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Feb 21, 2007
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  • SA port statistics for January

  • Safmarine container ship in collision

  • Large-scale projects underway in Durban port

  • Office space available in Coega development

  • CFM aims at making Maputo Corridor a preferential route

  • Proposed companies law to bring simplicity and convenience

  • Pic of the day – GOLDEN HARMONY

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    SA port statistics for January

    South African ports handled a total of 14.792 million tonnes of cargo during the month of January 2007 (Dec 15.311Mt). This figure excludes containers which the National Ports Authority records in TEUs but no longer by weight.

    The figures shown below reflect an estimated average container weight of 13.5 tonnes per TEU (probably a conservative estimate) and when taken into account the figure handled by all ports becomes 18.883 million tonnes (December was 18.813Mt).

    Including the calculated figure for containers, the respective ports handled the following:

    Cargo handled by tonnes

    Richards Bay            5.709 million tonnes (Dec 8.074Mt)
    Durban                    6.340 Mt (Dec 5.281)
    Saldanha Bay           4.164 Mt (Dec 3.446)
    Cape Town              1.113 Mt (Dec 0.986)
    Port Elizabeth           1.126 Mt (Dec 0.891)
    East London             0.216 Mt (Dec 0.129)
    Mossel Bay               0.213 Mt (Dec 0.006)

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

    Durban                    208,312 TEU (Dec 169,074)
    Cape Town                60,696 (Dec 54,758)
    Port Elizabeth             29,764 (Dec 32,480)
    East London                4,048 (Dec 2,797)
    Richards Bay                  195 (Dec 266)

    Total handled 303,015 TEU (Dec 306,990)

    Ship Calls

    Durban:            396 vessels 8.670m gt (371 vessels 8.219 million gt)
    Cape Town:       261 vessels 3.644m gt (240 vessels 3,981m gt)
    Port Elizabeth:     96 vessels 2.571m gt (145 vessels 2.528m gt)
    Richards Bay:     107 vessels 3.413m gt (135 vessels 5.319m gt)
    Saldanha:           43 vessels 2,850m gt (43 vessels 2.521m gt)
    East London:       23 vessels 0.709m gt (19 vessels 0.536m gt)
    Mossel Bay:         67 vessels 0.204m gt (75 vessels 0.174m gt)

    - source NPA plus Ports & Ships calculations to include container weights

    Safmarine container ship in collision

    The container ship SA Helderberg, one of the ‘Big White’s of the Safmarine fleet, collided with a tanker named Ocean Sapphire near Tanjung Piaia in Malaysia at the weekend, resulting in a small oil leak that has since been cleared up.

    An oil control vessel Seri Endon was despatched to the scene to assist with the clean up operations and reported the leak to be not too widespread and under control.

    Damage to the container ship was slight and has apparently been repaired. According to reports the collision with the tanker took place on Saturday shortly after the container ships sailed from the port of Tanjung Pelepas.

    SA Helderberg is on charter to Safmarine from its Dutch owners.

    Large-scale projects underway in Durban port

    A number of important projects in the port of Durban are underway or due to begin in the next few weeks.

    The biggest of these is undoubtedly the widening and deepening of the entrance channel and subsequent deepening of channels within the port. This work commences in mid March and the first steps will be taken later today with the closure of the North breakwater to the public.

    A Bollywood film crew has hired the pier for the next week to do a shoot but once they clear up on 28 February the NPA will take over the pier as a construction site, with the appointed contractors are due to come on site shortly thereafter. Tenders for the main works closed on 19 January and the contract is expected to be awarded shortly.

    Although not official there is some reason to hope that once the new breakwater has been completed the public will again be given access to the pier, probably for pedestrian traffic only. One of the problems generally with public access to the harbour precincts in the past and present has been the behaviour of a significant number of fishermen who have littered the area and are suspected of having been involved in criminal activities. If access is permitted it shouldn’t come as a surprise if fishing from the breakwater is banned.

