Durban Port sets out to reclaim best-performing title in Africa

first_imgPresident Ramaphosa said if a port does not function efficiently, the entire economy suffers, from importers and exporters to consumers. The Department of Public Enterprises and the Department of Transport, with support from Operation Vulindlela, are working to implement structural reforms that will modernise and increase investment in the transport sector. Have you read?Wave energy technology company wins Moroccan port challenge TAGSPresident Cyril RamaphosaSouth AfricaTrade and investmentTransnetTransportation Previous articleGreen economy innovations for service delivery conferenceNext articleCOVID-19 pandemic calls for greater regional integration in Africa Nomvuyo Tena RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Finance and Policy “These efforts are already showing results in improved maintenance of equipment, reduced congestion, quicker turnaround times and increased use of rail instead of road transport.” UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development A multi-party work team has been established, together with port users, to address key issues related to port performance. “Shipping companies in particular expressed concern about truck congestion and waiting times, ship berthing delays and anchorage times, poor maintenance of equipment and generally low productivity in the port,” the President said. In his weekly newsletter, President Cyril Ramaphosa said: “As part of our Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, we will continue to work tirelessly to expand infrastructure investment and transform our network industries.” Durban Port in South Africa is on course to reclaiming its status as the best-performing port in Africa. This will be realised through operational improvements and structural reforms. “Truck turnaround times have greatly improved. Similarly, the reliability of cargo handling equipment has improved to 80%, and is heading towards at least 95% to meet international benchmarks. Ship waiting times have reduced to impressive levels. While this progress is a reflection of the hard work that is being done to reposition the port, there is still much work remaining to ensure the port system serves the needs of the economy and promotes growth. The President clarified matters relating to fears raised by SATU about the privatisation of the Port and stated that Transnet is not going to be privatised but partnerships are going to be forged to create more jobs. “On the other hand, if the port works well it can drive economic growth and position our country as a gateway to the region and the continent,” he said.center_img This is after his recent visit at the Durban Port. The aim of the visit was to ensure that commitments made following the President’s meeting with port users and stakeholders in October 2019, have been implemented. “While this is important progress, there is still much work to be done to position Durban as a world-class port and as a hub port for the Southern Hemisphere,” President Ramaphosa said. The new management of Transnet and its operating divisions are focused on improving operational performance, increasing investment in port and rail infrastructure and ensuring adequate maintenance of equipment. Image: South African History Online Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Edited by ESI Africa. Source Have you read?S.Africa: 500MW solar cell factory to open in Coega IDZ When he visited Durban in October 2019, many local businesses and port users raised concerns about the performance of the Durban Port. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA There has been great progress over the past year in turning around the performance of the port despite the impact of COVID-19. BRICS Generationlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Andrew Barth Feldman to Co-Host the 10th Annual Roger Rees Awards & More

