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Ports, Transport and Logistics Sector News Round-Up 5/2023 part 1 (26 June – 31 July 2023)

18 September 2023
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In light of the rapid pace of infrastructure and transport developments across Africa, our Ports, Transport and Logistics (PTL) Sector Group is pleased to present Bowmans’ latest PTL news round-up. Our regular round-ups bring you a selection of pan-African PTL-related stories and keep you up to date regarding developments in the space across Africa.

We draw on a network of multi-disciplinary experts across Africa in fields as diverse as regulatory, project finance, construction and environmental law, to keep you in the know about developments and thought leadership in the PTL space.

The articles to which we refer readers are, unless stated otherwise, neither written nor edited by ourselves and appear in their original form. Bowmans does not necessarily agree with opinions expressed in those articles.

This edition includes news headlines and links to articles from Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Maldives, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

Port and terminal news…

  • CapeTalk: Andrew Pike discusses the potential privatisation of Cape Town’s port (South Africa)
    Our head of Ports, Transport and Logistics, Andrew Pike, joined CapeTalk’s Lester Kiewit to discuss the potential privatisation of Cape Town’s port. This comes after the release of the Transporter Congestion Report, which outlines the port’s inefficiencies and challenges, and presents private sector investment as a solution. Listen to the full podcast here (1 August 2023).
  • Private operator a solution to Cape Town’s port problems (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (31 July 2023).
  • Angola bets ‘heavy’ on Blue Economy for socio-economic development (Angola)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (28 July 2023).
  • UAE emerges as top rival to China for African port concessions
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (28 July 2023).
  • TNPA Richards Bay seeking supplier of port common-user LNG infrastructure (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (28 July 2023).
  • Horn of Africa corridor gets major endowment (Djibouti and Ethiopia)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (27 July 2023).
  • Shortlist for Boegoebaai port and rail development announced (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (27 July 2023).
  • New STS cranes and RTGs set sail for Tema port (Ghana)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (25 July 2023).
  • Call for Port of Cape Town private sector participation (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (24 July 2023).
  • TNPA gets ready to kick-start deepening of N-berth at East London port’s car terminal (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (21 July 2023).
  • Adani Ports aims at becoming terminal operator at Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (21 July 2023).
  • TNPA invites bids for container handling facility at Richards Bay port (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (20 July 2023). Also featured in Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW here.
  • Kenya’s six-year logging ban lifted- exports can resume (Kenya)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (20 July 2023).
  • Financing confirmed for Djibouti’s Free Trade Zone (Djibouti)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (19 July 2023).
  • Angola’s position as an oil and gas hub consolidated regionally (Angola)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (19 July 2023).
  • Praise for Durban Container Terminal and port from citrus sector (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (19 July 2023).
  • Transnet concludes 25 year partnership for DCT Pier 2 (South Africa)
    Read the full press release here. Source: Transnet (17 July 2023).
  • Richards Bay Terminals fully operational again (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (15 July 2023).
  • Two new Mobile Cranes for Port of Maputo (Mozambique)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (10 July 2023).
  • Dredging to safeguard a Maldive islet (Maldives)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (6 July 2023).
  • Tanzania wants port operations excluded from natural wealth laws (Tanzania)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (6 July 2023).
  • Tanzanian Govt on benefits arising from partnership with DP World at Port of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (4 July 2023).
  • TNPA publishes its approved Port Development Framework Plans (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (3 July 2023). Also featured in Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW here.
  • Port of Lobito: Testing Singapore-developed maritime single window (Angola)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (3 July 2023). Also featured in Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW here.
  • Durban container terminal raises capacity (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (30 June 2023).

Freight rail news…

  • New Northern Cape rail crossing loop leads to increased manganese export volumes (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (11 July 2023). Also featured in Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW here.
  • Lobito Corridor aims at 1.5 million tons freight in three years (Angola)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (10 July 2023).
  • Manganese exports point to urgency to fix rail woes (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (7 July 2023).
  • Angola’s Atlantic Lobito Rail Corridor concession all signed up (Angola and the DRC)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (5 July 2023).
  • TFR says it is getting on top of coal line challenges (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (5 July 2023).
  • Transnet Freight Rail’s cost to the country laid bare (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (4 July 2023).

Road freight and logistics news…

  • Richards Bay port develops new truck staging area (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (28 July 2023).
  • Malaba border delays as Uganda upgrades ‘system’ (Kenya and Uganda)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (24 July 2023)
  • South Africa and DRC working together over border delays (DRC and South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (20 July 2023).
  • Proactive collaboration among all levels of government and business necessary for success of AfCFTA (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (20 July 2023).
  • Maputo port truck park construction gets underway (Mozambique)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (18 July 2023).
  • New Transnet Board appointed (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (13 July 2023). Also featured in Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW here.
  • Torching of trucks an act of economic sabotage says Transport Minister (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (13 July 2023)
  • Uganda-Tanzania oil pipeline under more pressure (Tanzania and Uganda)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (12 July 2023)
  • Power98.7: Andrew Pike discusses Transnet vandalism in Mpumalanga (South Africa)
    Our head of Ports, Transport and Logistics, Andrew Pike, joined Power98.7’s Noluthando Mthonti-Mlambo for a conversation on the vandalism Transnet is experiencing in Mpumalanga. Listen to the full podcast here. (11 July 2023).
  • Zimbabwe still relies on Durban Port for citrus exports (South Africa and Zimbabwe)
    Read the full article here. Source: Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW (6 July 2023).
  • Congestion on SA/Mozambique border leads to lengthy delays (Mozambique and South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (5 July 2023).
  • Infrastructure investment critical for success of AfCFTA (South Africa)
    Read the full article here. Source: Africa Ports (27 June 2023).