The sailing ship Pallada has arrived in Durban on 23 March 2013 with a purpose of representing and supporting Russia at the BRICS summit. Unfortunately, the circumstances led to Alexander having to appear in the Durban Magistrates Court as a witness in a criminal case on 27 March 2013. The court interpreter for the Russian language, Olga Trollip, also works in the ISS SA office and was very happy to help him and support him through this time.
When you think of South African ports your first thought is usually of Durban – rated as the largest port of the African continent. Then you think of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London.
You remember Richards Bay and Saldanha Bay. And don’t forget the new port of Ngqura, at Coega, 20 km northeast of Port Elizabeth. Those are South Africa’s Ports.
But we don’t know much about them, so Olga Trollip has compiled a list of interesting facts about our South African Ports.
Did You Know?
- That in recent years Port Nolloth in the Namaqualand has emerged as a centre of small-scale diamond recovery mining, while the town is the only holiday resort along the Diamond Coast
- That the port of East London boasts the largest export grain elevator in South Africa. It is also South Africa’s only remaining river port
- That the port of Richards Bay is the country’s largest exporting port
- The Greenpoint lighthouse in Cape Town is the oldest lighthouse in South Africa. It’s also the Lighthouse services head office in the country. The lighthouse was built in 1824
- For centuries the area of Port Elizabeth which is now one of the ports of South Africa was simply marked on navigation charts as “a landing place with fresh water” Continue reading