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Logistics News

Government promises to expedite driver-related policy changes in road freight industry

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2021 Government has committed to speeding up policy changes in the road-freight sector following recent protests by truck drivers against foreign nationals filling job opportunities they believe should go to local drivers, as well as what they view as the lack of regulation in the road-freight... 

Barloworld’s extensive restructuring pays dividends 

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2021 Diversified group Barloworld is finally reaping the rewards of an extensive restructuring process. Announcing its financial results for the year ended September 30, the group saw operating profit from continuing operations improve by 119% year-on-year to R4.3-billion. 

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Dominic Sewela

Grindrod Intermodal and Ocean Africa Container Lines to merge with Maersk

By: Donna Slater     15th November 2021 JSE-listed freight logistics group Grindrod has agreed to merge the South African container logistics businesses of Grindrod Intermodal (GIM) and Ocean Africa Container Lines (OACL) with AP Moller Maersk’s (Maersk) inland container terminals. Grindrod’s intermodal facilities are located... 

Recognition of foreign truck driving permits to end soon

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2021 The Department of Transport (DoT) anticipates that foreign nationals will soon be unable to drive South African-registered trucks while in possession of foreign professional driving permits (PDPs). The DoT in April published an amendment to the Road Traffic Act regulations, which incorporates a... 

Rhenus to extend its footprint in South Africa, Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2021 As it marks 25 years in the country’s logistics industry, global services provider Rhenus South Africa says it has firm plans to increase its footprint across Africa. “Over the years, Rhenus South Africa has experienced exceptional growth and development. The company has been on an upward... 

Govt promises to expedite driver-related policy changes in the road freight industry 

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2021 Government has committed to speeding up policy changes in the road-freight sector following recent protests by truck drivers against foreign nationals filling job opportunities they believe should go to local drivers, as well as what they view as the lack of regulation in the road-freight... 

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DP World Maputo launches new service for SA fertiliser importers

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2021 DP World Maputo has developed and implemented a new supply-chain solution that provides Southern African importers of fertiliser and similar commodities with an option to use the Maputo Corridor.  The new solution presents an opportunity for South African fertiliser importers to take advantage of... 

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The Maputo port

Durban port woes amplified as global supply chain crunch intensifies

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2021 The spot rate of booking a 40-foot container from Shanghai to Los Angeles hit $10 229 in the first week of August, up 238% from the same time a year prior, according to Drewry, a maritime research consultancy. This is not a function of insufficient capacity, but rather of a severely imbalanced... 

Nigeria becomes 11th country in Africa to join WLP

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2021 Nigeria has joined the World Logistics Passport (WLP) as its newest hub, with the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) as the coordinating partner.  With access to the WLP network, Nigerian traders should have the opportunity to enhance the connectivity and... 

Irregular expenditure albatross weighs as heavily on Transnet as R8.4bn loss  

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2021 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet reported a loss of R8.4-billion for the year to March 31, 2021, and also received an audit qualification for the period relating to its ongoing irregular-expenditure problem. The loss, which is the first to be reported by the group for more than a... 

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Company prepared to meet increased localisation demand

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 Demand for logistics storage space remains high, as the e-commerce consumer base continues to grow year-on-year, amid the challenges caused by Covid-19, says design business Paragon Architects director Estelle Meiring. She stresses that the pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of extended and... 

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SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES Paragon is the architect for a new warehousing, storage and manufacture facility for Mattress and Couch at the Old Mint Industrial Park in Centurion, Gauteng

Company geared to service African regions

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 Integrated logistics service provider Concargo remains resilient and flexible, and stands ready to show its potential for ingenuity, collaboration and cooperation in servicing the local market, as well as sub-Saharan and equatorial Africa, says CEO Dean Page. “There is an overabundance of... 

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REGIONAL GROWTH While fast-moving consumer goods has remained Concargo’s strongest growth area, the company is aiming to grow in a range of industries

Intelligent data crucial for distributors

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 It is essential for distributors and retailers that track deliveries to have visibility on stock moving from the warehouse to the retailer, states software provider Cognizance MD Andrew Dawson. “Stock is the lifeblood of any distributions company, as most distributors will distribute stock on... 

