Malcolm Hartwell

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Proposed amendments to the National Ports Act: attempted alignment raises a number of challenges which the ports’ industries need to address

The Department of Transport has promulgated a notice calling on parties to make submissions by 28 September 2023 on the proposed amendments to the National Ports Act (NPA).  Certain of these amendments mark a fundamental shift from the amendments proposed in 2018.  Those shifts take place against a background of the corporatisation of various Transnet … Continue reading

Transnet Freight Rail: privatisation programme endorsed in SONA and accelerates as rail system collapses

Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR) recent invitation for tenders to operate a 20 year lease on South Africa’s busiest rail corridor from Gauteng to Durban reflects the implementation of the White Paper on National Rail Policy approved by cabinet in 2022.  This move indicates that TFR accept that they do not have the capacity or finances … Continue reading