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Ports & Ships Maritime News

6 March 2012
Author: Terry Hutson

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FIRST VIEW – LANCELOT

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The accommodation barge LANCELOT was towed into Cape Town harbour on the 28 February by the tug Salvage Champion. This picture is by Aad Noorland

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NATIONWIDE STRIKE ON WEDNESDAY

South African trade unions have announced they will be going forward with a nationwide strike tomorrow (Wednesday) in protest against the continued use of labour brokers and casual labour.

The nationwide mass action is also in protest against attempts to restrict the right to strike. A third purpose is to protest against the imposition of e- tolling.

In KwaZulu-Natal COSATU said it reconfirmed its readiness for Wednesday’s national stay away to protest the continued use of labour brokers. “We have always stated that we will only rest on this matter when there is a total ban of labour brokers, as we believe that they are nothing else but another form of modern slavery and a sophisticated system of human trafficking,” Cosatu said.

“It remains our contending view that labour brokers are far from being part of the decent work agenda; in fact they are the worst and most ruthless form of human exploitation. We will also use this strike in order to express our disapproval of the e-tolling of our roads as well as the proposed labour law amendments which we believe completely undermines our hard fought right to strike.”

The South African Transport & Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU) said it called on all South African’s and more so its members to support the banning of labour brokers and to reject the privatisation of the roads. “You can take part by joining in the COSATU organised mass action on Wednesday 7 March 2012,” it said.

Satawu said that the tolling of Gauteng Freeways was a new revenue system created by Government which would never cease or decrease once implemented. “As SATAWU we say this massive multi-billion rand expenditure on freeways is the wrong priority. We agree with government that all future SANRAL freeway and tolling projects must be put on hold and thoroughly reassessed.”

Satawu said that it remained utterly opposed to the practice of labour brokering, which it described as “a form of human trafficking that has condemned thousands of workers to insecure jobs with poverty pay, no benefits and no job security.”

The Port of Richards Bay meanwhile has issued a statement saying it does not envisage any significant disruption to shipping in its harbour. “Port users are assured that the necessary contingency measures are in place to endure that the port operates as normal.”

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CYCLONE IRINA WEAKENS AS IT MOVES AWAY FROM COAST

The tropical cyclone IRINA which devastated large areas of Madagascar resulting in the deaths of more than 70 people and caused flood damage to southern Mozambique and parts of northern KwaZulu Natal, has by Tuesday evening moved away out to sea off the east coast of South Africa and appears to be weakening.

Latest forecasts by Passageweather.com suggest that the storm, which is expected to turn back towards the southern Mozambique/northern KZN coasts later in the week, will have by then dissipated almost completely.

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The container ship KOTA MAJU (26,131-gt, built 1998) arriving in Cape Town harbour recently. Pictures by Ian Shiffman

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