Go-slow at Transnet port in E Cape threatening Volkswagen SA, employer of 6000

Volkswagen's factory in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape.

For 10 days we’ve been battling… Today matters got worse… We lost 400 out of 680 units we produced today… the situation became dire. We had to send employees home.

Andile Dlamini, Spokesperson - Volkswagen South Africa

We’re hoping Transnet will find a solution so we can start producing cars again.

Andile Dlamini, Spokesperson - Volkswagen South Africa

A “go-slow” at Transnet’s Port of Ngqura next to the Coega Special Economic Zone escalated on Wednesday, causing a massive backlog for Volkswagen South Africa (VW SA).

It operates a large plant in Uitenhage and is one of the harbour’s largest customers.

VW SA employs more than 6000 people.

Arabile Gumede (in for The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield) interviewed Andile Dlamini, a spokesperson at Volkswagen SA.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for more quotes from it).

It’s a labour issue related to incentives…

Andile Dlamini, Spokesperson - Volkswagen South Africa

The port can load 25 containers in an hour. In the past few days, they averaged five or eight per hour…

Andile Dlamini, Spokesperson - Volkswagen South Africa

… it doesn’t bode well for the future of investment into the country…

Andile Dlamini, Spokesperson - Volkswagen South Africa

We have a ‘just in time’ system…

Andile Dlamini, Spokesperson - Volkswagen South Africa

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