Construction kicks off at Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway
Johannesburg, August 2020: Construction of bulk infrastructure has commenced at the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway.
This master development, strategically located on the southern border of the Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni metropolis is directly connected by road and rail corridors between Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Ngqura. It includes industrial, logistics areas, rail access, secure and bonded locations and transportation corridors. An intermodal rail terminal is being developed as a concession, awarded by Transnet.
The project is a result of a partnership between the public and private sector and includes the Tambo Springs Development Company as the landowner and master developer.
“We are very excited about the developments on site,” said Tumi Mohulatsi, CEO of the Tambo Springs Development Company. “Construction of bulk infrastructure by the Ekurhuleni Metro is well underway. It is the first step in delivering our vision of a next generation logistics gateway that will combine direct terminal handling facilities as well as back-of-terminal property development and related value add logistics services and activities.”
Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway will be the largest development of its kind in Sub Saharan Africa doubling current freight logistics capacity in and out of Gauteng. It will have customs clearance and the benefits of a special economic zone. The development of the Tambo Springs Intermodal Rail Terminal will ensure that the current and future container volume traffic is efficiently and appropriately serviced on rail alleviating the existing and projected pressure on the national road infrastructure.
Tambo Springs water line trench being prepared.
Furthermore, the facility is part of the government’s Strategic Infrastructure Project 2 aimed at developing growth-supporting infrastructure along the Durban-Free State-Gauteng corridor. Additionally, it also forms part of the Gauteng Integrated Transport Master plan. The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport will construct a new interchange on the N3 and an additional arterial from Tambo Springs to the national road infrastructure. Budgets for this have been approved and tenders for construction are currently being adjudicated.
According to Mohulatsi, once completed, the gateway will have easy access to major road and rail networks linking strategic sea ports, the OR Tambo International Airport and industries in the province.
“Tambo Springs goes beyond the creation of a traditional industrial park. It will provide an efficient environment that facilitates manufacturing, distribution, transportation and logistics activities,” he said. “More so, the project has the potential to create much-needed employment in a post-Covid 19 environment acting as a catalyst for growth, not just in the province, but Southern Africa. The initiative has the potential to provide a living to approximately 140 000 people in the Gauteng, KZN and Eastern Cape Provinces.”
It further creates a model which promotes the reshoring of the industrial base, which has been lost in parts, while motivating intra-African trade.
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