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President Ramaphosa Unveils Mega Investments: Transforming South Africa's Infrastructure | Rateweb
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President Ramaphosa Unveils Mega Investments: Transforming South Africa’s Infrastructure

President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to inaugurate the Newlyn PX Terminal and the Tetra Pak Manufacturing plant in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday, marking significant milestones in South Africa’s ongoing investment efforts.

These ventures have committed to their pledges through the South African Investment Conference, an initiative spearheaded by President Ramaphosa with the ambitious aim of attracting R1.2 trillion in investments over the span of five years.

The Newlyn PX Terminal, situated adjacent to the port of Durban in Bayhead, pledged R2 billion towards the development of what is now the largest multi-modal rail terminal in Africa. Surpassing their initial commitment, the terminal has completed its final phase of development, with expenditures exceeding the original pledge by R2.6 billion.

Over the past 26 years, the terminal has consistently demonstrated its dedication and significant investment in the development of transformative logistics infrastructure along South Africa’s major trade routes. This commitment has been echoed by the Presidency in a recent statement.

In addition to its economic significance, the terminal is considered a pivotal development for logistics in the region. It has been acknowledged as a flagship project that expands the country’s logistics capacity and enhances global competitiveness, particularly within the critical NATCOR trade corridor linking Johannesburg to the port of Durban.

The completion of this development is expected to foster an integrated ecosystem that benefits freight owners, Transnet, and other logistics service providers. Moreover, it aligns with the government’s objective of shifting cargo transportation from road to rail, thereby promoting sustainability and efficiency.

In parallel, the Tetra Pak Group made a substantial investment of over R500 million in a manufacturing plant located in KwaZulu-Natal in 2022. Tetra Pak, a global leader in food processing and packaging, operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

Following this investment, the manufacturing plant has become the sole state-of-the-art facility in Africa producing aseptic carton packaging for both domestic and African export markets. Importantly, it adheres to sustainability standards, supports a circular economy, and contributes to industrial growth.

These investments are poised to establish a crucial industrial foundation for South Africa, particularly as the country embarks on its participation in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). They are expected to create export opportunities and bolster South Africa’s positioning within the regional and global market.

In conclusion, the inauguration of the Newlyn PX Terminal and the Tetra Pak Manufacturing plant signifies significant milestones in South Africa’s ongoing investment drive. These developments underscore the country’s commitment to fostering economic growth, enhancing competitiveness, and seizing opportunities within the global market landscape.