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Apr 26, 2010
Author: Terry Hutson


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  • First View – STAD AMSTERDAM

  • Zuma has frank discussion with top management

  • SA to push for Africa's economic integration

  • COSCO and Evergreen split Asia-Africa-ECSA service into two loops

  • Safmarine appoints new Chief Process Officer (CPO)

  • STAD AMSTERDAM, aka HMS Beagle, comes to town

  • CSCL posts USD 951 million loss but says 2010 will be better

  • Pics of the day – STAD AMSTERDAM


    Tomorrow is a public holiday in South Africa. The next News Bulletin will appear on Wednesday, 28 April

    First View – STAD AMSTERDAM

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    The Dutch clipper STAD AMSTERDAM which arrived in Cape waters, docked at Simon’s Town on 23 April before going on to Hout Bay and then to Cape Town (see below). This picture shows the sailing ship arriving outside Simon’s Town. Picture by Bob Johnston

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    Zuma has frank discussion with top management

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    Pres Jacob Zuma

    Johannesburg - The delivery of services to the country's people dominated a discussion between President Zuma and his top management on Friday.

    The President told his top management in a frank engagement that after two decades of democracy, lack of service delivery to the people could not be blamed on apartheid.

    “After two decades we will not be able to make an excuse if we do not deliver faster change in the lives of our people,” Zuma told Director's General and Deputy Directors General (DDGs) from national and provincial government.

    “We will not be able to blame apartheid if villages still have no water, no electricity, no roads. We will not be able to blame anyone else if children still study under trees, if houses and schools are falling apart.”

    Zuma and his administration have had their share of frustrated citizens taking to the streets because of service delivery.

    He said his administration takes seriously every protest, adding that they would investigate how they can improve the pace and quality of delivery.

    Government officials, he said, also needed to change their attitude and improve their work ethic, in order for the country to see change.

    Zuma was frank that some of the officials did not respect the jobs they were employed to perform.

    “We all know that the failures in our government are not mainly caused by any significant lack of capacity, nor are they caused by poor education ...the simple truth is that we lack accountability.”

    Zuma, who met with top government to share his vision of change in government and to ask them what they were doing to change the way they run government departments, said work done on a DG level might be escalated.

    He said the DGs would become more like principal public liaison offices so that government could receive quicker responses - a view he said would engage DGs on.

    “We do not want to rely on reports from the public service only; we want to see first hand what is happening where our people live ...this means DGs and DDGs should be visible on the ground from time to time and not be completely desk bound.”

    Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi echoed the same sentiments, saying that the top management must be the “commanders of service delivery.”

    He said they must at all time be ready to listen, serve and to account to the masses.

    Zuma spoke fondly on accountability. He said the problem of accountability would not be solved by sophisticated technologies and the administrative system but rather by putting the people first, serving them with dignity and respect.

    He said what the country needed was a new breed of public servant - a public servant who respects the citizen, who values public resources and who comes to work on time and performs his/her duties diligently.

    The meeting arises from Zuma's drive to improve service delivery through making public servants do things differently to deliver services faster and in a caring manner. – BuaNews

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    SA to push for Africa's economic integration

    Pretoria - South Africa remains committed to regional economic integration in Africa and the country's economic policy will continue to promote free trade in the continent.

    This was a message from International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashaba during her department's Budget Vote on Thursday.

    She said South Africa's work, as part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) should build on the free trade arrangement achieved in 2008 by focusing on boosting regional production capacity and facilitating cross border trade.

    “We also believe the time has come to extend preferential markets across Southern and Eastern Africa through the Tripartite Free Trade Area that will draw together SADC and East African Community,” Nkoana-Mashabane said.

    The work of the African Union (AU) should be complemented by strong bilateral relations which are focused on tangible results with other African countries. “To this end, we are currently strengthening our bilateral mechanisms to ensure that they work better for our mutual benefit,” she said.

    In another milestone, regional leaders took a decision recently to integrate the NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development) into the AU and establish the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) as a technical body of the AU.

    The new structure would focus on the implementation of the NEPAD programme.

    It will give focused attention to the implementation of the regional integration programs and projects whilst the Africa Union Commission will continue to deal with policy and serve as the secretariat of the AU.

    Nkoana - Mashabane said the establishment of the Pan-African Parliament, operating from Midrand, was a step forward in giving all the people of Africa a voice in the running of the affairs of the continent.

    “As provided for in its founding protocol, the PAP has to be transformed from a consultative to a legislative body.

    “In transforming the PAP we will need to take into account its experience and history since its establishment in March 2004 with the view to building a strong, efficiently run and effective PAP at the service of the African people,” she said.

    She acknowledged that a lot still needed to be done to bring about stability in most of the continent's countries.

    “The gains we have made on the continent have not been without setbacks, especially in the area of peace and security, including the resurgence of coups and other forms of unconstitutional change of government.

    “We are unanimous in the African Union on the urgent need for the strengthening of our response to situations of unconstitutional change of government, and to close loopholes in our existing instruments and mechanisms,” she said.

    The African Union has declared 2010 as the ‘Year of Peace and Security in Africa’, and Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa will redouble its efforts in the resolution of conflicts on the continent. - BuaNews

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    COSCO and Evergreen split Asia-Africa-ECSA service into two loops

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    Ever Given in Cape Town harbour. Picture Ian Shiffman

    COSCO Container Lines and Evergreen Line announced last week that they will be dividing an existing joint service connecting Asia and the East Coast of South America (ECSA) via South Africa into two loops, with effect mid May.

