The MEC for Economic development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs and the Leader of Government Business, Nomusa Dube-Ncube is confident that a long-lasting solution to congestion at the Durban Port Terminal is within reach. On the 18th November 2019 she had a series of meetings with the Minister of Public Enterprises Mr Pravin Gordhan – Transnet management, eThekwini Municipality, Durban Chamber of Commerce and stakeholders in the maritime industry.
“We will recall that during the launch of the District Service Delivery Initiative by the President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa here in Durban, big business raised concerns about congestion in our Durban Port. Both the President and our Premier Sihle Zikalala assured port users of speed in resolving the matter.”She said. She further alluded that the meetings aimed at turning around the situation.
“An efficient port is very important asset for any country as it acts as a conduit for global and intra-regional trade. Over 90% of trade in Africa occurs by sea. As guided by Operation Phakisa, we are determined to invest in the development of quality infrastructure. This in turn will help in in dealing with long ship waiting times to ensure that we are on par with to other port systems around the world,” she said, also thanking minister Gordhan for setting aside time to visit the province for the purpose of interacting with stakeholders, she said.
MEC Dube- Ncube, Minister Gordhan doing inspection in Durban Port Terminal
MEC Dube- Ncube welcomed by the acting HOD: Mr Sihle Mkhize, Director Special Projects: Mr Mnikeni Phakathi and Senior Manager: Ms Fikiswa Phuphuma during the meeting with Minister Gordhan.
The received Goods
MEC Dube- Ncube and Minister Gordhan listen attentively to the staff explain to them
The Ship Offloading