Makeover for Durban harbour

first_imgOne of Durban harbour’s tugs guidesa container ship out of port. (Image: Transnet Port Terminals) The newly widened harbour mouth. (Image: Pixman image gallery)Janine ErasmusPlans are underway to further expand the port of Durban, with the addition of a new US$8-million (R70-million) rail facility attached to the container terminal, the widening of the harbour mouth, and other major projects.The rail terminal is to be commissioned at the end of June and is part of a multi-billion capital investment programme by the port’s operator Transnet Port Terminals.Construction is already underway on a $20-million (R164-million) expansion of the historic 15-berth Maydon Wharf, which handles bulk goods such as sugar, grain, fruit and fertiliser. The improvements include storage for 80 000 tons of maize.Other improvements already completed include the $18-million (R140-million) truck staging area at the six-berth Durban container terminal, which alleviates the problem of queuing, and the $250-million (R2-billion) first stage of the conversion of the Bayhead Pier One into a container terminal, adding extra capacity of 720 000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to Durban’s port.The TEU is not an exact measurement but is based on the volume of a standard 20-foot long container. Because not all containers are the same height, the measurement cannot be standardised.Phase two of the Pier One project is at the feasibility stage and involves the conversion of the former naval base Salisbury Island, resulting in an additional capacity of 800 000 TEUs. Pier One is expected to be fully operational by July 2010.The Durban harbour widening project is at an advanced stage. From its present 122m width, the entrance channel will span 220m at its narrowest point. The current depth of 12.8m will sink to between 18m and 19m, allowing modern container super-ships to enter the harbour.The harbour mouth is being widened to the north, which means that a new north breakwater is under construction, and at the same time workers are raising and strengthening the southern breakwater in anticipation of more powerful waves from bigger ships. The project is scheduled for completion in March 2010.Contribution to GDPFigures from the City of Durban say that maritime industries contribute an estimated 20% at least to Durban’s GDP. The City accounts for about 55% of KwaZulu-Natal province’s GDP, and with that standing at about 15% of the country’s GDP, it is clear that the port and its related industries are responsible for between 1.5% and 2% of South Africa’s GDP.Over the last two years, according to Transnet Port Terminals, the port has experienced a drop in volumes handled, but the ports operator is confident that the situation is transitory and that within the next two years volume will once again rise to pre-2007 levels. The port currently handles a massive 1 475 000 container movements, on average, per year.Key areasTransnet’s investment in the Durban port covers a number of other key areas – upgrading the staff car park, resurfacing the quaysides and relocating staff facilities and workshops, increasing container stacking capacity from 13 691 to 17 262 ground slots, and upgrading the seats of the container terminal’s 120 straddle carriers – this is a vehicle used for stacking containers.A $80-million (R648-million) expansion of the car terminal is also on the cards. Durban’s car terminal handles two thirds of South Africa’s motor vehicle imports and exports. The current allocation of 13 200 bays is to be increased to 14 000, of which 4 500 will be under cover.With the dip in the country’s economy and the resultant effect on the automotive industry, volumes at the car terminal have declined over the last year but are also predicted to bounce back within two years.Port cityDurban’s port is the busiest on the African continent, and the biggest in terms of container capacity. It serves South Africa’s industrial hub of Gauteng and is well positioned as a point of entry for goods to other countries in the region.While the port has 6 000 employees on site, about 30 000 others in related services depend directly on it for their income.The port is served by various private and public terminals, located in Transnet’s five business units – the Durban container terminal, the new Pier One container terminal, the multipurpose terminal, the car terminal, and Maydon Wharf.Other privately-operated terminals include the Island View oil and petroleum complex which is connected directly to petrol refineries via pipeline, the Rennies bulk terminal, and the massive sugar terminal on Maydon Wharf, one of the largest of its kind in the world.During the 2008/09 financial year the combined container terminals handled 2 560 366 TEUs. The larger part of this volume came from exports.As with all South African ports, Durban’s fleet of seven tugs is owned and operated by the Transnet National Ports Authority. All tugs are maintained to the South African Maritime Safety Authority’s class eight standards and are also able to assist with fire-fighting and salvage. During 2008/09 the port of Durban handled a total of 4 554 ships.Pilotage services, which are compulsory once ships come within three nautical miles of the harbour entrance, are provided through the port’s Agusta eight-seater helicopter, and when the helicopter is not available, the Tsitsikama pilot boat takes over.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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Meet Our Presenter Bob Bertsch-Avoiding Burnout: Building Resilience Through Relationships

first_imgRobert Bertsch Time to RSVP for this upcoming webinar on June 25, 11:00 AM TO 12:00 PM atAvoiding Burnout:  Building Resilience Through RelationshipsRobert Bertsch, B.A. M.S. in progress, Web Technology Specialist / Agriculture CommunicationI am seeking and sharing insights on how people can come together, as equals, to work toward positive personal and social change. My current focus is on collective action networks, social network analysis, community development and personal and community resilience.After more than 20 years in communications, education and web technology, Bob has found a passion for building human networks, especially those focused on collective action. He seeks and shares insights on weaving collaborative networks and on developing a culture of innovation through his work with North Dakota State University Extension Service, the Military Families Learning Network and as the host of the “Working Differently in Extension” podcast.North Dakota State Universitylast_img read more

