Looking poised on Fokus last Sunday evening was Christelle van der Merwe. She was up there batting for Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). For those not in the know, her pitch must have sounded quite credible. If she should ever give up being a spin doctor for TNPA, there is a ready-made career for her in TV. Rob Brydon’s show Would I lie to you springs to mind.
Whatever this charming lady may have intimated about port authorities cleaning up their act, please do not hold your breath. Bear in mind that our Port Authorities have not got that right in 20 years. For progress to be made the ridiculous configuration of the terminal needs to be changed. Alternatively a new terminal should be phased in at Bruinpunt near Doringbaai.
According to my records, Ms van der Merwe last attended an Environmental Stakeholders’ Meeting in Saldanha in April 2013. By this stage, we civil society delegates were becoming decidedly disillusioned. Before she left the meeting, she promised to give some feedback on my Bruinpunt proposal at the next meeting. That never happened. I followed this up with CEO Tau Morwe. As usual with TNPA there is zero response.
On 13 February 2015 (a Friday), I received an encouraging email from the Senior Secretary: Terminal Manager, Transnet Port Terminals. The purpose was to invite me to a one-on-one informal discussion and answer any queries. I accepted with thanks. As the meeting was only to be set up in April, I emailed Raymond van Rooyen three queries, so he would have ample time to look into them before the meeting. The meeting never happened