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Logistics News

Attaining port efficiency requires purpose rethink, says law firm

By: Donna Slater     Updated 7 hours ago South Africa’s maritime ports, known to be highly inefficient, need to be repurposed and redesignated to increase their efficient use, says law firm Norton Rose Fullbright South Africa chairperson Andrew Robinson. Speaking during an Infrastructure Africa panel discussion on transformation in the... 

Drone technology use on the rise in the wake of Covid-19

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2021 There has been a considerable increase in the use of drone technology across various scenarios in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic, with drones proving to be “of immense assistance”, says mapping service provider Southern Mapping’s Jaco Wiesner. He explains that the integration of... 

Payment24 introduces vehicle biometrics to fast-track refuelling ­– pay by car not by card 

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2021 Fuel management and payment solutions specialist Payment24 has launched FastLane, bringing contactless, cardless and secure fuel payments to the market. FastLane is described as ‘biometrics for the vehicle’. Payment24 says the system instantly identifies any vehicle enrolled in the system as it... 

Payment24 introduces vehicle biometrics to fast-track refuelling ­– pay by car not by card
Nolan Daniel and Shadab Rahil

DP World Maputo launches rail service between Maputo and Harare

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2021 DP World Maputo, which has the concession to manage, develop and operate the Maputo container terminal, in Mozambique, earlier this month launched its first dedicated container train service connecting Maputo and Harare, in Zimbabwe.  The company says the new service is part of its focus to... 

DP World Maputo launches rail service between Maputo and Harare

Track S Africa’s economic recovery on Operation Vulindlela dashboard

By: Sashnee Moodley     10th June 2021 South Africans can now track government’s progress in economic and employment growth with up-to-date information on the new Operation Vulindlela dashboard, launched this week. The new dashboard presents an overview of the milestones in 19 focus areas identified by government as priority reforms,... 

Track S Africa’s economic recovery on Operation Vulindlela dashboard

UAE ratifies extradition treaty as South Africa pursues Guptas

By: Bloomberg     9th June 2021 The United Arab Emirates Embassy in South Africa said it has ratified an extradition treaty with the African country. The treaty was signed on April 11, the embassy said in a statement on Wednesday. Clayson Monyela, a spokesman for the South African Department of International Relations and... 

EU’s Green Deal will have wide-ranging impact on SA exports, cautions Van Zyl  

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2021 Europe’s Green Deal is not just a vision or an idea, but a well-funded policy that is being implemented, and that is set to have a wide-ranging impact on South African exports, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) executive chairperson Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl stepped down earlier this year as... 

EU’s Green Deal will have wide-ranging impact on SA exports, cautions Van Zyl
Johan Van Zyl

Bidvest inks deal to dispose of airport handling services unit

By: Irma Venter     4th June 2021 National Aviation Services (NAS), Colossal Africa and a consortium comprising the current BidAir Services executive management team have signed an agreement to acquire BidAir Services from the Bidvest Group.  The closing of the acquisition is subject to the fulfilment of final requirements from... 

Agency moves to add machine learning to road-safety arsenal

By: Schalk Burger     4th June 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is exploring the use of machine learning to make more effective use of its data collected from field devices, such as vehicle-detection systems and cameras, and floating car data, which is a collection of anonymised road traffic data from... 

Agency moves to add machine learning to road-safety arsenal

Local service provider to supply machine for Beitbridge project

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 Bulk earthworks, demolitions and civil engineering service provider Icon Group has been awarded a contract to supply its three-sided impact roller to the expansion project at the Beitbridge border post, in Zimbabwe. The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk... 

Local service provider to supply machine for Beitbridge project
TRIPLE POWER The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk earthworks

Six African countries join WLP to build back trade volumes

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2021 Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have registered as gateway countries with freight loyalty programme World Logistics Passport (WLP). This is expected to reduce supply chain costs and improve speed to market for exports and imports from these countries, WLP CEO... 

Transnet aims to implement three private sector participation projects this year  

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2021 Freight logistics group Transnet expects to proceed with three private sector participation (PSP) projects before the end of the year, with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan confirming that the State-owned group’s new strategy is to drive volume growth “by developing key strategic... 

