Ramaphosa calls for cabinet intervention on port’s go slow
19 Jul 2019 - by Staff reporter
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday revealed that he had directed two cabinet members to intervene in the go slow at South Africa’s port as tensions brought the Ngqura Container Terminal to a standstill.
Speaking at the presidency budget vote at the National Assembly, Ramaphosa directed Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Trade, Industry and Competitions Minister Ebrahim Patel to intervene at the ports.
"We need to get our goods to their export destinations urgently,” he emphasised.
The go-slow at Ngqura port has been in progress for more than two weeks.
Volkswagen Group South Africa has already reported a loss of three shifts and the production of 680 vehicles.
"We cannot aim to grow an economy on the basis of exporting value-added products and then fail to meet our obligations to get goods to international markets safely and on time,” Ramaphosa added.