New port to kick-start economy


first_imgA satellite image of the deep-water Port of Ngqura, and the surrounding infrastructure of the Coega Industrial Development Zone. (Image: Google Earth) MEDIA CONTACTS • John Dludlu, spokesperson Transnet Limited + 27 11 308 2458 +27 83 676 1881 +27 83 277 4774 [email protected] • Nelis van Tonder, senior executive Sales & Marketing, Container & Automotive Transnet Freight Rail +27 21 940 2531 +27 83 452 6711 • Ntombentsha Yaya Coega Industrial Development Zone +27 41 403 0400 [email protected] • Transnet National Port Authority +27 11 351 9001 RELATED ARTICLES • Highest global quality fuel in SA • Infrastructure development in South Africa • Capital spending boosts economyWilma den HartighSouth Africa’s new deep-water harbour, the port of Ngqura near Port Elizabeth, launched operations last week when its first commercial customer, the MSC Catania, docked at the port.The port is an integral part of the Coega Industrial Development Zone, a new initiative that aims to boost the regional economy of the Eastern Cape province.The 300-metre long and 13-metre deep ship was used to test vessel operators’ skills in offloading and handling containers. After months in training, two teams of operators – with a third on standby – succeeded at their first commercial offloading, using the port’s state-of-the-art Liebherr ship-to-shore cranes. The MSC Catania loaded and off-loaded 275 containers, with an average of 19 containers handled per hour.“We are pleased to report that it was all smooth sailing today in terms of portside operations at Ngqura,” Tau Morwe, chief executive of Transnet Port Terminals, said after the inauguration on 4 October.“This experimental start-up indicates we are ready to take the port to the next level.” Transnet Port Terminals is a division of Transnet, the parastatal company that runs South Africa’s national transport infrastructure.Alleviating container congestionThe Ngqura Port, which lies at the mouth of the Coega River in Algoa Bay, is the country’s eighth and latest commercial port development.It has an advantage over other ports in Africa in that it is a deep-water port with a depth of between 16 and 18 metres. This means it can accommodate new generation container vessels and will allow Transnet to increase capacity for container volumes.The improved infrastructure will relieve container congestion in the South African port system, while attracting additional transhipment cargo. Transnet says the new port is the solution to South Africa’s lack of container capacity that has been strained by a considerable growth in container traffic.A Transnet statement explained that the Ngqura container terminal will have the capacity to accommodate “Ultra-Mega” ships carrying 6 000 to 10 000 TEUs – 20-foot equivalent units, a measure used for capacity in container transport. It will be able to handle more than 100 container moves per ship working hour, with sufficient stack and berth capacity to cater for future growth up to 2-million TEUs. The terminal also boasts good inland connectivity for import and export traffic through road and rail. South Africa’s freight transport system. Sishen is a massive iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape, while City Deep in Johannesburg is the country’s only inland terminal. The port of Maputo is in the neighbouring country of Mozambique. (Image: Transnet) Transnet has to date invested more than R10 billion (US$1.36-billion) to develop the state-of-the-art port and associated infrastructure. This includes a world class two-berth container terminal (and a further two berths under construction), a two-berth multipurpose terminal and a one-berth liquid bulk terminal.The new port is also a safer alternative for ships wanting to avoid the Somalia coast, which has recently been plagued by pirates.It could also serve as a “feeder” or “loading centre” for other destinations. The container node would function as a hub where large freight ships could unload their cargo for further distribution by road, sea or rail to other destinations in Africa.Economic development and tradeThe port is considered the most modern harbour in Africa. Although sub-Saharan Africa has a number of smaller ports, these are only suitable for medium-sized ships. It will not only boost the economy of the Eastern Cape; it is also an important development for trade in South Africa and the rest of Africa as a whole.Building economist Dr Johan Snyman said the new harbour development is a rare construction project. Although the upgrading of some of South Africa’s other harbours is underway, Ngqura is the first new harbour development in many years.Rob Jeffrey, a director and senior economist at Econometrix, said that the promotion of industrial development at the Coega Industrial Development Zone would have a considerable impact on the underdeveloped Eastern Cape. It is likely to boost the gross regional product of the province and significantly increase growth in the Nelson Mandela Metro area, the broader municipality into which Port Elizabeth falls.“This is substantial for such a relatively underdeveloped area, which is currently heavily reliant on the motor industry,” Jeffrey said.He added that the development could also lead to a permanent increase in skills in the economy, particularly in local communities.“It would affect a substantial number of people faced with few alternatives in a province with an extremely high unemployment rate, which has been measured in excess of 25%. The unemployment rate in adjacent Greater Motherwell has been placed at over 30%.” Motherwell is a sprawling urban settlement outside Port Elizabeth that also forms part of the Nelson Mandela Metro.The port development will also directly create employment in the region. Transnet Port Terminals said in a statement that R4-billion (US$490-million) invested by 2002 created employment for 50 627 people – the equivalent of 12.6 jobs per R1-million (US$123 000) invested.For the R5.1-billion (US$625-million) spent by 2007, 66 213 jobs had been created, this time 12.9 jobs for each R1-million invested. To date, almost R9.8-billion (US$1.2-billion) has been invested in the Ngqura port.The port development also holds positive secondary benefits for other product groups such as agriculture, fishing, construction, transport (including storage), financial and business services, electricity and gas as well as wholesale and retail business.Jeffrey pointed out that Coega and its port is ideally located to kick-start local and regional economic development of the area. He explained that some of the planned projects within the Coega development are capital-intensive and technologically advanced. This will result in an inflow of skilled people to the province and substantial education, training, upgrading of skills and development of small businesses.“This will contribute to population growth and wealth generation, the benefits of which flows down into the less skilled population,” he said. The developments will also cause an increase in purchasing power, as the average remuneration per worker of such large projects is generally higher than the region’s average.He cites Richards Bay as an example of the Coega’s potential impact in the region in years to come. Richards Bay evolved over a period of 30 years from a small fishing village into one of South Africa’s premier industrial districts. Today, together with the nearby town of Empangeni, it has a total population exceeding 50 000. The area has over 5 000 businesses, is the third most important region in KwaZulu-Natal and has had an economic growth rate higher than the average for the country and the province.“This gives an indication of the type of expansion that can take place once the initial key industries are in place and act as a nucleus or a magnet, which can attract other upstream and downstream industries,” Jeffrey said.Power tugsTransnet has also announced that the deep-water port is expecting the delivery of one of its three new tugboats in mid-October this year. Currently, it is undergoing sea trials in the Port of Durban. An additional two new tugboats will also be delivered in April and May next year. Each tugboat has an approximate cost of R120-million, and capable of a 70-ton bollard pull. They are regarded as the most powerful harbour tugs in South Africa.Rail operationsRail operations at the new port have also received a stamp of approval. In September, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) ran a test train on the Ngqura main line, and was declared safe for operations.According to a statement from TFR, this is an important step in preparation for the planned commercial launch of the new port and its container terminal this month.TFR is still confident that all its operations are on target for the completion of the Ngqura rail terminal, marshalling yard, and main line construction to the hinterland. There are currently four operational lines in the marshalling yard and the remaining five should be available by March next year. The new marshalling yard infrastructure can accommodate up to six trains daily per direction, and the hinterland will have a design capacity of two trains per day. The hinterland capacity will be increased as volumes increase, depending on financial and business viability.The rail route will connect the new port to the City Deep rail terminal in Johannesburg in Gauteng province via Beaconsfield in the Northern Cape. Transnet has refurbished 400 container wagons and will utilise its 7E locomotive fleet for traffic on the line, which has a designed capacity of six trains per day, each with 50 wagons.last_img read more

