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Aug 29, 2007
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  • Murray Grindrod retires - Ivan Clark takes over

  • Massive upgrade of Mozambique’s road network planned

  • WFP buys 2 million tonnes of food in southern Africa

  • Nigerian Navy ships arrive in Brazil

  • Pic of the day – USS NORMANDY

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    Murray Grindrod retires – Ivan Clark takes over

    Durban – 28 August 2007 – This Friday marks the end of an era when Murray Grindrod steps down as chairman of Grindrod Limited, South Africa’s leading shipping and logistics company.

    His place as chairman will be taken by Ivan Clark, who retired as chief executive officer of Grindrod at the end of 2006.

    Following in the footsteps of his father WB and grandfather Captain JE Grindrod, Murray Grindrod served a total of 50 years with the company of which the last 21 years were as chairman. During this time the company underwent tremendous change, expansion and success.

    Alan Olivier, Grindrod’s chief executive officer yesterday expressed immense gratitude to Mr Grindrod for his valuable contribution to the Grindrod group over the years.

    Ivan Clark now steps up as chairman after a career with the group during which he has been financial accountant at Unicorn Lines, later Unicorn’s financial director, then chief operating officer and managing director of Grincor, which later evolved into Grindrod Limited. Upon his retirement as MD he was appointed deputy chairman of the group.

    Clark’s success as company MD has been well documented in PORTS & SHIPS and, as described in the book ‘Unicorn – Navigating New Frontiers’ was accurately described by a visiting foreign delegate to a shipping conference in Durban, who referred to him as ‘such an enthusiastic South African’.

    Massive upgrade of Mozambique’s road network planned

    Maputo, Mozambique – A massive upgrade of Mozambique’s road network has been announced by the National Roads Administration, reports the Maputo newspaper Noticias.

    Covering over 5,500 kilometres of roads and costing an estimated US $ 786 million, the rehabilitation is expected top get underway this year with a three-year project involving 1,656 km of roads.

    Resulting from the civil war Mozambique’s 30,000km network of roads has deteriorated badly over many sections. Less than 20 percent of the total is paved and the unpaved sections are generally in poor condition, making the transport of freight and people a hazardous task. The report says that only 57 percent o unpaved roads are passable by normal vehicles.

    Three sections of the main highway North South (EN1) – the stretches Jardim to Benfica, Xai-Xai to Zandamela/Chissibuca and the Massinga to Nhachengue are listed as top priority sections for the upgrade.

    Much of Mozambique’s rail network is similarly undergoing rehabilitation, including the southern railway from Maputo to Ressano Garcia (South African border at Lebombo), the Beira to Tete railway (Moatize coalfields) and the northern Nacala to Malawi corridor.

    At the same time Mozambique has embarked on a large-scale project of dredging the harbours, commencing with Beira where a new dredger was recently commissioned. All these projects are aimed at improving the logistical flow throughout the large country.

    WFB buys 2 million tonnes of food in southern Africa

    Johannesburg, 28 August - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has bought more than two million tons of food on local markets in Southern Africa in the last five years – the equivalent of providing 12 million hungry people with a full food basket for an entire year.

    The food agency announced today that it has spent almost US $ 430 million since southern Africa was first hit by recurring food crises in 2002. The funds were used to purchase 2,020,000 metric tons of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, corn-soya blend, salt and sugar in eight countries across the region, mainly South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

    "These purchases have provided WFP with the means to help millions of needy people," said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran, speaking from the agency's headquarters in Rome.

    "At the same time, buying local has been both cost efficient as well as extremely effective in supporting small-scale farmers and stimulating local agricultural economies."

    Sheeran said WFP has already bought more food in Malawi and Mozambique this year than ever before and, given additional cash contributions, purchases could also hit record levels in Zambia.

    "It really is a win-win situation," she added, "because local purchases benefit surplus-producing small farmers and traders, while ensuring that WFP can provide those in need in those countries and elsewhere in southern Africa with sufficient food in time."

    With parts of southern Africa facing severe food shortages once again, WFP is aiming to assist over four million vulnerable people across the region before the next main harvest in April 2008. WFP is currently scaling up its operations in the worst affected countries, particularly Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland.

    While the bulk of the two million tons bought over the last five years in Southern Africa was distributed to people hit by a succession of crises in the region, WFP also used some of it to assist vulnerable people facing food shortages in other countries across the continent, including Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Niger and Somalia.

    More than half the food was produced in or bought from South African companies. However, WFP is currently focussing its procurement on countries that enjoyed good harvests in 2007 such as Zambia, Mozambique and particularly Malawi, which has a cereal surplus of over one million tons this year.

    Additional donations are urgently required to ensure that WFP reaches all of its targeted beneficiaries in southern Africa over the next seven months. Whenever possible, future cash contributions will be used to purchase food either locally or regionally.

    Over the past five years, WFP has bought food in South Africa (1,275,000 tons; US $ 259 million), Zambia (285,000 tons; US $ 62 million), Malawi (203,000 tons; US $ 46 million), Mozambique (125,000 tons; US $ 29 million), Lesotho (81,000 tons; US $ 18 million), Namibia (25,000 tons; US $ 7 million), Zimbabwe (20,500 tons; US $ 7 million) and Swaziland (5,500 tons; US $ 1 million).

    WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency: on average, and each year gives food to 90 million poor people to meet their nutritional needs, including 58 million hungry children, in 80 of the world's poorest countries. WFP – We Feed People.

    Nigerian Navy ships arrive in Brazil

    The two Nigerian Navy ships, the frigate NNS ARADU and patrol vessel NNS NWAMBA arrived in the Brazilian port of Recife on Saturday after a successful crossing of the Atlantic.

    En route the ships crossed the Equator, a first for many of the sailors on board the warships.

    After a short visit to Recife the two ships sailed again yesterday (Monday) for Rio de Janeiro to take part in Brazil’s Bi-Centennial celebrations along with ships of 45 other navies. A South African frigate, SAS MENDI is also expected in the port to take part.

    Pic of the day – USS NORMANDY

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    The guided missile cruiser USS NORMANDY on arrival in Cape Town harbour yesterday (28 August). The impressive ship is serving as the command vessel of a NATO squadron consisting of six warships circumnavigating Africa for the first time, during which official visits are being made to a number of African countries. While in South African waters the NATO ships will conduct exercises with ships of the South African Navy, including the available SAN frigates and submarines. Picture by Ian Shiffman

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