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Old December 14th, 2007, 11:05 AM   #1
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DUR | King Shaka International Airport

NAME: Dube Tradeport incorporating King Shaka International Airport
LOCATION: La Mercy, 36km north of Durban
STATUS: Planning
FLOORS: NA
HEIGHT: NA
USE: Mixed (Airport, trade, industrial, commercial, retail, hotel)


The Dube TradePort is a world-class airport development which combines the King Shaka International Airport (KSIA), a Trade Zone and a Cyberport. The Dube TradePort is a critical infrastructure development for South Africa, enhancing tourism and supporting exports. The Dube TradePort is designed to serve as a catalyst for economic development and sustainable job creation.

Situated on the east of South Africa, its location capitalises on the fast growing tourism and business travel demand within the region, underserved industrial property demand in the North Durban area, as well as the major freight corridor between Gauteng and the ports of Durban and Richards Bay.

The first phase of DTP is targeted to be fully operation by 2010 and will include the runway, passenger and cargo terminals, perishables centre and cyberport. This will accommodate the significant increase in passenger and freight volumes expected by this time, including the 2010 Soccer World Cup. It is also expected that certain new direct intercontinental air services will be introduced during 2010. Initial capacity will be 6,5million people and the airport will be 32 500m2 in extent.


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The Dube TradePort will be situated about 30 kilometres north of Durbanís city centre on the east coast of the province of KwaZulu-Natal. The province is home to 21% of South Africaís population and occupies almost 8% of the area. A stable business environment exists in KwaZulu-Natal and the province has one of the fastest growing economyís in South Africa. KwaZulu-Natal has a key competitive advantage due to the ports of Durban and Richards Bay. The vast majority of imports and exports leaving and entering South Africa come through these ports. The province is a significant tourist destination, particularly for domestic travellers.

The Dube TradePort will be connected to Durban and Richards Bay by the national N2 freeway, the R102 and a dual line rail link. The site of the development will be in the region of 3 000 hectares.

Objectives

The key objectives that the DTP will achieve are as follows:

- Creating airfreight logistical efficiencies within an integrated multi-modal national logistics platform

- Supporting high-value manufacturing, value-added logistics and perishables through co-location with logistics platform, creation of a competitive operating environment (including ICT services) and coordinated government support
- Driving tourism growth through access to direct international flights
- Addressing the inherent inadequacies of Durban International Airport (DIA)
- Tapping into the benefits of alternative uses of the DIA within an overall spatial and economic plan for the Southern Industrial Basin

In addition, the DTP is designed to maximise overall socio-economic benefits, including growing employment, increasing empowerment, alleviating poverty and providing broad access to infrastructure.

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Address at the occasion of Sod Turning of La Mercy Airport by Mr Jeff Radebe,MP Minister of Transport 14 September 2007 Durban

14 September 2007

Programme Director
MEC for Finance-Dr Zweli Mkhize
MEC for Transport and Safety liason-Bheki Cele
Ethekwini Executive Mayor-Obed Mlaba
Acsa CEO-Monhla Hlahla
Leaders of Ilembe Consortium
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

Todayís sod turning ceremony marks a watershed moment in our intensified efforts to meet the demand for airport infrastructure. This demand arose as a result of our buoyant economy and in anticipation of an influx of visitors to our shores for the 2010 Soccer World Cup and beyond. We are indeed pleased that a positive Record Of Decision (ROD) in respect of the environmental impact assessment has been attained. It is now as you have seen all systems go for the building of a new international airport and trade port here at La Mercy.

Construction of the facility began on August 24 following the announcement of the ROD by the Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Tourism on August 23. This ladies and gentlemen demonstrates the urgency and the seriousness with which we are endeavouring to get the country ready for 2010 and to put in place the much needed infrastructure.

It is our stated objective as the Government to invest in infrastructure development in all sectors of our economy as way of laying the platform for accelerated and shared growth. The investment in infrastructure, we believe, will facilitate accelerated economic growth in line with the Governmentís strategic objectives.

Furthermore, it goes without saying that the transport infrastructure is a key enabler of economic performance hence the numerous initiatives in this particular regard. Because of the location of the current Durban International Airport, expansion opportunities of the site have been limited. There has also been a perception that the 2.4km runway is too short for long haul aircraft, thus limiting the regionís economic and tourism potential.

