Cape Town – The Government of the Western Cape has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa expressing its concerns about the challenges facing the Port of Cape Town and asking him to schedule an urgent visit to assess the challenges and actions taken. in place to deal with it.
Finance and Economic Opportunities MEC David Maynier said President Ramaphosa’s approach resulted from his recent visit to the port of Durban, where he pledged to make the port efficient and competitive.
Maynier said: âWe are concerned that the Port of Cape Town may be de-prioritized in the overall strategy going forward, given the focus on the Port of Durban.
“The ports of Durban, Richards Bay, Gqeberha and Mossel Bay are prioritized for large short-term infrastructure investments, however, we are concerned that the Port of Cape Town will not see any short-term infrastructure investment.”
Maynier said the Port of Cape Town is a critical infrastructure asset and, if harnessed to its full potential, could serve as a catalyst for South Africa‘s economic growth and recovery, but it continues to face multiple challenges – mainly due to inadequate maintenance and investment in equipment. .
According to Maynier, in fiscal year 2020/21, there were approximately 5,064 incidents of equipment failures, across the three crews at the Port of Cape Town, and that resulted in approximately 14 failures per day.
“The root cause of these failures is largely attributed to the fact that the equipment has reached half of its life,” Maynier said.
In Durban, President Ramaphosa said: âIf the port is not functioning efficiently, the entire economy suffers, from importers and exporters to consumers.
âOn the other hand, if the port functions well, it can stimulate economic growth and position our country as a gateway to the region and the continent.
“Thanks to operational improvements and structural reforms, the port of Durban will regain its place as the best performing port in Africa,” said President Ramaphosa.