oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Richards Bay railway and harbour complex - present and future economic benefit to the country
An integrated transport infrastructure complex of the magnitude of the Richards Bay project, comprising a 509-km railway line linking South Africa's rich coal reserves with a modern deep-water harbour, will certainly have numerous benefits for the entire country. Firstly it unlocks a relatively underdeveloped part of the country for further economic exploitation and secondly it provides South Africa's mineral resources with a gateway to world markets. The foreign exchange expected to be generated by these exports will, over the longer term, strengthen South Africa's balance of payments position considerably.
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