The airport at the La Mercy site has been planned to be fully operational by 2010 and to have the capacity to handle 7.5 million passengers annually with a 3.7km runway that will accommodate long-haul and new generation aircraft such as the A380. It is envisaged that the airport will be expanded in the future so that is able to handle the projected 45 million passengers annually by 2060.

Ladies and gentlemen Durban, this beautiful city of Durban is already a very popular tourist hot spot and the new airport should go a long way in making travelling in and out of the city an enjoyable and hassle free experience.

Let me take this opportunity therefore and use this platform to congratulate Ilembe Consortium for winning the tender to design and build the new airport and Dube TradePort. With the construction and operation of the airport at the La Mercy site, many job and business opportunities will be created.

It is estimated that about 270 000 jobs will be created directly and indirectly as a result of this project. In addition to that, it is envisaged that this project will contribute positively to the National GDP on the back of about R7 billion in fixed investments and increased Government revenues and taxes of around R4.3 billion.

Therefore, it is very clear that our airports are an essential cog of the countryís transport system and have a crucial role to play particularly in respect of tourism. This sector of tourism is one of our countryís key launch pads for further economic development.

In addition, the new airport together with the auxiliary Dube Trade Port will enable growth in trade and business development. The port will serve as catalyst for economic growth and job creation in the region as it will among other things enable local exporters to effectively tap into global markets.

During the construction phase which has just started, business opportunities are abound and special emphasis will be placed on black economic empowerment in line with Government procurement policy. We, therefore, encourage previously disadvantaged entrepreneurs to take advantage of the procurement prospects flowing from this R7 billion project.

All the planning that went into this project has now borne fruit and I would like to thank all the stakeholders who made it possible for this project to take off.
I would also like to thank my Director-General, Ms Mpumi Mpofu and also thank managing director, Acsa Monhla Hlahla. Let me also thank MeC Zweli Mkhize for his political leadership and the CEO of the Dube Trade Port Rohan Persad.
I am also happy that we are launching this project as we begin with the countdown of 1000 days to the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.
The work we are doing here should bury whatever doubts that might still exist about our state of readiness for hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

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Old December 14th, 2007, 11:07 AM   #2
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First phase of Dube Tradeport gets under way
By: Esmarie Swanepoel
Published: 9 Nov 07 - 0:00

The Dube Tradeport, which incorporates the new international airport and trade zone, and agricultural zone in La Mercy, north of Durban, says that the contract for the design team for the Agri Zone should be awarded this month.

The design teams responsibility will entail conducting a detailed design of the area, drafting procurement documents, and providing professional engineering, financial, legal, and project management support for the selection of construction contractors, and the supervision and monitoring of the actual construction work.

Dube Tradeport project executive Hamish Erskine says the design team had to demonstrate skills and experience in the design and construction of bulk infrastructure, facility design, agricultural engineering and agribusiness development, and construction supervision and contract monitoring.

This was the key criterion that was considered in the evaluation process. Further, companies would also be evaluated on their price and their black economic-empowerment status, as well as the involvement of historically disadvantaged individuals in their project team. Erskine adds that the construction contract for the Agri Zone is also set to be awarded by 2008.

The Dube Tradeport is an economic development initiative that aims to be a catalyst for the develop- ment of a number of sectors, that would benefit from improvements in logistics infrastructure, says Dube Tradeport project coordinator Mlibo Bantwini. �€œThe perishable sector is one of the main sectors that would benefit from improved logistics and cold chain management systems. Globally, the perishables sector forms about 15% of the total air cargo market, making it the single biggest airfreight segment.

Bantwini says the Dube Trade-port intends to grow cargo volumes from a number of sectors that use airfreight, including perishables and other dry cargo sectors, such as electronics, auto components, and clothing and textiles.

The Dube Tradeport company has chosen to take a greater role in the development of the perishables sector beyond merely providing an export point for produce, because the sector has the potential to contribute to socioeconomic development, in a number of ways.

Bantwini says the Agri Zone aims to work in partnership with private- and public-sector roleplayers, to enable established commercial farmers, as well as emerging farmers, in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, and further afield, to become successful exporters of perishable products, through the provision of agricultural technology, airfreight capacity, and support services to the sector.

The focus of the Agri Zone will be on high-value, low-weight produce, on which consumers place a high premium on freshness. The produce should be harvested, sorted, packed, and transported within a 24-hour or 48-hour period, in order to increase shelf life, and guarantee freshness. This type of produce will include fresh flowers, fresh herbs, baby vegetables, lettuce, granadillas, and value-added products such as prepared salads.