    Together with the widening and deepening of the entrance channel, other navigational channels within the port will also undergo dredging to a greater depth of around 16 metres – already the three berths at the Pier 1 Container Terminal are being deepened alongside from the existing 11.8m draught to 15.5m which will enable the larger container ships entering the South African service to make sue of the facility.

    Another long awaited project due to commence in March is the Khangela Bridge which will cross the Southern Freeway and railway lines opposite the dry dock. This bridge will provide a new outlet for the congested Bayhead Road, leading onto the Umbilo arterial road and then to Edwin Swales Drive and out of the city. Completion of this project is set for the end of December 2008, in time for the planned expansion of Toyota’s intended ramping up and for the completion of the new car terminal at Salisbury Island, all of which will add traffic to Bayhead Road.

    Upgrades of the berths at Island View are progressing well with dredging alongside the berths almost complete. The NPA and its contractor Protekon are undertaking the upgrade of berths one at a time to enable the Island View tanker terminal to continue with the least disruption.

    Meanwhile work on completing the rebuilding of Pier 1 as a new container terminal is also progressing well. Ports & Ships hopes to have a detailed progress report shortly.

    Office space available in Coega development

    Port Elizabeth - Progress on the construction of the new CDC (Coega Development Corporation) office complex expected for completion by the end of November 2007 is well underway, says the CDC in a statement issued yesterday. After completion the complex will be the CDC’s new head offices and will also house other businesses involved within the Coega IDZ (Industrial Development Zone).

    There is about 410 square meters of floor area available to tenants that are interested in sharing the office block with the CDC.

    The construction of the five-storey commercial office complex also yields an opportunity for private sector property developers to lease or purchase serviced land which they can convert into business properties. Once the Coega IDZ is in operation, companies will require readily available space to utilise as offices hence the construction of the office complex.

    “More and more investors are showing an interest and coming on board – part of this awareness has been due to the Alcan aluminium smelter announcement, the presence of the deepwater Port of Ngqura and the other investors who have chosen the Coega IDZ for their operations” says CDC spokesperson Vuyelwa Qinga-Vika.

    Investors are showing increasing interest in the opportunities being created by Coega, and among these are those looking for readily built factory space,” he says.

    While the construction of the office block is underway the CDC is also progressing with plans of the R55 million phase 1b of the Coega construction village which will see an additional 143 units being built as part of the village.

    “In keeping with Coega’s mission of ensuring sustainable economic development, the CDC, with the contractor, is involved in a selection process to get small, medium and micro enterprises that will offer labour-only contracting service to build the 143 units,” says CDC executive for Infrastructure Development”, Bridgette Gasa.

    An enterprise development component has also been added to the contract which will look at making available opportunities for material suppliers and plant hiring companies. Over the next month tenders for civils/municipal infrastructure construction on the second phase of the village will be out.

    The need for factory space in the IDZ provides an opportunity for property investors to build factories for which they already have tenants. “Another possibility is for a developer to take options on land and then to find their own tenants,” Qinga-Vika says.

    There is also the option of getting private sector property development companies or consortiums to develop land for a specific investor or develop land speculatively as a pull factor for investors who are still looking into coming to the IDZ.

    The Coega office block will boast of a gym, day care centre and a canteen within the premises. All of these will be for the sole use and benefit of the tenants and CDC employees. The CDC is planning to move into their new offices over the first two weeks of December this year.

    source - CDC

    CFM aims at making Maputo Corridor a preferential route

    Mozambique’s railway transport company CFM is investing US$70 million on the rehabilitation of the Maputo Rail Corridor to ensure the corridor becomes a preferential route in Southern Africa.

    This was disclosed by CFM’s chairman Rui Fonseca at the recent corridor workshop held in Nelspruit in South Africa. The workshop was organised by CFM in partnership with Spoornet and the Maputo Corridor Liaison Initiative (MCLI).

