THE growth and development prospects of the city’s economy formed part of discussions between Transnet  Group Chief Executive Officer, Portia  Derby, and key Richards Bay stakeholders last week. The engagement session, held at the Port of Richards Bay, included King Cetshwayo District Mayor, Nonhle Mkhulisi; City of uMhlathuze Mayor, Mduduzi Mhlongo; as well as the management of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT); and the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ).

‘There are fantastic opportunities available here which we can explore together,’ said Derby. ‘This includes working with the Richards Bay IDZ to help them deliver on their investment pipeline. This also provides us with an opportunity to look at social infrastructure investments to benefit local communities.’

The visit to Richards  Bay is part of the chief executive’s ongoing stakeholder engagements to enhance cooperation in areas where Transnet operates. During this time, Derby obtained insight from employees in the operating.

divisions on operational challenges, as well as their views on ensuring operations, are kept at an optimal level as required by customers and the economy. ‘Richards Bay is a critical part of the economy, and we would like to partner with the district to drive growth, in line with the president’s District Development Model,’ she concluded.

The Port of Richards Bay is South Africa’s most modern, premier bulk port. It was commissioned on 1 April 1976, primarily to export coal from the Mpumalanga province. It has since diversified to other dry bulk cargoes, liquid bulk, and breakbulk commodities.


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