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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR A TRANSACTION ADVISOR FOR THE KOMATIPOORT DRYPORT BUSINESS PLAN ON FUTURE EXPANSION INTO A LOGISTICS ACTIVITY PRECINCT 1. Background

Maputo Development Corridor (MDC) as a Programme intends to stimulate regional cooperation economic growth and integration between South Africa and Mozambique. The programme intends to realize the implementation of sustainable socio-economic development projects. It has created new opportunities for both countries and specifically the provinces and municipalities falling within the artificial buffer. The Corridor links the Industrial Hub of Gauteng province from the South African side and the Maputo harbour in Maputo Province of Mozambique. Maputo Development Corridor project was initiated for a number of specific objectives which constitute a mixture of “enabling factors” (e.g. investment in transport infrastructure and creating an enabling environment for economic growth and development) and “desired outcomes” (e.g. positive macro- and social economic impacts that are sustainable). The Corridor cut across Mpumalanga Province from the South West (Gauteng Province) to the East (Maputo province in Mozambique) and covers a 50km radius. It has two subCorridors towards the South from Witbank to Secunda and the other one towards the North from Nelspruit to Phalaborwa. The three District municipalities forms part of the Corridor and several municipalities within each district are directly affected. The key projects of the Corridor are the transport and telecom infrastructure .The transport infrastructure within Mpumalanga ranges from Delmas Municipality in the South West to Nkomazi Municipality in the East. The N4 toll road which forms an economic spine in Mpumalanga province forms part of the transport infrastructure. The Komatipoort Dryport, located outside Komatipoort has been identified as a hub for the future development of a logistics activity precinct, which would stimulate future economic growth if the current facility were to be redeveloped. The facility is located next to the N4 highway, between Malelane and Komatipoort.

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Objectives and Project scope

The Dryport is located on land, which through a 30 year lease agreement is currently owned and operated by Mr Piet van Dyk and Partners. The Dryport currently
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accommodates a Weight Bridge, Customs Agents, Clearing Agents and a Filling Station. The activities appear to generate sufficient income to sustain the facility with a limited permanent employee base and ongoing maintenance of the existing facilities. It is evident that limited capital investment has thus far been made to modernise the current facilities. The Mpumalanga Provincial Government through the Maputo Corridor Development Flagship Programme is considering facilitating further investment in the redevelopment of the Dryport. In view of the fact that there are several legal, financial and future operational control considerations which would have to be taken into account before funding is made available, it has become necessary to appoint a Transaction Advisor to assist the Flagship Programme in achieving its objective. The scope of work envisaged for the Transaction Advisor will include but is not limited to: • Facilitation and liaison with all the relevant stakeholders; • Optimising the legal arrangements that would have to be determined between the stakeholders; • Liaising with legal representatives of the Komatipoort Dryport to derive the best possible future legal arrangement that would be deemed appropriate for an investment of the nature envisaged; • Identifying the best financial model that would be applicable to an investment of this nature; • Liaising with the Flagship Programme’s Project Management Unit on matters related to the investment that is being considered; • Liaising with the financial representatives of the Komatipoort Dryport to derive the best possible future financial arrangement that would be deemed appropriate to the needs of both the Department and the operators of the Dryport; • Liaising with all stakeholders to derive the best operational model that could be applied to a future redeveloped Dryport.

3. Project Outputs
The output of the project is estimated to be as follows: Output Deliverables (1) Legal Aspects 1. Identified issues related to land and buildings; 2. Developed appropriate scenarios for future ownership 3. Developed compromise solutions with minimal legal complications; 4. Facilitate the finalisation of the preferred legal option; (2) Financial Aspects 1. Identified investment options that could be appropriate to all stakeholders; 2. Developed scenarios for viable financial models that could be applied to an investment consideration of this nature; 3. Developed effective financial arrangements that would be applied to the proposed models; 4. Facilitate the implementation of the most appropriate model; (3) Operational Aspects 1. Identify operational aspects that
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would apply to the legal and financial framework implemented; 2. Derive the optimal operational model that would be acceptable to all stakeholders;

4. Time frame
The project is expected to take a period of four (4) months. The service provider will be expected to propose a project schedule and milestones.

5. Evaluation
It should be noted that bidders that comply with the BBBEE certification will be given preference according to their levels of certification. In addition, locally based Consultants or Consortia which include locally based Consultants will be also be given preference in the evaluation of this proposal. In order to ensure that the evaluation is as holistic and as fair as possible service providers are requested to submit the following information with their proposals: • • • • • • • • project team and contact information; time schedule with deliverables and the costs to meet the deliverables in the requisite timeframe; estimate of hours for each member of the team/consortium in their specific areas of expertise clearly stated in the financial proposal; company profiles and concise CV’s of key members of the team; indication of specific projects undertaken of a similar nature, specify client, date and value; three referees for the most recently completed work for each member of the consortium with contact numbers; statement of employment equity profiles of each member of the consortium; tax clearance certificates

6. Changes to brief
The service provider may wish to suggest a different approach to this study from that advocated above. Any additions or omissions should be clearly stated. The financial cost of each proposed change should be separately identified - so that the financial evaluations of different consortia can be compared on an equitable basis. Likewise, the consortium may wish to propose a different schedule of payments. The justification for all alterations be they technical or financial will be considered by the client.

7. Formal contract
It will be expected of the successful service provider to enter into a formal contract with the client as soon as possible after receipt of the letter of acceptance. In this contract, further details regarding the scope of the project, methodology, time-frames, deliverables, payments, etc. will be set out to both parties satisfaction.

8. Contact Details
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Name Tel Fax E-mail

: JC Greyling : (012) 564 5259 : (012) 564 5301 : jgreyling@aidc.co.za

9. Submissions
Proposals are to be submitted electronically in PDF format.

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Closing Date

The closing date for submissions is 24 April 2009 at 12h00.

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