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transnet studies new logistics options 4 limpo

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    JOHANNESBURG ( � State freight logistics group Transnet has unveiled plans to conduct feasibility studies during its 2011/12 financial year into the technical and economic viability of railway and associated agroprocessing and mining infrastructure, which could be developed in the Limpopo province.

    Transnet Freight Rail CEO Siyabonga Gama and Roads and Transport MEC Pinky Kekana inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday aimed at promoting integrated rail freight logistics in the province and moving cargo from road to rail.

    The studies would interrogate the viability of rail freight services between Tzaneen/Letsitele and Durban and/or Cape Town harbours.

    Prospects for the creation of a citrus hub, with sorting, packing and cold storage facilities, as well as the establishment of a Fresh Produce Market in Polokwane, will also be assessed.

    Should the projects prove �bankable�, Gama indicated that they could stimulate enterprise development and employment growth in the territory.

    Under the MoU the potential for railing mining products and other commodities from the province to other parts of the country and to export markets will also be assessed.

    No specific mention was made of plans to further integrate and expand the capacity to rail coal mined in Limpopo�s Waterberg region. However, Transnet confirmed recently that it was already studying further developments in collaboration with the coal industry.

    Priority was currently being given to the development of a 70-km rail link through Swaziland, which would liberate additional coal capacity on the key Ermelo-Richards Bay corridor.

    The group was of the view that, once it has been able to relieve the congestion on that corridor, it would become easier to integrate additional Waterberg capacity. However, it had also indicated that the project might be beyond the capacity of its balance sheet and might be pursued in partnership with the private sector.
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