Transnet aims to implement three private sector participation projects this year

Airbus delivers one-hundredth A400M, airframes surpass 100 000 flight-hours

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2021 Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has delivered its one-hundredth A400M aircraft with airframe number MSN111 to Zaragoza, where the Spanish Air Force houses its fleet of A400M’s. The Spanish Air Force has now taken delivery of ten A400M aircraft.  

Airbus delivers one-hundredth A400M, airframes surpass 100 000 flight-hours
Airbus' A400M

Zikalala launches a R1.5bn logistics facility

By: Yvonne Silaule     11th May 2021 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala on May 11 launched the R1.5-billion Pepkor Logistics facility, at Keystone Business Park, in Hammarsdale. Pepkor is a JSE-listed retail chain with more than 5 500 stores. 

TPT developing Cargo Connect logistics app

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2021 State-owned Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is developing the Cargo Connect app, which will serve as a digital marketplace for logistics services in South Africa. The app will increase the logistics’ network visibility and benefit customers and the broader supply chain. Some of the app's features... 

Portfolio ensures better efficiency

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Electric variable-speed drives and motors supplier ABB Motion in January released their ACS880LC liquid cooled drives portfolio that can improve overall system efficiency by reducing auxiliary power consumption by up to 10%. 

Portfolio ensures  better efficiency
LIQUID COOLED DRIVES This portfolio of liquid cooled drives technology includes a reduced footprint of up to 30%

Digitalisation key to energy efficiency

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Digitalisation is key to addressing the challenges faced in trying to implement energy efficiency initiatives for wastewater treatment plants and buildings, says South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) data and knowledge management programme project manager Teslim Mohammed... 

Digitalisation key to energy efficiency
WASTEWATER EFFICINECY SANEDI in collaboration with DMRE are working on making wastewater treatment plants more efficient

Project focuses on guidelines for SMEs

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 With the second phase of the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project ending in December this year, National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) IEE project leader Sashay Ramdharee says that, for the remainder of the year, the project will focus on developing sector-specific energy... 

Project focuses on guidelines for SMEs
SASHAY RAMDHAREE The focus of the IEE project will be on providing these guidelines for SMEs in the commercial buildings, automotive, metal casting and agricultural processing industries

New unit designed for efficiency

7th May 2021 Industrial products provider, BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit, an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing, has been designed for optimum system efficiency.  

New unit designed  for efficiency
NORD DUODRIVE BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit - an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing - has been designed for optimum system efficiency.

Twofold-plus growth for courier industry over past decade as e-commerce expands 

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 The express parcel industry has more than doubled over the last decade and is currently the fastest-growing transport sector in the country, says South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA) CEO Garry Marshall. He says studies show that the formal industry recorded R8-billion in turnover in... 

Imperial sells South American unit

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 Imperial has closed a deal on the sale of its interests in its South American shipping business to Hidrovias do Brasil for up to R1.45-billion, depending on certain conditions, such as water levels. The sale comes as Imperial increases it focus on its gateway-to-Africa strategy. 

Energy efficiency digital platform launched

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, Schneider Electric, launched its energy efficient EcoStruxure Automation Expert, its software-centric universal automation system, at the Hannover Messe 2021, which was held online last month. 

Energy efficiency digital platform launched
ECOSTUXTURE AUTOMATION EXPERT The Ecostuxture Automation Expert is the engine that drives the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and enables the all-digital, all-electric world powered by sustainable, clean and plentiful electricity

SKF testing autonomous electric goods transport on public roads in Sweden

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 Bearing and seal manufacturer SKF is testing a self-driving electric truck to transport goods on a public road between its factory and warehouse in Gothenburg, Sweden. It has partnered with Swedish transport technology company Einride. 

NAS, Colossal Africa to acquire BidAir Services 

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2021 National Aviation Services (NAS), Colossal Africa and a consortium comprising the current BidAir Services executive management team have signed an agreement to acquire BidAir Services from the Bidvest Group.  The closing of the acquisition is subject to the fulfilment of final requirements from... 

NAS, Colossal Africa to acquire BidAir Services
Hassan El-Houry and Cingashe Motale

Transnet wage negotiations stall

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2021 Following a second round of talks, wage negotiations between State-owned freight logistics group Transnet and its affiliated labour unions have reached a deadlock. The negotiations took place with the South African Transport and Allied Union (Satawu) and the United National Transport Union... 

