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Is there intention of Transnet Freight Rail to concession any railway lines in Nelson Mandela Bay and/or the Eastern Cape

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Is there intention of Transnet Freight Rail to concession any railway lines in Nelson Mandela Bay and/or the Eastern Cape
02/11/2012

Question for written reply

Question no.: 3076

Date of publication: 02 November 2012

3076. Mr D C Smiles (DA) to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises:

Whether it is the intention of Transnet Freight Rail to concession any railway lines in (a) Nelson Mandela Bay and/or (b) the Eastern Cape; if not, why not; if so, (i) which lines will be commissioned and (ii) what are the relevant details, including when the concession(s) will occur?   NW3901E

Reply:

According to Transnet:

(a-b) Yes, Transnet Freight Rail intends to concession the narrow gauge railway lines in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Area and the Eastern Cape.  

(b)(i) The following lines in the Eastern Cape have been earmarked for concession:

  • Umtata Amabele line;
  • Sterkstroom Maclear;
  • Stormberg Rossmead lines;
  • Dreunberg Aliwal North to Barkley East lines;
  • Rossmead Klipplaat line;
  • Alicedale Grahamstown Port Alfred line; and
  • Barkley Bridge Alexandria line.

(b)(ii) The timelines for these concessions will be an outcome of the engagement processes with stakeholders.
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