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Transnet Port Terminals new management structure.

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) would intensify its focus on total quality management (TQM) and human capital and development over the next two years, in order to achieve its goal of aligning the business with global standards, TPT CEO Tau Morwe said on Friday.

In a statement, TPT said that its new business model and management structure, unveiled this week, signalled a “dynamic approach” to the quality of its operations and a renewed focus on supply chain efficiencies.

“TPT realises that to improve, we have to continuously review our operations and processes and ensure effectiveness to service our customers’ needs,” commented Morwe.

To that end, it has appointed a dedicated GM for TQM and Continuous Improvement, Velile Dube, who would “endeavour to implement transformation and change management processes with the aim of converting customers’ operational requirements to tangible changes that are recognised across the organisation”.

Dube would also be responsible for the new Operations Excellence Centre, which will drive and sustain improvements across the terminals, said Morwe.

Further, the management of TPT’s four operational sectors had been recategorised from the previous container, bulk, break bulk and automotive categories.

Going forward, Zeph Ndlovu will head up the new Mineral Bulk sector, Victor Mkhize the Agricultural Bulk and roll on, roll off (RoRo) sector and Siyabulela Mhaluka the container sector.

Key account executives, namely Thembi Mbele for the Agricultural sector, Tracey Neat for the Mineral Bulk sector, Sidney Bird for the container sector, Gary Kleyn for the Break Bulk Liner Services sector and Beverly Masson for the Automotive sector, would be able to further assist customers.

Meanwhile, Lita Mcwabeni has been appointed as GM of Strategy at TPT, and would be responsible for forward planning of future capacity developments aligned to demand forecasts, best practice benchmarking of TPT operations and liaison with key stakeholders regarding policy issues and government liaison.

Further, the Richards Bay Dry Bulk Terminal and the Richards Bay Multipurpose Terminal, would now be operated under a single management team to improve synergies. Ben Khonyane has been appointed as Terminal Executive for the Richards Bay terminals.

The former Business Unit Executive (BUE) at the Durban Container Terminal, Moshe Motlohi, has been appointed to Terminal Executive for the Cape Town terminals, which would now comprise both the Cape Town Container Terminal and the Cape Town Multipurpose Terminal.

New management for the Durban Container terminal would be appointed in the near future, while the Durban Car terminal operation would be integrated into the Durban Point terminal as a RoRo operation.

Operations at the Agriport and Maydon Wharf Terminals will remain unchanged but would now be led by Johann Botha.

The Ngqura Container terminal would remain under the leadership of Hector Danisa, and would be developed as a standalone facility.

Ntomboxolo ‘Nikki’ Mbengashe would manage the Port Elizabeth terminal as the BUE, while Adil Rodgers has been appointed as the BUE for the Saldanha Iron Ore terminal.

Other changes, Morwe added, would include a more aggressive approach to the safety of assets, cargo, terminal users and employees.

TPT would also implement a reformed planning regime in all port terminals nationally, to ensure the best possible berth utilisation, while taking into account sailing time for vessels that call at more than one terminal in South Africa.

“We will continue to build on the partnership approach to customers and constantly engage, be attentive and respond to their requirements as part of our key strategic thrusts,” he emphasised.

Edited by: Mariaan Webb of the Engineering News

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