Dear Friends

As the new proposed Customs Act enters the next decade, we are privileged to offer you an insight into the ramifications of the act and why the delays in the implementation thereof.

Clifford Evans, who has been at the forefront of the New Customs Act Programme (NCAP) since its inception, will provide you with an exclusive update at our next function on Wednesday 20th September

This is one not to be missed!

We look forward to seeing you on the 20th at Encore!

Warm Regards

Terry Gale

Exporters Club Western Cape - Cargo Ship

Wednesday 20th September 2017   visit our events page

“NCAP - New Customs Act Program"
with Clifford Evans
As the new proposed Customs Act enters the next decade, we are privileged to offer you an insight into the ramifications of the act and why the delays in the implementation thereof.

Date:   Wednesday 20th September 2017
Time:   17h30 for 18h00
Venue:   Encore Restaurant and Conference Centre,
Rothschild Boulevard, Tygerberg Campus,
RSVP:   Monday 18th September 2017

For more information please see the Events section

Exporters Club Western Cape - Cargo Ship

The 7th Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference, 23-24 November, in Hong Kong.

This year, our conference will continue to explore the trending topics of the industry, including the “Belt and Road” Initiative and e-commerce as well as:
  • Food e-commerce development in the region
  • Cold-chain logistics challenges and opportunities
  • Temperature controlled cargo
  • F&B E-commerce and Cold-chain Logistics
An important topic is “New Opportunities from the completion of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and development of the Big Bay Area”

A new “Intelligence Lounge” will be set up at this year’s ALMC, where participants can gather and network in an open and comfortable environment. We also facilitate Business Matching Meetings for delegates.

The entry fee for SA delegates is USD 58, includes networking cocktail, side visits to Hong Kong key logistics facilities.

Welcome to the first issue of Ports SA, designed to keep our valued external stakeholders informed of developments in the port system.

The past two months have been exciting with us celebrating a number of achievements. We are proud of the role we are playing in Africa and the recognition we are receiving for performance and innovation. These include Best Performance Awards for Saldanha and East London in the Pan African Port Community Awards, as well as Silver in the SAP HANA Awards for our pioneering Smart Ports proof of concept for the Port of Durban.

Unleashing the potential of our ports through programmes such as Operation Phakisa, is helping us to create jobs and open up the space for the participation of those who have been historically disadvantaged.

With the country's sharp and renewed focus on the Oceans Economy we are steadily beginning to exploit the unique position of the ports in our role as change agent. This is reflected in enhanced criteria for Section 56 projects to promote ownership amongst Historically Disadvantaged Individuals.

The latest development is the announcement of the preferred bidder for the new Durban Cruise Terminal.

We look forward to sharing our progress in future editions.
It is with pride that we announce TNPA's appointment of our first female, Chief Executive, Ms Shulami Qalinge, effective immediately. Ms Qalinge takes over from Mr Richard Vallihu, who has been appointed Group Executive: Operational Readiness, Transnet Corporate Centre. We wish them every success.

The Ports of Saldanha and East London received their awards for outstanding performance in the biannual Pan African Port Community Association Awards, announced in Dakar earlier this year. Saldanha received the award for Quayside Performance, while East London took the honours for Volume Growth. These accolades affirm our ports as best in Africa in their respective categories.

Kwa Zulu Cruise Terminal Pty Ltd (KCT) - a Joint Venture between MSC Cruises SA (a subsidiary of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA) and Africa Armada Consortium (a black empowerment partner) was announced as the preferred bidder for the Durban Cruise Terminal on 30 May.

The bidder will be responsible for the design, financing, construction, operation, maintenance and transfer of a Cruise Terminal Facility for a 25 year concession period in the Port of Durban.

The Smart People's Port proof of concept, developed by T-Systems for the Port of Durban, was awarded Silver (2nd) place out of 150 entries in the Digital Trailblazer category of the 2017 SAP HANA Innovation Award.

The system combines lightning-fast mobile broadband, with connected aerial and aquatic drones, connected video cameras, and advanced data modelling using SAP HANA as the connected platform. It demonstrated how TNPA could operate a complimentary system of truly digital ports.

