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President to open new cruise terminal in Durban

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President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Wednesday, 22 November 2023, deliver the keynote address at the inauguration of the Nelson Mandela cruise terminal in Durban.

In 2019, Mediterranean Cruise Company (MSC) Cruises entered into a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with Transnet to design, build and operate a new cruise terminal at the Durban port.

The company’s vision for the terminal was a modern and tech-savvy facility that would provide a seamless experience for guests.

The multi-user terminal has made Durban an even more desirable destination for cruise ships from all over the world.

70% of procurement relating to the terminal has been sourced in South Africa. In addition, all consultants and experts are South African, including architects, engineers, attorneys, and the construction company. 

This launch event is a significant showcase of MSC cruises’ firm commitment to the KwaZulu Natal Region and to South Africa as a whole.

The initial investment into the terminal was a total of R 296.7 million and in 2023, a further R30 million investment has been invested for further expansion.

MSC Cruises believes the required expansion of the terminal is a positive indicator of the increased demand for cruising in the country.

The terminal opening will be attended by government and private sector partners, tourism partners, media and MSC cruises executives. 

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 22 November 2023
Time: 17h00 (Media to arrive)
Venue: Nelson Mandela Cruise Terminal, Durban 

Members of the media are requested to confirm their attendance with Ms Thango Gombiza on 010 980 0672 or on or before 21 November 2023 at 12h00 midday. 

Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President –

Issued by: The Presidency