Desire, heart keys in Game 2

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Aby Marano of F2 Logistics. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO, surveying the damage of Tuesday’s Finals Game 1, had a clear picture of exactly what happened: “We became too meek and lost our fire.”The feisty enforcer of F2 Logistics said her team needs to regain its confidence in order to stop Petron from sweeping the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference title Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Air Force shoots down UPcenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “We have to come out like we are ready to eat our opponents alive,” Maraño said in Filipino. “It’s a test of character for us.”Game time is 6:30 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWith a solid lineup that they use efficiently, the Blaze Spikers blasted the Cargo Movers, 25-23, 25-21, 25-19, to inch closer to their first title in two seasons.“You know our team, we have a way of coming back,” said Maraño. “We just have to erase doubts in our mind. Yes it was a three-set defeat. But we need to move on. I know we can do it as one whole team.” El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes “I know that what we showed in Game 1 wasn’t the real performance of F2 Logistics,” De Jesus said. “The adrenaline of the players in Game 1 was so high that they tend to commit mistakes.”De Jesus added: “I told them that some of them were selected in the national team, so they might as well come up with ‘national team-like’ performance.”F2 Logistics boasts national team players in Maraño, Kim Fajardo, Dawn Macandili and Kiana Dy.Petron has four in Mika Reyes, Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Pontillas and Ces Molina, who topscored in Game 1 with 11 points.Of the national team mainstays of F2 Logistics, top libero Macandili played below expectations, failing to get first ball which created a domino effect in their offense.But De Jesus expressed confidence on his players that include reigning UAAP champions Majoy Baron, Desiree Cheng, Macandili and Dy of La Salle.“My players are warriors,” said De Jesus, “I know they will come back and redeem themselves. It’s not over yet. The series won’t end on Thursday.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Petron coach Shaq delos Santos, it was his wards’ burning desire to win that made the Game 1 victory possible.“It was our heart which carried us in this game,” he said. “We’re already in the championship match. It’s no longer a question of skills or talent; it’s now a question of willingness and desire. Whoever wants it more would definitely win.”But Delos Santos said they are wary F2 Logistics will come back to retain the title.“Knowing F2 (Logistics), they will surely bounce back,” he added.F2 coach Ramil de Jesus said he called for a “national team-level” performance from his wards but didn’t get one last Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

South Africa Looking to Increase Exchanges in Arts and Culture

first_imgSouth Africa, which has long been a friend of Jamaica, is looking to further collaborations with the island under the Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Arts and Culture.The agreement, which dates back to 2009, is aimed at encouraging co-operation, as well as facilitating the exchange of knowledge, experience and achievements between both countries in the fields of arts and culture.It covers cultural exchanges, in which artistic people and/or groups including theatre groups, visual artists, actors, dancers, musicians, writers and journalists will participate in festivals, fairs and other events staged in each country, and the swap of cultural professionals across institutions.“We have facilitated discussions and have started talking about further collaborations. So that’s very exciting,” says South Africa’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Mathu Joyini.She notes that already, under the agreement, a number of Jamaican artistes have gone to South Africa to perform, and Jamaican cuisine has been exposed and highlighted in the African country.In addition, she informs, Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile has visited the island, while Minister of Higher Education and Training, Hon. Dr. Bonginkosi Nzimande, led a high level delegation to Jamaica on a four-day visit in November 2012.Last year, principals from the universities of Pretoria, KwaZulu-Natal and Zululand attended the Commonwealth University Conference at the University of West Indies (UWI) Mona campus, and the High Commission is organising a reciprocal visit from educators from the UWI and the University of Technology (UTech).High Commissioner Joyini tells JIS News that her country’s Government is also looking to take the collaboration beyond arts and culture and into other areas such as sports.“The one thing that Jamaica does particularly well is sports from the school level. It is something that we can learn,” she states.Jamaica and South Africa established diplomatic relations in 1994, following the election of a representative majority government in post-apartheid country. The Jamaican High Commission in Pretoria was opened in late 2006.Since the formal establishment of diplomatic relations in 1994, Jamaica and South Africa have deepened their relations.There is an active Jamaica -South Africa Friendship Association (JASAFA), and Jamaica observes the annual United Nation’s Nelson Mandela International Day, which is dedicated to furthering tolerance, peace and reconciliation.Mr. Mandela visited Jamaica in 1991 as head of the African National Congress (ANC), and in 2003, President Thabo Mbeki, became the first South African Head of State to visit Jamaica. The ANC was has been the ruling party of post-apartheid South Africa since 1994.The current President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, was a guest of Jamaica during the Golden Jubilee celebrations on August 6, 2012.“I think the visibility of Jamaica has gone further since the visit of the South African President and some of the work that we have been doing. Jamaica has become quite visible in South Africa so all of that has been quite significant in moving forward the relations between the two countries,” Mrs. Joyini said.Jamaica was instrumental in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and was one of the first nations in 1957, together with India, to declare a trade embargo against apartheid South Africa.Successive prime ministers of Jamaica were persistent in stating that apartheid South Africa represented a threat to international peace and have fought alongside the ANC for the liberation of the South African people.Jamaica hosted the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid in May of 1979, where an important declaration calling for new strategies to eliminate apartheid in Southern Africa, including mandatory sanctions against the apartheid regime was adopted.The Right Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey has been an inspiration to the African continent, and had an influence on the founding fathers of the ANC, amongst them, Sol Plaatjie.For his role in the liberation of the people of South Africa, former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson was presented with the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo, on South Africa’s Freedom Day, April 27. The Order, named after the late Oliver Tambo, who was the ANC’s president-in-exile for many years, is one of the country’s highest honours.Late former Prime Minister, Michael Manley, was posthumously recognised with the Order in 2004, for his contribution to the fight against apartheid.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more