South Africa: Progress Made in Port of Durban Repairs

The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has hailed Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) for the “significant progress” made in repairs to its Durban Rail and Ports following the heavy rains and flooding in that area in April.

The Port of Durban is one of South Africa’s most important freight ports and serves as a gateway to Gauteng.

“The recovery from the damage caused by the flooding in KwaZulu-Natal will enable exporters and importers that utilise the Port of Durban to return to normality and Transnet will endeavour that all shipping lines continue to service the Port of Durban.

“Much work still needs to be done in the south basin area and Transnet continues to work with the province, municipality and other stakeholders in that area to ensure that work is concluded speedily,” the department said in a statement.

According to the DPE some 2 673 workers spent 60 days completing some of this work with 98% of the expertise sourced internally.

“The repair work relates to four major areas – eleven serious areas damaged on the railway line which had to be reconstructed between Durban and Cato Ridge, the reconstruction of parts of Bayhead Road where 60m of the road had collapsed, the creation of a new access road to the port of Durban and maintenance of the railway line which was brought forward.

“This means that rail operations on the Corridor Container – a key economic node which moves freight between Gauteng and Durban – will now resume on the single line. Additional capacity will be unlocked on the mainline in September when repairs on the second line are completed and it’s reopened to traffic,” the department said on Tuesday.