An international team has been appointed to help expand and improve the Port of Durban, which is expected to help alleviate the backlog of trucks and ships waiting to enter the Durban harbour.
Delivering his eighth State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday, Ramaphosa said government is taking action to improve the country's ports and rail network, and restore them to world-class standards.
"We have set out a clear roadmap to stabilise the performance of Transnet and reform our logistics system. Working closely with business and labour, we have established dedicated teams to turn around five strategic corridors that transport goods for export purposes," he said.
[LISTEN] SA INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL OPERATOR APPOINTED BY #TRANSNET— Athi Mtongana (@AthiMtongana) February 8, 2024
“Transnet has appointed an international terminal operator to help expand and improve its largest terminal at the Port of Durban.
And we are overhauling the freight rail system by allowing private rail… pic.twitter.com/3tn9SgvQQv
Ramaphosa added that the number of ships waiting to berth at the Port of Durban – which has experienced severe congestion in recent months – has reduced from more than 60 ships in mid-November to just 12 ships at the end of January.
He said government is overhauling the freight rail system by allowing private rail operators to access the rail network.
Ramaphosa added that with the current conflict in the Middle East affecting shipping traffic through the Suez Canal, South Africa is well positioned to offer bunkering services for ships that will be rerouted via our shores.