Ramaphosa orders Cabinet intervention in go-slow at Eastern Cape ports

Presidency Cyril Ramaphosa tables the presidency budget during a debate in the National Assembly. Photo: GCIS

Presidency Cyril Ramaphosa tables the presidency budget during a debate in the National Assembly. Photo: GCIS

The go-slow, which workers have embarked on to protest promotions at Transnet Port Terminals, has been ongoing for more than two weeks.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday announced he has instructed two of his ministers to intervene in a go-slow at South African ports, which has almost brought operations at the Ngqura container terminal in Port Elizabeth to a standstill.

“I have directed Ministers (Pravin) Gordhan and (Ebrahim) Patel to intervene and get our goods to their export destinations urgently,” Ramaphosa said while tabling the presidency budget in the National Assembly.

“We cannot aim to grow an economy on the basis of exporting value-added products and then fail to meet our obligations to get goods to international markets safely and on time.”

The go-slow, which workers have embarked on to protest promotions at Transnet Port Terminals (TPN), has been ongoing for more than two weeks and is costing the economy millions of rands a day with car and citrus exports being affected.

African News Agency (ANA)

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