Musina Intermodal Terminal

Development of the MIT came in the wake of the South African government’s designation of the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ).  It is located in the town of Musina on the N1 national road, some 15 kilometers from the Beitbridge border post with Zimbabwe.

At present the MIT can handle up to 3 million tons of cargo per annum, both bulk and containerised.  This annual capacity can be increased to some 8 million tons with a relatively low capital investment.

We have already secured funding in excess of R180m from the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) for the planned growth.

Besides providing strategic guidance in terms of developing inter-regional trade, the IDC has made significant investments in mining ventures located along the North-South Corridor stretching from the DRC to Durban, and in promoting the Musina Makhado SEZ. 

While focused on ensuring the most appropriate transport mode is utilised for the specific cargo types from origin to destination, we at the MIT aim to migrate cargo flows from road to rail, where commercially sustainable.

The MIT complex comprises four designated areas, i.e. the Musina station property, a concrete pad, a covered warehouse and a hardstand facility.  All four areas are interlinked with rail lines, connected to South Africa’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) main line.

In striving to deliver both innovative and comprehensive value-adding solutions to clients, we have successfully managed to have the facility classified as a Special Storage Warehouse, i.e. a bonded store.

With Transnet as a key partner in developing the MIT, the capability and capacity exist to efficiently trans-ship cargo from one mode to another, with a short-term target of handling approximately 2.1 million tons of cargo per year onto rail.

In line with Transnet’s market demand strategy (MDS), its Transnet Freight Rail division (TFR) is actively working with terminal operators and partners, in this instance the MIT, to design appropriate rail and intermodal solutions to migrate road volumes to rail.  Moreover, TFR property is being incorporated in the MIT complex under a lease agreement.

Important to note is that the Barberry Group, an established materials handling and rail logistics management company and a major shareholder in the MIT, supports the MIT management in its close working relationship with TFR to extract efficiencies from the rail system and thereby lower the costs of logistics. 

In addition, two other established Musina-based businesses, Lionshare Holdings, and Musina Associated Carriers, a transport and logistics company, are key stakeholders and promotors of the MIT, all closely aligned with the SEZ’s strategic objectives of boosting the entire Southern African region’s industrialisation and manufacturing capacity.

This is to be achieved through accelerated economic growth, development, increased domestic and foreign direct investment, value-added exports, job creation and building regional industrial hubs.

Musina Map

Beitbridge Intermodal Terminal

MIT has secured a long-term, exclusive use of a significant section of the rail terminal located in Beitbridge from the National Railways of Zimbabwe – the Beitbridge Intermodal Terminal (BIT).  In addition to the hard stand loading area measuring in total 15,000m2, there is a covered warehouse on the property measuring 500 m2.  MIT will handle, load and manage a range of cargos through BIT, including export citrus, chrome concentrate, copper concentrate, copper cathode, grains, chemical and nickel sand, amongst others.  BIT is strategically positioned so as to ensure that cross-border cargo movements can be expedited and border delays significantly reduced through innovative intermodal solutions. 

Beitbridge Map

The benefits:

We at MIT are committed to removing a significant portion of cargo from the road network and transferring it to rail transport where commercially sustainable.  Not only will this initiative reduce logistics costs, but also road congestion.  Importantly, it will preserve the road infrastructure enhance safety for road users and bring about socio-economic and environmental benefits through a reduced carbon footprint.

With current annual cross border road traffic volumes of all cargo types estimated at approximately 11 million tons, MIT is seeking to initially migrate 10% of this volume onto rail. The MIT initiative will ultimately result in creating 75 new permanent jobs. It is envisaged that other job opportunities will be created when volume throughput increases.