South Africa's ports authority Portnet
is said to be spending $8.3 million to configure its infrastructure to stave off possible glitches related to the Y2K computer bug. The decision has also reportedly been made to shut South Africa's seven harbors for 12 hours during the millennium changeover as a safety precaution.
All harbors, including that of Durban on the Indian Ocean
, would close at 1600 GMT on December 31, and reopen for business at 0400 GMT
on January 1, 2000. South African ports normally stay open around the clock.