New thinking needed at SA ports

New, out of the box thinking is needed by South African ports to accommodate larger vessels. This is according to Ton Bestenbreur, independent ports operations and logistics consultant at the university of Stellenbosch. Bestenbreur was speaking at the annual African Ports Evolution conference and exhibition in Durban this week. “Maersk Line desires 6 000 container moves in under 24 hours for its 18 000 TEU vessels. This translates into 250 container moves per Gross Ship Working Hour or between 40 and 50 average quay crane moves per Gross Crane Hour. This is more than double the figures we currently achieve,” […]

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Transport and rail sector under review

The current state of affairs within South Africa’s transport sector, specifically the rail sector, has been informed by a variety of legislative and policy documents with various rail initiatives. These have been launched over the years by different stakeholders, often leading to uncoordinated objectives in the utilisation of rail infrastructure. As a result, the rail sector has existed in the absence of an over-arching rail policy. South Africa is currently undergoing a regulatory ‘restructuring’ evidenced by the various policies and draft Bills which have been or are in the process of being promulgated. Historically, road and rail-based passenger services in […]

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Petrolprys daal

In ’n week vol nare syfers – oor ekonomiese groei, die rand en meer – was daar darem Vrydag ’n ligstraaltjie: Die petrolprys daal eerskomende Woensdag met 69c per liter. Dit werk uit op R34,50 per tenk van 50 liter. Dit is die derde agtereenvolgende daling in die petrolprys en beteken ’n liter 95-oktaan-petrol kos jou nou R12,37 in die binneland en R12,14 aan die kus. Die Automobiel-Assosiasie (AA) waarsku egter dat dit moontlik die laaste daling in die petrolprys is. Dít omdat dit lyk asof die rand verder kan verswak én omdat internasionale brandstofpryse dalk nie nog verder sal kan daal nie. […]

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TPT gets set to develop R8 bn bulk terminal

The granting of a permanent operating licence for the manganese terminal at the Port of Ngqura gives Transnet Port Terminals the green light for the estimated R8 billion development of a bulk minerals export terminal. The terminal is set to handle its first vessel in February 2019. “It’s all systems go for us to relocate our Port Elizabeth manganese operation by the 2018/19 deadline. We will operate the existing two deepwater dry bulk berths C100 and C101 at the Port of Ngqura (PoN) while the full expansion project ramps up to meet an anticipated throughput demand of 16mt per annum […]

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Saying You Don’t Have Time to Start a Business. Make Time With These 6 Tips.

Think of how many amazing business ideas are left on the shelf to collect dust because they are not pursued. Dreams are left to die because their creators assumed that he or she didn’t have the time to start a business. What a horrible excuse. If you have an idea for a business, go for it. Why? Because if you don’t, you are going to regret it and you might be passing on a truly amazing experience. “I’ll start it next year.” What if there isn’t a next year? “I’m not sure if now is the time.” If you don’t […]

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Petrolprys September 

En dít is die storie van die rand en die petrolprys vir September: As die rand nie so kwaai getuimel het die afgelope maand nie, sou die petrolprys in September nou reeds met 76c gedaal het. Maar nou ís die rand swak – die swakste in meer as 13 jaar teenoor die dollar – en Suid-Afrikaners sal nie sóveel voordeel trek uit die baie lae oliepryse nie. Lees ook: ​Ongelukkige 13 spook by rand (http://www.netwerk24.com/sake/ekonomie/2015-08-18-ongelukkige-13-spook-by-rand) Die goeie nuus is dat daar nietemin na alle waarskynlikheid steeds ’n stewige daling in die petrolprys sal wees. Teen Maandagmiddag was die daaglikse gemiddelde oorverhaling […]

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