TNPA commits to a R9.1b infrastructure investment for its Central Region ports



[Transnet National Ports Authority – 24 June 2022] During its recent stakeholder
engagement sessions held in Nelson Mandela Bay and East London, Transnet National Ports
Authority (TNPA) announced its bold plan of injecting a R9.1 billion infrastructure development
investment over a seven year period in its Central Region – the ports of East London, Port
Elizabeth and Ngqura.

The TNPA Central Region capital investment programme is underpinned by the Transnet Segment
Strategy that aims to realign the Transnet business with strategic sectors of the South African
economy. The strategy focuses on Private Public Partnerships as a key lever for capacity and
productivity enhancement. As one of six Operating Divisions of Transnet, in 2021 TNPA embarked
on a transformation journey of re-organizing its business to re-affirm its mandate according to
the National Ports Act 12 of 2005 resulting in the development of a TNPA Reimagined Operating

In alignment with the Transnet Segment Strategy and the TNPA Reimagined Operating Model,
the Central Region ports are being positioned in accordance with critical sectors within the Eastern
Cape province ranging from the automotive; liquid bulk; agriculture and tourism sectors.
“We have earmarked the Port of Port Elizabeth for the automotive sector, with in the port of
Ngqura being positioned as a transshipment and energy hub for the southern hemisphere,” said
TNPA Managing Executive for the Central Region, Siyabulela Mhlaluka.

He added that the river port of East London is sited for servicing the broader automotive,
industrial and agricultural sectors in the region by enhancing the port’s capability and
complementing the East London Industrial Development Zone. The Port of East London’s grain
elevator is a key asset to the province, and this has been emphasized by the diversion of some
of the agricultural cargo from Durban to the East London port.

According to Mhlaluka, East London is also strategically positioned for the tourism sector, a
strategic objective that will be achieved by transforming the port’s real estate portfolio to
integrate with the leisure market such as the Latimer’s Landing Waterfront development.

The seven-year 9.1 billion capital investment programme for the Central Region ports comprise
of a budget allocation of R4.8 billion for the Nelson Mandela Ports (Port Elizabeth Ngqura) and
R4.3 billion for East London.

In the 2022/23 financial year, TNPA has adopted a robust approach in its capital projects delivery
which will see the Central Region ports spending R570 million in port infrastructure development.
The strategic projects for this year include the relocation of the tank farm from Port Elizabeth to
Ngqura; phase 1 of the Ngqura Manganese Export Terminal development; conducting a feasibility
study for the reconstruction of East London’s Quay 3 and the construction of a slipway at the Port
of Port Elizabeth.

Coupled to realizing a Reimagined TNPA through port infrastructure development is the execution
of strategic special projects across the port system. The bouquet of projects planned for the eight
commercial ports include the issuing of a Request for Information (RFI) in July 2022 for the supply
of Renewable Energy for all the ports, followed by a Request for Proposals (RFP) of the same in
September 2022. In response to the water crisis faced by the residents of Gqeberha and with an
intention of being proactive, in July 2022 TNPA will also issue a RFI for the supply of desalinated
water for all its ports followed by a RFP in October 2022.

TNPA’s capital investment programme and plan demonstrates a renewed focused on ensuring
delivery on its mandate to develop the South African ports and become an enabler for economic

“We are continuously creating an enabling and performance-driven environment that unlocks
bottlenecks and accelerates the execution of strategic projects through the establishment of
regional and national capital investment war rooms, where project sponsor engagement is
relevant and influential in enabling the project team. This approach will ensure that TNPA delivers
on its capital investment commitments in the region,” said Mhlaluka.


About Transnet National Ports Authority

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is one of six operating divisions of Transnet SOC Ltd.
The National Ports Authority is responsible for the safe, effective and efficient economic
functioning of the national port system, which it manages on a landlord capacity. It provides port
infrastructure and marine services at the eight commercial seaports in South Africa – Richards
Bay, Durban, Saldanha, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Mossel Bay and Ngqura. It
operates within a legislative and regulatory environment and is governed by the National Ports
Act (Act No. 12 of 2005). For more information visit www.transnetnationalportsauthority.net.


Issued on behalf of Transnet National Ports Authority by:
Ayanda Mantshongo
Executive Manager: Corporate Affairs
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