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TPT DCT to Remain Operational on EFF National Shutdown Day, 20 March 2023

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Durban Container Terminals (Pier 1, Pier 2 and DRT) are set to remain operational during the EFF’s National Shutdown planned for 20 March 2023.

This was announced in a letter addressed to valued customers by the Managing Executive of Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), Earle Peters.

According to the statement, TPT is aware of the planned protest march and has put contingency plans in place to ensure minimal impact on operations.

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The statement also acknowledges the concerns raised by stakeholders regarding the potential risks to businesses, trucks, and homes in the region, and has assured them that safety will be the top priority for both staff and stakeholders.

“We are committed to business continuity and will activate Command Centers and have contingency plans in place to ensure minimal impact to operations,” said Peters.

“However, due to the unpredictable nature of the situation, the Terminals will provide regular updates with any changes that may arise.”

The shutdown may potentially impede the movement of cargo, but the necessary consideration regarding extensions to stacks and import storage will be granted and communicated daily.

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Some businesses may close or work with minimal staff, but TPT is urging its customers to remain vigilant and safe during this time.

Richards Bay Port announced a few days ago that they will cease operations on the 19th and asked transporters to stop sending trucks to the port three days prior to the day.

The protest march is expected to cause disruptions in the region, and TPT is closely monitoring the situation to ensure that the Terminals continue to operate safely and efficiently.

The company has called on all stakeholders to support its efforts to maintain business continuity and minimize the impact of the protest march.

“We thank you in advance for your continued support and pray that you and your loved ones remain vigilant and safe during this time,” concluded Peters.

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The protest march is expected to draw large crowds, and authorities have urged protestors to exercise their rights peacefully and within the confines of the law.

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