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10/14/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/14/2019 03:08

Minister Fikile Mbalula addresses the African Ports and Rail Evolution Conference in Durban, 15 Oct

Mbalula Addresses African Ports and Rail Evolution Conference - Inspects Operations at Durban Container Terminal

Transport Minister Addresses African Ports and Rail Evolution Conference and Inspects Operations at Durban Container Terminal

KwaZulu-Natal: The Minister of Transport Mr. Fikile Mbalula will, on Tuesday 15 October 2019 deliver a Keynote Address to international rail and Port captains of industry delegates attending the African Ports and Rail Evolution Conference at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. (Durban ICC)

Minister Mbalula's address will highlight and emphasize the significance of international and Regional integration, economic transformation and development in the rail and ports industry.

The Conference brings under one roof, experts and specialists on Ports and rail transportation across the Region and globe from countries such South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Kenya, Ghana, Egypt, Italy and Seychelles among others.

During the conference, delegates will deliberate on pertinent issues affecting the ports and rail industry across the continent and globe.

Following the keynote address, Minister Mbalula will undertake an induction tour and on-site inspection of operations at the Container Terminal at the Durban Port on board the Isiponono vessel. The Minister will receive a debriefing on Port systems, plans on Port efficiencies, inland strategies, the Oceans Economy and Empowering Women in the Maritime Industry.

In recognition of Excellence in the Maritime and Transport industry, Minister Mbalula will also address and present Excellence Awards to deserving achievers during the Women in Transport Awards Ceremony later in the early evening.

The details of the Minister itinerary are as follows:

Part 1

Minister's Keynote Address: African Ports and Rail Evolution Conference

Date: Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Time: 08:30 for 09:00
Venue: Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre,Durban. KwaZulu-Natal (Durban ICC)

Part 2

Tour on Board Isiponono: Port operations and Durban Container Terminal

Date: Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Time: 11:30
Venue: Port of Durban

Part 3

Minister's Address: Women in Transport Awards Ceremony

Date: Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Time: 18:00
Venue: Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre,Durban. KwaZulu-Natal (Durban ICC)

All media houses are invited to attend and are requested to confirm their attendance by 16:00.
Sam Monareng
Cell: 073 491 3382
E-mail: [email protected]

Kindly note that confirmation of attendance is required in order to gain access to the Port of Durban and boarding of Isiponono Vessel.

Members of the media are requested to bring their ID documents to gain entry and for security clearance.

Due to limited parking space, arrangements have been made to transport members of the media from the Durban ICC to the Durban Port and back.

Enquiries:
Ayanda Allie Paine
Cell: 074 823 79791