DHL spends R126m for new warehouse at OR Tambo
CAPE TOWN - DHL GLOBAL Forwarding is investing R126.5 million into a new 13 000 square metre facility in Skypark Business Estate near OR Tambo International Airport.
The additional warehouse space of 10 000m² doubles existing capacity, a statement from DHL Global Forwarding said yesterday.
DHL Global Forwarding South Africa MD Clement Blanc said while it was too early to fully grasp the economic impact of the current pandemic, their confidence in investing ahead of the curve was supported by the group’s diverse service portfolio and long established foothold in Africa.
“As the world’s largest area moves toward economic integration, our 5-year strategy to sharpen our core business offerings and accelerate digitalisation will further our growth in the region and specifically, in South Africa,” he said.
The warehouse would include a specialised cold chain facility of three adjustable temperature controlled refrigerators geared to handle life science and health-care products in and out of SA.
The warehouse would also support other value added services, including cross-docking, storage for air, ocean and road freight services, and a platform for break-bulk cargo.
Blanc said even though the South African economy was expected to inch forward by about 1-2 percent in the next two years, industry observers were optimistic that the government’s commitment to improve investment and efforts to revitalise townships and industrial parks would reap much-needed benefits.