President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid a visit to two manufacturing facilities: the Sappi Saiccor facility in Umkomaas, south of Durban and Hesto Harnesses, a subsidiary of Metair, in KwaDukuza. Both companies have netted over R9 billion in investments for SA with their manufacturing expansions.
However, Ramaphosa said he was unhappy with issues at SA's ports that have resulted in the slowing down of exports for multinational Sappi. The president said: “We have made progress in rail and port operations, but more needs to be done for Sappi to export its products. I was not pleased when I heard that 75,000 tons of product stay in their warehouses [because of the lack of] capability of our ports to export.”
He added: "It comes down to the efficiency... That is what we want to focus attention on, where we can, we must improve the operations of our ports and rails. This will be able to allow Sappi to grow more."