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Oct 16, 2007
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  • Port Rules and Harbour Master’s Written Instructions

  • IBSA summit begins this week

  • Navy recruiting key personnel

  • Brazilian President on 7th African visit

  • Shell lifts force majeure at Nigerian terminal

  • Pic of the day – IVS NIGHTINGALE

    Port Rules and Harbour Master’s Written Instructions

    IN our 28 September edition of this News Bulletin, Ports & Ships reported on a series of meetings that Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) intends holding to discuss the Ports Rules and Harbour Master’s Written Instructions.

    Apart from listing details of the meetings at the respective ports, we stated that copies of the draft port rules etc could be downloaded from the Transnet website.

    Since then it has been pointed out to us the difficulty of doing this, owing to the Transnet site not appearing to carry the relevant information. Enquiries have been made of Transnet with the response that the information is available at the Transnet National Ports Authority website (although still not clearly visible by going to the site). It can however be found here:


    Alternately, copies are supposedly available from the respective ports at a cost of R50 to cover photocopying.

    Anybody intending to make comments on the proposed Rules and Written Instructions must submit them to the TNPA by 5pm on 19 November 2007, for the attention of Gaynor Kast, Transnet National Ports Authority Spokesperson (tel 011 351 9021 or 083 271 4350).

    • By hand: Transnet National Ports Authority Head Office, 30 Wellington Road, Parktown, Johannesburg
    • By post: PO Box 32696, Braamfontein, 2017
    • By fax: 011 351 9023
    • By email to: portsact@transnet.net

    A series of public consultative meetings has also been called to give port users the opportunity for comment on the draft Port Rules and Harbour Master’s Written Instructions.

    Once finalised these Port Rules will be issued in terms of section 80(2) of the National Ports Act (Act 12 of 2005), and the Harbour Master’s Written Instructions.

    The public meetings are being held as follows:

    Port of Cape Town
    Venue: 10th Floor Boardroom, Transnet National Ports Authority offices, Port of CT
    Date: 29/10/07. Time: 08:30 – 16:00

    Port of Saldanha Bay
    Venue: Protea Hotel, Saldanha Bay
    Date: 30/10/07. Time: 08:30 – 16:00

    Port of Durban
    Venue: International Convention Centre, Durban
    Date: 01/11/07. Time: 08:30 – 16:00

    Port of Richards Bay
    Venue: Elwazini, Bayvue Centre, Transnet National Ports Authority offices, Richards Bay
    Date: 02/11/07. Time: 08:30 – 16:00

    Port of Mossel Bay
    Venue: Pinnacle Point Hotel, Mossel Bay
    Date: 05/11/07. Time: 08:30 – 16:00

    Port of Port Elizabeth
    Venue: Summerstrand Inn Hotel, Port Elizabeth
    Date: 06/11/07. Time: 08:30 – 16:00

    Port of East London
    Venue: The Golf Club, East London
    Date: 07/11/07. Time: 08:30 – 16:00

    For further information regarding these public meetings, interested parties may contact Gaynor Kast (tel: 011 351 9021, 083 271 4350 or

    IBSA summit begins this week

    India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) are likely to launch new initiatives for the promotion of trade and cooperation in a number of areas at a summit starting in Pretoria this week.

    The summit, which will be led by Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki, gets underway on Wednesday. Preceding the meeting are a series of forums involving hundreds of business, academic and scientific people from the three countries, including specialists on gas-to-fuel and coal-to-fuel technologies.

    The key focus on the second IBSA summit is to promote trade and cooperation across the three continents and in particular to find ways of increasing trilateral trade from US $ 7 Billion to $ 10 Billion a year.

    Discussions will also be held on gender issues and the inclusion of women in economic activity across the three regions.

    Other issues on the agenda include the stalled Doha Round of talks by the World Trade Organisation, Poverty & Under-development, Disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation and the reform the of the United Nations.

    The first IBSA summit was held last year in Brazil's capital, Brasilia. At that summit a number of important agreements were reached, including the development of aviation and maritime interests between the three countries and the creation of trade opportunities concerning the respective harbours. One of the tangible results of that summit is that an Indian airline, Jet Airways will soon commence flying between India and South Africa.

