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Logistics News

Third-party rail access unlikely to unlock private investment, owing to restrictive terms – ARIA

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2022 African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) CEO Mesela Nhlapo says the association has serious concerns regarding the restrictive terms and conditions Transnet has imposed on the use of the national rail network by private third-party freight operators. A key element of the newly unveiled National... 

Port Elizabeth Car Terminal sets new record amid expansion project

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2022 The Port Elizabeth Car Terminal has moved 5 700 export vehicles in a single vessel.  This is the highest volume ever moved through the terminal, including the previous record of 4 500 export units moved in a single vessel, set in September, 2019. 

Vehicles being loaded at the Port Elizabeth car terminal
Vehicles being loaded onto the MV Silver Ray for export

Reform, State capability, corruption must be addressed before South Africa can progress – Mavuso

By: Donna Slater     24th June 2022 Three critical issues stand in the way of South Africa moving forward in terms of developing and attracting investment, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso said at the Southern Africa France Business Forum on June 22. Hosted by Business France, French Foreign Trade Advisors and the... 

An image of Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso

Opportunities abound in transport, logistics if challenges can be addressed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2022 There are considerable challenges facing the country’s commuter transport, freight and logistics sectors, which are impeding economic growth; however, there are signs of improvement. This was a key message from speakers during a transport and logistics panel discussion, on day two of the... 

S&J Industrial Estate development applies for EcoDistricts certification

By: Darren Parker     22nd June 2022 The new S&J Industrial Estate, situated on the south-eastern corridor of Johannesburg, has applied to become the first EcoDistricts-certified precinct outside of North America. EcoDistricts promotes new models of urban development to empower just, sustainable and resilient neighbourhoods.... 

S&J estate traffic circle

Impact of disruptive weather on supply chain requires mitigation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st June 2022 Weather conditions in KwaZulu-Natal in April disrupted the entire supply chain, and while this is slowly being restored to normality, there are considerably direct and consequential costs to the region and country, and a full recovery will take much time, law firm Bowmans ports, transport and... 

Eleven-point action plan agreed to address recruitment of foreign truck drivers

By: Donna Slater     20th June 2022 The Road and Freight Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), in partnership with the road and freight industry stakeholders, have agreed on an eleven-point action plan to deal with industry challenges and the recruitment of foreign nationals. The Road and Freight IMC met with industry players that... 

Supply chain blockages must end – SAAFF

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2022 South Africa cannot afford the massive and continued knock-on effects from disruptions to the national supply chain caused by truck driver blockades on the N3 to and from the Port of Durban, as was again seen last week, says the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF)... 

Image of traffic on the N3

Labour migration policy nearing completion, says Nxesi as truckers intensify action over foreign drivers  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th June 2022 The Employment and Labour Department is finalising policy that will help to regulate the extends to which foreign nationals can be employed in South Africa, Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Friday. His comments come as trucker drivers this week intensified their national strike against the... 

Labour migration policy nearing completion, says Nxesi as truckers intensify action over foreign drivers

Faced with government ineptitude, Cape Town is going it alone

By: Bloomberg     17th June 2022  As South Africa’s government struggles to provide sufficient electricity, public transport and other basic services, the country’s main tourist hub is increasingly going it alone. Cape Town, which has been led by the opposition Democratic Alliance since 2006, is forging ahead with plans to... 

An image showing a view of Cape Town from Table Mountain

N3 protest: Supply chain under attack, cost to economy more than R300m

By: News24Wire      17th June 2022 The Road Freight Association wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday to ask him to to urgently intervene in an ongoing blockade of key cargo routes across the country. In an open letter, Road Freight Association CEO Gavin Kelly told Ramaphosa road freight companies were being targeted and... 

N3 protest: Supply chain under attack, cost to economy more than R300m

Registrations for South African Heavy Haul Association Conference now open

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2022 Early bird registrations for the upcoming South African Heavy Haul Association (Sahha) Conference 2022 are now open. The conference, which will be held at Emperors Palace, in Kempton Park, Gauteng, from August 2 to 4, will be themed “Safe, Resilient and Efficient Heavy Haul – from pit to port”. 

Registrations for South African Heavy Haul Association Conference now open

SIU working to combat fraudulent vehicle licence renewals using deceased persons' identities

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th June 2022 The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has found that the identity numbers of deceased persons are being used to fraudulently facilitate the renewal of vehicle licences for truck owners whose accounts with the licensing department have been suspended. SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago on June 9 said... 

