Port go-slow hits VW production line

The go-slow at the Port of Ngqura has caused a massive backlog in production for Volkswagen Group South Africa (VW SA), the group’s spokesperson Andile Dlamini has revealed.

The situation at Ngqura appeared to have escalated on Wednesday, affecting production severely, Dlamini said. 

“We lost 400 out of the 600 units we produced today because we had to cancel two of the three working shifts.”

According to Dlamini the port can load 25 containers in an hour but in the past few days turnaround has averaged five to eight containers per hour.

“We have one vessel waiting to berth with about 150 containers – it will take close to 10-12 hours for those containers to be off loaded.”

Dlamini added that the port had been operating like this for more than 10 days. 

Just last week VW was forced to redirect a vessel to Cape Town in order to retrieve its production parts.

“If there was effective communication from Transnet we could have made alternative plans – we were unprepared,” he said.

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