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What is the MDS?

Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), will expandand modernise the country’s ports, rail and pipelines infrastructure over a period of seven years to promote economic growth in South Africa.

The main pillar of the MDS is the R300bn investment programme.

The MDS will make Transnet one of the biggest rail freight companies in the the world.

Rail volumes will increase from around 200 million tons to 350 million tons. 

 A switch from road to rail will reduce costs, congestion and carbon emissions


your guide to the



Transnet plays a pivotal role in supporting government’s drive for infrastructureinvestment-led economic growth.

The MDS will enable us to transport goods in a reliable, efficient
and cost-effective fashion.

Dear colleagues,

Siyabonga GamaWelcome to our Market Demand Strategy (MDS) guide. The MDS is a revolutionary transition in the life of Transnet. It marks a definitive move to demonstrate the role that state-owned enterprises should play in the development of our economy. In helping to restructure our economy, the MDS will also significantly change Transnet. We are poised to become one of the world’s largest freight logistics groups and freight hubs. This guide is a roadmap to the MDS. It provides a concise summation of our targets and how we intend to achieve them. Most importantly, it should serve as a daily reminder of why we all come to work at Transnet. In order to deliver on our promises and help grow the South African economy and contribute to a better life for our fellow citizens, we must double our efforts to make Transnet a people-centred, performance-driven, customer-focused organisation. We must make working for Transnet a calling – one to which we must all listen. In order for our plans to succeed, we require equally profound changes in ourselves, changes in how we think and operate. We must all make this journey together and I hope that you are as excited about these changes as I am. I therefore call on all of us to embrace the changes and work together to make our company and country a better place for us all.

Siyabonga Gama 
Group Chief Executive