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Port Elizabeth Car Terminal sets new record amid expansion project

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2022 The Port Elizabeth Car Terminal has moved 5 700 export vehicles in a single vessel.  This is the highest volume ever moved through the terminal, including the previous record of 4 500 export units moved in a single vessel, set in September, 2019. 

TNPA embarks on ambitious R9.1bn seven-year infrastructure development programme 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2022 Further to Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) “reimagined” operational model, launched in November last year, and increased efficiency initiatives that are under way, the State-owned utility has announced it will spend R9.1-billion over the next seven years on capital projects in the... 

Port of Ngqura
Port of Ngqura

Reform, State capability, corruption must be addressed before South Africa can progress – Mavuso

By: Donna Slater     24th June 2022 Three critical issues stand in the way of South Africa moving forward in terms of developing and attracting investment, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso said at the Southern Africa France Business Forum on June 22. Hosted by Business France, French Foreign Trade Advisors and the... 

An image of Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso

Opportunities abound in transport, logistics if challenges can be addressed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2022 There are considerable challenges facing the country’s commuter transport, freight and logistics sectors, which are impeding economic growth; however, there are signs of improvement. This was a key message from speakers during a transport and logistics panel discussion, on day two of the... 

Operation Vulindlela making progress in driving priority structural reforms  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st June 2022 The Presidency’s Operation Vulindlela (OV) has made markable process on accelerating implementation of priority structural reforms since its establishment in October 2020. Presidency project management office head Rudi Dicks addressed delegates during the Manufacturing Indaba, held in Sandton on... 

Solar PV panels
Presidency private office director Saul Musker explains how far Operation Vulindlela has come with assisting structural reform

UAE to build Red Sea port in Sudan in $6 billion investment package

By: Reuters     21st June 2022 The United Arab Emirates will build a new Red Sea port in Sudan as part of a $6-billion investment package, DAL group chairperson Osama Daoud Abdellatif, a partner in the deal, told Reuters. Abdellatif said the package includes a free trade zone, a large agricultural project and an imminent... 

Impact of disruptive weather on supply chain requires mitigation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st June 2022 Weather conditions in KwaZulu-Natal in April disrupted the entire supply chain, and while this is slowly being restored to normality, there are considerably direct and consequential costs to the region and country, and a full recovery will take much time, law firm Bowmans ports, transport and... 

Supply chain blockages must end – SAAFF

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2022 South Africa cannot afford the massive and continued knock-on effects from disruptions to the national supply chain caused by truck driver blockades on the N3 to and from the Port of Durban, as was again seen last week, says the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF)... 

Image of traffic on the N3

Faced with government ineptitude, Cape Town is going it alone

By: Bloomberg     17th June 2022  As South Africa’s government struggles to provide sufficient electricity, public transport and other basic services, the country’s main tourist hub is increasingly going it alone. Cape Town, which has been led by the opposition Democratic Alliance since 2006, is forging ahead with plans to... 

An image showing a view of Cape Town from Table Mountain

N3 protest: Supply chain under attack, cost to economy more than R300m

By: News24Wire      17th June 2022 The Road Freight Association wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday to ask him to to urgently intervene in an ongoing blockade of key cargo routes across the country. In an open letter, Road Freight Association CEO Gavin Kelly told Ramaphosa road freight companies were being targeted and... 

N3 protest: Supply chain under attack, cost to economy more than R300m

May marks a good month for automotive exports, says terminal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2022 The East London Terminal recorded a 67% increase in container volumes at the end of May. The terminal originally budgeted for the handling of 3 058 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) but ended up moving 5 131 TEUs. 

The East London car terminal
The East London car terminal

Gordhan gives Transnet a pat on the back for progress made on repairs in KZN

By: Darren Parker     14th June 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has commended State-owned Transnet on what he called “significant progress” in the undertaking of repairs to operational areas damaged by the April floods in KwaZulu-Natal, which were declared a national disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The repair... 

