Waterfronts, fishing, logistics and culture to revitalise the ports in the Indian Ocean
Plenary Session 3 : Durban, a competitive port and a dynamic city in the Indian Ocean
The African ports looking out over the Indian Ocean were at the centre of the final afternoon session on 4 November.
Ports with many fishermen that have been affected by piracy on the one hand and scarce resources on the other. Teresa Athayde proposed revitalising this sector, showcasing Port Elizabeth as the best practice, with the port planning a local market for 2030 that ranges from the fishing itself to the final processing.
Antoine Van Iseghem introduced various waterfront projects, involving some ten ports for a total of eighteen. Nine of these are centred on port upgrades, three are based on the waste industry and one around the redevelopment of an abandoned port.
The top port in South Africa is Durban. Pumi Motosoahae and Paul Sessions spoke of the extended metropolitan area that is overseen by the Municipality of eThekwini, with its direct links to Johannesburg. The main challenge along this arterial stretching for 600 kilometres is congestion. There are at least four accidents involving heavy-duty vehicles every day, causing back-ups of up to five kilometres. By 2030, the eThekwini Transport Authority intends relocating heavy-duty traffic, by creating a dedicated logistics area that starts in the port of Durban, connects with the heart of the metropolitan road arterial and ends in Johannesburg.
Lastly, Sanabelle Ebrahim and Mikhail Peppas presented an artistic project to redevelop the Bay in Durban, also referred to as the Green Heart City. This would revolve around a brand, the Bunny Cat mascot, ecology (re-utilising electricity) and culture (music and photography).
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