Transnet cyberattack impacts delivery of goods

Source: eNCA

Concerns are mounting over the effects of the sabotage of Transnet’s security systems. A cyber attack has forced the entity to declare a force majeure, affecting the transport of goods including perishables. But a recovery plan is in place.

The recent cyberattack at Transnet continues to be a concern.

It is impacting the delivery of perishable food, which is stuck in containers and freight trucks.

The delay will push companies into looking at other ports in neighbouring countries as alternatives.

Transnet says authorities are still investigating the cause of the IT disruptions.

On Monday, the company declared a force majeure with immediate effect at its terminals in Cape Town, Durban, Gqeberha and Ngqura, after a cyberattack halted all operations.

Investigators were looking into the source of the compromise and the extent of the breach.

The ports and freight-rail company says they are implementing all available measures to limit the impact of the compromise.

Sipho Pityana for Business Unity South Africa said there may be difficulties in meeting some contractual obligations for customers.

He said the group is working on restoring its systems.

On Tuesday evening, Transnet announced an increase in the volume of containers in and out of the ports as the supply chain started working again.

 

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