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Project Name Expansion and Modernization of the Durban Container Terminal
Country The Republic of South Africa
Sector Transport
Board Approval Date May 28, 2018
Total Program Cost ZAR 12,000 million
Initial Limit of NDB Financing ZAR 3,500 million
Current Limit of NDB Financing ZAR 3,500 million
Borrower Transnet State Owned Company Ltd
Implementing Agency Transnet State Owned Company Ltd
Project Context

Durban is South Africa’s most important port and the main maritime gateway for the continent. Over the last decades the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) has seen rise in operations due to the expanding global containerized trade. However, it remains underdeveloped compared to its peers around the globe. The enhanced container handling facilities of the DCT are needed to increase volume of the international trade and support regional economic growth.

Project Objective

The Project seeks to expand and modernize the DCT to achieve a shorter ship turnaround time, ability to handle larger vessels and an increased throughput.

Project Description

The Project primarily consists of procurement and installation of modern cranes and other cargo handling equipment.

Expected Benefits

The Project will allow the DCT to handle larger vessels with gross tonnage of more than 100,000 tons or 9,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit) capacity.

Environmental and Social Aspect

The land-based works are site-specific and expect to have moderate environmental and social impacts. However, the Project may include seaside works, including dredging of berths and channels, which can represent elevated environmental and social risks.

Hence, the Project is categorized as Category A in line with NDB’s Environment and Social Framework (ESF). Environmental and Social Impact Management Plan is developed for the Project to enhance community dialogue, improve transparency, and to fully comply with the country system requirements. Amongst other things, Transnet will be required to provide to NDB evidence of effective grievance mechanism, information disclosure and engagement with the community.

Financing Aspect

The total cost of the Project is estimated to be ZAR 12,000 million. Financing sources are as follows:

Source of Fund Amount (ZAR million)
New Development Bank
Other financing sources

The Project implementation will take 7 years from 2020 till the end of 2027. Procurement will be carried out by Transnet in accordance with its existing procurement procedures and applicable South African legislation.

Contacts NDB Borrower
Africa Regional Centre

Vivian Ramathuba

Nhlanhla Hlophe