Saturday, May 15, 2010

Port strike stalls plan 'B' for World Cup

This morning while I was having breakfast, the roof was teeming with men, then suddenly there was a deluge of water coming down, I had forgotten how it can rain in Cape Town .....the sky was dark and grey and the fog and solid wall of water  made it difficult to see but soon I realised that all the men had gone :)
They must have fled like rats down the holes ! LOL

                               The recent stormy weather created crashing waves here they hit the
                                          Sea Point sea wall splashing joggers and dog walkers

You can just see the top edge of the stadium on the left of the row of trees

This evening the drill ship "Discoverer" Luanda arrived in Cape Town it was towed toward the stadium and then towed back to this spot again Possibly waiting for the Transnet strike to be resolved

Strikes are causing mayhem in the country at the moment

This is what it says on the Port and Ships website :

Port strike stalls plan 'B' for World Cup

Electricity generators and special cables imported to be installed as power back-up supplies at South Africa's World Cup stadiums are afloat in containers on the Indian Ocean, unable to be offloaded from ships because of the Transnet strike.

This has placed final preparations for the event in jeopardy, as it is unknown when the strike will end, and Fifa requires back-up power to be installed at all World Cup stadiums.
Read on here

It is also concerning that any economic repercussions likely to be the consequences of a protracted strike may, in fact, be multiplied by the fact that, during the World Cup, there will be a significant increase in the demand on South Africa's transport sector. In particular, we understand that a strike from these unions during the World Cup might affect the supply of jet fuel to airports, thus placing a transportation mode key to World Cup visitors in serious risk.
read on

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