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Jul 12, 2007
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  • SA port statistics for June

  • African governance improvements – World Bank

  • Speculative warehousing on offer at Coega

  • Mozambique secures money to fix roads

  • Pic of the day – TOTO

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    SA port statistics for June

    All South Africa’s ports with the exception of the minor ports of Mossel Bay and East London experienced a downturn in total cargo handled during June compared with the previous month. Container volumes were also down on May.

    The figures shown below have been adjusted to include container volumes which are no longer measured by the National Ports Authority by weight. This calculation is based on an estimated average weight of 13.5 tonnes for each TEU (which is conservative).

    Taking the container adjustment into account the figure handled by all ports during May becomes 18.808 million tonnes (May adjusted was 20.713Mt), a decrease of 9.2 percent.

    The respective ports handled the following:

    Cargo handled by tonnes

    Richards Bay                  7.449 million tonnes (May 8.282Mt)
    Durban                          5.640 Mt (May 6.247)
    Saldanha Bay                 3.074 Mt (May 3.601)
    Cape Town                    1.305 Mt (May 1.328)
    Port Elizabeth                 0.908 Mt (May 0.922)
    Mossel Bay                    0.227 Mt (May 0.172)
    East London                   0.205 Mt (May 0.161)

    Total cargo by tonnes 18.808 million tonnes (May 20.713mt)

    Containers measured by TEUs
    (TEUs include Deepsea, Coastal, Tranship and empty containers all subject to being invoiced by NPA)

    Durban                         189,126 TEU (May 201,324)
    Cape Town                     65,500 (May 66,905)
    Port Elizabeth                  37,008 (May 35,794)
    East London                     1,388 (May 1,272)
    Richards Bay                       204 (May 620)

    Total handled 294,376 TEU (May 305,915)

    Ship Calls

    Durban:                 427 vessels 8.718m gt (381 vessels 8.210m gt)
    Cape Town:            274 vessels 4.243m gt (273 vessels 3.996m gt)
    Port Elizabeth:        107 vessels 2.927m gt (104 vessels 2.469m gt)
    Richards Bay:          150 vessels 5.180m gt (126 vessels 4.275m gt)
    Saldanha:                39 vessels 1,782m gt (35 vessels 1,925m gt)
    East London:            27 vessels 0.781m gt (25 vessels 0.666m gt)
    Mossel Bay:            191 vessels 0.241m gt (183 vessels 0.308m gt)

    - source NPA plus adjustments by Ports & Ships to include container weights

    African governance improvements – World Bank

    Governance in a number of African countries has improved significantly, according to a report published by the World Bank and made available on Tuesday (10 July 2007).

    However the bank warned that some African countries still faced serious challenges despite efforts to improve governance and cut corruption.

    “On average, there is no evidence that governance in the world at large has improved markedly over the past decade. It is a very varied picture. The good news is that some countries, including some of the poorest ones in Africa, are deciding to move forward, and are showing to the world that it is possible to make substantial inroads in improving governance over a relatively short period of time – in less than a decade. However, others have stayed behind or even deteriorated,” said Daniel Kaufmann, co-author of the report with Aart Kraay and Massimo Mastruzzi.

    The report which looks at 212 countries and territories uses several hundred individual variables as indicators in a process under development since 1996, which is drawn from 36 data sources provided by 30 different organisations. Six components of good governance are measured.

    In Africa it found that political stability had improved in Algeria, Angola, Libya, Rwanda and Sierra Leone and that Kenya, Niger and Sierra Leone had improved their voice and accountability components. Tanzania was judged to be one of two countries worldwide where progress towards combating corruption was found to be significant.

    The report said that governance in some African countries had however gone downhill – citing Ivory Coast and Zimbabwe as two that have performed poorly.

    Across the world bribery remains a major problem that costs an estimated US $1 trillion annually.

    Speculative warehousing on offer at Coega

    The Coega Development Corporation (CDC), which markets the Coega Industrial Development Zone adjacent to the new port of Ngqura, says that the construction of speculative warehousing within the 11,500 ha IDZ offers long-term solutions to the “dire need for industrial space in Nelson Mandela Bay” (Port Elizabeth area).

    The first three warehouses are currently under construction and expected to be completed before the end of the year.

    “The warehouses are being built speculatively, making it easier for any company that requires space to start negotiations with Coega and acquire the space within a short and reasonable time. These warehouses are built in zones 1(light manufacturing cluster), 2 (automotive cluster) and 3 (general cluster) in the Coega IDZ and range between 1700 and 5000 square metres in building area,” says CDC Property Development Manager Waseem Mustapha.

    “At present there is a shortage of vacant industrial buildings to rent in the city, and with a growing demand for industrial space, this offers a considerable development opportunity.”

    For industrial property in the IDZ, two basic space solutions are on offer: to lease serviced land to potential investors, which they will develop, or to build generic facilities for investors to lease.

    “Although the preference for leasing purposes is for a long lease for the planned life of the facility being built on the land, solutions are tailored towards the specific investor’s requirements. The option of leasing allows the investor to recover their costs without being burdened with unwanted land and buildings at the end of the production cycle and reduces the upfront capital investment,” says CDC spokesperson Vuyelwa Qinga-Vika.

    There is also the option of contracting private sector property development companies or consortiums to develop land for a specific investor or develop land speculatively for investors who are looking into moving into the Coega IDZ.

    The CDC says that another exciting project underway, which is also a first for South Africa, is the construction of a multi-tenant Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) facility, comprising of 1500 call centre seats, boardrooms, offices, cafeteria and restaurant, which should be completed during 2008. This will be the first 1500-seat call centre in South Africa.

    Various other development projects are in the pipeline, which include retail facilities, more industrial facilities, training centre and office blocks in the IDZ and an expansion of the present Coega Construction Village in Wells Estate.

    The adjacent port of Ngqura is expected to begin operations from the end of 2008.

    Mozambique secures money to fix roads

    The Mozambique government has secured funding of US $100 million from the World Bank for the second phase in fixing the country’s roads and bridges.

    The loan, which was signed this week, will be used to improve the conditions of Mozambique’s road systems in order to facilitate marketing and the circulation of people and goods, said World Bank’s representative, Michael Baxter.

    The loan will be issued by the International Development Agency, the World Bank’s so-called soft loans agency, and is repayable over 40 years at an interest rate of one percent. The money will be disbursed in six instalments with Mozambique’s Road Fund receiving the first payment in September and follows the restructuring of the country’s National Roads Authority, which was a condition of the agreement.

    Further loans for the road programme are expected from the European Union, while the United States and Japan have adopted a different method of providing money directly to the project.

    Japan is already involved with a $20 million bridge reconstruction programme in northern Mozambique and although not connected with the road programme, Japan last week handed over an $18 million dredger to Emodraga, the Mozambique state-owned dredging company to be used in the deepening of the port at Beira.

    Pic of the day – TOTO

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    The Durban-based supply tug TOTO moves down the Esplanade Channel heading out of Durban harbour. In the immediate background are the buildings of the Salisbury Island Naval Station, with one of the catamaran patrol boats on the syncrolift. Behind the island can be seen the silos of Durban Bulk Shipping (DBS), one of the Bidfreight operated terminals at Island View. Picture Terry Hutson

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