR Tambo International Airport and big industrial/distribution centers.

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 centers 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). 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.

The Tambo Springs Intermodal Terminal will accommodate a new state of the art rail terminal facility as well as an intermodal 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 northwestern boundary for approximately 3.5 km.

The Development

Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway has two major concurrent development components, namely the property development component and the rail development component. Both of these are expected to be construction ready, i.e. in a position to commence construction in 2019.

Property Development Component

All the required development approvals are in place to proceed with the development including:

  • Rezoning approval has been finalised which allows for the required development rights;
  • ROD which allows for the development as envisaged has been secured in terms of Environment Impact Requirement Legislation;
  • Water Use Licences are in place;
  • Engineering designs for the Bulk Services are complete and internal services designs are underway;
  • Other relevant development approvals/protocol in place.

Intermodal Terminal Development

  • Transnet have entered into a Sale Agreement with TSDC to secure the land required for the Intermodal Terminal development;
  • Transnet issued an RFP to the private sector in June 2016 to procure, via a 20-year concession, a private partner to develop, own, operate and finally transfer the terminal back to Transnet at the end of the Concession period;
  • Transnet have identified the preferred Bidder for the R2,5 B Terminal development and Transnet’s Board has awarded the concession for the Terminal to the preferred Bidder in late October 2018;
  • A public announcement regarding the award of the Concession and the development of the Terminal is expected in December 2018;
  • Construction to commence in 2019.

Construction on the Property Development Component should commence in the first quarter of 2019 followed by construction start on the Intermodal Terminal in the third quarter of 2019. The construction of Bulk and Internal Services for Phase 1 is expected to take 12 months, with completion targeted for first/second quarter 2020. The Phase 1 Intermodal Terminal construction is expected to take 18 months with completion expected in early 2021.

 

Location & Access

Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway 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 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 seaports, OR Tambo International Airport and big industrial/distribution centers.

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 centers 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). 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.

The Tambo Springs Intermodal Terminal will accommodate a new state of the art rail terminal facility as well as an intermodal 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 northwestern boundary for approximately 3.5 km.

The Development

Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway has two major concurrent development components, namely the property development component and the rail development component. Both of these are expected to be construction ready, i.e. in a position to commence construction in 2019.

Property Development Component

All the required development approvals are in place to proceed with the development including:

  • Rezoning approval has been finalised which allows for the required development rights;
  • ROD which allows for the development as envisaged has been secured in terms of Environment Impact Requirement Legislation;
  • Water Use Licences are in place;
  • Engineering designs for the Bulk Services are complete and internal services designs are underway;
  • Other relevant development approvals/protocol in place.

Intermodal Terminal Development

  • Transnet have entered into a Sale Agreement with TSDC to secure the land required for the Intermodal Terminal development;
  • Transnet issued an RFP to the private sector in June 2016 to procure, via a 20-year concession, a private partner to develop, own, operate and finally transfer the terminal back to Transnet at the end of the Concession period;
  • Transnet have identified the preferred Bidder for the R2,5 B Terminal development and Transnet’s Board has awarded the concession for the Terminal to the preferred Bidder in late October 2018;
  • A public announcement regarding the award of the Concession and the development of the Terminal is expected in December 2018;
  • Construction to commence in 2019.

Construction on the Property Development Component should commence in the first quarter of 2019 followed by construction start on the Intermodal Terminal in the third quarter of 2019. The construction of Bulk and Internal Services for Phase 1 is expected to take 12 months, with completion targeted for first/second quarter 2020. The Phase 1 Intermodal Terminal construction is expected to take 18 months with completion expected in early 2021.

 

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