Imperial enters into empowerment agreement 

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2021 Imperial has entered into an agreement with the Afropulse, Willowton and Converting Trade groups which will give them the opportunity to participate in a 25% empowerment shareholding scheme in Imperial Logistics Group South Africa (ILSA). Subsequent to the transaction, ILSA will house a... 

Imperial enters into empowerment agreement

Cargo heists, and security costs, on the rise – Rhenus Logistics 

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2021 A surge in international freight rates of up to 700% is putting many companies under pressure and forcing them to take drastic measures to ensure their sustainability.  In some cases, organisations are left with little choice but to cut costs when moving cargo, with some opting to reduce the... 

Cargo heists, and security costs, on the rise – Rhenus Logistics
Martin Taylor

Imperial sells its South American shipping operations

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2021 Imperial has closed a deal on the sale of its interests in its South American shipping business to Hidrovias do Brasil for up to R1.45-billion, depending on certain conditions, such as water levels. The sale comes as Imperial increases it focus on its gateway to Africa strategy. 

Imperial sells its South American shipping operations

Capacitate Sars, create green lanes for cargo at border posts

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will operate more efficiently under an increasingly capacitated South African Revenue Service (Sars) rather than a Border Management Agency (BMA), as proposed by government, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson Dr Juanita Maree.... 

Courier industry growing rapidly as e-commerce expands – SAEPA 

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 The express parcel industry has more than doubled over the last decade, says South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA) CEO Garry Marshall, and is currently the fastest growing transport sector in the country.  He says studies show that the formal industry recorded R8-billion in turnover in... 

Courier industry growing rapidly as e-commerce expands – SAEPA

Nigeria Minister pushes timeous project completion

26th March 2021 Nigeria Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi tasked the promoters of the Lekki Deep Sea Port project situated in Lekki, Nigeria, with timely completion to ensure commencement of commercial activity by 2022. Amaechi made this known during a monitoring visit to the Lekki Deep Sea Port site on... 

Nigeria Minister pushes timeous project completion
MINISTERIAL MOTIVATION The Minister of Transportation in Nigeria has pushed promoters for the on-time completion of the Lekki Deep Sea Port

Grindrod aims for completion of northern Mozambique logistics hub in H1

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 Grindrod aims to have its logistics hub in Palma, in northern Mozambique, “up and running” by the end of the first half of this year, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. Palma is currently serving as a focal point for oil and gas developments in that part of the country.  

New straddle carriers now available in Africa

26th March 2021 Earlier this year, South Africa-based equipment supplier BLT World announced the launch of its new Mobicon 2HL series mini straddle carriers in Africa. Mobicon container handlers – key machines in BLT World’s range of container handling equipment – are designed for lifting containers securely... 

New straddle carriers now available in Africa
UPLIFTING The mini straddle carriers are capable of lifting containers two high for efficient stacking

Marine repair company building on expertise

26th March 2021 Ship repair company Namdock has announced that it aims to build on its regional and international expertise and experience, illustrating its diverse capabilities, along with its solid track record of customer service excellence. Namdock, a wholly Namibian-owned entity with its shareholding held... 

Marine repair company building on expertise
KEEPING AFLOAT Namdock ship repair is a recognised leader in the ship repair and offshore oil and gas sector

Large dredging contract awarded to Belgium company

26th March 2021 Specialist dredging and offshore service provider DEME announced that at the end of last year it secured a large dredging contract for the Abu Qir port project in Egypt. The project has been described as the largest ever dredging and land reclamation contract in history. 

Large dredging contract  awarded to Belgium company
THiS IS SPARTA-CUS Spartacus the new cutter suction dredger on offer by DEME is said o be the largest of its kind globally

Capacitate Sars, create green lanes for cargo at border posts – SAAFF 

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will operate more efficiently under an increasingly capacitated South African Revenue Service (Sars), rather than a Border Management Agency (BMA), as proposed by government, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson Dr Juanita Maree.... 

Capacitate Sars, create green lanes for cargo at border posts – SAAFF

Tech investor to acquire Ctrack in Africa, Middle East

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 Technology investor Convergence Partners has entered into an agreement with Inseego to acquire 100% of Ctrack’s operations in Africa and the Middle East.  

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