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May 16, 2006
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  • Busy month at the ports

  • Lonrho re-establishes in Africa with controlling stake in Luba Freeport

  • NIGERIA: Oil workers released unharmed

  • SOMALIA: Truce holding after days of clashes in capital

  • KZN sends a powerful delegation to the Gulf region

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    Busy month at the ports

    It was a busy month for South African ports in terms of both containers and tonnage handled, particularly bulk cargo, according to statistics issued by the National Ports Authority. The port of Durban handled a record 201,074 TEU (20ft container equivalent units) during April, representing 68 percent of the total of 292,830 TEU at all ports.

    During April Cape Town handled 58,732 TEU and Port Elizabeth 30,200, while East London recorded 2,630 TEU for the month.

    Tonnages handled by the ports are as follows:

    Richards Bay: Bulk cargo 6.429Mt, Breakbulk 0.387Mt, Total 6.816Mt
    Durban: Bulk cargo 3.971Mt, Breakbulk 0.678Mt, Total 4.649Mt
    Saldanha Bay: Bulk cargo 4.156Mt, Breakbulk 0.085Mt, Total 4.241Mt
    Port Elizabeth: Bulk cargo 0.415Mt, Breakbulk 0.064Mt, Total 0.479Mt
    Cape Town: Bulk cargo 0.285Mt, Breakbulk 0.031Mt, Total 0.316Mt
    Mossel Bay: Bulk cargo 0.126Mt, Breakbulk 0.007Mt, Total 0.133Mt
    East London: Bulk cargo 0.101Mt, Breakbulk 0.026Mt, Total 0.128Mt

    Total cargo: Bulk cargo 15.49Mt, Breakbulk 1,28Mt, Total 17.764Mt

    These figures are rounded and exclude tonnage on containers.

    Containers handled by the ports during April were as follows:

    Durban: 201,074 TEU
    Cape Town: 58,732
    Port Elizabeth: 30,200
    East London: 2,630

    Total all ports: 292,830 TEU

    Lonrho re-establishes in Africa with controlling stake in Luba Freeport

    Lonrho Africa announced on Friday (12 May) that it has acquired a controlling share (63 percent) in the Luba Freeport in Equatorial Guinea (EG) in West Africa. The balance of the shareholding will be held by the Equatorial Government. The cost of the deal amounted to USD 2 million but Lonrho will also purchase the secured debt of USD 11.3m from Amerlda Hess, one of Luba Freeport’s major clients.

    Luba Freeport is on the southern side of Bioko in the deepwater Bay of Luba, Equatorial Guinea. The Freeport is a new development dating from 1999 when a 25 year concession with extensions was granted to build a world class oil logistics centre. In a short space of time Luba Freeport acquired a solid base of clients that includes Maersk and Safmarine as well as a number of oil-related clients such as Amerlda Hess, Chevron Texaco, Mobil EG, Marathon, LOTEG, Nalco, SBM, Devon Energy, Petronas, Baker Hughes and MI EG.

    Lonrho Africa’s chairman and CEO David Lenigas said that Luba Freeport was being established as a ‘One Stop Shop’ for oil logistics in one of the fastest growing oil producing areas in the world.

    “As development of the oil industry continues throughout the Gulf of Guinea and West Africa, more and more companies will be on the lookout for logistical support for their oil industry requirements. Luba Freeport will be providing a substantial boost to the local economies whilst at the same time offering a modern world-class facility for its clients.”

    He described the investment in the Luba Freeport development project as an exciting opportunity for Lonrho Africa which was in line with the company’s strategy of re-establishing itself as a major investor on the African Continent.”

    Mbeki clears air on the country's investment

    by Zibonele Ntuli (BuaNews)

    Magaliesburg, 15 May - South Africa does not have "permanent" negative features that can impede government's efforts to attract foreign investment into the country.

    This was said by President Thabo Mbeki at a media briefing after a three-day meeting of the International Investment Council (IIC) here yesterday.

    A group of advisers had told the president that government needed to communicate continuously on specific problems it experienced.

    ".. The sense I get is that these perceptions move from day-to-day, it is not like there is a fixed permanent negative view of South Africa by the rest of the world," President Mbeki told reporters.

    He said the negative perception was caused "by the things that change from day-to- day".

    One of those issues was the power problems affecting the Western Cape. This, he said "became an issue because it happened around the same time when there was global discussions of energy security."

    The Western Cape has recently experienced blackouts caused by damage to a unit of the nuclear reactor at Koeberg, near Cape Town.

    President Mbeki said the challenge was how to respond to those problems speedily when they arose.

