Port of Durban (South Africa)

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Sub-subject Sub-subject: Port of Durban (South Africa). Gateway to Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


  1. Introduction to the ports in South Africa
  2. Transnet National Ports Authority
  3. Port of Durban.
  4. Access to South African landlocked countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe)
  5. Other ports in South Africa: East London, Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Ngqura, Port Elizabeth, Saldanha, and Richards Bay


Sub-subject “Port of Durban” is studied...
  1. Masters (e-learning): Africa, BRICS Countries, and Global Business
  2. Courses: Transport in Africa, Southern Africa
  3. Doctorate in Business in Africa

Languages of study: English or French Afrique du Sud. Summaries in Portuguese Puerto Durban Spanish Puerto Durban.

Sample of the Sub-subject: Port of Durban (South Africa)
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Description Sub-Subject Description: Ports in South Africa.

South African ports:

  1. Port of Durban (South Africa)
  2. Other South African ports: Richards Bay, East London, Ngqura, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, Cape Town, and Saldanha
  3. Related agency of the South African Government: Transnet SOC Ltd.
  4. Managing of the national port system (eight commercial South African ports): Transnet National Ports Authority.

Port of Durban:

The Port of Durban is the largest South African container and cargo port and one of the engaged (busiest) ports in the African Continent.

  1. The second-largest container port in Africa (the first is Port Said - Egypt)
  2. The largest port in the SADC region (Southern African Development Community)
  3. Gateway to South African landlocked countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
  4. 2,568,124 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) (2012)
  5. 2.9 million containers.
  6. Project of the port expansion: 20 million of containers
  7. Durban Car Terminal
  8. 58 berths (depths up to 12m.)
  9. Bunkering Services system
  10. Commercial fishing: Maydon Wharf
  11. King Shaka International Airport

Gateway to the South African landlocked countries:

Durban-Maseru (Lesotho).

  1. Distance by road: 552 kilometres
  2. The estimated time: 5 h 43 min.
  3. The main cities:
    - South Africa: Pinetown, Pietermaritzburg, Harrismith, Clarens, and Ladybrand
    - Frontier South Africa-Lesotho
    - Lesotho: Maseru

Port of Durban-Mbabane (Swaziland).

  1. Distance by road: 537 kilometres
  2. The estimated time: 6 h 9 min.
  3. The main cities:
    - South Africa: Richard Bay-Mkuze
    - Frontier South Africa-Swaziland
    - Lesotho: Big-Bend-Maseru

Port of Durban-Harare (Zimbabwe).

  1. Distance by road: 1,674 kilometres
  2. The estimated time: 18 h 15 min.
  3. The main cities:
    - South Africa: Johannesburg-Pretoria
    - Frontier South Africa-Zimbabwe
    - Zimbabwe: Masvingo-Harare
  4. Alternatives: Port of Maputo, Port of Beira (Mozambique)

Port of Durban-Lusaka (Zambia).

  1. Distance by road: 2,165 kilometres
  2. The estimated time: 24 h.
  3. The main cities:
    - South Africa: Johannesburg-Pretoria
    - Frontier South Africa-Zimbabwe (Harare)
    - Frontier Zimbabwe-Zambia
    - Zambia: Masvingo-Harare
  4. Alternatives: Port of Maputo, Port of Beira (Mozambique), Port of Lobito (Angola)

Port of Richards Bay.

  1. Deepwater port
  2. Richards Bay Coal Terminal
  3. Rail link to the hinterland (KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, and Mpumalanga)
  4. Bulk port (80 million tonnes /year) - 60% of seaborne cargo of South Africa
  5. Distance to Maputo: 465 kilometres
  6. Distance to Durban: 160 kilometres

Port of East London.

  1. Commercial river port
  2. Eleven commercial berths.
  3. Distance to Durban: 460 kilometres
  4. Distance to Cape Town: 950 kilometres

Port of Port Elizabeth.

  1. Multi cargo port
  2. Container Terminal
  3. General cargo
  4. Dry bulk, bulk liquid
  5. Fishing industry region.

Port of Ngqura.

  1. Opened in 2012
  2. Transhipment Hub
  3. Container Terminal
  4. Manganese loading facility
  5. Deepwater port
  6. Located at 20 kilometres of Port Elisabeth.

Port of Mossel Bay.

  1. The smallest South African commercial ports.
  2. Petroleum and fish industries.
  3. Access to Western Cape hinterland

Port of Cape Town.

  1. Container traffic (West - East routes)
  2. Fishing industry

Port of Saldanha.

  1. The deepest natural port in the region
  2. Distance to Cape Town: 140 kilometres
  3. Iron one
  4. Oil terminal
  5. Excellent Road and rail links

The Port of Durban belongs to the Southern African Economic Area of the African Civilisation.

Trans-African Highways related to the Port of Durban:

  1. Cairo-Gaborone Corridor
  2. North-South Corridor
  3. Tripoli-Windhoek Corridor

Regional Economic Communities:

  1. SACU (Southern African Customs Union)
  2. SADC (Southern African Development Community)
  3. Tripartite FTA COMESA-EAC-SADC

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