TRANSNET National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced the appointment of Pamela Yoyo as Port Manger for the Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Ports, with effect from 1 March 2022.
In her new role Yoyo will manage the NMB Ports – the ports of Ngqura and Port Elizabeth (PE) – as a single port complex with centralised business support services. The two ports are 23km apart, have a similar customer base and serve the same hinterland.
The TNPA said in a statement that the establishment of a single port complex gives effect to the demands of lowering the cost of doing business, satisfying customer needs and improving port efficiency.
“Whilst the Port of PE is positioned as a people’s port of choice focusing on clean cargo such as automotive; fishing and related activities, the Port of Ngqura is a deep-water port that handles industrial commodities such as manganese; liquid bulk and containers. These ports are treated as two port precincts functioning on a complimentary basis as aligned to TNPA’s Complimentary Port System model.”
The authority said Yoyo brings a wealth of diverse experience in port terminal operations, having held senior positions in human resources and terminal operations at Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) – one of Transnet’s six operating divisions.
In her tenure at TPT, she led transformation projects, which include “an achievement of world-class performance norms in port operations” and the migration from terminal-based incentive scheme to a centralized Operating Division incentive scheme.
Described as “an accomplished leader with strong people skills”, Yoyo has a master’s degree in Transport and Logistics from the University of Stellenbosch and a Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Business Leadership from the University of Cranefield, UK. She also holds a Bphil Maritime Studies Certificate from the University of Stellenbosch as well as a B-tech degree in Human Resource Management.
“Her commitment to excellence over the years has earned her awards such as the TPT Individual award in the Chief Executive’s Ground Breaker ‘Eagle’ category and an Operational Efficiency award.”
Yoyo’s appointment concludes the recruitment process of the TNPA port managers at all eight South Africa’s commercial harbours and seaports.