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Ships waiting to offload cargo, as Cape Town harbour staff hit by Covid-19

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  • Workers at Cape Town’s harbour are being sent home with suspected cases of Covid-19.
  • The knock-on effect is delays, which are beginning to affect cargo getting into the country.
  • Ships have been anchored, waiting to offload cargo.
  • Transnet says it is monitoring shift performance on a daily basis.
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Workers at Cape Town's harbour are being sent home with suspected cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus - and resultant delays in operations are beginning to have a knock-on effect on cargo getting into the country.

Transnet has just confirmed that the surge in Covid-19 cases has begun to affect operations at the harbour’s cargo terminals. An unspecified number of employees have been sent home to self-isolate while waiting for test results.

Over the last week, between five and 14 ships have been anchored in the harbour, waiting for permission to offload their cargo.

According to Oscar Borchards, acting terminal manager, the loading and offloading of cargo is continuing, however, as the company allows for periods of self-quarantine. 

Transnet is monitoring shift performance on a daily basis, he says, "as well as compliance to standard Covid -19 preventative measures that the terminals have put in place".

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