Transnet SOC Ltd. (Transnet) is implementing a number of urgent interventions to address the backlogs at the Port of Durban and to ease the congestion at Richards Bay in order to minimise the impact on the South African economy.

The delays are due various factors including adverse weather conditions and equipment availability.

Chaos at South African ports is threatening end-of-year shipments and the South African economy. The Port of Cape Town is also in crisis and last week one of the world’s biggest shipping companies, Maersk, said it would bypass Cape Town on a route to the Far East to avoid disruption and costs. Maersk and MSC are due to impose extra fees for containers coming into South Africa in December which will make imported goods more expensive. Meanwhile, Transnet Port Terminals warned last week it would have to suspend trucks bringing cargo into Richards Bay due to uncontrollable and unsafe road congestion. To discuss this, we’re joined by Dave Watts from the South Africa Association of Freight Forwarders. For more news, visit and #SABCNews on all Social Media platforms.”