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”
Maydon Wharf in the port of Durban has the most rail tracks in the world
- Port of Mossel Bay. Did you know that one of the most famous landmarks at Mossel Bay is the Post Office Tree, where seafarers from centuries ago posted letters home using a cleft in an ancient tree as a postbox
- That the Port of Saldanha Bay is South Africa’s largest natural anchorage and port with the deepest water
- That approximately 95 percent of all trade to the region of South Africa passes through the ports
- The port of Ngqura lies some 20km northeast of Port Elizabeth and is South Africa’s 8th and latest commercial port development, situated at the mouth of the Coega River in Nelson Mandela Bay (Algoa Bay)
Images: Ports& Ships