Inframax Project to take the fraught out of freight

INFRAMAX HOLDINGS, the Cape-based property developer that operates nationally, is using a vast tract of land which it acquired some years ago to develop a “next-generation” inland port and logistics gate­way to service Joburg, Gauteng and southern Africa.

Inframax managing director Willie Els says the project has the potential to put Gauteng’s logistics capability into a new and far more efficient era and to create thousands of jobs while stimulating the area’s GDP.

“It is fairly widely thought that -Johannesburg’s freight logistics needs have not been fully understood or appreciated by most of the public sector authorities and agencies serv­ing this area over the years. As a result, there is excessive use and wear of roads by freight operators, dramatic decline in rail usage (due to poor service ‘ levels), increased congestion and fragmented freight plan­ning. South Africa’s freight logistics system is not meeting the country’s needs and is not keeping up with the way the world is moving,” says Els.

“The proposed new inland port and logistics gateway will , contribute significantly to meeting Gauteng’s need to increase the current freight logistics capacity/throught put in and out of Johannesburg, to three. million twenty-foot-­equivalent units (TEUs) by 2015 and four million TEUs by 2020 – with further increases after that”

The 630ha site for the new project, which will be called Tambo Springs (the original farm here was known as Tana­boekiesfontein), is 25km south, east of the Joburg CBD.

Inframax plans to add at least, a further 600ha, which would enable it to be developed to. a world-class inland port and logistics facility

Els says this is appropriate as Gauteng is the largest metro­politan area in Africa, and one of the largest in the world, with a population of 10 million peo­ple generating the largest annual GDP in Africa.

Read the full extract from Weekend Argus from June 2010

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