Cape Times - - METRO - Chevon Booysen

TRANSNET re­cently played host to a group of stu­dents from the Uni­ver­sity of the Western Cape when they vis­ited the Sal­danha Na­tional Ports Author­ity.

The 16 post­grad­u­ate en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment stu­dents, ac­com­pa­nied by their lec­turer, Michael Dys­sel, were given full tours of the largest iron ore ex­port fa­cil­ity in Africa.

Dys­sel said the field trips are im­por­tant as this cur­ricu­lum “can­not be taught be­tween the walls of a lecture hall or lab”.

Transnet cor­po­rate af­fairs of­fi­cer Malithatwe Nombewu said: “An­nu­ally, stu­dents from the uni­ver­sity visit the port and are given tours of the iron ore ter­mi­nal and ves­sel traf­fic con­trol tower, as well as taken on a drive up the port break­wa­ter to Mar­cus Is­land. As the largest iron ore ex­port fa­cil­ity in Africa, the port man­ages com­plex en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­cesses which are of in­ter­est to stu­dents pur­su­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies.”

The Na­tional Ports Author­ity is re­spon­si­ble for the safe, ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient eco­nomic func­tion­ing of the na­tional port sys­tem, which it man­ages in a land­lord ca­pac­ity. It pro­vides port in­fras­truc­ture and ma­rine ser­vices at the eight com­mer­cial sea­ports. |

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