In line with its commitment to transformation, TNPA is leveraging off Section 56 of the National Ports Act to open up participation in port activities to businesses owned by historically disadvantaged individuals.

The Act mandates TNPA as landlord and ports master planner, to contract with private terminal operators to design, construct, rehabilitate, develop, finance, maintain and operate port terminals or facilities.
Engaging the private sector to participate in our ports for the stimulation of economic growth and creation of jobs is a key element of the Transnet Market Demand Strategy (MDS).

With the Market Demand Strategy and Operation Phakisa in full swing, there has been a strong surge in the level of S56 activity at each of our eight ports, and a number of very positive developments and concessions are already in place.

Progress is reflected on the dashboard below:

The historic low levels of consumer and business confidence continue to reflect significant strain on the domestic economic activity, thus leading to a technical recession during the first quarter of 2017 (Q1 2017), the first since Q1 2009. This was in stark contrast with the global economic acceleration from 3,6 per cent during Q4 2016 to 3,9 per cent during Q1 2017, mainly as a result of the robust economic performance recorded by emerging market economies, particularly the four members of the BRICS community - Brazil, China, India and Russia. At the same time, advanced economies slowed down from 2,3 per cent during Q4 2016 to 1,8 per cent during Q1 2017, as growth moderated in the UK and US. Growth in advanced economies is expected to remain modest during 2017.

The 0,7 percent decline in real growth during Q1 reflected poor performance in the secondary sector, particularly manufacturing and trade, while the primary sector improved as agriculture rebounded from the drought. The downward economic trend, evident since 2013, is also reflected in subdued ports volume performance throughout the period. World trade volumes have also been declining since 2010 as global industrial production declines.

Bulk commodities were affected by the changing growth models of our trading partners (particularly China), changing environmental policies across the globe that are leading to reduced demand
for coal, as well as domestic uncertainties still overshadowing the mining sector's performance. Subdued to moderate growth is expected for bulk commodities during 2017.

Despite the upward swing in the major emerging market economies and South Africa's trading partners during Q1 2017, current domestic economic performance remains dismal, mainly reflecting the persistent domestic structural constraints that inhibit any effort to achieve set economic policy goals and objectives. The economy needs to grow by more than 2 per cent to start to have any meaningful impact on the National Development Plan 2030 objectives. Challenges to the domestic economy include, but are not limited to, low confidence, low fixed investment, a volatile exchange rate, political uncertainty, sovereign downgrades, consumers' depressed balance sheets, and the state of governance of the State Owned Enterprises (SOEs). These are expected to continue to be the binding constraint on the economy's potential growth path.

The current economic climate should pose significant challenges to TNPA's ability to provide infrastructure ahead of demand, particularly as the cost of borrowing rises - following the sovereign ratings downgrades - and world trade volumes remain depressed. Despite these potential capital constraints, the current sound capital expenditure programme remains a guiding force for us to deliver on our mandate thus creating more opportunities for economic growth.

We will also continue to strive towards achieving greater operational awareness and cooperation with all the stakeholders.

Burgan Cape Terminals were awarded the rights to fund, build and operate a fuel storage and distribution facility for cleaner fuels. The facility has been commissioned and is in operation.

The facility which boasts a total capacity of 121 908m3 from 12 tanks, represents a capital investment of R890 million.

The awarding of this contract to a 30% black owned company in partnership with an international operator, speaks strongly to Transnet's commitment in terms of the vision of Operation Phakisa and Transnet's own Market Demand Strategy (MDS)

Operation Phakisa projects implemented across TNPA ports over the past year are gaining momentum, improving operational capacity while creating jobs. In this issue the spotlight falls on projects in the Eastern and Western Cape.


The Port of Port Elizabeth has seen the completion of the 40-ton slipway and lead-in jetties project, as well as the commissioning of a new 90-ton boat hoist.

The new Lead-in jetties were handed over for operational use on 23 February 2017, more than three months ahead of schedule. The port's new 90-ton boat hoist has been in operation since 1 April 2016 - two months ahead of schedule.

