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.
With the arrival of the British settlers in 1825, the harbour of Port Elizabeth was given status as a port. Construction to improve port facilities began soon after and the Port of Port Elizabeth has since grown to be a major import and export hub for the Eastern Cape. With Uitenhage being located just outside of Port Elizabeth, and with the town being a motor industry giant, the Port Elizabeth port does not only service the city of Port Elizabeth, but its surrounding towns and cities as well.
The port oversees almost four million tons of cargo a year and thousands of ships use the port to on and off load cargo, or for refueling and repairs. Over and above the motor vehicle parts that move through the Port Elizabeth port, commodities such as timber, wool, citrus, steel and other perishables can be accommodated as a direct train service is able to transport goods immediately. Some of the facilities at the port include container terminals, bunker facilities, tug boats, pilot services, marina, yacht club, tanker berths, ore berths and the National Sea Rescue Institute is also located within the port.