Transnet Online Integrated Report 2017
Market Demand Strategy (MDS) themes
  • Financial sustainability
  • Capacity creation and maintenance
  • Market segment competitiveness
  • Operational excellence
  • Human capital
  • Organisational readiness
  • Sound governance and ethics
  • Constructive stakeholder relations
  • Sustainable developmental outcomes
Sustainable Developmental Outcomes (SDOs)
  • Employment
  • Skills development
  • Industrial capability building
  • Investment leveraged
  • Regional integration
  • Transformation
  • Health and safety
  • Community development
  • Environmental stewardship
The Capitals
  • Financial Capital
  • Manufactured Capital
  • Intellectual Capital
  • Human Capital
  • Social and Relationship Capital

Market Demand Strategy (MDS)

Transnet remains committed to the MDS and its principle of meeting validated market demand through new capacity and infrastructure, with the Capital Investment Plan as a key enabler. The MDS, now in its sixth year, aligns with the Shareholder’s priorities in the annual Shareholder’s Compact

Market Demand Strategy

Market Demand Strategy

MDS evolution
Progress on the MDS
Transnet invested R145 billion (excluding intangibles) in the past five years, and expects to invest a further R229,2 billion by 2024. Current capacity remains ahead of demand across much of the freight system. The MDS aims to grow rail volumes to 273 mtpa by 2024. This increased capacity will be achieved through operational efficiencies, sustaining current infrastructure and rolling stock, and by creating additional capacity for validated demand.
While still committed to a counter-cyclical investment strategy, our implementation of the MDS in the current economic climate requires more agility. Accordingly, we assess and rephase key programmes and projects in response to changes in global and domestic markets. To accelerate growth, the Board of Directors of new revenue streams, including appropriate acquisitions, and funding for the Company’s geographical expansion into the rest of Africa.
MDS strategic thrusts

Transnet’s future success is underpinned by its culture and behaviours. We must hold a clear vision of a shared and prosperous future in which we pursue excellence in all we do, have an openness to learn and the discipline to deliver consistently high performance outcomes. Transnet has introduced four MDS strategic thrusts to drive an organisational culture that can thrive amid exponential change.

Interconnected elements of the MDS

The table below demonstrates the connectivity between our MDS strategic imperatives, commercial drivers and outcomes, and the value created for the economy through our Sustainable Developmental Outcomes (SDOs):