TNPA Port of Ngqura: The green port making green energy possible

TNPA Port of Ngqura: The green port making green energy possible

As the only port with a green status in the Southern African port system, Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Ngqura has now established itself as the ideal partner in bringing green energy to our nation. It has provided a safe gateway, temporary storage and an accessible distribution point for wind turbine components imported from Spain since 2012.

These components – consisting of wind turbine tower parts, blades, etc. – are destined for various windfarm projects throughout the country. They include the Golden Valley Wind Farm, the Nxuba Wind Farm between Bedford and Cookhouse in the Eastern Cape and the Roggeveld Wind Farm in the Karoo, spanning both the Northern Cape and Western Cape. The majority of wind farms are located across the Eastern Cape. The port has been a major player since the Department of Energy has approved these projects as part of the Independent Power Producer (IPP) process in 2012.

Unique offering

“The port is uniquely positioned to accommodate these special projects cargo or abnormal cargo, classified as General Cargo, at its “Finger Jetty.” It also has a dedicated laydown area of 80 000 m² to store these massive components. The port’s ideal location and accessibility to the national freeway, makes road-haulage of the components to its destination easier, compared to city-locked port. The surrounding infrastructure linking the port to the hinterland is also ideal – no restrictive bridges and the road can handle the abnormal cargo size and weight,” said Nozipho Booi, New Business Development Manager: Port of Ngqura.

Additional revenue stream

“The almost 50 000 million tons of wind turbine cargo that was imported in the 2019/20 financial year, fit perfectly into the port’s revenue diversification strategy of avoiding over-reliance on a single revenue stream,” said Tandi Lebakeng, Port Manager of the Port of Ngqura.

What is a green port?

A green port status means that it is a port that was subjected to environmental legislation during its entire development – from pre-construction, during its current operation and will be during its future development.

Wind turbine tower components (top) and blades (bottom) stored in the Port of Ngqura before being transported by road and assembled at various wind farms throughout the country.

VWSA resumes production and exports

VWSA resumes production and exports

  • Uitenhage plant restarts production in line with Level 4 lockdown regulations
  • 100-point plan implemented to protect employees on site

Uitenhage – Following a gradual ramp-up of its local production, the Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) plant in Uitenhage has resumed its manufacturing operations.

In line with the regulations pertaining to Level 4 of lockdown, VWSA production was restarted on 4 May, with essential employees returning to work in a phased approach. The company has since started exporting Polos to various markets, in addition to manufacturing Polos and Vivos for the local market. On-site employees are supported by colleagues who continue to work from home where this is possible.

Prior to the gradual ramp-up of production, a number of measures to combat Covid-19 were put in place at all VWSA sites. These measures form part of a 100-point plan implemented across the Volkswagen Group to ensure the health and safety of employees. The plant’s on-site Wellness Centre has been equipped and its staff continues to consult with high-risk employees to ensure their wellbeing is prioritised.

Upon their return to work, employees were informed of the new protocols through employee orientation sessions, a detailed booklet and extensive signage installed at all sites and areas. Returning employees were further informed regarding hygiene and physical distancing practices that can further protect them. The company also provided each employee with a set of masks and over 20 tons of hand sanitiser have been sourced for all VWSA sites.

“Our essential services team ensured that the workplace was Covid-19 compliant before we officially restarted production in Uitenhage,” said Jens Bruecker, Production Director at VWSA. “Our 100-point plan is designed to ensure that all employees feel safe and good about their workplace, so we can manufacture and deliver vehicles without compromising our commitment to the wellbeing of our employees.”

“With dealerships being allowed to reopen on a phased basis, VWSA will again be able to meet the needs of its loyal local customer base,” said Mike Glendinning, VWSA’s Sales and Marketing Director. “Our team has worked remotely during the lockdown to support dealerships in preparing to reopen, and to assist customers through our Customer Interaction Centre. In addition, VW Commercial Vehicle dealerships remained open over the lockdown period to service vehicles for essential services. We look forward to welcoming our customers back to the dealerships, and we are taking every precaution to prepare for this.”

VWSA’s Chairman and Managing Director, Thomas Schaefer, thanked Naamsa for its assistance in lobbying with government for the automotive industry to be allowed to reopen. “The automotive industry has a crucial role to play in the local and national economy,” said Schaefer. “We are grateful that this role was acknowledged with the decision to let the industry operate and trade again.”

“In many aspects, the Covid-19 crisis has eclipsed our daily lives. As such, it must be our main priority at VWSA to act responsibly in every aspect of our business – and this includes, first and foremost, to ensure that our employees can work without risking their health. We will continue our extensive efforts to fulfil this duty,” Schaefer concluded.


For more information contact:

Andile Dlamini

Head: Group Communications

Volkswagen Group South Africa

Mobile: +27 82 451 5415

Work:    +27 41 994 5042



Eastern Cape Virtual Business Expo – July 2020

Eastern Cape Virtual Business Expo – July 2020

The Eastern Cape Virtual Business Exhibition has been postponed to Thursday, 23 July and Friday, 24 July due to technical glitches and seminar delegates that had trouble accessing the Eastern Cape Virtual Expo platform. 

The decision was taken in the interests of exhibitors, visitors and seminar delegates.  All the features, attractions and exhibitors, including SEMINAR will be waiting for you in July.

This 3D, game-play-like exhibition will powerfully and interactively showcase up to 200 Eastern Cape businesses across all sizes and sectors with the single objective to connect buyers to sellers and professional service providers (to boost orders, sales and brand), in a dynamic way.  View the exciting capability and what to expect of the Virtual expo by clicking on/or pasting this link into your browser.

