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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... 

Operations suspended at Port of Durban after heavy rains, Richards Bay operations curtailed

By: Donna Slater     12th April 2022 State-owned logistics group Transnet suspended operations across its Durban Terminals sites from 19.30 on April 11 following disruptive weather conditions in KwaZulu-Natal this week that damaged road infrastructure leading to the Port of Durban and impacting access to harbour terminals. Rail... 

Transnet prepares to resume locomotive procurement to close gap left by halted 10-64 programme 

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2022 Transnet CEO Portia Derby has confirmed that the State freight logistics group is preparing to procure a significant number of locomotives again, after having halted purchases under the “irregular and unlawful” R50-billion ’10-64’ programme. Derby tells Engineering News that, while a settlement... 

Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet CEO Portia Derby

Transnet battling on several fronts as it works to stabilise the rail network  

By: Donna Slater     8th April 2022 With plans to increase the cargo-handling capability at the Port of Durban and to ease congestion by having fewer trucks on the road near the port, Transnet needs to improve rail capacity, as well ensure the infrastructure is safe and secure. Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) container corridor... 

A locomotive
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
An electric Transnet locomotive makes its way on a rail line in the Bayhead area of Transnet Freight Rail’s Durban container complex

Opinion: Transnet’s private sector invitation appealing from afar but far from appealing

8th April 2022 In this opinion article, Mirai Rail MD Pulane Tshabalala-Kingston argues that Transnet’s invitation to private bidders for 16 rail slots signals a key milestone. However, she argues that the capital and lending markets are unlikely to have the appetite to finance the scale of undertaking... 

Mirai Rail MD Pulane Tshabalala-Kingston
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Mirai Rail MD Pulane Tshabalala-Kingston

Zutari appoints maritime, rail veteran Lutchman as MD of transport

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2022 Consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari has appointed Vishaal Lutchman MD of transport, effective April 1. Lutchman previously served as CEO of South African Institution of Civil Engineering, steering the organisation through various challenges within the organisation, the... 

MSC buys Bollore’s African logistics unit for €5.7bn

By: Bloomberg     1st April 2022 MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co agreed to buy the African transport and logistics business of Bollore SA for €5.7-billion ($6.3-billion) including debt. Geneva-based MSC, the world’s largest container line, has had exclusivity to make a firm offer for the unit since December. The deal is expected... 

Expansion considered at Maputo Port

1st April 2022 The global coal demand, which peaked in mid-2021, is still reaching price record highs due to the major surge in coal prices worldwide. In response to the increasing demand for export capacity, the Maputo and Matola Drybulk Terminals (GML and TCM), the sub-concessions of the Maputo Port... 

Image of the Port of Maputo
MAPUTO PORT An amount of $128.7-million has been invested to date in the Maputo and Matola Drybulk Terminals

CSIR involved in port projects

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     1st April 2022 The Coastal Engineering and Port Infrastructure (CEPI) research group, within the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is involved in several projects for State-owned port utility Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).  

Cargo handling capacity expanded

1st April 2022 Bulk and breakbulk handling facility Manila Harbor Center (MHC), the largest in the Port of Manila in the Philippines, is expanding its cargo handling capacity with the completion of eco-friendly bulk cargo bays (BCB) and dredging of the berths to accommodate larger vessels. 

Transnet board amends supply chain policy to allow preferential procurement

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2022 State logistics agency Transnet's board of directors has approved an addendum to its supply chain management policy to allow Transnet to include specific provisions for preferential procurement in its procurement processes, effective from March 25. The board resolved to continue applying the... 

Ramaphosa uses investment gathering to highlight reform progress, as pledges nudge R1.2tr target 

By: Terence Creamer     24th March 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa used the fourth South Africa Investment Conference to reassure investors that steady progress was being made on implementing the economic reforms that are regarded as crucial for raising levels of growth and employment. In his opening address he highlighted the reform... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
President Cyril Ramaphosa

FFS Refiners, Rubis Asphalt partner to ensure security of bitumen supply

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2022 Bitumen – commonly used in road construction and maintenance –  is now more widely available to the Western Cape market as a result of a partnership agreement between sustainable hydrocarbon solutions provider FFS Refiners and Rubis Asphalt South Africa. The agreement has already resulted in the... 

An image showing the first shipment of bitumen arriving at the Cape Town Harbour.
The first shipment of bitumen arrived on March 3 at the Cape Town Harbour.

Transnet granted PPPFA exemption until new regulations promulgated

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2022 The National Treasury has granted State-owned logistics agency Transnet an exemption to comply with the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) regulations. This is an interim arrangement to ensure compliant business continuity at Transnet after Treasury advised that organs of State... 

Grindrod, Vitol to invest R1.8bn in Maputo’s Matola Terminal expansion

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2022 Freight services and banking group Grindrod will spend its share of R1.8-billion to upgrade the Matola drybulk terminal at the Port of Maputo, in Mozambique. The JSE-listed Gindrod holds a 65% share in the Matola Terminal joint venture (JV), with energy and commodities group Vitol the other... 

Global supply chain turmoil to persist into 2023 – SAAFF

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2022 Global pandemic-induced supply chain woes are set to continue for much of the year, including elevated demand, staffing shortages and global port congestion, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) CEO Dr Juanita Maree. Indeed, moderation, or a return to normal – albeit a... 

Transnet launches investigation after two container fires of same consignment

By: Donna Slater     7th March 2022 Transnet is investigating the cause of a fire that broke out in a shipping container at its Durban Container Terminal Pier 2, on the morning of March 7. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but has been contained with impacted containers being moved to an isolated stacking area so that... 

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