first_img Matthew Morrison Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently.Andrew Barth Feldman to Co-Host the Roger Rees AwardsThe Broadway Education Alliance has announced that the tenth annual presentation of the Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, a celebration of high school musical programs, will be held on June 1 at 7:30PM ET on BEA’s YouTube channel. Roger Rees Award winner, former Dear Evan Hansen star and vlogger Andrew Barth Feldman will host the ceremony alongside NY1’s Frank DiLella. This online event will feature New York area high school students in multiple musical numbers, including an opening anthem “As Long as There Is Love” from the Broadway production of Mrs. Doubtfire. A panel of Broadway professionals, including Mrs. Doubtfire star Rob McClure, will announce the Best Actor and Best Actress high school performers in the Greater New York region during the show.The 24 Hour Plays Announces COVID & Incarceration EditionThe 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues is collaborating with several arts and advocacy organizations, including the Broadway Advocacy Coalition and the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School, to feature real stories from those currently and previously incarcerated, their families and the advocates serving them during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, playwrights will be paired with individuals who are currently or formerly incarcerated and advocates to hear their stories, either from live calls or previously documented material. The playwrights will then be paired with actors from TV, film and Broadway to write, rehearse and record monologues released in 24 hours. “COVID & Incarceration” will air on May 12 on IGTV; from 6PM ET on, the new monologues will be published, one every 15 minutes. Writers include Lemon Andersen, Hilary Bettis, Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, Jordan E. Cooper, Emily Mann, DeRay Mckesson, Nsangou Njikam, and Liza Jessie Peterson. Actors will be announced at a later date.NYC’s Shetler Studios Closes After 30 YearsShetler Studios is closing as a result of financial hardship caused by the coronavirus crisis. “The path to recovery is simply too steep for our small company,” reads a statement the company’s founder and owner Ron Shetler and Managing Artistic Director Robin A. Paterson shared on the Shetler Studios Instagram. For 30 years, the space, located on Broadway and West 54th Street, provided rehearsal space to the New York theater community.Norm Lewis to Perform on Memorial For Us AllTony nominee Norm Lewis is slated to perform on May 17 at 6PM ET on Memorial For Us All. The regular Sunday broadcast offers its viewers unity, comfort and healing through music. Anyone who has lost a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic is invited to submit the name of a friend or family member to be honored on the broadcast. More than 300 community members from New York City and beyond have submitted names. Names can be submitted here.Long Wharf Theatre Announces Staged at Home Virtual GalaLong Wharf Theatre has announced that its 2020 gala is going digital. Staged at Home will be a star-studded benefit concert, featuring performances from Broadway stars, including Laura Benanti, Stephanie J. Block, Matthew Morrison, Robin De Jesús, Norm Lewis, Kelli O’Hara and Bryce Pinkham. The event will begin on June 8 at 6:30PM ET with a half-hour pre-show, including a five-course dinner party, red-carpet showcase and video chat room preceding the concert. Tickets will go on sale May 11 at 10AM ET.P.S. Watch this video of the Riverdance casts around the world showing appreciation for essential workers. Bryce Pinkham Kelli O’Hara Robin De Jesus Norm Lewis Andrew Barth Feldman(Photo: Caitlin McNaney for Laura Benanti Rob McClure View Comments View All (10) Andrew Barth Feldman Brian Stokes Mitchell Stephanie J. Blocklast_img read more

Criminal Law Section searches for ways to mentor young state attorneys and PDs

first_img ‘They’re learning to become lawyers in their kitchens by themselves’ Criminal Law Section leaders are concerned that the COVID-19 pandemic is denying young prosecutors and public defenders the mentoring they need to succeed.“They’re learning to become lawyers in their kitchens by themselves,” 11th Circuit Judge Angélica Zayas told an October 9 meeting of the CLS executive council. “There are attorneys in the 11th who have gone through their whole juvenile rotation without ever entering the courthouse — ever.”The council discussed various proposals for nurturing the future of the criminal trial bar, from improving section representation on the 52-member Board of Governors, to assigning more liaisons to Bar rules committees and attracting younger members.During a brief appearance by President Dori Foster-Morales, executive council member David Rothman lamented that the board has only one active criminal trial lawyer.“Someone has to step up to become a member of the Board of Governors, it is difficult, it is a pain, but it is tremendously rewarding,” he said.Foster-Morales, a former prosecutor, said she first ran for the board when she noticed no women were running for an empty seat.“Sometimes you have to think outside of yourself and think about what’s good for the law, and the state of Florida,” Foster-Morales said.Foster-Morales urged the council to forward any rule change proposals for dealing with the health crisis to the COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Task Force.She also urged the council to consider innovative ways to use remote technology.“I believe that virtual jury selection works…I would ask that you think about what parts of the virtual platform work,” she said. “The Supreme Court is super open to being flexible and figuring out new ways to doing things.”Later in the meeting, the executive council voted unanimously to extend free membership to 3L students, and to offer discounted membership to 1L and 2L students.“1Ls and 2Ls are hot to trot, they want to join things,” said Executive Council Chair Warren Lindsey.The Criminal Law Section also plans to send representatives to law school orientations.The section suffered a major blow this summer when the pandemic forced the cancellation of the Gerald T. Bennet Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training Program.The section has partnered with the University of Florida College of Law to sponsor the program every year since 1979.“This is one of the crown-jewel programs of the Criminal Law Section,” Lindsey said.Immediate past Chair Jennifer Zedalis, who planning the next program, is negotiating with hotels for accommodations.“The program is integral to the criminal justice system because it represents both sides, and it can’t be replaced,” she said. “We want to see if it will be possible, late July, early August, to have a live program. It’s critical.”However, Zedalis said, if the health crisis shows no signs of abating, organizers may be forced to consider moving the program online.Zedalis stressed that she prefers a live event, but organizers will have no choice if prosecutors and public defenders insist on virtual.“We have to have a backup plan,” she said. Criminal Law Section searches for ways to mentor young state attorneys and PDs Oct 13, 2020 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Storieslast_img read more