This trade event has been created specifically for the Eastern Cape economy and as a key member of it you are invited to assist in creating the critical mass that will ensure success by participating either as:

1 a visitor (no fee) or

2 as an exhibitor (Cost has been pinned at the nominal fee of R1500) or as

3 a Seminar Guest (no fee)

All visitors and seminar guests will need to pre-register in order to receive the passcode to access the expo on a phone or computer. Please pre-register ASAP at



Seminar will run on Thursday, 23 July from 9am-10:15 am and will be repeated on Friday 24 July the same time.

Seminar Program:

 15 mins COVID business relief measures easily explained



 15 mins Contracts and COVID – Your business rights: which can be legally enforced and which can be broken? Pagdens, Matthew Kemp
15 mins Lock-down – the 5 things every business should implement towards recovery. Standard Bank, Gary Markson*
 10 mins Altered state – what to expect in the economy beyond COVID. Kevin Wakeford
 10 mins Altered state – what to expect wrt to social behaviour and work norms beyond COVID. Organisational/Industrial psychologist eg Charles du Toit.



The following feature experiences are accessible to registered visitors:








Click the below links for the coverage of the expo in the media recently which also explains the rationale etc.


For more information contact Deon Engelke –

WATCH NOW: Impact of Covid-19 on Banking Sector – May 2020

WATCH NOW: Impact of Covid-19 on Banking Sector – May 2020

Banks play a vital role in the economy and accept that as a designated essential service it is their duty to remain accessible and support their customers during these challenging times for all South Africans.

Exporters Eastern Cape hosted its second webinar on Thursday, 28 May 2020 with three major banks in South Africa: Standard Bank, Absa and Nedbank on the impact of Covid-19 on the banking sector and the funding interventions and solutions available for clients and customers in good standing.

Thank you to the speakers for making time to share their knowledge and the financial solutions available at each perspective bank. See below the speaker details if you would like to contact them directly.

Standard Bank

Loyiso Nyengule

Retail & Business Banking Eastern Cape / Nelson Mandela Bay / Head: Business Banking

Tel +27 (0)41 391 3256 / Mobile +27 (0)82 794 1524 / /


PJ Bouwer

Provincial Manager I Business Banking; Eastern Cape | Business Banking | Nedbank Limited

T +27 (0)41 393 5942 C +27 (0)66 2654390 email:


Mzi Baleni

Manager – Specialist Transactional Solutions; Eastern and Southern Cape

T 041 390 6241 / M 076 797 8844 / E

Exporter of the Year 2020 – Make sure you Enter!

Exporter of the Year 2020 – Make sure you Enter!

Entries for Exporter of the Year 2020 is open! Closing date is 1 June 2020!


The Exporter of the Year Awards honours and acknowledges exporters and service providers to industry who have excelled in the period under review. The Exporter of the Year Awards showcases the true success of our exports in our city and we will indeed have an Exporter of the Year Awards this year even during unprecedented times.

Please don’t hesitate with your entries this year, we need the success stories and our city needs the good news of what successes have been had in the past year. More details will be shared at a later stage but use this time to work on your entries to be submitted by the 1st of June 2020.


The winner in the category Best Exporter: Small Business in 2019, was S4 Integration and according to S4 Integration New Business Development Manager Ettienne Gerwel winning the award had an amazing impact on the business.

“Congratulations to all of the other winners and I would encourage exporters to enter again next year. We have one goal and that is to take the Eastern Cape to the world, and therefore we are all winners as members of Exporters Eastern Cape,” said Gerwel.


Winner of the Best Provider of Services to Exporters was Sasfin Commercial Solutions (Global Trade).

Sasfin Commercial Solutions (Global Trade) National Manager Brenden Adriaanzen said the excitement of winning the award was amazing – especially the Monday morning following the awards ceremony back at the office, when all 52 staff members celebrated the award.

“It was such a proud feeling, since the award belongs to everyone. We received letters of congratulations from all over and the award was also wonderful free advertising and marketing,” said Adriaanzen.


Exporter of the Year Categories:

  • IDC Job Creation Award (Exporters who have created the most number of new sustainable jobs within their business in the last financial year)
  • SJM Flex Environmental Practice Award (Exporters who have not yet achieved environmental accreditation and who pursue activities towards Environmental Sustainability)
  • SJM Flex Environmental Award (Exporters who have environmental accreditation and who pursue excellence in environmental management)
  • Best Provider of Services to Exporters (All service providers to the export industry)
  • Best Exporter: Small Business (Exporters with direct and indirect export turnover below R25-million)
  • Best Exporter: Medium Enterprises (Exporters with direct and indirect export turnover between R25-million and R200-million)
  • Best Exporter: Corporate Category (Exporters with direct and indirect export turnover greater than R200-million)
  • Best Exporter: OEM (Exporters who are manufacturers or original equipment for the automotive industry)
  • Exporter of the Year 2020 (The entity which, in the judges’ opinion, achieved the most success in the period under review.)


Judging Process:

Judging all entries is a thorough and robust task. Judging criteria include qualitative and quantitative and all judges are independent from the exporters.

Please refer to the judging criteria scorecard when completing your entry form, as this should guide you in the amount of information required in each area of the entry form.

The judges scoring on the quantitative information will be performed in terms a matrix, to ensure consistent scoring for these factors from all the judges.

The judges will therefore spend more time on the qualitative factors on the scorecard. For this reason the scorecard has been updated for the qualitative factors and the entry from has been updated to align with the new scorecard.


Sponsorship Opportunities:

If you would like to partner with Exporters Eastern Cape in hosting the prestigious Awards contact Suzanne Vermeulen at or at 083 291 5214.


Contact the Branch Coordinator, Suzanne Vermeulen on or the Chairman, Quintin Levey on 083 489 2232  if you have any questions.


Closing date for entries is 1 June 2020.

WATCH NOW: Tips on How to Complete the Entry Form!