Private sector roped in to help with Transnet's port congestion crisis

Private sector roped in to help with Transnet's port congestion crisis

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the private sector will be stepping in to help Transnet resolve the issue of congestion at the province's ports.

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"The private sector is going to play a critical role through either concessions, through cooperations on this precinct where they will be able to, together with Transnet run certain aspects of various operations that take place here." 

Ramaphosa made the remarks in northern KZN yesterday.

He met with officials in Richards Bay after Transnet suspended the movement of coal trucks into the port due to road congestion.

Trucks have been waiting to get into the port for days.

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However, the president says through collaboration he hopes to see significant progress by next year.

" Much as we are having problems and challenges, I do believe that through the diagnostic process that Transnet has gone through.

"We are going to step up and I've made it very clear to the management that I would like to see all the problems solved by next year, even before the first time goes we must see some improvement." 

In Durban, around 63 ships are waiting to get into the port to offload some 70 000 containers, due to the congestion.

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