The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has a plan set in motion to build a new rail corridor between Gauteng and the Eastern Cape with an aim to ease the congestion at the port of Durban.
DTIC Deputy Minister Fikire Majora expressed that the corridor is targeted at national automakers and also backs the Tshwane Automobile Special Economic Zone (TASEZ).
“Next, we’re working on another project, the development of a high-capacity rail corridor between Silverton and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. We’re working with Transnet and private sector partners to build a railroad and Ford. Allows and other manufacturers to transport vehicles to reduce congestion at Durban Port”, says Majora as per Business Tech.
President Cyril Ramaphosa first launched TASEZ in 2019 after an international campaign to deploy investment into South Africa’s economy.
Meanwhile, the Western Cape’s Department of Transport and Public Works unveiled the new R130 million Ashton Arch Bridge in August this year.
According to Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Daylin Mitchell, the project had a massive contribution to the economy, to an industry under pressure and to the creation of work for residents.