In July construction began of the new Operations Centre adjacent to the trading floor. The Operations Centre will include accommodation for all the support services for the trading floor including IT, finance, maintenance, security, cleaning and Epping Finance. The Operations Centre will also contain a dedicated common/meeting room for the buyers and in due course a coffee shop.
Peter Matthews, Chief Trading Officer, said “The Operations Centre brings to the trading floor all personnel who provide a service to our Market Agents, Salesmen, Producers and Buyers. We will be able to improve yet further the standard of our service to these important stakeholders”.
The Cape Town Market has acquired and installed a new 400kva generator. The acquisition is designed to ensure that the market is self sufficient in the event of electricity load shedding or failure. The new generator will be used primarily to supply power to the administration buildings, the main trading hall and the IT infrastructure which enables sales to continue uninterrupted.
In conjunction with the new generator the existing 800kva generator will be relocated to the cold and ripening rooms. This will supply power to the 14 cold rooms and 58 banana ripening rooms, which is the largest banana ripening complex in the Western Cape. This will give confidence to the number of cold room users which include producers, market agents and buyers, as we are now able to maintain the cold chain during electrical load shedding and/or power failure.
The 400kva generator has already been commissioned and working well, while the 800kva generator at the cold rooms will be commissioned later this year.
Commenting on the new generator CEO of Cape Town Market Rob Lowe said “Companies in South Africa need to ensure that they are able to continue with business as usual despite the shortfall of electricity in the country. While it is a big investment we need to ensure that we remain competitive in our industry and provide our customers with the service they come to expect from the Cape Town Market.”