Business invited to submit entries for the 4th annual premier business awards


first_imgBusiness enterprises are invited to submit entries for the 4th annual South African Premier Business Awards by 30 September 2016. Entries may be submitted in a range of categories, including technology, manufacturing and women in business.Download media releaseThese annual awards, which are organised by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Brand South Africa and Proudly South African, recognise business excellence and celebrate enterprises that promote the spirit of success and innovation as well as job creation, good business ethics and quality.The Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies has described this event as South Africa’s apex business awards which brings together all single sectored awards into one big, national business awards.“The awards represent and acknowledge all South African business sectors and enterprises, as well as members of the media who meet the various criteria per category and have achieved success in their various fields,” says DaviesHe adds that for the first time in four years, the partners have introduced the on-line entry system that will give businesses that are based in other provinces a chance to take part.CEO of Brand South Africa, Dr Kingsley Makhubela has emphasised the role that business plays in building a strong and competitive Nation Brand.“South African business is critical to building positive perceptions about the country’s competitiveness for both domestic and international audiences. In addition, these Awards also highlight how collaboration between government and business plays a part in building a competitive and capable Nation Brand,” says Makhubela.Acting CEO of Proudly South African, Mr. Eustace Mashimbye added: “We are certain that through these awards, more South Africans will be able to rate the significance of South African businesses as well as the quality of many of their products as among the best in the world. Through these awards and using other mechanisms, we are optimistic that the acceptance of “Buy Local” message will grow among South Africans nationwide, adding to the growth of our country’s economy.”Categories for the awards include: Lifetime Achievement Award, Manufacturers Award, Exporters Award, Enterprise Development Support Award, Women-Owned Businesses Award, Young Entrepreneur Award, Investor of the Year Award, Proudly South African Enterprise Award, Play Your Part Award, SMME Award and Black Industrialist Award.More information on the South African Premier Business Awards, competition rules and entry forms is available on www.sapremierbusinessawards.co.za or 0861 843 384.Enquiries:Sidwell Medupe – Departmental SpokespersonTel: (012) 394 1650Mobile: 079 492 1774E-mail: [email protected] by: The Department of Trade and IndustryFollow us on Twitter: @the_dtilast_img read more