A repaired railway line in KwaZulu-Natal

New cement production capacity in Africa might be preferable to high transport costs

By: Darren Parker     10th June 2022 The rapidly rising cost of transport means that adding additional cement production capacity in Africa might be worth considering going forward. Before the outbreak of Covid-19, a long-term decline in shipping costs and the relative price of imported cement, which was also expected to gradually... 

cement handling in plant

Moody’s raises alarm on Transnet, puts it on notice for downgrade

By: News24Wire      9th June 2022 The credit ratings agency Moody's has placed most of Transnet’s credit ratings on review for a downgrade. Moody’s says it has become increasingly concerned over the Transnet's exposure to weak liquidity management and high refinancing risk. 

Refurbished Saldanha Bay harbour development to benefit local economy, communities – De Lille

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th June 2022 “Today marks a historic day as we bring the major refurbishment programme to the 13 Proclaimed Fishing Harbours (PFHs) in the Western Cape to the value of over [R500-million] to culmination,” Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille said in a statement on June 7. De Lille and... 

Sandock Austral Shipyards introduces port feeder barge to the local market

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2022 Sandock Austral Shipyards has launched a port feeder barge that it believes will “revolutionise the way containers are handled in South African ports”, ultimately leading to less road congestion and faster turnaround times for imports and exports. The internationally patented, German-designed... 

Image of the port feeder barge

New export route for Botswana coal

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2022 Grindrod’s Matola terminal at the Port of Maputo says it has welcomed its second coal train from Botswana. The terminal also managed to successfully discharge the 50 wagons using the terminal’s tipplers. The first train arrived at the port in April, marking a milestone for Grindrod’s Mozambican... 

CDC, Orion Engineered Carbons celebrate sod turning festival at Coega SEZ

By: Darren Parker     30th May 2022 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has jointly hosted a sod-turning ceremony with new global investor Orion Engineered Carbons (OEC) to demonstrate the success of the CDC’s 9 003 ha Coega special economic zone (SEZ) in the Eastern Cape as a preferred investment destination in Africa. OEC... 

OEC CE Corning Painter
OEC CE Corning Painter

South African terms of trade boon provides unique opportunity for the economy

By: Darren Parker     27th May 2022 South Africa is currently enjoying a terms of trade boon, with export prices outpacing import prices, market research firm Intellidex director and capital markets research head Peter Attard Montalto said on May 25. “It’s an unusual situation, driven by metals prices and helped by the fact that... 

Truck and fruit
South Africa is currently a net exporter of food

Port of Maputo unveils rehabilitated berths

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2022 Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi in May inaugurated 1 058 m of rehabilitated berthing area – comprising berths 6, 7, 8 and 9 – at the Port of Maputo. The berths, rehabilitated, expanded and dredged to depths of up to 16 m, are now fully operational, allowing the port to receive and load... 

Sunrise Energy reveals significant growth in LPG volumes at terminal

By: Darren Parker     23rd May 2022 Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) terminal operator Sunrise Energy has revealed its latest data on LPG imported through its independent terminal at Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape. Sunrise operates the LPG import terminal under exclusive concession from the Transnet National Ports Authority,... 

LPG tanks arrive on ship

Is the steel master plan delivering?  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about whether the steel master plan is delivering; the lack of demand that is negatively impacting on the industry and how localisation could help to boost demand; and the electricity supply and rail and port... 

Photo of Terence Creamer
Is the steel master plan delivering?

CGA calls for Public Enterprises budget to address private sector ownership at ports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2022 The Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA) is hoping Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan will use his 2022/23 budget speech to address the challenges at South Africa's ports. Delays and backlogs at the ports are threatening the longer-term sustainability and profitability of the citrus... 

Grindrod and partners create new export route for Botswana coal  

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2022 Grindrod’s Matola terminal at the Port of Maputo says it has welcomed its second coal train from Botswana. The terminal also managed to successfully discharge the 50 wagons using the terminal’s tipplers. The first train arrived at the port in April, marking a milestone for Grindrod’s Mozambican... 

Image of a coal stacker

Grindrod Shipping to sell tanker for $30m

By: Darren Parker     18th May 2022 JSE- and Nasdaq-listed global maritime transportation services company Grindrod Shipping has entered into a contract to sell its 2016-built medium-range product tanker Matuku for $30-million. Grindrod Shipping predominantly owns and operates a diversified fleet of owned and long-term and... 

