When we consider the current operational status of the Cape Town (CT) port, it is clear that the industry, and country, are losing millions of Rands on a daily basis due to inefficiencies resulting in berthing delays. It is similar to what was experienced at the height of lockdown regulations last year.
It is a complicated issue with some factors outside the control of port management, whilst problems in other ports such as Durban, also have a knock-on effect on Cape Town. Others, such as labor levels and the functionality of equipment, are however manageable, and some proactive measures could have prevented at least some of the problems.
Hortgro and its sister industry bodies have been in constant communication with the port authorities to assess and agree to measures to rectify short term problems and to assist in getting the port productivity back to acceptable levels.
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