Durban Thursday, 4 December 2014

Durban is having something in the order of 47 cruise ship calls during the summer months, including the multiple calls of MSC Opera which operates 3 and 4-day cruises to Mozambique and several longer cruises to Madagascar and Mauritius. The ship also offers cruises to Cape Town.

Richards Bay will benefit from 13 cruise visits which includes a number of ships that will call more than once. This means that KZN ports will have had sixty cruise ship calls by the time the summer is over, which must be close to a record number. Of importance is the number of ships that are making two or more visits to each South African port, instead of just one made as a ship passes the coast.

Durban Thursday, 4 December 2014

Maydon Wharf is one of the port of Durban’s oldest operating cargo terminal areas, dating back to the early 1900s. Named after a the minister of works in the Natal Colonial Government who was seen as political champion of the project, the development of Maydon Wharf came as a natural extension of Durban Bay once it was clear that the Point area was reaching peak capacity.

As a result of a number of circumstances including opposition from business people in the town, the port planners of the day elected to develop the swamps of Congella rather than building wharves on the sandbanks adjoining the Esplanade. The need to develop a new area for handling import and export cargo was pressing as Durban sought a way to counter the increasing use of Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) by Transvaal (now Gauteng) businessmen.

2 December 2014, Riverside Conference Centre

Andrew Layman, Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) CEO, opened the symposium by posing the question- what is it that drives South Africa’s  transport costs to be so uncompetitive? He went-on to add that while Business is well aware that the capital-outlay for infrastructure development related to transport is exceptionally high, this lack of infrastructure development is in itself a significant constraint to local economic growth and development. He highlighted the growing emphasis on transport economics in the academic literature, and highlighted its prominence in local economic planning.

DURBAN Thursday ,27 November 2014

The container-shipping industry has been highly unprofitable over the past five years. Making things worse, earnings have been exceptionally volatile. Several factors are responsible, notably trade’s spotty recovery from the global financial crisis, and redoubled efforts by corporate customers to control costs. Some of the pain is self-inflicted: as in past cycles, the industry extrapolated the good times and foresaw an unsustainable rise in demand. It is now building capacity that appears will be mostly unneeded.

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Ms Thato Tsautse

DURBAN Monday 24, November 2014

Ms Thato Tsautse, managing director of the EThekwini Maritime Cluster, was one of the speakers at the KwaZulu- Natal Export Week held at Durban from 17 to 21 November.

Through a comprehensive programme of activities, this annual event by Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal, provides professional development and information on growth sectors and market opportunities to KZN's new and existing exporters, and internationally focused businesses. The aim is to recognise, promote and assist with growing the province’s export businesses and industries.