Manager of Port Planning and Development, Infrastructure Department
Transnet National Ports Authority
Lindokuhle Mkhize provides management with a clear, concise, multidimensional and accurate overview of port operations, land use proposals and future development trends/needs. This is achieved through the creation and maintenance of a dynamic, holistic port development framework that integrates the needs of all internal and external stakeholders and so provides optimal guidelines for future development.
Her position as a Port Planner has grown and evolved beyond the traditional confines of the Port Cape Town. This development in scope has proven to be challenging, exciting and tailored to her abilities. To this end she has gained invaluable experience through numerous previous and current projects requiring ongoing consultation at various levels, internally and externally, from conceptual stage to successful execution and follow through.
The current economic crisis and the recent trends in ports and shipping sectors have caused her, as the Planning Manager, to rethink her approach towards port planning, design and project evaluation. Attributes such as flexibility and adaptability are providing a port infrastructure system with the capacity to be useful under changing requirements, making it robust in face of uncertainty, lengthening its economic lifetime, and thereby guaranteeing payback on investments.
Her current job responsibilities entail the following:
a. Customer services including customer liaison, consultation with developers such as the V&A WATERFRONT, local government (City of Cape Town) and regional planning.
b. Capacity planning; to inform developments in terms of optimal design solutions for enhanced output relative to required capacities and throughput,; transportation planning, vessel, market and economic trends.
c. Physical planning; to inform physical development of port expansions and prioritise development projects
Below is the list of Regional and National projects that she currently involved in:
a. Offers Regional planning support services to two other Western ports i.e. Saldanha and Mossel Bay.
b. Project manager of multi-disciplinary team that formulated the Marine engineering strategy, 2014 (Ship repair, oil and gas and Boat building).
c. Project manager of multi-disciplinary team that formulated the Island view strategic logistic hub for the liquid bulk sector in the Port of Durban.
Below is the list of projects that are underway and she is managing:
a. Conceptual studies for Culemborg.
b. Port gateway precinct/ peoples port concept. The concept was to explore the opportunity for the development of a Port Gateway Precinct over time, through the development of a conceptual framework that gives a planning vision and design guidance to this precinct. This would be done in order to guide the development of opportunities that better connect and in part integrate the port with the city and to inform the future complementary development of the surrounding area and properties.
c. Rationalising the Multi-Purpose Terminal (MPT) making it attractive and efficient and preferred terminal location. This project is at a conceptual phase.
The port industry is seen as a very traditional, sometimes old fashioned environment, and one that reflects the reactive approach that the industry has had towards the implementation of new concepts (Bellis, 1990). A retrospective look does reveal that ports have continued to evolve in response to the inevitable change in the environment, albeit reactively, so that we can distinctly identify four generations of ports and trace this evolution (UNCTAD, 1992). This speaks in favour of the port industry.
Ports deal with a volatile world market. They are confronted with unforeseen changes in demand, function, and operating environment. If a port cannot meet these requirements, the result is inefficiency, loss of competitive position, and obsolescence. The prevailing uncertainty demands new ways of thinking, and new tools for port planning, design, and project appraisal. The research question is: How can we design ports so that they meet the changing requirements and ensure functionality, capacity and service quality over their entire lifetime?
However, as we look around, we see that there are opportunities for creating regional ports and city visions that can be achieved through adaptability and flexibility through deliberate collaborations.