The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has released a tender request for a pre-feasibility study into the rehabilitation and upgrade of equipment and infrastructure on the North-South Corridor (NSC).
The study will be used as a blueprint to grow freight and passenger volumes transported on the corridor and to reduce the cost of rail transportation through better pricing and service strategies. These strategies should ultimately increase the rail/port market share of freight moving on the NSC.
The study will also investigate innovative funding and business models that will allow rehabilitation and upgrade of the NSC. For the purposes of this scope of work document, the NSC is defined as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to and from Richards Bay or Durban (including the Botswana route) and will include assessments of rail, road, logistics hubs, intermodal nodes and ports.