    Fonseca said that $20 million would be spent on infrastructural improvements to the railway between Maputo and the South African border at Ressano Garcia/Komatipoort. The balance of $50m would go towards the purchase and repair of locomotives and rail wagons.

    He said his company had set goals of achieving between 3 and 4 million tonnes of cargo along the Maputo Corridor by the end of the current financial year and was aiming at a target of 6 -7 mt for 2008 and 8 - 9 million tonnes for 2009.

    The port of Maputo and the corridor should not be considered as being in competition with other ports like Durban and Richards Bay and their respective corridors, but as complementary channels for imports and exports.

    'The concept of logistics and optimisation of the transport economy should be fully assumed by everyone', he said.

    source – Noticias (Maputo) & AIM

    Proposed companies law to bring simplicity and convenience

    by Oupa Segalwe, BuaNews

    Pretoria - The new Companies' Bill is set to do away with much of the red tape associated with establishing companies in South Africa, says Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa.

    Briefing the media today on developments in this regard, Mr Mpahlwa said the key objective of the draft legislation was to promote and encourage entrepreneurship and the diversity of enterprises in the country.

    "We try to do this by simplifying the formation of companies, to make it easier for people to come together and form companies," he said.

    The minister said the bill will make this possible by reducing the cost of registering and maintaining a company, as well a shortening the registration process.

    The bill, he added, would also seek to reduce the burden and compliance costs for small and medium-sized businesses, simultaneously enhancing corporate governance, transparency and the accountability of large and widely held firms.

    This is part of the reform of the current companies' law which is governed by the Companies Act of 1973.

    According to Tshepo Mongalo, Company Law Review Manager at the Department of Trade and Industry (Dti), it costs about R3,800 to register a private company in the country under the current law.

    Mr Mognalo told BuaNews that registering a public company can set one back with about R15,000, excluding the costs of professional assistance.

    "The current law further requires the companies to lodge certain forms continually throughout their existences - something which will not be the case with the proposed law," he added.

    The anticipated impact of the new law will include improving regulatory oversight, enforcement and redress for minority shareholders in particular.

    The bill also introduces a new business rescue scheme that will facilitate the turnaround of struggling firms that face liquidation.

    "Currently in South Africa we don't have a business rescue system. We move too quickly to liquidate companies," Mr Mpahlwa said.

    If passed into law, the bill will run alongside the Closed Corporations Act.

    "In time the Closed Corporations Act will be repealed. This will be done at the right moment because currently there are a large number of such companies (over 1.2 million)," Mr Mpahlwa added.

    The bill will also see the phasing out of suffixes like Ltd for public companies and Pty Ltd for private companies.

    These will be replaced by Non Profit Companies (NPC), Closely Held Companies (CHC) and Widely Held Companies (WHC).

    The bill was approved by Cabinet on 7 February and it has been published and opened for public comment until 19 March.

    Deputy Director-General for Consumer and Corporate Regulations Division at the department Astrid Ludin said the Bill would be taken back to Cabinet in July this year.

    "We are hoping to introduce it to Parliament for approval by the end of the year," Ms Ludin said.

    The Bill is available on www.dti.gov.za and public comments can be sent to Linda van Dieman on linda@thedti.gov.za or faxed to 012 394 2536.

    Pic of the day – GOLDEN HARMONY

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    The Indian managed and St Vincent & The Grenadines-registered bulker GOLDEN HARMONY called at Durban on Sunday to take bunkers. The 30-year old ship was arriving from Kakinada and is bound for Dakar in West Africa – where’s Kakinada you ask? It’s one of the better lesser-known ports of India, and a deep-water one at that, which faces the Bay of Bengal. The port and town was originally known as Kaki Nandiwada, a name that was later truncated to Kakiwada, although the English succeeded in their inimitable manner in anglicising it to Cocanada for a period. Picture Terry Hutson

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