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Ports Authority to be Set Up as Subsidiary of Transnet

August 4, 2021

Department of Public Enterprises

The National Ports Authority is to be set up as an independent, wholly-owned subsidiary of Transnet in terms of the National Ports Act of 2005.

The public enterprises department announced the incorporation in Government Gazette 44908.

In June 2021, the presidency described the development as representing a “significant reform of the transport sector that will enable the modernisation and transformation of South Africa’s ports system”.

In a statement, the presidency added that the establishment of the new subsidiary will meet the intentions of the act to create an independent ports authority.

Port revenues will be reinvested in port infrastructure and terminal operators will be treated “fairly and equally” facilitating increased private sector participation in terminal operations.

The presidency emphasized that the state will “remain the sole owner of all port infrastructure through the National Ports Authority, as South Africa’s ports are strategic national assets that belong to the South African people”.

In Notice 665, the department published its Environmental Implementation Plan.

The plan outlines policies, plans and programmes as required by the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA).

The act requires all departments that exercise functions that can affect the environment to draw up a plan to comply with the NEMA principles and national environmental norms and standards.