Sandock Austral Shipyards introduces port feeder barge to the local market

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2022 Sandock Austral Shipyards has launched a port feeder barge that it believes will “revolutionise the way containers are handled in South African ports”, ultimately leading to less road congestion and faster turnaround times for imports and exports. The internationally patented, German-designed... 

Image of the port feeder barge

New export route for Botswana coal

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2022 Grindrod’s Matola terminal at the Port of Maputo says it has welcomed its second coal train from Botswana. The terminal also managed to successfully discharge the 50 wagons using the terminal’s tipplers. The first train arrived at the port in April, marking a milestone for Grindrod’s Mozambican... 

Company performs complex breakdown repair on rotor

3rd June 2022 Electro-mechanical services and repairs company Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) recently performed comprehensive repairs to the rotor of an aging 30 MW generator which had failed during operation at JSE-listed forest group Sappi’s Saiccor pulp mill in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal. 

An image of a generator rotor
MECHANICAL REBUILD Generator rotor undergoing dimensional checks in M&C mechanical rebuild

Truck tyre insurance a local first

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd June 2022 Dunlop Tyres manufacturer and distributor Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) says it is the first tyre manufacturer in South Africa to launch truck tyre insurance. As of April, the company extended its Dunlop Sure value-added tyre insurance – previously available for only certain passenger... 

TAKE COVER
The Dunlop Sure Truck Tyre Insurance provides fleet owners with peace of mind that s/he will be covered, should a tyre be lost for any unforeseen reason
TAKE COVER The Dunlop Sure Truck Tyre Insurance provides fleet owners with peace of mind that s/he will be covered, should a tyre be lost for any unforeseen reason

The storm ain't over: logistics legal head warns of financial fallout from KZN floods

By: News24Wire      30th May 2022 Ongoing delays and congestion, as businesses scramble to meet their obligations to clients, mean the overall losses resulting from recent flooding in KwaZulu-Natal keep piling up.  Earlier this week, Transnet sent an internal memo to stakeholders in Durban's regional logistics sector advising... 

Durban Port

South African terms of trade boon provides unique opportunity for the economy

By: Darren Parker     27th May 2022 South Africa is currently enjoying a terms of trade boon, with export prices outpacing import prices, market research firm Intellidex director and capital markets research head Peter Attard Montalto said on May 25. “It’s an unusual situation, driven by metals prices and helped by the fact that... 

Truck and fruit
South Africa is currently a net exporter of food

Port of Maputo unveils rehabilitated berths

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2022 Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi in May inaugurated 1 058 m of rehabilitated berthing area – comprising berths 6, 7, 8 and 9 – at the Port of Maputo. The berths, rehabilitated, expanded and dredged to depths of up to 16 m, are now fully operational, allowing the port to receive and load... 

Grindrod and partners create new export route for Botswana coal  

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2022 Grindrod’s Matola terminal at the Port of Maputo says it has welcomed its second coal train from Botswana. The terminal also managed to successfully discharge the 50 wagons using the terminal’s tipplers. The first train arrived at the port in April, marking a milestone for Grindrod’s Mozambican... 

Image of a coal stacker

RMB Ventures invests in Inhance supply chain technology business

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2022 Financial services firm Rand Merchant Bank private equity arm RMB Ventures has concluded an investment in supply chain technology and services business Inhance Supply Chain Solutions. RMB Ventures invested alongside black-owned investment firm New GX Capital Holding, which acquired a majority... 

Pick n Pay, Takealot partner to sell groceries, liquor on Mr D app

By: Darren Parker     17th May 2022 Retail chain Pick n Pay and online store Takealot have signed a commercial services agreement which will enable customers across South Africa to buy Pick n Pay food, groceries and liquor on a new platform on the food delivery services application (app) Mr D.   In a statement issued on May 17, the... 

Pick n Pay delivery bikes parked in front of a store

Port of Maputo unveils rehabilitated berths; new masterplan looks at further expansion 

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2022 Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi last week inaugurated 1 058 m of rehabilitated berthing area – comprising berths 6, 7, 8 and 9 – at the Port of Maputo. The berths, rehabilitated, expanded and dredged to depths of up to –16 m, are now fully operational, allowing the port to receive and... 

