The City of Cape Town is seeking an urgent meeting with the national government to discuss private sector participation in the Port of Cape Town.
- The announcement that the Port of Durban will have private sector involvement has prompted Cape Town to push for similar opportunities.
- Research from the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism suggests that private sector participation in the port could bring about R6 billion in exports, create 20,000 direct and indirect jobs, and generate over R1.6 billion in additional taxes over five years.
- Cape Town officials, including CoCT Economic Growth MMC James Vos, are determined to achieve private sector participation in the port and plan to meet with the Ministers of Public Enterprises and Trade and Industry to discuss the matter.
- The Cape Town container terminal is currently under-equipped, with only 16 rubber tyre gantries available for cargo handling, compared to the optimal number of 39.
- The performance of the Port of Cape Town has declined across several indicators, including vessel waiting time, vessel turnaround time, and truck turnaround time.
- Private sector involvement is expected to bring fresh thinking, new ideas, and improved efficiency to port operations.
- Efficient port operations are crucial for a country reliant on trade and exports, and delays in the harbor could lead companies to choose alternative ports for their operations.
- Cape Town aims to attract private sector investment and management in order to enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of its port.
- The city recognizes the economic impact of a poorly run port and seeks to leverage private sector participation to drive growth, job creation, and increased tax revenue.