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South Africa’s Transnet to Deepen Durban Port to Accommodate Larger Ships

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September 11, 2018

Port of Durban. Photo: michaeljung / Shutterstock

reuters logoBy Tanisha Heiberg JOHANNESBURG, Sept 11 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Transnet said on Tuesday it will spend 7 billion rand ($464 million) to deepen berths at Africa’s biggest container terminal in the port city of Durban to accommodate larger vessels.

Transnet, which operates nearly three-quarters of the African rail network, the bulk of which is in South Africa, aims to complete the work by 2023, it said in a statement.

Transnet said the project at the Durban port, which handles around 65 percent of South Africa’s container cargo, will include the reconstruction, deepening and lengthening of berths 203 to 205 for the larger ships.

The state-owned logistics firm has been embroiled in allegations of corruption involving procurement contracts worth around 54 billion rand.

It placed its chief executive and two other senior officials on suspension in August pending investigations. ($1 = 15.1125 rand) (Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg Editing by James Macharia)

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