Meghalaya minor tribes fear exclusion from Sixth Schedule


first_imgMeghalaya’s bid to exclude “unrepresented tribes” from the provisions of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution has left minor tribes in the hill State edgy.Meghalaya is divided into autonomous councils in the names of the three major matrilineal communities — Garo, Khasi and Jaintia. The minority tribes include the Hajong, Koch, Rabha, Boro and Mann.Parts or the whole of the four northeastern States — Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura — fall under the Sixth Schedule, which makes special provisions for “tribal areas”.On September 26, a sub-committee constituted by the State government had decided to recommend to the Standing Committee of Parliament the removal of the word “unrepresented tribes” from the amended Sixth Schedule. Currently, members of such tribes are nominated to the autonomous district councils.A joint delegation of organisations representing five “unrepresented tribes” had met Home Minister James A. Sangma to voice their concerns about the amendment. These groups were the Meghalaya Hajong Welfare Association (MHWA), Meghalaya Koch Association, Meghalaya Rabha Jatio Sewa Sangha, All Bodo Students’ Union, Bodo Sahitya Sabha, All Meghalaya Mann Welfare Society and All Rabha Students’ Union. Leaders of these organisation said the outcome of the meeting was not to their expectations. “It is sad the minority tribes have run into tribal majoritarianism. We have virtually been made non-indigenous and unwanted in our own homeland,” an MHWA spokesperson said.last_img read more

India vs England, 1st Test Day 5: India 230/6 at lunch


first_imgEngland’s Stuart Broad appeals and dismisses India’s Virat Kohli (right) during the first cricket test match at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England on Sunday, July 13, 2014. ReutersIndia were 230 for six in their second innings at lunch on the last day of the first cricket Test against England at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Sunday.Stuart Binny was batting on 26 and Ravindra Jadeja at 18 at the break. India now have a lead of 191 runs.The hosts picked up three valuable wickets. Team India lost Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and M S Dhoni early in the first session.Ravindra Jadeja was joined by Stuart Binny to arrest the slide on the fifth day of the opening Test against England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.last_img

When Kapil’s dadi tried to kiss a sheikh in Dubai


first_imgThe cast of popular TV show Comedy Nights With Kapil shot special episodes in Dubai recently and Dadi, played by Ali Asgar on the show, tried to give her trademark kiss to a sheikh there.Bittu Sharma’s perpetually drunk Dadi will be seen trying to give a sheikh her trademark Shagun Ki Pappi in the episode that will be aired this weekend on Colors. Actor Ali Asgar plays Kapil’s ‘dadi’ on Comedy Nights…Ever since it went live in June 2013, the show which has crossed the 100-episode mark has continuously entertained people.For the special episode, the entire team is hell bent on giving the best time to their fans. For instance Manju and Bua will be seen forcing Dadi to take on the ‘murga’ position after she is caught by the Dubai cops for stealing!While Dadi continues to be naughty in Dubai, Manju, essayed by Sumona Chakravarti, will surprise the viewers as she drops her sari-clad avatar and sports kurti and a pair of jeans.Upasana Singh as Bua will further make the audience laugh as she claims that she resembles fictional character Aladin’s mother owing to which she ventures into the depths of Dubai in a hunt of Aladin’s father!Palak, played by Kiku Sharda, went on a selfie spree to the extent that she even tried to click a selfie with a camel.Adding to their overall experience in a foreign land, the Sharma family will also be joined by the Creature 3D cast Bipasha Basu and Imran Naqvi along with singers Mika Singh and Shaan.advertisementlast_img read more

Panama Canal Sets Record Cargo Volume for FY 2018


first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority The Panama Canal closed its 2018 fiscal year with a record tonnage of 442.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), representing a 9.5 percent increase from the previous year.With this number, the Panama Canal surpasses the cargo projections of 429.4 million PC/UMS tons for FY 2018, as well as the 403.8 million PC/UMS tons registered in FY 2017.“The Panama Canal continues to exceed our expectations, reinforcing every day the importance of the waterway’s expansion and its impact on global maritime trade,” Jorge L. Quijano, Panama Canal Administrator, said.The increase was driven by the transit of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, containerships, chemical tankers and vehicle carriers.The container segment continued to serve as the leading market segment for tonnage through the canal, accounting for 159 million PC/UMS tons of the total cargo, of which 112.6 million PC/UMS tons transited the expanded canal. Tankers, including LPG and LNG carriers, followed close with a total of 130.3 million PC/UMS tons.The third ranked segments included bulk carriers with 73.7 million PC/UMS tons, while vehicle carriers took fourth place with 49.5 million PC/UMS tons seen during the year.In terms of cargo tonnage, the main routes using the Panama Canal in FY 2018 were between Asia and the U.S. East Coast, the West Coast of South America and the U.S. East Coast, the West Coast of South America and Europe, the West Coast of Central America and the U.S. East Coast and intercoastal South America.Panama Canal said that the main users during the period were the U.S., China, Mexico, Chile and Japan, while some 62.8 percent of the total cargo transiting the canal had its origin or destination in the United States.last_img read more