A crisis at Transnet due to suspected cyber sabotage is causing chaos at South Africa's ports – with perishable food stuck in containers and freight trucks, amid massive frustration among both importers and exporters. It will likely push more companies to look to other ports in neighbouring countries as alternatives.
On 22 July, Transnet and its subsidiary Transnet Port Terminals were hit by a "cyberattack, security intrusion and sabotage", the company said. This disrupted normal processes and damaged equipment and information. Government said last week that the attack appears unrelated to the unrest that crippled KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng earlier this month.