Declaring Force Majeure: Be aware of potential consequences

Author: Keshia Manolios

Service: Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Transnet has declared its second force majeure since July. The event triggering the declaration was a fire that occurred on its conveyor belts at the Richard's Bay port (one of three in the last three weeks) which is reported to have lasted 5 hours. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Declaring force majeure has far reaching consequences at various levels which can include the cancellation of contracts. It is therefore important to ensure that all affected parties are aware of their respective rights and obligations relating to force majeure and that the requirements for declaring force majeure are properly understood and complied with.

To find out more about force majeure check out the 'Force majeure in a nutshell' video we made during lockdown to explaining force majeure.

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