Desmond D’Sa, of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, said the contract should not have been awarded in the first place and that the project was against the interests of the community. He questioned whether there was a need to deepen the port’s berths when they were functioning well.
D’Sa said this as Transnet released a statement that it had agreed to a request by CMI Emtateni Joint Venture to terminate its contract, estimated to be worth R4.2bn.
“On or about November 18, 2018, Transnet received an unsolicited report from Forensics for Justice, with allegations of procurement irregularities on the project,” said Transnet spokesperson Molatwane Likhethe.
The motivation to create deeper berths at ports is that shipping lines are building vessels that require more space as they bring in a larger volume of goods.