South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is calling on port and rail developers to respond to its request for qualification (RFQ) for the design, funding and construction of a greenfield, deepwater port and associated infrastructure in the Northern Cape Province.

The RFQ also seeks a rail solution proposal, which will connect the port to the mining and industrial hubs in the province.

“The information sought through the RFQ is necessary for TNPA to chart a way forward in line with our strategic objective to operationalise a port in the region by 2026,” said TNPA programme director, Magenthran Ruthenavelu.

Ruthenavelu added: “Over and above the catalytic effect of new port and rail infrastructure to the local economy, the investment could also provide an additional, cost-effective channel to market for manganese exporters in the province. It will bring much-needed relief to emerging miners who are currently restricted by high road transportation costs and no access to current export channels due to capacity constraints.”