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Logistics News

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... 

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

Mavuso calls on business, govt to urgently restore transport connections in KZN  

By: Darren Parker     19th April 2022 The flood damage in KwaZulu-Natal reflects a lack of application of existing regulations and poor maintenance of infrastructure, said Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso on April 19. In her weekly newsletter, she noted that infrastructure had failed because it had not been kept in... 

Mavuso calls on business, govt to urgently restore transport connections in KZN

Rail White Paper lauded as Transnet inefficiency lops off at least 1% of GDP

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2022 The South African coal, chrome, iron-ore and manganese mining sectors lost between R39-billion and R50-billion in export earnings last year as Transnet struggled with capacity to rail bigger volumes of these commodities to ports, says economists.co.za chief economist Mike Schussler. “To put this... 

Transnet regains capacity at Port of Durban in wake of cyclone Issa

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2022 Following the destruction caused by cyclone Issa earlier this week, Transnet is building capacity at its various Durban terminals that were impacted by severe weather and flooding. The severe weather conditions impacted on Transnet’s ability to conduct operations, while many employees were... 

An image of a Transnet locomotive
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Diesel locomotives shunt wagons at Transnet's Durban container terminal - seen here a week before the region was hit by cyclone Issa, causing widespread destruction, disruption and resulting in several hundred deaths.

Operations suspended at Port of Durban after heavy rains, Richards Bay operations curtailed

By: Donna Slater     12th April 2022 State-owned logistics group Transnet suspended operations across its Durban Terminals sites from 19.30 on April 11 following disruptive weather conditions in KwaZulu-Natal this week that damaged road infrastructure leading to the Port of Durban and impacting access to harbour terminals. Rail... 

Transnet prepares to resume locomotive procurement to close gap left by halted 10-64 programme 

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2022 Transnet CEO Portia Derby has confirmed that the State freight logistics group is preparing to procure a significant number of locomotives again, after having halted purchases under the “irregular and unlawful” R50-billion ’10-64’ programme. Derby tells Engineering News that, while a settlement... 

Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet CEO Portia Derby

Transnet battling on several fronts as it works to stabilise the rail network  

By: Donna Slater     8th April 2022 With plans to increase the cargo-handling capability at the Port of Durban and to ease congestion by having fewer trucks on the road near the port, Transnet needs to improve rail capacity, as well ensure the infrastructure is safe and secure. Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) container corridor... 

A locomotive
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
An electric Transnet locomotive makes its way on a rail line in the Bayhead area of Transnet Freight Rail’s Durban container complex

Supply chain bottlenecks here to stay for 2022, goods prices to rise sharply – Cargo Compass SA

By: Irma Venter     6th 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... 

Image of the City Deep container terminal

Damaged roads compromise billions of rands of fresh produce every year, says AgriSA  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2022 The poor state of roads in South Africa is adding to the many challenges faced by farmers and industry organisation Agri SA says deteriorating roads are costing the agricultural industry billions of rands every year. It also threatens the food security of communities and the country. 

Photo of a road in South Africa

ST Energies invests in Matola supply chain to ease energy constraints in South Africa

By: Donna Slater     1st April 2022 Energy firm ST Energies has invested into a supply and storage contract with the Matola region, in Mozambique, to embed diverse energy supply chains in South Africa, supporting existing regional supply chains to help South Africa mitigate its over-reliance on domestic demand from the Port of... 

Transnet moves to sell 16 rail slots to private operators 

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2022 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has officially launched the much-anticipated bidding process for 16 rail slots, which will be sold to third-party operators for a period of two years on a take-or-pay basis. A bid submission date of May 31 has been set and Transnet expects to announce... 

Six slots are being sold on the container corridor from Durban to the City Deep inland terminal pictured here
Photo by Creamer Media
Six slots are being sold on the container corridor from Durban to the City Deep inland terminal pictured here

MSC buys Bollore’s African logistics unit for €5.7bn

By: Bloomberg     1st April 2022 MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co agreed to buy the African transport and logistics business of Bollore SA for €5.7-billion ($6.3-billion) including debt. Geneva-based MSC, the world’s largest container line, has had exclusivity to make a firm offer for the unit since December. The deal is expected... 

Africa feeling the brunt of supply chain disruptions amid Shanghai lockdown, Ukraine war

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st April 2022 The unexpected recent Covid-19-related lockdown in Shanghai, China, coupled with the war in Ukraine and lasting Covid-19 impacts in various other regions of the world, is exacerbating what is an already constrained and disrupted global supply chain, says pump manufacturer Grundfos Africa.... 

Grundfos Africa supply chain director Sanett Nel
Grundfos Africa supply chain director Sanett Nel

Freight-matching is the way of the future for logistics, says Empty Trips

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st March 2022 Digital logistics marketplace Empty Trips says the logistics industry is ripe for more efficient, transparent and sustainable ways of operating, as decarbonisation pressures loom and fuel prices rise. The company prides itself on being a fully digital end-to-end logistics marketplace. Its... 

Volvo truck on highway

Grindrod, Vitol to invest R1.8bn in Maputo’s Matola Terminal expansion

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2022 Freight services and banking group Grindrod will spend its share of R1.8-billion to upgrade the Matola drybulk terminal at the Port of Maputo, in Mozambique. The JSE-listed Gindrod holds a 65% share in the Matola Terminal joint venture (JV), with energy and commodities group Vitol the other... 

Drones successful in deterring railway cable theft syndicates 

By: Donna Slater     15th March 2022 Johannesburg-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator and developer UAV & Drone Solutions (UDS) proposes that government departments and State-owned entities (SOEs) use, to a far greater extent, the services it provides to curb critical infrastructure theft and vandalism. Cable theft for... 

An image of a drone and stolen cables
UAV & Drone Solutions provides eyes in the sky, day or night, to deter infrastructure criminals and identify areas of concern

Global supply chain turmoil to persist into 2023 – SAAFF

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2022 Global pandemic-induced supply chain woes are set to continue for much of the year, including elevated demand, staffing shortages and global port congestion, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) CEO Dr Juanita Maree. Indeed, moderation, or a return to normal – albeit a... 

NBCRFLI threatens to shut down road freight industry in light of attacks

By: Darren Parker     9th March 2022 The National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry (NBCRFLI) said on March 9 that “it may be necessary for the parties to council to shut down the industry for a period of time” until ongoing “senseless attacks” by members of a truck driver’s forum were stopped. “The... 

NBCRFLI national secretary Musawenkhosi Ndlovu
NBCRFLI national secretary Musawenkhosi Ndlovu

Transnet launches investigation after two container fires of same consignment

By: Donna Slater     7th March 2022 Transnet is investigating the cause of a fire that broke out in a shipping container at its Durban Container Terminal Pier 2, on the morning of March 7. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but has been contained with impacted containers being moved to an isolated stacking area so that... 

Transnet bottlenecks to hamper South Africa's export opportunities amid Russia sanctions  

By: Darren Parker     4th March 2022 The bottlenecks in South Africa’s export corridors – caused in large part by State-owned logistics company Transnet’s inability to provide sufficient capacity – will likely undermine any opportunities that could arise from commodity supply shortages and higher prices as more sanctions are... 

A Transnet train

Large-megawatt hydrogen fuel cells eyed by shipping industry in move away from fossil fuels

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2022 Decarbonising the shipping industry requires collaboration and investment in developing new fuel types and propulsion technologies, with hydrogen fuel poised to play an important role in the energy transition of this sector, reports the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). Establishing safe... 

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