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Political Unrest Affects Transportation Systems in South Africa
Our partners in South Africa have advised of the following conditions following the current pollical unrest in the region. The violence and disruption have primarily affected Durban and Johannesburg; however, the riots have spread to other areas in the country such as Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and Pretoria. Riots and looting continue around the country with protestors targeting shopping malls, distribution centers, warehouses, fuel stations and local shops. There have also been some reports of house robberies and attacks.
The transportation system is affected as follows:
Durban port is currently operating with limited resources, as staff are unable to come to work.
King Shaka Airport (Durban) has been closed off with police barricade restricting access – agents and GHAs are not operational.
JNB Airport Cargo Terminal remains operational at this stage with no major disruptions; however, GHAs have noted some staff shortages due to people being unable to travel to work.
Carrier Depots in Durban and Johannesburg are closed.
Immigration & Port Health in Durban is closed, as such vessels are unable to berth.
Carriers have agreed to extend demurrage free time.
The N3 (main road between Durban and Johannesburg) has been closed, as cargo vehicles are one of the biggest targets.
Railway services between Durban and Johannesburg have been suspended until further notice.
Once things begin to return to normal, a heavy backlog is anticipated. Staff are working from home and doing their best to maintain cargo flows.