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Ports, Transport and Logistics Sector News Round-Up, 1/2021 (12 December 2020 – 24 January 2021)

1 February 2021
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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 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 a variety of sources, covering stories from Angola, Botswana, DRC, eSwatini, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

News from Bowmans…

We are pleased to announce that Michael Asherson has joined Bowmans as a partner in our Shipping, Aviation and Logistics Practice in Durban with effect from 1 February 2021.

Michael is an admitted English solicitor and a South African attorney with significant experience in marine casualty litigation and investigations, cargo claims, ship arrests, arbitrations and charterparty disputes.

He spent 18 years at the North of England P&I Association in Newcastle where he reached the position of Group Claims Director, before returning to private practice in South Africa. He now joins us from Shepstone Wylie where he was a partner in their International Trade and Transport Department.

As we look to the future, we see Michael’s appointment as integral to the growth and development of our shipping team and, in particular, our Durban office. His addition brings our tally of maritime partners to five – three in Durban and two in Cape Town – and enhances our ability to service the needs of our clients in all major facets of maritime law and, especially emergency response and casualty management.

Michael has strong relationships with international P&I insurance groups in the UK, Greece, the Middle East, South Korea and India, and is also well established in the South African maritime law fraternity. In August 2020, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the South African Maritime Law Association.

We look forward to introducing you (virtually) over the coming weeks and months.

For a selection of South African PTL news stories…

  • Cape Town shipping remains active
    Read the full article from Africa Ports on 24 January 2021.
  • Ageing equipment continues to delay trucks at Cape Town port
    Read the full article from Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW on 21 January 2021.
  • Port Statistics for December 2020
    Read the full article from Africa Ports on 19 January 2021.
  • Opening remarks by Minister Fikile Mbalula on the occasion of the virtual strategic planning session of the Department of Transport
    The Minister’s opening remarks include the following statement: “The transformation of the maritime sector will be given impetus by the corporatisation of the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), enabling us to increase efficiency and effectiveness at ports. The finalisation of this process will also give full effect to the provisions of the National Ports Act of 2005. This is an urgent exercise we must approach with vigour and determination. Our Performance Agreement requires of us to have realised this task by June 2021.” Read the full opening remarks from the Department of Transport on 15 January 2021.
  • Limpopo SEZ readies for lift-off
    Read the full article from Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW on 15 December 2020.

For a selection of news stories covering Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, and Senegal…

For a selection of stories around logistics corridors between Angola, Botswana, DRC, eSwatini, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe…

For a selection of news stories about the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) Agreement

Regional players already warn they’ll continue to protect their own
Read the full article from Southern Africa’s Freight News by FTW on 15 December 2020.