    One of the loops, the FAX will call at South African ports, while the other will miss South Africa and operate direct between the Far East and ECSA.

    The new FAX service will operate with eight ships in the 2,700-TEU to 3,400-TEU range and will have a rotation of Shanghai, Ningbo, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Yantian, Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Durban, Cape Town, Singapore, Kaohsiung and Shanghai.

    The other service, ESA will operate with 10 ships each averaging 3,500-TEUs, of which Evergreen will provide six and COSCO four vessels. The service rotation will be Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Hong Kong, Singapore, Santos, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Santos, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

    In a joint statement the companies said: “Our customers need services that are transit time-competitive to meet their market demands. Dividing these two services will allow greatly flexibility and more expedient round-trip voyages.”

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    Safmarine appoints new Chief Process Officer (CPO)

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    Jan van Dooren – Safmarine CPO

    Safmarine has appointed Jan Van Dooren as its Chief Process Officer (CPO).

    Van Dooren, who has managed a number of high level projects during his 25 year career with Safmarine, is one of the company’s most experienced senior managers.

    During the early and mid 90s he managed the carrier’s agency networks in Europe, South Africa and the USA before being appointed, in 1999, to oversee the integration of Safmarine’s non-trade activities (processes, information systems and infrastructure) into the AP Moller-Maersk Group.

    He also spearheaded the development of Safmarine’s e-Business activities, including the launch of www.safmarine.com as a true business-to-business website.

    As CPO, Van Dooren - who was appointed as Safmarine’s Chief Information Officer in 2008 - will manage all Process Excellence (PEX) activities in addition to Information Systems (IS) and the IBM outsourcing contract for Safmarine.

    Commenting on the appointment, Safmarine's CEO Tomas Dyrbye said: “I am delighted that Jan has accepted this challenge; his vast experience in Safmarine will play a key role in ensuring we deliver a process-lean, technological platform which supports our customer-focussed organisation.”

    Van Dooren will become a member of the Safmarine Leadership Team and is based at Safmarine’s Head Office in Antwerp, Belgium.

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    STAD AMSTERDAM, aka HMS Beagle, comes to town

    History repeated itself on Friday 23 April 2010 when a large sailing ship arrived at Simon’s Town.

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    On 31 May 1836 it was HMS Beagle that called in en route from Mauritius to Plymouth, with the British scientist Charles Darwin on board. Darwin, then aged 27, was nearing the conclusion of a 5 year circumnavigation of the globe and had yet to achieve his subsequent fame for his evolutionary theory ‘On the Origin of Species’. The young Darwin was seemingly unimpressed by Simon’s Town – “The little town offers but a cheerless aspect to the stranger’s eye. About a couple of hundred square white-washed houses with scarcely a single tree....” Nonetheless, he stayed and explored the area for 19 days.

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    On 23rd April 2010 it was the Dutch clipper Stad Amsterdam that called en route from Mauritius – with the British biologist Sarah Darwin on board. Sarah is Charles Darwin’s great-great-granddaughter. The Stad Amsterdam has been re-enacting the original voyage of the Beagle in 1831-1836 for a 35 episode TV documentary by the Dutch broadcaster VPRO. Sarah Darwin’s thoughts about Simon’s Town have not been recorded for posterity.......

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    The Stad Amsterdam is currently at the Cape Town Waterfront. A number of events have been hosted aboard the vessel, which is not open for public viewing. She is due to depart for her return home to Europe on 2 May.

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    Pictures and reporting by David Erickson

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    CSCL posts USD 951 million loss but says 2010 will be better

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    CSCL Tianjin

    China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) announced its 2009 annual results last week. The container carrier declared a loss of USD 951 million, compared with a restated profit of USD 6.9 million in 2008.

    During 2009 company revenue decreased by 43.4% to USD 2.9 billion. Container volumes (loaded) decreased 3.7% to 6.742 million TEU.

    In its statement announcing the results, the company said the financial tsunami had worsened in 2009 in such an unprecedented and board manner that despite the adoption of a number of counter-measures, the group failed to reverse the loss making.

    “Although the container shipping industry is still encountering many uncertain factors, such as increase in oil price and the appreciation of the yuan, the operation of the group will be significantly improved in 2010,” the company forecast.

    CSCL said it was reorganising the fleet structure and optimising the trade lanes and was looking at improving efficiencies. It believed the operation of the group will improve greatly in 2010 and CSCL is taking a careful but optimistic view of the future market situation.

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    Pics of the day – STAD AMSTERDAM

    The Dutch clipper sailing ship STAD AMSTERDAM dropped anchor in Hout Bay, Cape Town at the weekend. Following a function held at the Hout Bay Yacht Club, the East Fort
    guns (b.1792) fired a salute to STAD AMSTERDAM. Following a further gun salute at midday, she was escorted out of Hout Bay by a flotilla of yachts, heading for the V & A Waterfront where she will spend the next six days.

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    Above - Dave Cowley, Chairperson of Hout Bay Heritage Trust whose responsibility is the guns at East Fort; Paula Roos-Schindeler, Deputy Head of Commission: Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; and Rear Admiral (JG) JE Louw of the South African Navy.

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    Above - Stad Amsterdam is escorted out of Hout Bay before heading for Cape Town. Both pictures by Ian Shiffman

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