We have over 25 years of ship to shore experience and operations established in all the ports within South Africa, South Africa Cargo Services ‘SA Cargo’ is not only well equipped and experienced to handle all types of cargo ranging from containers, cars, trucks, heavy lifts, various bulk and break bulk commodities; we are flexible, dynamic and proactive in the way we conduct our business.
Back of port logistics is our main game and SA Cargo, now operates a fully fledged warehouse situated in Congella, Durban just under 4 kilometres from Durban Container Terminal. In addition to this we are in the process of developing a state of the art Container Freight Station in Bayhead within the vicinity of the Durban Port where we will be doing bulk containerization. This Freight Station will be launched on 1 October 2018.
For us it begins with proactive planning which involves adequate training and empowering our employees and having a comprehensively integrated support function that allows us to offer outstanding customer service with full management accountability.
We believe in developing long term and mutually beneficial relationships and in addition to our ship to shore and shore to ship services we also focus on delivering added value to our customers by adding to their value chain covering additional services from warehousing, handling, packing/unpacking, distribution and a full range of other value added services covering the full landslide operation up to getting the cargo onto the ship.
We are committed to continuously improve our systems and process and believe in openly engaging all our stakeholders in order to achieve a common goal of managing resources efficiently. This commitment to managing resources efficiently will yields positive results for all as it will allow us to maximise our operations and the use of our workforce which in turn reduces the cost of operation which ultimately positively impacts our customers
“We believe in constant and open engagement with our stakeholders in order to have an all-encompassing continuous improvement plan”
To be an exceptional provider of cargo handling solutions in Africa.
To exceed customer expectations in cargo handling.
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In 1992, in response to South Africa’s worst drought at the time, Greystones Enterprises, headed by the Mouritzen brothers – Ken and Digby, designed, manufactured and patented a portable conveyor discharging and loading system for handling of enormous tonnages of bulk grain imports into the region. The conveyor belt system proved its flexibility and efficiency when it was successfully operated in the discharge of sugar, wheat and animal feeds as well as vessel loadings of cement clinker and corn.
In 1993 Greystones Enterprises and FRS Africa Inc., an American holding company with interests in shipping, material handling and stevedoring joined forces to form an international joint venture, namely Greystones Cargo Systems to explore its potential in the world market. The joint venture combined SSA’s management, marketing and operational skills worldwide with the marketing, technical and operational experience of the Durban headquarters of Greystones.
Greystones Cargo Systems Handlair pneumatic dischargers, hoppers and conveyor systems handled approximately 9% of South African Maize imports and an additional 400,000 metric tons of US-AID grain for Central African Countries. A record export loading of 70,000 metric tons of cement clinker in Cape Town. The first handling of imported sugar for South Africa (a traditional net exporter at the time) through Durban. Commercial discharge of wheat into Walvis Bay. SSA acquires 100% ownership for Greystones Cargo Systems from the Mourtitzen’s and sells a 26% stake to a Black Owned local South African Company. S’dinane Logistics (Pty) Ltd buys 26% of Greystones Cargo Systems. The rest of the ownership remains with FRS Africa a fully owned subsidiary of SSA Marine. The board is restructured to include 2 new shareholders from S’dinane Logistics (Pty) Ltd, as well as another South African-based non-Executive director. Themba Ngcobo, one of the S’dinane shareholders is appointed as the new company CEO.
Following the board changes, local management restructure as well as continued focus on other sustainable business practices including training and development of previously disadvantaged groups and suppliers, Greystones Cargo Systems becomes a proud level 2, B-BBEE contributor.
The decision was taken to change the company trading name from Greystones Cargo Systems to South Africa Cargo Services. Shareholders, the board and management remaining the same.
General Warehousing capacity increase from 2700 square meters to 4000 square meters in Congella, Durban. We launched fully-fledged Bulk Containerization facility handling cargo such as Chromite Ore and Ferro Chrome within the Port precinct in Bayhead, Durban.
Meet the Executives
Mr Themba Ngcobo is a prominent KwaZulu Natal industrialist with a diverse business portfolio that includes:
- Port logistics and warehousing
- Manufacture of white metal bearings
- Drying plant for brewers grain
- Dairy and beef farming
- Fuel retail
He sits on the following boards:
- Business Partners Limited
- uShaka Marine World
Mr Ngcobo holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree. He is also the former President of the Durban Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
William Van Zyl
Executive – Stevedoring
Mr William Van Zyl has been extensively involved in the stevedoring industry for over 24 years.
After 16 years of service with Transnet (SA Transport Services at the time), he joined Greystones Cargo Systems in 1998 where he was appointed as Container Terminal Manager.
He was promoted to Operations Manager in 2002, Line Manager for Containers and Bulk in 2005 and in 2013 was appointed as Chief Operations Officer.
He has attended International Port seminars and visited various SSA affiliated Terminals and has thus gained invaluable worldwide knowledge of the terminal operating industry.
Executive – Logistics, Sales & Marketing
Hans Modipane is currently Executive: Logistics at SA Cargo Services responsible for logistics operations and sales & marketing activities of the company. He also serves as a director of the board of the Ethekwini Maritime Cluster and chairs their Enterprise and Supplier Development sub-committee.
Hans is very passionate about maritime, shipping & logistics, international marketing, sales & marketing, and business development where he has spent nearly 17 years of his career working in this space; having worked in various sales and marketing, sales performance management, commercial planning and trade management roles at Maersk and later business development at SA Cargo Services.
Areas of study & training: International Marketing (Unisa), Management Development diploma and Leadership Development diploma (USD-ED), Sales & Negotiation certification.
Human Resources Executive
Nompumelelo joined South Africa Cargo Services (Greystones Cargo Systems) in January 2012. She is a strategic business partner, with all key HR functions. Her role involves providing guidance & support to senior managers, organizational development, employee relations, reviewing and developing company policies & procedures.
As a professional she is always mindful of the confidential nature of HR work at both operational and strategic level.
She started off her career in a junior position at Spoornet and progressed through various private sector companies which include Financial services, Manufacturing, and Transport. She has served in various committees which include, Employment Equity and Training committee, Compensation and Benefit Committee, Health and Safety Committee and COVID-19 Committee.
She has 10 years’ experience in human resources, and she holds an Honour’s Degree in Labour Relations Management from University of South Africa, Degree in Bachelor of Technology in Human Resources Management, and a National Diploma in Human Resources Management from Durban university of Technology.
Siyamdumisa “Siya” Dube
Executive – Finance and Admin
Siyamdumisa “Siya” Dube joined South Africa Cargo Services in 2015 as an Executive responsible for Finance and Admin.
He holds a BCom in Accounting from the University of KwaZulu Natal. As a qualified Chartered Accountant, he has spent more than 10 years in various finance roles in different organisations. His experience includes roles with organisations in auditing, management consulting, public sector, FMCG, tourism and logistics