oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Major port developments at Richards Bay with due regard to preserving the natural environment

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Since World War II South Africa has experienced a considerable industrial growth and this has resulted in the need for more and better harbour facilities. Particularly in view of the transport of bulk materials Richards Bay was chosen as the most suitable site for the establishment of a deep water port to serve the existing and future industrial areas of the Transvaal, the Northern Free State and Natal. Richards Bay consists of a large shallow bay connected to the sea by a shallow estuary channel through which tidal flow and marine organisms can move freely. The Umhlatuzi River flows into the bay and its flood waters are discharged to sea through the existing estuary channel.

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