South Africa dignitaries unveiled for TOC Africa Conference

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9 November 2017

The province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is the Host Sponsor of TOC Africa. Sihle Zikalala, MPL MEC for Economic Development Tourism & Environmental Affairs, KZN who is headlining the event states: We have no doubt that our hosting of TOC Africa will help to bring physical expression to the ‘Africa Rising’ narrative by enabling Africa’s ports and port cities to contribute to Africa’s growth and development agenda.”

Siyabonga Gama, Group Chief Executive at Transnet has recently confirmed his participation in the TOC Africa Conference and Networking event. Mr Gama has led key transformation initiatives in the ports and rail sector over the past 15 years. He is also a Director at Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal, and non-Executive Director at Italtile Ltd.

Cllr Zandile Gumede, Mayor of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality will be taking part in the opening session at TOC Africa. Cllr Gumede’s political career has spanned more than three decades and at the forefront of her tenure’s to-do list is improving Service Delivery and driving the eThekwini Municipality towards realising its vision of “being Africa’s most caring and liveable city by 2030.”

Dumisani Ntuli, Acting Chief Director – Maritime Transport Policy & Legislation at the Department for Transport (South Africa) is confirmed as a speaker at the event. Mr Ntuli has been with the Department for Transport since 1999.

The newest member of the Keynote panel to be announced is Mr Thembinkosi Willies Mchunu, the Premier of KZN. Mr Mchunu was previously MEC for the Department of Transport, Community Safety and Liaison in the province.

In addition to high profile figures from South Africa, the conference programme also boasts container supply chain professionals from across the whole of Africa who will converge on TOC Africa with the core objective of Improving Trade Flows Across Africa.

Following the high profile opening ceremony and keynote presentations – the conference splits into two tracks. Track one focuses on container supply chain and track two covers terminal operations.

Port Authorities and Terminal Operators speaking at TOC Africa include APM Terminals, DP World Maputo, Sierra Leone Ports Authority, Ports of Tenerife, ICTSI DRC and Dube TradePort. Cargo Owners are represented by Dole South Africa. Shipping Lines in attendance are MSC and CMA CGM. 3PL’s include DHL, Agility and Damco. In the technical seminars speakers include Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone, GSEZ Ports, AECOM, Shipping & Freight Resource and the Business Council for Africa.

Running alongside the conference tracks is a port technology exhibition featuring both international and African suppliers and manufacturers. Confirmed companies include BM Makina, Camco Technologies, GullsEye, LASE, TC Tenerife, Konecranes, Superior and ZPMC.

Attendees will grow knowledge, build contacts and be updated on technology; alongside a high-profile networking programme. Registration is open now for conference delegates and for exhibition visitors.

TOC Africa format

2-track conference programme: 
Track 1: Container Supply Chain
Track 2: TECH TOC (Container Terminal Operations) which also includes a session on Bulk Logistics & Technology

Port Tour:  Delegates, speakers and exhibitors are invited to register for a tour of Africa’s busiest container port.

Comprehensive networking programme: Dinner and drinks receptions in stunning venues are on offer as well as premium buffet lunches throughout.

Conference App:  Participants at the conference will benefit from a bespoke conference app which allows attendees to put questions directly to panels (anonymously if preferred) as well as create bespoke agendas and meeting lists of exhibitors.

The TOC Africa port technology exhibition will feature manufacturers and service providers from across the globe.

TOC Africa

5 – 6 December 2017
Durban ICC, South Africa


About TOC Worldwide

For 40 years, TOC Worldwide has provided the market-leading conference and exhibition forums for the global port and terminal industries and their customers. With a change of name to TOC Container Supply Chain, the TOC event portfolio is now evolving fast to attract a wider audience of container supply chain professionals.

Taking place each year in the world’s four key shipping hubs – Europe, Middle East, Americas and Asia – each TOC is now a complete container supply chain event for its region, bringing together cargo owners, logistics providers, carriers, ports, terminals and other key members of the container supply chain to learn, debate, network and foster new business solutions.

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