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transnetlogo thumb100 BusinessLive reports that state-owned freight transport and logistics company Transnet is deploying some staff from its Durban operations to Cape Town in a bid to boost capacity in the region.  

The Cape Town port has been hampered by operational issues and staff shortages, which have delayed the movement of cargo.  The port has been operating significantly below capacity in recent months due, among other problems, to ageing and out-of-service infrastructure as well as unresolved labour issues.  The Covid-19 pandemic has worsened the crisis at the port as workers suspected to have the disease have been sent home, worsening the staff shortages.  The container terminal is currently operating at 60%, while the multipurpose terminal at a 75% capacity.  The portside is only operating at a 60% human resource capacity.  On Tuesday, Transnet said that to alleviate pressure at the terminals, 20 employees from the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) had volunteered to be deployed to the container and the multipurpose terminals at the Cape Town port.  The employees from DCT are a combination of driver articulated vehicles, rubber tyre gantry cranes and ship-to-shore cranes drivers.  

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bekezela Phakathi at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Western Cape government calls on Gordhan to rescue Cape Town Port from Covid-19 carnage, at Fin24

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