Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed new port managers at Saldanha, Cape Town, Mossel Bay and Richards Bay, as part of its new operating model to reposition South Africa in the global market and ensure growth and sustainability.

The new port managers are:
1. Mr Shadrack Tshikalange, Port Manager: Port of Saldanha, effective 01 December 2021. Mr Tshikalange will vacate his current role as Port Manager at the Port of Mossel Bay to take up the Port Manager role at the Port of Saldanha.

2. Dr Dineo Mazibuko, Port Manager: Port of Mossel Bay, effective 01 December 2021. Prior to this appointment, Dr Mazibuko served as Senior Manager: Corporate Services at the Port of Durban. She was also the New Business Development Manager at the port.

3. Mr Rajesh Dana, Port Manager: Port of Cape Town, effective 01 December 2021. Mr Dana will vacate his current role as Port Manager at the Port of Port Elizabeth to serve as Port Manager at the Port of Cape Town.

4. Mr Dennis Mqadi, Port Manager: Port of Richards Bay, effective 01 December 2021. Mr Mqadi will assume his new position after serving seven (7) years as Executive Manager for Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) and Regulatory Oversight at TNPA head office.

An additional leadership appointment has included that of Mr Bonginkosi Mthembu as General Manager in the Office of the Chief Executive, effective 01 December 2021. Mr Mthembu joins TNPA from the Coega Development Corporation (CDC).

The ports of Port Elizabeth and Ngqura are currently undergoing a process of consolidation into a single port complex referred to as Nelson Mandela Bay Ports. Ms Tandi Lebakeng will act as the Port Manager for Nelson Mandela Bay Ports until the process is finalised.
TNPA leadership is pleased with the appointments of these executives, who have experience and deep understanding of the maritime time industry and its intricacies. They have demonstrated strong leadership capabilities and innovative thinking, which will be required to help steer operations as TNPA repositions itself as a world-class port system.

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1. Mr Shadrack Tshikalange, Port Manager: Port of Saldanha, effective 01 December 2021.

Mr Tshikalange has extensive experience in business strategy, operations and project management. He served as Port Manger at the Port of Mossel Bay for four (4) years, where he was responsible for ensuring the development of port strategies and processes; and developing port infrastructure to meet demand. Between 2014 and 2017, he held the position of Senior Operations Manager at the Port of Mossel Bay and was responsible for ensuring that terminal and port operations ran smoothly to maximise customer value. Before joining TNPA, he held various senior positions in the public sector. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership Development from the University of Stellenbosch; a Bachelor of Juris Law Degree from the University of the North; a Certificate in Methods and Techniques of Development Planning and Management from German Foundation for International Development; a Certificate in Project Management and Certificate in Finance for Non-Finance Managers, both from Wits University.

2. Dr Dineo Mazibuko, Port Manager: Port of Mossel Bay, effective 01 December 2021.

Prior to this appointment, Dr Mazibuko served as Senior Manager: Corporate Services at the Port of Durban. She was responsible for the development and implementation of new business development projects, including concession projects, and monitoring of the port’s strategy aligned to TNPA and the Transnet strategy. She was also the New Business Development Manager at the port. She has a PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She also holds a Master of Commerce in Leadership and Management; a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Economics; and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Information Systems and Technology, all from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

3. Mr Rajesh Dana, Port Manager: Port of Cape Town, effective 01 December 2021.

Mr Dana has over 25 years of experience and has led many key strategic projects, including the development of the TNPA Tariff Financial model. He was also a co-project manager during the establishment of Port Operations Centres across all South African ports. Through his previous roles, he has had vast exposure to financial markets. He has strong, proven management experience in operations management, in-depth knowledge and understanding of governance and finance, and has strong business strategy development expertise. He is no stranger to the Port of Cape Town as he was previously the port’s Financial Services Manager as well as Corporate Services Manager. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Netherlands Business School; a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Port Elizabeth; and various Executive and Leadership Development Programmes.

4. Mr Dennis Mqadi, Port Manager: Port of Richards Bay, effective 01 December 2021.

During his tenure as Executive Manager for SHEQ and Regulatory Oversight at TNPA head office, Mr Mqadi was responsible for providing strategic direction and support structures to all eight (8) South African commercial ports. He is a seasoned executive with over 24 years of experience in various departments within TNPA operations. His TNPA journey started in 1997, when he served as Tugboat Master at the Port of East London. His hard work earned him more responsibilities, and he assumed more senior roles within the business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Milpark Business School; a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Milpark Business School; a Port Management Diploma from North Kent College (United Kingdom); a Management Advancement Diploma from the Natal University; a Diploma in Data-metrics from the University of South Africa; a Certificate in Maritime Pilotage from Shipping and Transport College (Netherlands); and an Executive Development Programme from the University of Stellenbosch.

5. Mr Bonginkosi Mthembu, General Manager: Office of the Chief Executive, effective 01 December 2021.


Mr Mthembu joins TNPA from the CDC, where he served as Executive Manager for Corporate Service and was responsible for providing strategic leadership in human capital, and overseeing legal services, communications and stakeholder management amongst others. He has more than 20 years of leadership and business experience. Prior to his tenure at the CDC, he held various senior positions at the Parliament of South Africa. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Montana; a Bachelor of Arts Honours from the University of Zululand; a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Zululand; a Higher Certificate in Law from the University of South Africa; a Certificate in Governance, Risk and Ethics from the Institute of Directors South Africa; and a Certificate in Strategic Human Resources Management and Certificate in Labour Law, both from the University of Cape Town.