MNet awarded the logistics contract to forward broadcasting equipment plus one mobile studio to Lagos (Nigeria) for the Big Brother Nigeria show.to the project team.
The scope of work included the following; –
Charter of an Illusion 76 aircraft.
Packing and crating of all equipment.
Registration and inspection with South African Customs for re-importation.
Loading and handling of containers at both sites (Johannesburg and Lagos).
Rigging of containers in and out of aircraft.
Registration for temporary import with the Nigerian authorities.
Nigerian Customs clearance and delivery.
Late December 2005 the projects team processed an urgent application to Nigerian Authorities for temporary importation permit. This took approximately 6 weeks for the processing and issuance of the permit.
The broadcasting equipment which was valued at US$ 16.7 million had to be packed and loaded into 1 x 6m GP and 1 x12m H.C. container. Due to the nature of the equipment each piece was individually wrapped and packed into heavy duty cartons with polystyrene chips to reduce the risk of damage.
On Saturday 14th January 2006 the containers were collected from MNet studios in Randburg and airfreighted via Johannesburg International Airport on an IL 76. Special riggers were employed to load the 2 containers as there was a 4 cm clearance between the top on the containers and the tail of the aircraft. The rigging crew travelled on the IL76 to Lagos, to discharge the aircraft.
On completion of the discharge the crew returned to Johannesburg late on Sunday night the 15th January 2006. The good were delivered to Multichoice Nigeria on 18th January 2006.