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Three Ports, One City

July 2, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

The Cape Town city region is in a unique position globally as a transport and logistics hub. It is home to two ports, Cape Town and Saldanha and an international airport which is ranked top in Africa. With anticipated growth in cargo and passengers into and from the Western Cape, and industrial development in Saldanha, what is the being planned to maximise the opportunities for the region:

  • Saldanha, identified as an Industrial Development Zone, is being developed as an oil and gas servicing hub to some of the 120 rigs that pass Cape Town annually. Saldanha already facilitates the export of globally sought-after iron-ore from the Northern Cape and over R10 billion has been allocated by Transnet and government to develop Saldanha further. What is the extent and progress of the project?
  • Cape Town’s container demand is expected to quadruple over the next 30 years and Transnet is finally proceeding with the Cruise Liner Terminal in the planned Port Gateway Precinct development, but what about the strategic but underutilised site of Culemborg stretching from Observatory to the Cape Town CBD?
  • Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is forecasting an increase in passengers and air freighting (a global trend), as well as considering what is required to maximise the economic benefits of developing a third runway and an aerotropolis (business hub) around the airport.

Join us as we discuss Cape Town’s strategy to maximise our location as a transport and logistics hub and what is being planned by Transnet, ACSA and the Western Cape Government to achieve this. We will hear from Nico Walters, Head of Strategy at Transnet, Tebogo Mekgoe COO of ACSA and Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro.

About the Speakers

Nico Walters, Head of Strategy at Transnet

Nico Walters is the General Manager responsible for Strategy at Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). He has been involved in various projects related to rail and port management and operations, strategy development, strategic planning, port infrastructure development and is currently responsible for the execution of Operation Phakisa, a government initiative to unlock the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans.

Tebogo Mekgoe COO of ACSA

Tebogo Mekgoe is the Airports Company South Africa’s first Chief Operating Officer where he ensures effective operations management and management of ACSA’s strategic assets to help with growth and innovation. With an engineering background, Tebogo worked his way up to General Manager of O.R. Tambo International in 2012. He also led the preparation and management of O.R Tambo’s operations team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro

Tim Harris assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Wesgro in March 2015. Prior to joining Wesgro, he was the Director of Trade and Investment in the Office of the Executive Mayor at the City of Cape Town. Tim previously served as Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister of Finance for the Democratic Alliance (DA). Tim currently sits on the board of Silicon Cape, Cape Town’s technology promotion initiative.


July 2, 2015
8:00 am - 10:00 am
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