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Port of Durban, South Africa, Gateway SADC markets

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Syllabus of the Subject

Largest South African container port (Durban) Lesotho, Zambia

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

Port of Durban (South Africa)
Port of Durban (South Africa). Gateway to Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Transport and Logistics in Africa. Corridors, ports

Maritime Transport in Africa (Southern African Ports).

African Students (Masters Foreign Trade)

Foreign Trade and Business in Southern Africa. Online Diploma, Master, Doctorate

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): the Transnet National Ports Authority

Port of Durban:

The Port of Durban is the largest South African Container and cargo port and one of the busiest ports in Africa.

  1. The Port of Durban is the second-largest container port in Africa (the first is Port Said - Egypt)
  2. Is the largest port in the SADC region
  3. Gateway to the South African landlocked countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
  4. Capacity: 2,568,124 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) (2012)
  5. 2.9 million containers
  6. Port expansion project: 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 kilometers
  2. Estimated time: 5 h 43 min
  3. Main cities:
    - South Africa: Pinetown, Pietermaritzburg, Harrismith, Clarens, and Ladybrand
    - Frontier South Africa-Lesotho
    - Lesotho: Maseru

Port of Durban-Mbabane (Eswatini).

  1. Distance by road: 537 kilometers
  2. Estimated time: 6 h 9 min
  3. 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 kilometers
  2. Estimated time: 18 h 15 min
  3. Main cities:
    - South Africa: Johannesburg, Pretoria
    - Frontier South Africa-Zimbabwe
    - Zimbabwe: Masvingo-Harare
  4. Alternatives: Port of Maputo and Port of Beira (Mozambique)

Port of Durban-Lusaka (Zambia).

  1. Distance by road: 2,165 kilometers
  2. Estimated time: 24 h
  3. 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), and 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 tones /year) - 60% of the seaborne cargo of South Africa
  5. Distance to Maputo: 465 kilometers
  6. Distance to Durban: 160 kilometers

Port of East London.

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

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. Transshipment Hub
  3. Container Terminal
  4. Manganese loading facility
  5. Deepwater port
  6. Located at 20 kilometers of Port Elisabeth

Port of Mossel Bay.

  1. The smallest South African commercial port
  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 kilometers
  3. Iron one
  4. Oil terminal
  5. Excellent Road and Rail links

More information about South Africa (EENI African Business Portal).

  1. Transport in South Africa
  2. Bloemfontein
  3. Ekurhuleni

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

Trans-African Roads related to the Port of Durban:

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

African Regional Economic Communities:

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

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