The 'Gateway to Africa' Concept: Prospects for a Transshipment Hub at Musinain Limpopo Province Logistics Challenges in Optimising Inter-Regional Intermodal Freight Traffic

The paper argues that the proposed Musina transshipment hub in Limpopo Province, South Africa, is a viable solution in supporting efficiency, agglomeration economies and unprecedented investment and growth with equity in southern Africa. The ‘Gateway to Africa’ concept will act as a fillip to and a key driver for sustained economic activities, provide impetus for and unlock economic value in the region particularly for land-locked economies. The north-south corridor (from the Copperbelt of southern DR Congo and northern Zambia to the port of Dar es Salaam in the northeast through Zimbabwe to Gauteng in South Africa) is the busiest corridor in southern Africa endowed with significant volumes of freight. Currently, upwards of 600 trucks per day transit the border post with tremendous difficulty. Owing to the effects of increased value of commodities, especially metals and minerals, the north-south corridor is expected to get a lot busier, the impact of which would be, for example, the further reduction of throughput, exponential increment in turnaround time, thereby inflating costs and thus negatively impacting on trade, growth and development. The paper draws from an innovative desktop literature analysis exercise. The analytical framework provides a platform for intra and inters understanding of the transshipment issues relevant to the border including implications for the transport gateway concept in the region. The paper concludes by noting that if African countries are to reach levels of economic growth needed to reduce poverty in a sustainable manner, increased levels of public and private investment must take place in strategic productive sectors. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the transportation infrastructure sector that undergirds a transshipment hub.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 190-206
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of 1st National Conference on Intermodal Transportation: Problems, Practices, and Policies

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  • Accession Number: 01495254
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 9 2013 10:47AM