Exporters look back at a year of ‘taking Eastern Cape to the world’

Exporters look back at a year of ‘taking Eastern Cape to the world’

The value of winning an Exporters Eastern Cape Exporter of the Year Award had a wide range of meanings to the diverse group of top exporters in the Eastern Cape in 2019. However, one thing was certain – they would recommend participation in the awards to all exporters.

From building morale through tough times due to the widespread drought, to being recognised by peers and staff, some of the category winners shared the impact of winning the awards had on their companies at the Annual Social, hosted at Broughton Country Estate, on Thursday, 7 November 2019.

Exporters Eastern Cape Chairman Quintin Levey thanked SJM Flex SA as the sponsor of the Annual Social Event. “Thank you to all our members for participating in our events and in our mentorship programme, as well as the Exporter of the Year Awards in 2019. I know the winners will agree with me that the impact of the awards is invaluable,” said Levey.

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.

The winner of the SJM Flex Environmental Practice Award and Merit Award Winner in the category Best Exporter: Small Business was La Mohair. La Mohair Owner Larissa Primmer said the award meant a lot to her company during a challenging year because of the effect of the drought on the production of mohair. The company, which employs 10 permanent workers, exports 95% of its mohair products.

“Thank you to the Exporters Eastern Cape for acknowledging us with the award, the informative sessions as well as the networking opportunities,” said Primmer.

The Winner of the SJM Flex Environmental Award, the IDC Job Creation Award and Merit Award Winner in the Best Exporter: OEM category was Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.

Ford Struandale Engine Plant Material, Planning and Logistics Manager Paul Brooks said Ford was extremely happy with the award – which gave recognition to a great year of hard work, dedication and commitment.

“Going forward all I can say is watch this space. We plan to build 250 000 vehicles in the next two years. The Eastern Cape is a major hub of the automotive sector and we will continue with our outreach programmes in the region. We want to thank Exporters Eastern Cape for the opportunity given to us with this award,” said Brooks.

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.

Vehicle exports on track to achieve new record in 2019

Vehicle exports on track to achieve new record in 2019

NAAMSA welcomed the uptick in new vehicle sales during October 2019 and confirmed that aggregate domestic new vehicle sales, at 51 978 units, reflected a marginal increase of 122 units or 0,2% from the 51 856 vehicles sold in October last year. Monthly export sales had registered a further solid performance in line with industry expectations.

The October 2019 export sales number at 41 277 vehicles reflected a strong increase of 7 152 units, or 21,0%, compared to the 34 125 vehicles exported in the same month last year. For the first ten months of the year, vehicle exports, at 338 955 units, are now at their third highest level on record with still two months to go for the year and well on track to achieve another record in 2019.

Download the full NAAMSA press release below as well as the October 2019 Industry New Vehicle Sales.

Export Awareness Workshop 2019

Export Awareness Workshop 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in collaboration with Nelson Mandela Bay Export Helpdesk, cordially invites you to an Export Awareness Workshop. Current and prospective exporters within Nelson Mandela Bay are encouraged to attend.

The focus of the workshop will be on:

  • How to participate and apply for Global Exporter Passport Programme.
  • How to apply for dti National Pavilions, Missions and ITI’s.
  • The dti’s incentive schemes (EMIA), SEFA, Export preparation and readiness.
  • Offerings and Services by (ECDC, SARS, ABSA, SEDA, The Business Chamber, The Business Place and more).

The details of the workshop are as follows:
Date: 8 November 2019
Time: 09:00 – 16:00
Venue: The Business Place, 1st Floor, Kwantu Towers, Govan Mbeki

RSVP by Monday, 4 November 2019 by completing the form below and email it to Ms Siphokazi Ngombane at sngombane@mandelametro.gov.za.  For more information contact her at 041 503 7533.

Please note that seats are limited and reservations will be confirmed on a first-come-first-served basis.

Ngqura Container Terminal celebrates 10 Years of socio-economic contribution

Ngqura Container Terminal celebrates 10 Years of socio-economic contribution

The Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) is celebrating a 10-year milestone, having strategically and significantly contributed to increased cargo handling through transshipment’s that have benefited markets across the world.  

During this time, over 2.5 mil TEUs (20’ equivalent unit) carrying transshipment cargo has moved through the terminal, creating over 700 direct jobs and contributing over R1.5 billion to the Eastern Cape economy. The noted economic activity and volumes in this short period landed NCT the position of fastest growing terminal in the world for 2 consecutive years (in 2012 and 2013).  

The 2015/2016 financial year introduced many challenges that saw a dip in volumes of -17% growth, the worst the terminal has ever experience due to the global economy. Recovery was finally confirmed successful when in the 2018/2019 financial year, volumes reached an all-time high of 36% growth, which equates to 829 813 TEUs.

According to the Executive Manager, Container & Auto, Wandisa Vazi “The role NCT has played in South Africa’s trade maturity over the last ten years is overwhelming considering this was a new initiative with zero volumes. The confidence and commitment shared by the terminal’s stakeholders namely employees, customers, government institutions and industry bodies underpin the success of the terminal to date.

In February 2019, NCT proudly handled one of the biggest vessels in the history of terminal. The Gigantic MSC Bettina loaded 2 697 Twenty Equivalent Units (TEU).  Its length was 366.07 metres and its maximum draught is 15.6 Metres. Its impressive capacity was 10 000 TEUs with gross tonnage of 151559 and deadweight of 162867.

The first container offloaded from MSC’s vessel MSC Catania was handled by a female employee, Caroline Ndevulana and gender equity remains as relevant as it was ten years ago with a 19 % female representation making up the workforce.

NCT possess state of the art technology, which include Automated Gate System Auto with Pre-Booking/Pre-Advice Functionality that improves truck processing time & eliminates human error.  Over the years the terminal has collected a number of accolades; including being recognised as the fastest growing terminal in the world, numerous PMR Africa Awards, Exporters Club Merit Award for the contributions to the economy, NOSCAR rating (the highest safety accolade in the industry) for three consecutive years and NOSA award for the best 5 star system in the Eastern Cape.  In addition NCT is ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified.

PE Annual Social 2019

PE Annual Social 2019

You are invited to the PE Annual Social with Exporters Eastern Cape on Thursday, 7 November 2019.

Thank you to SJM Flex SA for sponsoring the Annual Social. 


DATE:     Thursday, 7 November 2019

TIME:      17:30 for 18:00

VENUE:  Broughton Country Estate, Honey Bee Road, Colleen Glen – GPS 33°58’34.3″S 25°22’21.3″E