Transnet takes no-nonsense stance in the wake of go-slow

The Port of Ngqura which was worst affected by the recent go-slow.

The acting CEO of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), Nozipho Ndawe, told a gala event comprising exporters and related guests gathered in Port Elizabeth that the parastatal would take serious action against future labour disruption at South African ports.

Speaking about the recent go-slow that affected the Port of Ngqura in particular, Ndawe told delegates attending the Exporters Eastern Cape Awards at the Sun Boardwalk Centre recently that several contingency plans had been put in place since the recent illegal strike.

More importantly, Ndawe said the contingency plans were particularly focused on making it very clear to employees that there would be disciplinary consequences if any further disruption was caused to freight entering or leaving the country’s ports.

It remains unclear though what the other contingency measures entail.

At the time of the go-slow, the absence of such measures was severely criticised by private sector commentators as a leading cause for the backup of freight flowing through ports such as Ngqura.

As a result Transnet’s readiness in the event of unforeseen disruption was slated, but Ndawe said Transnet would endeavour to do all it could to prevent exporters from losing revenue in future.

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