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
Rail infrastructure

Rail infrastructure

Our vision for improved rail services includes new elements of service reliability, while rolling stock models will be upgraded and refined to provide a better representation of journey times, dwell times and turnaround times. Corridor services will offer end-to-end solutions, thus aligning mainline upgrades with train-handling requirements at the endpoints.

30-year rail infrastructure investment:

R167 billion

30-year rolling stock infrastructure investment:

R283 billion
  • Resourcing fundamentals
    Align infrastructure with freight type.
  • Improve operational characteristics.
  • Ensure network connectivity.
  • Standardise infrastructure.
  • Align with Prasa/non-Transnet operator requirements.
  • Match capacity to demand.
  • Develop regional integration.
Port infrastructure

Port infrastructure

We envisage new port sites along South Africa’s coast, with sustainable approaches for future port development. Ports will harness the value of leading-edge emerging digital technologies. Durban’s container capacity planning will be revised and a more comprehensive suite of import options will be devised for natural gas through the port system. This landscape will also consider the potential port and pipeline infrastructure required to import and distribute gas in South Africa, including Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRUs) power barges and land-based power generation.

30-year port infrastructure investment:

R226 billion
  • Resourcing fundamentals
    Improve infrastructural and operational efficiency.
  • Maximise port zone functions.
  • Develop back-of-port logistics areas to increase port capacity.
  • Integrate and align port and rail capacity planning.
  • Maintain flexibility to respond to changing technological and economic conditions.
  • Respond to environmental opportunities and constraints.
  • Develop regional integration.
  • Port system-wide capital investment.
  • Align with planning initiatives of key stakeholders.
Pipeline and Gas infrastructure

Pipeline and Gas infrastructure

Transnet will identify new pipeline, terminal and storage investment opportunities in South Africa. We envisage much improved planning across the liquid fuel system as a result of better engagement with key stakeholders such as Government, oil majors and historically disadvantaged South Africans. Sustainable infrastructure will consider rehabilitation, reuse and optimisation of existing infrastructure. Transnet will enjoy successful partnerships with other gas roleplayers. Transnet Infrastructure Planning will also be upgraded to meet the fast-evolving gas energy landscape, with due consideration for the drivers of natural gas use and other Government initiatives.

30-year pipeline and gas infrastructure investment:

R38 billion
  • Resourcing fundamentals
    Align with the planning initiatives of local, provincial and national Government, and other key stakeholders.
  • Maintain flexibility to respond to changing technological and economic conditions.
  • Respond to environmental opportunities and constraints in a sustainable manner.
  • Follow a common user principle in developing an integrated liquid fuels supply system.
  • Provide a logical range of facilities to meet local as well as hinterland demand.
  • Integrate and align pipeline with port and oil terminal capacity planning.
  • Maintain the flexibility to respond to changing technological and economic conditions.
  • Meet the market demand and provide equitable access and capacity for all parties that want to participate in the oil and gas business sector.
  • Facilitate the DoE’s security of supply objectives to comply with the Petroleum Pipeline Act and the Gas Act.
  • Improve infrastructural and operational efficiencies and reduce transport and logistics costs.
Africa expansion
Africa expansion

Africa expansion

Transnet envisages multiple rail, port and pipeline projects on the continent, facilitated through Transnet International Holdings. Specific strategies are developed around areas of interest. The regional freight system benefits from deeper integration and enhanced connectivity. Transnet continues to participate in the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) Business Foundation, Southern African Railways Association, Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa and other regional forums.

Africa expansion

The Transnet of tomorrow


  • Renewable energy smart grid
  • Electric vehicle (EV) recharge infrastructure
  • Concentrated solar power (CSP)
  • Energy system transformation
  • Coastal wind energy supports ‘Green Port’
  • Scale up rooftop solar PV
  • Pilot rooftop solar PV


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Augmented reality
  • Integrated into satellite
  • Drone surveillance
  • Broadband
  • Microwave transmitters
  • Customercentric platform
  • Blockchain application
  • Internet of Things
  • Social activism ‘must fall’ campaigns
  • Fibre optic backbone
  • Digital-led innovation


  • Declining growth in petroleum demand
  • Water pipelines
  • Desalination facilities
  • Catalyse biofuels industry
  • Gas bunkering
  • Rapidly advancing environmental regime
  • Gas pipelines
  • LNG import terminals
  • Petroleum pipelines


  • Declining commodity demand
  • Road-to-rail modal shift well advanced
  • Autonomous road freight system
  • Drone freight system
  • ‘Uberisation’ of mobility system
  • Road-to-rail modal shift
  • Conversion to 25k Kv AC traction strategy
  • Distributed power technology adopted for most corridors to provide the most optimal operating model
  • Road railer freight


  • Industrial scale 3D printing
  • Waste stream optimisation and upcycling
  • Automisation impacts job opportunities
  • Upstream energy infrastructure
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Drone manufacturing
  • Wayside energy storage system
  • Locomotive manufacturing


  • Meteorological big data analytics
  • Waste trading digital platform
  • Drone pilot training
  • New competencies
  • Biodiversity ecosystem services
  • Advisory services
  • Tourism marketing