The Agri Zone, says Bantwini, will comprise production infrastructure, such as greenhouses, shade nets, and open field farming, as well as postharvest and value-adding facilities, such as packhouses. Trading, in the form of retail markets, wholesale fresh produce markets, and nurseries, will also be supported.

Training facilities to provide producers with the necessary skills to meet international food safety standards will also be established, while research and experimental farming facilities will be used for development in the perishable sector. The Agri Zone will also incorpo- rate support facilities and infrastructure, such as distribution and materials handling facilities for postharvest, soil preparation, composting facilities, an irrigation dam, and a fertiliser distribution and storage area.

The total developable area for the Agri Zone is about 170 ha, and phase one is set to cost about R180-million, and should be implemented between 2008 and 2010. This phase will entail the develop- ment of protected agriculture areas, open field farming areas, and a post-harvest handling area, comprising packhouses, cold rooms, and storage facilities.

Under phase two, which will take place between 2010 and 2015, the greenhouse area and the open field farming area will increase. Other facilities that could form part of phase two include a plant propagation centre, an aquaculture production facility, and an essential oil production unit.

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu

Latest ariel picture of site with earth works & piling being done.

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Old December 15th, 2007, 04:52 PM   #3
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Yeah its starting to rise well now, so glad to see!
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Old December 16th, 2007, 01:05 PM   #4
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I read today that plans are already afoot to make the initial capacity 8,5million instead of the planned 7,5million so as to eliminate constant construction during the opening years.

Work is progressing well and work on the runways is ahead of schedule.

Roads works for the access routes has commenced and the N2 interchange will be starting shortly
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Old December 17th, 2007, 07:08 AM   #5
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nice

had to drop of a rental at the airport in 2002 in durban - poked around the airport a little while i waited for a bus to north beach area - seemed a little small - much needed project
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Old December 20th, 2007, 07:50 PM   #6
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Info from Romansa...



Okay, highlights from Pivot not really covered / hardly highlighted previously, include:

* Durban will reach 7 million pax by 2010. The 7.5 million capacity at KSIA was expected to be reached by 2015, and the airport capacity would be doubled by 2025 (i.e, to 15 million pax). If Durbs is to bid for the 2020 Olympics, as the Council has been hinting, methinks the proposed doubling expansion will happen before 2020.

* By 2060, there will parking space on the apron for 96 aircraft.

* Target products for the Dube Trade Port (DTP) incl. electronics, automotive components, textiles, clothing, and perishable goods. Principal target countries incl. the UK, Germany, UAE (via Dubai), and India (via Mumbai).

* KZN (with Durbs as its heart) has an amazing strategic advantage over every other province / city in the country in that:

* - KZN has 2 of the largest ports in Africa (with Durbs, of course, being the busiest)

* - KZN directly borders 3 provinces (Eastern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga), virtually borders powerhouse Guateng, and directly borders 3 countries (Mozambique, Swaziland, and Lesotho). Exporters from all these regions are expected to utilise the Tradeport (which will then pose a major threat to JHB).

* - Other provinces aside, KZN has a "particularly strong tradition in commercial and subsistence agricultural and fishing with an estimated 216,000 large and small-scale farmers (amongst the most of any province in the country)... Only a relatively few use airfreight". All will now have direct export opportunities.

* - the Tradeport will have a catchment area "touching 250,000 tons".

* - Annually, 90, 000 tons of goods from Durban's harbour are trucked to JHB airport for export. All this will now remain in Durbs and be flown out directly from here (again, a major knock for JHB airport; no wonder ACSA was so against KSIA; their current cash cow (ORT) will face major competition re: freight, let alone passenger traffic). Oh well, at least that will mean less truck traffic on the N3 from 2010!

* - KSIA will have 160,000 m2 cargo terminal vs. 39,000 for current DIA.

* - Dube trade zone will start off with 30ha, and eventually expand 10-fold to 300ha.

* - agrizone alone will comprise "115ha for the cultivation of high-value farming products and facilities... [such as training centres, research facilities, packhouses etc] to promote agricultrual production and export."

* several nodes surrounding the DPT will be released "to the private sector for the development of offices, business parks, commercial ventures, shopping centres, and hotels".

* The DTP alone (excl. KSIA) will boost Durban's GDP by 3.8% by 2010.

