Transnet National Ports Authority is currently undergoing a strategic review of its operations as part of the initiative to support the new Market Demand Strategy formulated by Transnet SOC Ltd.
A significant component of the strategy is to achieve greater port operational efficiencies. However, the requirements of the National Ports Act, is indeed an added driver to TNPA’s operational review as it continues to fulfill its mandate in terms of the Act.
It is against this backdrop that TNPA has formulated a number of strategic initiatives to ensure that it can achieve these objectives effectively. These include changes in Supply Chain, Human Resources and Port Operations.
With port operations being a key factor, TNPA has appointed a new GM of Port Operations, who has formulated aPort Operations Strategy specifically designed to improve port performance.
Another crucial part of this initiative has been a review of the roles of the Port Managers nationally.
Tau Morwe, CE of TNPA said: “We are reviewing the best fit between the Port Managers’ passion, experience and skills and the operational requirements and challenges we are facing as the National Port Authority.
“It hasthereforebeen decided that the Port Managers of Saldanha and Mossel Bay be re-deployed effective 1 July 2012.”
Ms Tandi Lebakeng who is currently the Acting Port Manager of the Port of Saldanha will move to the Port of Mossel Bay. This will provide her with the opportunity to further develop crucial skills as a Port Manager within an environment which is conducive to development.
Mr Willem Roux, who was Port Manager of the Port of Mossel Bay will re-locate as Port Manager of the Port of Saldanha, where he will use the considerable experience gathered in the petrochemical industry to further the objectives of the port development plans in the Port of Saldanha.