    According to Jerry Matjila, deputy director-general of the Asia Middle East section at South Africa’s Foreign Affairs department, IBSA is all about trade.

    The third IBSA summit is due to be held in India in 2008.

    Navy recruiting key personnel

    South African Navy personnel will descend on East London today for a week-long recruitment drive aimed at finding candidates for the key areas of diving, submarines and navy technicians.

    According to the Daily Dispatch posts are open in the navy for young men and women who are physically fit and have passed grade 12 with mathematics and science at school. The navy’s Lt.Cmdr Prince Tshabalala told the newspaper that candidates who were also between the ages of 23 and 26 with a tertiary qualification in a technical field like N3, N4, N5 and N6 could apply.

    Interested people are able to contact the Navy recruitment office by emailing navpro@telkomsa.net of by going to the navy website at

    source – Daily Dispatch

    Brazilian President on 7th African visit

    Brasilia, 15 October 2007 (BuaNews) - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva begins his seventh tour of the African continent Monday, where he has already visited 17 countries.

    He kicks of this tour with a visit to Burkina Fasso, government sources here said Sunday.

    From Monday to Friday Lula will be focussed on bilateral ties, trade and projects to generate bio-fuel, during a trip that will also include visits to Congo (Tuesday), South Africa (Wednesday), Democratic Republic of Congo (Thursday) and Angola (Friday).

    According to Roberto Jaguaribe de Matos, the Foreign Ministry deputy secretary, the Brazilian government considers Africa the continent with greatest potential source of bio-fuel.

    Brazil also expects to sign agreements to strengthen economic and commercial relations in strategic areas like energy and minerals, added Matos.

    On Wednesday, he will attend the second India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Summit in Pretoria, South Africa, stated the source.

    One of the meeting's priorities will be the need of support to increase the number of permanent members at the UN Security Council in such a way that the developing countries will be represented on it, explained Matos.

    Lula will travel with a large business delegation representing the energy, construction, aeronautics and financial services sectors.

    With South African President Thabo Mbeki and the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he will boost co-operation and political agreement among the three countries.

    The first IBSA summit was held in Brasilia, Brazil on 13 September 2006.

    The summit, said South African Government Spokesperson Themba Maseko last week, will be preceded by a ministerial troika forum involving Cabinet-level meetings between the three countries.

    Earlier this month, Ambassador Jerry Matjila, the deputy director-general in the Department of Foreign Affairs, told reporters at a briefing on the upcoming summit that ministerial meetings will include Ministers of Trade and Agriculture.

    A number of other IBSA-related meetings, being held at the Sandton Convention Centre from Monday, will precede the actual summit, with a strong focus on business ties.

    The summit, Mr Maseko said, comes after the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly where developing countries reaffirmed the need for collaboration and multilateral approaches in addressing development challenges.

    Other related activities include an IBSA parliamentary forum, an IBSA academics forum, an IBSA women's forum and a seminar dedicated to technology transfer between and across the three countries.

    Mr Matjila told reporters that mechanisms have been put in place to ensure that IBSA comprehensively addresses the concerns of its three members, with this process supported by the 14 working groups from various government departments that will be meeting their counterparts.

    At the IBSA business forum to be held in Sandton next week, more than 100 business leaders from South Africa will meet over 100 businesspeople from India, with over 60 business leaders expected from Brazil.

    Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos will welcome him in Luanda where, besides signing co-operation agreements on preventing malaria, training and education, he will open a business meeting with over 30 Brazilian enterprises established in this African country.

    Shell lifts force majeure at Nigerian terminal

    A force majeure imposed by the Shell oil company at its Forcados oil export terminal in Nigeria has been lifted, according to Shell sources.

    The company spokesperson said there was now sufficient crude available from storage and current production to lift the embargo on exports and begin honouring Shell contracts.

    However the official revealed only a small amount of output was available from the oil fields, which prior to attacks by militants was producing approximately 50,000 barrels a day.

    See our related report dated 13 January 2007 -

    Pic of the day – IVS NIGHTINGALE

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    IVS NIGHTINGALE handling cargo at Lyttelton, New Zealand yesterday morning. Picture by Alan Calvert

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