Oct 8, 2012 – Johannesburg — A strike by truck drivers is set to spread to rail and port workers this week, the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) said.
Cape Town has been a strategically important port since the 17th century when, in 1652, Jan van Riebeeck set up a replenishment station in South Africa for the Dutch East India Company.
With a well-earned reputation for being the Cape of Storms, business at the port of Cape Town is sometimes disrupted by the weather. The port of Cape Town has a total of 34 berths and dry dock repair facilities to accommodate vessels of 1,806 tonnes and 61 meters in length. The Victoria & Alfred basins of the port accommodate passenger cruise ships, while the container and multipurpose terminals deal with a wide variety of cargo. Also located at the port is a yacht club, marina and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).