Ore dump pollution whips up new storm

Toxic cloud angers harbour tenants Port Elizabeth Harbour tenants are fighting mad about a new wave of air pollution from Transnet’s two manganese ore facilities which is damaging property and business opportunities. It is also a health threat. Port Elizabeth Deep Sea Angling Club (Pedsac) chairman Richard Donaldson said the situation was intolerable. “Nowhere else in the world would a similar operation be allowed in the middle of a city, especially near major tourist attractions and residential areas. “The health issues caused by manganese ore dust are enormous,” he said.…

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Business critical of Transnet’s proposed higher port charges

SA’s port charges are excessive by global standards and have long been identified as an impediment to business  BEKEZELA PHAKATHI A loading crane straddles a freight rail track at a Transnet container handling terminal. Picture: BLOOMBERG State-owned rail, port and pipeline company Transnet has been criticised by business for pushing for “unjustifiable” hikes in port tariffs. Transnet National Ports Authority, which manages all eight commercial ports in SA, is looking for increases of up to 25% in 2017 amid concern by industry players that above-inflation tariff increases could hit business…

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