Transnet declares force majeure at Richards Bay terminal

Following a fire that broke out at the port on Wednesday.
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South Africa’s monopoly port operator Transnet late Friday declared a force majeure at its Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, it said in a statement, following a fire that broke out at the port on Wednesday.

Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, Africa’s largest coal export facility, is located off the Richards Bay port – one of seven commercial ports that Transnet operates along South Africa’s coastline.

Transnet did not say whether or to what extent exports of commodities such as coal, steel and other minerals would be impacted.

“The terminal is engaging with its affected customers and is in the process of putting the necessary contingencies in place as some routes are operational,” the state-owned company said in a statement issued on Friday night.

Transnet had said on Thursday the company was investigating a second fire within a week at the port which affected the conveyor system and disrupted some operations.

“The cause of the fire is still unknown and a preliminary investigation is currently underway. Expert assessors and investigators are onsite establishing the extent of the damage,” it said.

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It is probably Zuma’s former intelligence activists that started the fires.

Since Zuma’s political star started to wane from around 2016, we have seen fires on trucks, trains, libraries and veld. The pattern continues.

All evidence of Zuma’s treason against the country.

The damage is much worse than indicated in the sterile ANC jargon. According to the local RB newspaper sabotage is suspected and huge sections of the conveyor belt and infrastructure have been destroyed putting the whole region’s export economy in peril. ANC cannot fix anything so it is a disaster. They have declared force majeur- doubt if they know what it means-and they are “examining CCTV footage ” which make all sleep a lot better.More ANC infighting destruction suspected. This with RBM problems is going to chase all investors away.

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