Pinky is the East London port’s CMEO
Khayakazi ‘Pinky’ Somzana succeeded in overcoming both mother nature and gender bias to realise her dream of becoming a Chief Marine Engineer Officer (CMEO), inspired by her late father, Nkosinathi, who she remembers as constantly taking apart and fixing items in their home. On 1 April 2020, the 37-year-old... Read more
East London airport resumes operations
The East London domestic airport will resume operations on 21 July 2020, after getting the green light from the Department of Transport. “Following our announcement on 29 June 2020 on the domestic airports permitted to resume operations, I am happy to announce that the East London, George and Kimberley... Read more
East London port appoints chief marine engineer
Khayakazi ‘Pinky’ Somzana succeeded in overcoming both mother nature and gender bias to realise her dream of becoming a Chief Marine Engineer Officer (CMEO), inspired by her late father, Nkosinathi, who she remembers as constantly taking apart and fixing items in their home. On 1 April 2020, the 37-year-old... Read more
MBSA develops excellence
Built on the foundation of more than three decades, the technologically advanced Mercedes-Benz Learning Academy (MBLA) is MBSA’s flagship training facility. As an important feeder of technical skills for the benefit of the South African automotive skills workforce, the MBLA also ensures skills transfer and job creation for youth.... Read more
East London port conduit for essential commodities
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is handling essential commodities to guarantee worldwide food supply chains during COVID-19. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown in South Africa, the Port of East London continues to play its active role in facilitating the movement of critical cargo related to the supply... Read more
Multi-million library wins architectural award
WSU’s collaborative project, the Phyllis Ntantala Library is the recipient of this year’s South African Institute of Architects Border Kei Regional Award – the highest honour at its level. The Phyllis Ntantala Library is an R200 million joint initiative amongst the province’s biggest universities including the University of Fort... Read more
East London port to receive 9 cruise liners
The Port of East London is scheduled to receive at least nine cruise liners this season between October 2019 and April 2020, while provisional schedules indicate that at least 23 luxury cruise ships, operated by 17 international cruise lines, are scheduled to call across the country’s six cruise ports... Read more
ZF starts production in East London
ZF Lemförder SA’s new plant in East London has commenced production of front and rear axles only nine months after its nomination by Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA). “We are expanding our global footprint by opening our new plant in East London,” states Dr Peter Holdmann, Head of ZF’s Car... Read more
East London Harry-Nana awarded university’s top award
East London businesswoman Poonam Harry-Nana, a full-time MBA graduate of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) has been awarded the USB Director’s Award for the top student in any programme who excels in both studies and leadership. USB Director Prof Piet Naudé said not only did Poonam graduate... Read more
Daimler AG establishes IT hub in East London
Daimler AG, parent company to Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) announces the establishment of an IT Hub at its Plant in East London. The IT Hub will focus on Data analytics, software development and business analysts in collaboration with central IT MBC Operations in providing IT solutions supporting global Daimler... Read more

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