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GOOD NEWS THURSDAY – 29 JUNE 2023

The good news has a different take this week, as we congratulate Edward Kieswetter, SARS Commissioner, on being ...

Dear Colleagues

The good news has a different take this week, as we congratulate Edward Kieswetter, SARS Commissioner, on being appointed the Chairman of the World Customs Union – quite a feat as the last South African to hold this post was Pravin Gordhan from 2000 – 2006.

When one takes cognisance of the journey SARS has been on and the many speed bumps along the way, you can appreciate the importance of this, meaning Team SA is back in the game!

On that note, we take a bow to Team SA who oversaw the system failure at SARS from Thursday 21st June and is now only coming back on stream.

This was truly a collective effort headed by SAAFF CEO, Dr Juanita Maree who engaged with all the relative stakeholders to ensure the economy did not come to a complete standstill.

As the old saying goes – we are better together!

Port Stats for week 19 – 25 June:

  • CTCT : 9817 TEU handled GCH 13 moves p/hour, SWH 23 moves p/hour – heavily impacted by wind on Sunday, equipment breakdowns & ranging at 601, night runs at 7% due inclement weather, 161 rail moves; 5 vessels at anchor
  • CTMPT : A rosier picture 1438 TEU handled against target of 786, GHC : 14 moves p/hour, SWH 9 moves p/hour; no equipment challenges and future berth plan looking good
  • FPT: Berth Occupancy : 37%; 4 Multi cargo vessels handled; 331 TEU, B/Bulk : 71439 MT ; Fruit : 4618 pallets
  • Fruit : Update on Flooding: Ceres traffic rerouted via Touwsrivier – usual 2 – 3 hours to port, now 9 – 10 hour drive; Citrusdal cut off, trucks routed via Mouton,  focus groups next week determine damage to citrus, likely affect quality of soft citrus
  •  : Pome – damage mainly on infrastructure dams & pumps although benefit outweighs the damage.

Next function invitations will be in your inbox shortly – diarise Thursday 13th July!

See you there!