A docked Grindrod shipping vessel

Port of Maputo unveils rehabilitated berths; new masterplan looks at further expansion 

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2022 Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi last week inaugurated 1 058 m of rehabilitated berthing area – comprising berths 6, 7, 8 and 9 – at the Port of Maputo. The berths, rehabilitated, expanded and dredged to depths of up to –16 m, are now fully operational, allowing the port to receive and... 

Image of the Port of Maputo
The Port of Maputo

Vessel backlogs cleared at Cape Town Container Terminal

By: Darren Parker     4th May 2022 The combination of consenting weather, an improved equipment reliability programme and increased human resources has cleared vessel backlogs at the Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT), State-owned Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) said in a statement on May 4. “Vessels are now able to berth on... 

WPIC encourages investment in platinum in Earth Day message

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2022 Industry organisation the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) is encouraging investment in and use of platinum-based technologies that are helping to support greener operations, industries and economies. In a short video marking Earth Day, WPIC chief administrative officer David Badham says... 

Durban car terminal volumes jump on used and budget-car imports

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2022 The Durban Car Terminal (DCT) has set a new yearly record of handling 531 755 fully built-up units over the 12-month period ended March 31.  The recovery from Covid-19 is happening sooner than expected in the automotive industry, with car hire companies refleeting as the domestic hospitality... 

KZN floods force Grindrod to suspend operations at five sites for weeks

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2022 JSE-listed freight and logistics group Grindrod says its container depots, terminals and warehouse facilities in and around central Durban have been heavily impacted on by the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal, with operations at five sites suspended – “and likely to be so for several weeks”. “We... 

CGA welcomes efforts to get Durban port, related infrastructure up and running

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2022 Industry association the Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa (CGA) says it is encouraged by the work done by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), Transnet and the eThekwini municipality to reopen the Durban port. The arterial Bayhead road has been partially reopened ahead of... 

Supply chain bottlenecks to persist throughout 2022, leading to sharp goods price increases – Cargo Compass

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2022 Global supply chain backlogs are showing no signs of easing and are likely to worsen for the rest of the year, leading to even higher prices of consumer and commercial goods in South Africa, warns Cargo Compass South Africa (SA) CEO Sebastiano Iorio. “At the start of this year, we were hopeful... 

Durban harbour is fully functional, Gordhan says 

By: Darren Parker     19th April 2022 From the perspective of State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), Durban harbour is fully functional, with gradual improvements expected to take place where gaps in functionality occur, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said during a media briefing on April 19. “Ships are... 

The Durban harbour

KZN floods see Grindrod suspend operations at five sites for several weeks 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2022 JSE-listed freight and logistics group Grindrod says its container depots, terminals and warehouse facilities in and around central Durban have been heavily impacted by the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal, with operations at five sites suspended – “and likely to be so for several weeks”. “We are... 

Image of the Matola Terminal
The Matola Terminal in Maputo

Mavuso calls on business, govt to urgently restore transport connections in KZN  

By: Darren Parker     19th April 2022 The flood damage in KwaZulu-Natal reflects a lack of application of existing regulations and poor maintenance of infrastructure, said Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso on April 19. In her weekly newsletter, she noted that infrastructure had failed because it had not been kept in... 

Mavuso calls on business, govt to urgently restore transport connections in KZN

Transnet regains capacity at Port of Durban in wake of cyclone Issa

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2022 Following the destruction caused by cyclone Issa earlier this week, Transnet is building capacity at its various Durban terminals that were impacted by severe weather and flooding. The severe weather conditions impacted on Transnet’s ability to conduct operations, while many employees were... 

An image of a Transnet locomotive
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Diesel locomotives shunt wagons at Transnet's Durban container terminal - seen here a week before the region was hit by cyclone Issa, causing widespread destruction, disruption and resulting in several hundred deaths.

Sacci urges govt to do everything possible to assist KZN flood victims

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2022 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) urges government to do “everything in its power” to assist KwaZulu-Natal businesses impacted by the recent flooding. Sacci also encourages insurance companies to attend to claims expeditiously, while condemning the few who are allegedly... 

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