* DTP alone (excl. KSIA) will generate an additional 3.4% of employment for Durban.

* 2 decades later, DTP will be responsible for generating 13.7% of Durban's employment(!!!) and 22% of its GDP(!!!). GASP!

* By 2030, DTP will be responsible for 53, 885 jobs and inject R8.7b to Durban's GDP.

* DTP has modelled itself on Amsterdam-Schippol Airport City
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 02:47 AM   #7
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wow stunning airport!!!
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work on the terminal building

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ok my private chopper is not helping me take pics on a daily basis , so these from Dec will have to do.... u can see Durban in the distance in the first image

At present the terminal is rising and the control tower will be complete my mid year

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Some construction photos that I found.





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flew over the site on friday on way back from Johannesburg and it is looking mighty impress, was bummed i didnt have my camera to get some shots of it. So far it is 36% comeplete according to the construction companies website. The control tower is nearing completion and from what i saw the passenger terminal is rising well. The vehcile ramps and the like for the terminal building are nearly complete and work on the parking structures has also commenced.
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Originally posted in the South African forum by BRIKER - pics taken 2nd Sept







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La Mercy Update – August 2008

It is almost a year since the new international airport at La Mercy was issued the green light. Since that time to now the construction has made good progress and the airport is scheduled for completion by the 1st quarter of 2010. The multi billion rand project which has the making of an “aero city” is starting to look more like an airport than a construction site a year later.

With the terminal building construction generally on programme, the slabbing and concrete pouring of the arrivals and departure levels have been completed in June. The concrete pours of the airside corridor on the arrivals and departure levels have also been completed. While the construction is underway the professional teams are currently finalising the structural design including constant consultations with the design teams, architects and service providers in terms of building finishes, signage, way finding systems and lighting.

The construction of the basement surface beds of the multi storey park are well on track with the pile caps, ground beam, columns and shafts almost 80% completed. The design team involved with the construction of the cargo facility recently visited Dubai and Frankfurt to engage in a design workshop to ensure the facility at the La Mercy site is built to specifications and conforms to the requirements to meet the deadline of 2010.

The steelwork for the control tower has been completed together with the steel staircase and foundation work on the tower which has also commenced. The team is currently looking at the office layout and design which will be further consulted with Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) before it is finally signed off. The slab of the 1st floor of the Fire and Rescue building has been cast, with the construction of the drainage and training facility about to commence.

The construction of the 3.7km runway and associated taxiways is progressing well with cable ducts details across the runways are in the process of being set out. The designs for the Alpha, Bravo and Charlie aprons have been completed together with 75% of the bulk earth works to the alpha taxiway. At this stage 7 out of the 10 taxiways have been cleared and grubbed of all topsoil.

Sean van der Valk, ACSA Project Manager said, “ While the construction phase of the airport is being accelerated the teams are concurrently finalising some of the specialist areas which include, electrics, IT systems, cargo handling design, baggage handling sortation system and air bridge design.”

Sean also went on to say, “These associated services are crucial to the delivery of the airport. That is essentially why we are running most of the construction phases and specialist areas in tandem. This will assist us to synchronise the various critical path areas with design and development of the entire project.”

The over 100 park homes which provides office and operational space for over 2300 contractors, subcontractors and service providers, is a hive of activity on a daily basis at the site. As the pace of the construction is gaining momentum by the week, the “construction site” will soon be a world class airport facility.

Material Quantity Equivalent to:
Runway & Taxiways 400 000 m2 100 Soccer Pitches
Terminal Floor Area 103 000 m2 27 Soccer Pitches
Earthworks 5.8 Million m3 2500 Olympic Swimming Pools
Concrete 100 000 m3 50 Olympic Swimming Pools
Structural Steel 4 700 tonnes Ĺ the Eiffel Tower
Asphalt 230 000 tonnes 35 Km of 4 lane highway
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Thanks, what makes it more outstanding is that what ever work you seeing those pics were just done in less than 7 months due to on going court cases between a rival construction consortium and DTP
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it is impressive pace. Work is supposed to be complete end of next year, with the internal testing and commisioning taking place thereafter, for opening in March 2010, 3 months before the 2010 world cup.
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Originally posted by Ron2K in the South African forum

DTP website has some photos up in PDF format. It's dated 30th July - if that was the progress two months ago, it's very impressive.

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Nice & ambitious project! What will happen with the actual airport?
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