Constructed in 1883, the lead-in jetties have been in service for 130 years and were in need of a facelift. The refurbished facility re-established the structural integrity of the jetties and has

extended the lifespan of the 1200 ton slipway.

This development aligns with the growth strategy of TNPA, providing slipping capacity and berthing facilities for both fishing vessels and tugs - increasing business revenue while avoiding dependency on other ports.

The re-instatement of the lead-in jetties will also provide training, skills transfer and empowerment opportunities to port personnel. To date, in excess of 80 vessels have already been lifted from the docking bay for maintenance. Phase 2 (Slipway and Transverser) Project is underway.

The 80-year-old ship repair facility at the Port of Mossel Bay is to undergo a R60.8 million upgrade.

TNPA has appointed specialists to process the EIA and detail designs as part of the 1723 Feasibility Study.

The upgrading of the facility - which caters primarily to fishing vessels - is necessary to sustain TNPA's existing business, as well as improve on the port's safety and efficiency.

These positive changes have been actioned in order to attract further fishing and commercial vessels to the port and the surrounding waters of Mossel Bay.

TNPA has developed and extended the existing General Maintenance Quay (GMQ) infrastructure at the Port of Saldanha to support the Off-Shore Supply Base. This has created improved infrastructure providing the off-shore oil and gas industry with a modern and adequately equipped off-shore supply base that can effectively support these vessels. The developments and extensions include the refurbishment of the existing GMQ, the replacing of the steel sheet pile Rock Quay wall, the extension of the GMQ by 40m and the closure of the nearly 80m gap between the GMQ and Rock Quay.

This structure joins the two existing quays to provide an extended quay, approximately 294m in length. The development will propel economic growth through the optimal use of port infrastructure, as well as create jobs through Ship Repair activity. TNPA has concluded a Section 56 RFP process and a preferred bidder has been identified to Fund, Build and Operate this new facility.

It is PERA 2017 time!

We are honoured to be part of the 2017 PERA version again, and we are all looking forward to the 5th edition of the annual Western Cape Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards Competition that recognizes the achievements and potential of some of the Province’s most exciting entrepreneurs.

By acknowledging and showcasing successful entrepreneurs, this Awards competition is helping to build a culture of entrepreneurship in the Western Cape – and in turn, support the creation of opportunities by small and medium businesses.

The on-line entries on will go live at 18:00 on 10 July 2017 and close again at 18:00 on 1 September 2017, and as mentioned and so ably done by all last year, it will be great if you could again alert your respective clients on your database of this amazing opportunity. Please also remember your more rural clients in the other district municipalities to try and expand the net to include the whole of the Western Cape. Last year we had a record number of entries and with your kind assistance we collectively should improve on that, even with fewer categories this year.

The ideal would be for companies to enter online, but we are making provision for manual entries as well to either scan and e-mail, fax or send by post to us for submission, as long as it reaches us before the closing date. Should your clients deliver the completed forms to your offices, you are welcome to keep it safe, collate it weekly and alert us, after which we will arrange for collection.

Min Alan Winde will officially launch the PERA 2017 at a function later in July – date and venue will be confirmed soon.

This year there will be 5 categories so when you forward the information to your clients, please see where and how they can best qualify:
  • Emerging Business: A business in its initial growth phase operating in the Western Cape for 12 months or longer, but not longer than 36 months with a minimum turnover of R 500 000;
  • Established Business: Operating in the Western Cape for longer than 54 months with an annual turnover of more than R5m and less than R50m;
  • Social Enterprise: Any revenue generating entity operating in the Western Cape for 12 months or longer, which aims to address a social challenge or need;
  • Most Innovative Business: Operating in the Western Cape for 12 months or longer. This refers to an innovative solution or approach to an existing service or product;
  • Business with Global Reach: Operating in the Western Cape for 54 months or longer with a minimum turnover of R5m and less than R50m. The business should prove that at least 30% of its turnover is derived from exports.
Each category will have a 1st prize of R 75 000, 2nd prize to the value of R 35 000 and a 3rd prize of R 25 000. All the other category winners will also qualify for the overall Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The entry and adjudication process and rules, terms and conditions are well described on the website and the manual entry forms, should you wish to peruse it at your leisure.

