Port Stevedoring (PS) - commenced trading in Durban in 1994 and experienced significant growth in a short period, expanding operations to Cape Town and later to Saldanha, Port Elizabeth and Ngqura. In 2017 PS became a wholly-owned subsidiary of FPT Investments (Pty) Ltd which owns a number of logistics companies throughout Southern Africa.
Stevedores are the key role players in the loading and discharging of cargo from ships. As all operational activities are time and rate based, the company’s expertise and focus plays a major role in the safe and efficient turnaround of ships handled.
PS is a General Stevedore with the necessary expertise and equipment - all painted in the company’s standout sky-blue colour - to handle virtually any cargo, though its main activity is focused on bulk cargoes which it works through all South African ports, offering clients efficient and cost competitive services.
PS has many longstanding relationships in the shipping industry and within this context, has been discharging bulk fertilisers for Yara in Cape Town for about 20 years, being proud of the reputation and relationships that it has established.
The agile nature of PS has ensured that the company adapt to the ever-changing landscape of the stevedoring business through innovation and continuous investment in equipment and people. Key partnerships with stakeholders has cemented the company’s reputation as a preferred bulk cargo handling specialist.
Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment
PS is fully committed to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE). As a major operator in the South African ports and associated industries, PS has a strong sense of the importance of B-BBEE. We are committed to creating a workplace in which individuals who display ability and initiative are given clear opportunities to develop worthwhile careers at all levels regardless of background, race or gender.
We have made our commitment to B-BBEE a central tenant of our business strategy. Key policies and company objectives are in place to ensure that we not only reach numerical targets and but go beyond the requirements of the government framework.
PS invests heavily in skills development and equal equity employment. Our preferential procurement policies ensure that procurement expenditure is directed towards B-BBEE compliant companies at every opportunity. To ensure compliance with the criteria as set out by the Department of Trade and Industry Codes of Good Practice, PS makes use of the SANAS rating system and B-BBEE audits are conducted on a yearly basis.
Staff development is key to our success, and the company has several learnerships and training initiatives in place. Significant investment is focussed on developing skills of our previously disadvantaged employees. In line with the Skills Development Act, learnership programmes were introduced in 2015, whereby disabled learners’ performance is assessed against standards registered on the National Qualifications Framework. On completion of a set of standards, learners are awarded the relevant qualification. We follow the standards set by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA).
The company is committed to creating a workplace in which individuals who display ability and initiative are given clear opportunities to develop worthwhile careers at all levels regardless of background, race or gender.
A bursary scheme is offered to the children of PS employees who are undertaking tertiary studies. On average about 5 children of PS employees are awarded bursaries every year. This enables the children to pursue a tertiary qualification of their choosing.