Image of the Port of Maputo
The Port of Maputo

DHL, Volvo Trucks sign new zero-emission cooperation agreement

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2022 Volvo Trucks and Deutsche Post DHL Group have signed a cooperation agreement to accelerate the shift to zero-emission vehicles, and DHL intends to intensify its transition to heavy electric trucks by deploying 44 new electric Volvo trucks on routes in Europe. The intended order includes 40... 

A Volvo all-electric truck

UK sustainable logistics company secures Fortune 500 customer as it transitions from startup phase

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2022 UK-based sustainable logistics company Magway has secured its first commercial customer in the form of a large Fortune 500 multinational group, says CEO and founder – and South African – Rupert Cruise. Magway is a zero-emission delivery system (when powered by renewable energy), consisting of... 

Efficient trucks added to fleet

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros added four new trucks from global truck manufacturer Volvo to its heavy lifting and materials handling fleet. Lovemore Bros heavy rigging manager Shane Hawyes says the benefit of the acquisition is threefold. 

A condenser lift using a hydraulic gantry at a heavy lift job in South Africa
CONDENSED POWER A condenser lift supplied by Lovemore Bros using its hydraulic gantry

DP World Maputo handles first citrus reefer export for 2022, offers new direct sailing service

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2022 DP World Maputo says it has successfully handled its first citrus reefer export of the 2022 season. Through a combination of new solutions, including a direct sailing service, DP World hopes to position itself as the “ideal gateway” for the South African citrus industry exporting to the Middle... 

Image of the Maputo Port citrus facility

Vessel backlogs cleared at Cape Town Container Terminal

By: Darren Parker     4th May 2022 The combination of consenting weather, an improved equipment reliability programme and increased human resources has cleared vessel backlogs at the Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT), State-owned Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) said in a statement on May 4. “Vessels are now able to berth on... 

Warehouse demand growth boosts Equites’ full-year results

By: Darren Parker     4th May 2022 Intensifying demand for modern and future-proof warehousing solutions contributed to a strong financial year for real estate investment trust (Reit) Equites Property Fund. “Logistics properties globally continue to outperform, supported by sustained demand in the tenant and investor markets. 

Equites CEO Andrea Taverna-Turisan
Equites CEO Andrea Taverna-Turisan

KZN floods force Grindrod to suspend operations at five sites for weeks

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2022 JSE-listed freight and logistics group Grindrod says its container depots, terminals and warehouse facilities in and around central Durban have been heavily impacted on by the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal, with operations at five sites suspended – “and likely to be so for several weeks”. “We... 

As world celebrates glass, SA industry seeks to up circular-economy game

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2022 Glass manufacturers in South Africa are working to improve the energy efficiency of their products, including by using more energy efficient equipment and furnaces, improving the efficiency of the products through design, and making supply chains more efficient. The United Nations (UN) General... 

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Supply chain bottlenecks to persist throughout 2022, leading to sharp goods price increases – Cargo Compass

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2022 Global supply chain backlogs are showing no signs of easing and are likely to worsen for the rest of the year, leading to even higher prices of consumer and commercial goods in South Africa, warns Cargo Compass South Africa (SA) CEO Sebastiano Iorio. “At the start of this year, we were hopeful... 

Equites sells UK property to Lidl for R1.55bn

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2022 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Equites Property Fund says its subsidiary Equites Newlands Group (ENGL) has sold the 16.19 ha Equites Park, in Basingstoke, in the UK, to fresh produce retailer Lidl Great Britain for R1.55-billion. The expected post-tax profit attributable to Equites from... 

Magway secures its first big (Fortune 500) customer 

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2022 UK-based sustainable logistics company Magway has secured its first commercial customer in the form of a large Fortune 500 multinational group, says CEO and founder – and South African – Rupert Cruise. Magway is a zero-emission delivery system (when powered by renewable energy), consisting of... 

Image of the Magway system
The Magway system

Durban harbour is fully functional, Gordhan says 

By: Darren Parker     19th April 2022 From the perspective of State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), Durban harbour is fully functional, with gradual improvements expected to take place where gaps in functionality occur, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said during a media briefing on April 19. “Ships are... 

The Durban harbour

KZN floods see Grindrod suspend operations at five sites for several weeks 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2022 JSE-listed freight and logistics group Grindrod says its container depots, terminals and warehouse facilities in and around central Durban have been heavily impacted by the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal, with operations at five sites suspended – “and likely to be so for several weeks”. “We are... 

Image of the Matola Terminal
The Matola Terminal in Maputo
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