The recent announcement that shipping lines are cancelling calls at the port of Cape Town or implementing a Cape Town congestion surcharge from July, and that large volumes of citrus and other exports are being redirected to Eastern Cape ports, is reverberating at provincial and national government levels in South Africa.

The Western Cape minister of finance and economic opportunities, David Maynier says: “We cannot go on like this, and so I have written to the minister of public enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, requesting a meeting with himself and the Transnet management team to discuss interventions to address the challenges in the Port of Cape Town.

“The efficient and effective performance of the port of Cape Town is critical to economic recovery and growth for the Western Cape. We are very concerned about the operational issues currently being experienced at the port,” he says.

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Fred Meintjes