EDITORIAL | There IT goes again: we need to heed the serious ...

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EDITORIAL | There IT goes again: we need to heed the serious threat of cyber attacks

Transnet’s port and rail operations have been crippled by an IT breach creating ill-afforded backlogs

Editorial

Just when SA can least afford it, the country has been hit by yet another economic sucker-punch, with a cyber attack on Transnet that has brought port traffic almost to a standstill.

On Monday the state-owned entity had to declare a force majeure — a contractual clause protecting it from liability due to circumstances beyond its control — after an unprecedented IT breach, affecting both rail and ports.

The sabotage has forced the entity into a manual environment, in which hard copies of clearance certificates and other paperwork must be provided before containers can be cleared. Not surprisingly, this has caused pandemonium, with business all but stalled...

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