Please find the PDF versions of the relevant 5 category application forms which you can then forward to your clients from the 11th of July onwards. Where possible please assist your clients with the applications – we found last year a number of companies entered insufficient documentation for eligibility.

If there are any queries please feel free to contact us and we will gladly assist. This initiative is very reliant on your kind support and as in the past, your cooperation is much appreciated.

We are looking forward to working with all of you again on this initiative

Kind regards

Paul Hoffman
H2P Project Management cc

To Download the Business with Global Reach Official Entry Form, please click here:

To Download the Established Business Official Entry Form, please click here:

To Download the Social Enterprise Official Entry Form, please click here:

To Download the Emerging Business Official Entry Form, please click here:

To Download the Most Innovative Business Official Entry Form, please click here:

To Download this Invitation, please click here:

3rd Annual Port Consultative Committee Port User
Port Performance Consultation
28 June - 11 July 2017

We herewith invite all Port Users across the SA Ports system to a consultation session for your Port on the respective dates indicated below.

Consultation areas:
  • I. The Port Development Framework Plan per port,
  • II. The Port Capital Programme reflecting 2017/2018 and the following seven years, and
  • III. The Port Operations Performance Standards, measures & financial period.
This session seeks to share the latest update and obtain your comments accordingly. It should be noted that this consultation allows for all port users of the respective ports to further comment on Port plans, prior to the TNPA tabling these at the respective PCCs. All documentation will be circulated by 20th June 2017 at which time the Authority will make same available.

Kindly submit all questions and comments by Monday 26th June 2017. The intention is to be proactive with questions / comments and responses thereto. A summary of all comments will formally be submitted to the TNPA requesting feedback to be submitted to the first sitting of each PCC commencing July 2017.

The Ports Regulator of South Africa will be an observer to the process.

Your attendance and participation at this session is very important.

2017/18 Roadshow Schedule:
Date Port Venue RSVP by
09:00 Wednesday, 28 June 2017 Mossel Bay To be confirmed 21 June 2017
09:00 Thursday, 29 June 2017 Saldanha Siyabonga Hall 22 June 2017
08:30 Friday, 30 June 2017 Cape Town To be confirmed 23 June 2017
09:00 Monday, 03 July 2017 Richards Bay Elwazeni Hall 26 June 2017
09:00 Wednesday, 05 July 2017 Durban To be confirmed 28 June 2017
09:00 Friday, 07 July 2017 East London To be confirmed 29 June 2017
09:00 Monday, 10 July 2017 Ngqura To be confirmed 30 June 2017
09:00 Tuesday,11 July 2017 Port Elizabeth To be confirmed 30 June 2017

Kindly submit names and number of attendees for your Port as per the RSVP date above to the contact details below:
Email: For all telephone queries, calls and text messages, kindly contact: 021 938 3335 / 074 588 9782 / 071 602 0422.
Please forward this invitation to Port users where possible. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you there!
***Ports Consultative Committee (PCC)***

To Download the Invitation of Interest, please click here:

To Download the ASEAN-AFRICA ECONOMIC LINKAGES Presentation, please click here:

‘Exporters Club works with the Cape Chamber at the monthly Port Liaison Forum meetings"

Exporters' club attracts growing membership
  by Liezl Venter

Terry Gale has been re-elected as the chairman of the Exporters Club Western Cape.
Also re-elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in October was the executive committee of the club.
"We have grown membership exponentially in 2013 and it continues to be a target for 2014," said Gale. "At the same time the club is also in a very sound financial position and we are very happy with what was achieved during the past year. With the team ready to go we have great expectations for 2014."
The ECWC hosts monthly information sessions for its members and is involved in several business and government initiatives.
"It really is about being pro-active and engaging with the various role-players in an effort to create a positive environment for exporters," said Gale. "In this regard we have worked very hard towards establishing relationships with Transnet and the port for example."
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