    He also cleared the air regarding reports that government had asked the international members of the IIC to mobilise investment funds for South Africa.

    "We have never asked members of the Investment Council to mobilise investment funds on behalf of South Africa. It is not their role.

    "We are interested in their view about how the rest of the world sees South Africa, their view about what we can do to achieve the objectives we have set ourselves of higher growth," said Mr Mbeki.

    Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said the Council noted economic growth over the last 12 to 24 months as "illustrative of the country's solid economic fundamentals" coupled with sound economic management.

    He said there were specific presentations and discussions on jobs for growth as part of the objectives of the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (ASGISA).

    There were also discussions on the Japanese experience on small, medium and micro-sized enterprises, the global energy situation and the Doha round of negotiations at the World Trade Organisation.

    There was also a report on the country's experience in the implementation of the African Peer Review Mechanism and the Soccer World Cup to be hosted by South Africa in 2010.

    "Members expressed their appreciation at the focused nature of the discussions, which is a reflection of the evolution of the Council into a body combining reflections on general strategic issues and discussion on concrete challenges and solution," said Mpahlwa.

    SOMALIA: Truce holding after days of clashes in capital

    Nairobi, 15 May 2006 (IRIN) - A ceasefire appeared to be holding on Monday in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, after seven days of fighting between heavily armed militias in which at least 190 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

    Local sources told IRIN that no violations had been reported since the ceasefire took effect on Sunday. A mediation committee led by elders, religious leaders and businessmen reportedly brokered the truce.

    However, thousands of people who had been displaced by the fighting were still reluctant to return to their homes. "There have not been any returns today [on Monday]," a local journalist who requested anonymity said. "Many families are not convinced that this is the end of it [violence]. I think they are waiting to see if it actually holds for a couple of days before they venture back."

    Mogadishu was rocked by fighting that started on 7 May initially pitting militias loyal to Nur Daqle against those led by the chairman of the Islamic courts, Shaykh Sharif Shaykh Ahmed. Daqle and Ahmed belong to the Agoon Yar subclan of the Abgal community. What started as an internal feud soon became a battle between the Islamic courts and the newly created Alliance for Peace and the Fight Against International Terrorism, which comprises several Mogadishu-based faction leaders.

    "Mogadishu is enjoying the second day without the sound of heavy gunfire," said Hussein Shaykh Ahmed Kadare, a member of mediation committee, which was taking steps to "disengage" the two sides on Monday. "The likelihood of clashes remains so long as they are facing each other," he said. "That is why we need to move them apart."

    Other sources cautioned that the city was still tense, as neither side had committed to a permanent ceasefire. "The city is pregnant with the expectation of more violence," said the local journalist. He said the mediators were not dealing with the "core issues".

    Kadare called the ceasefire announcement "a first step". "Once we are sure we have established a complete ceasefire and silence the guns, we will then start dialogue to deal with the underlying problems."

    Medical sources said that more than 500 people had been injured in the fighting. The ceasefire had allowed groups of people, led by religious leaders, to enter neighbourhoods that had been off-limits to bury the dead. "Many people were left where they died, because no one could get to them," a doctor said. "It was too dangerous."

    (This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations)

    KZN sends a powerful delegation to the Gulf region

    By Chris Khumalo (BuaNews)

    Durban 14 May - KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Finance and Economic Development, Dr Zweli Mkhize leads a delegation that left this weekend on a trade and investment mission to the Gulf Region to showcase the province as a viable investment destination.

    The 10-day trip will see the KwaZulu-Natal delegation meeting potential investors in Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

    The high powered delegation comprises MEC for Transport, Safety and Community Liaison Bheki Cele, MEC for Agriculture and Environmental Affairs Prof Gabriel Ndabandaba, MEC for Arts, Culture and Tourism Weziwe Thusi, Umsunduzi (Pietermaritzburg) Mayor, Zanele Hlatshwayo as well as business leaders.

    Dr Mkhize said the main objective of the mission was to showcase KwaZulu-Natal as a viable investment destination.

    "We have invited local entrepreneurs as well, because we want to maximise this opportunity to network with business leaders in the Gulf and show them what partnerships are available for anyone wanting to invest in our province," said Dr Mkhize.

    Some of the investment opportunities that will be put before the hosts will include agro-processing, oil & gas, tourism & tourism infrastructure, property development, construction, shipping and retail.

    Dr Mkhize has recently led several trade missions to Europe, including one to Germany where the province looked at how the country was preparing itself to host the 2006 World Cup.

    Last week a German delegation visited the province to look at investment opportunities in the province.

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