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ANDREW DAWSON Covid-19 has accelerated the technology drive. Distribution companies have found mechanisms to drive more profitable, healthier and more efficiently run operations and businesses

Storage flexibility shown during turbulent time

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 Logistics company Unitrans has shown flexibility in meeting the warehousing and storage needs of customers – particularly amid the effects of Covid-19, and the looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July, on the local market – says Unitrans specialised warehousing and freight GM Ryan Brooke.... 

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VERSATILE STORAGE The company runs two types of warehousing ¬– specialised warehouses that are customer specific and its own non-exclusive warehouses

Durban port woes amplified as global supply chain crunch intensifies 

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2021 The spot rate of booking a 40-foot container from Shanghai to Los Angeles hit $10 229 the first week of August, up 238% from the same time a year prior, according to Drewry, a maritime research consultancy. This is not a function of insufficient capacity, but rather of a severely imbalanced... 

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Denys Hobson

Cartrack owner acquires 70.1% of Picup Technologies in R70m deal

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2021 Karooooo has acquired 70.1% of Picup Technologies (Picup) in a deal valued at R70-million.  Karooooo owns 100% of Cartrack, a mobility software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that maximises the value of automotive and workflow data by providing real-time data analytics solutions for smart... 

Logistics becoming a pertinent woe in agri sector, Ministers agree

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th October 2021 Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan have both acknowledged the challenge that logistics has become in the agricultural industry, particularly over the last year. Speaking during industry organisation Agri SA’s annual general... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

CDC welcomes DHL to Coega SEZ

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2021 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has welcomed international courier and package delivery company DHL as an investor in the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Eastern Cape. DHL has invested in a distribution warehouse in Zone 1 of the Coega SEZ. 

Grindrod keen on potential private-sector participation opportunities at Transnet

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2021 A port that runs efficiently “can bring prosperity all around”, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. South Africa’s major ports are, however, currently ranked close to the bottom of the list in terms of global competitiveness. 

Contract awarded to marine specialist

8th October 2021 Marine specialist services provider AMSOL Ghana was recently awarded a contract by Ghanaian oil and gas marketing company Ghana Oil Company (GOIL) that will further support continued indigenisation in the sector and the extension of the company’s services in marine and offshore fuel logistics and... 

Transnet building pipeline of transactions for private sector participation 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2021 Transnet CEO Portia Derby says the State-owned group received a “fantastic” response to its two recent requests for information (RFIs) for private participation at the ports of Durban and Ngqura and that several other private sector participation (PSP) transactions are under development. The... 

Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet CEO Portia Derby

UCD opens new depot in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2021 United Container Depots (UCD) has moved from its location in Paarden Eiland to larger premises in Beaconvale, Parow, also in Cape Town. The new depot has a container stacking area of more than 20 000 m²; warehouse space of 4 000 m²; a dedicated controlled atmosphere (CA) gassing area for up to... 

Unitrans Africa acquires crop-spraying drone fleet

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2021 Unitrans Africa has acquired a fleet of the world’s largest spraying drones. The seven Chinese-made DJI T30 Agras drones were developed at a cost of more than R400-million. The T30 drones are already in operation in Malawi and Mozambique, with results exceeding expectations in terms of spraying... 

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One of the DJI T30 Agras spraying drones

Competition Tribunal approves Imperial’s acquisition of J&J, Greendoor groups 

By: Irma Venter     28th September 2021 The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved a deal whereby Imperial Logistics, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Imperial Capital, will acquire Lift Logistics (J&J Group) and its subsidiary, Greendoor Group. Post-acquisition, Imperial will control J&J Group and Greendoor.   The... 

Cape Town container, multipurpose terminals introduce truck booking system 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2021 Introducing a mandatory truck booking system at South Africa’s port terminal operations has yielded benefits that the Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) and Cape Town Multipurpose Terminal (CTMPT) will soon enjoy, Transnet Port Terminals says in a statement. “There are many challenges introduced... 

Grindrod sells remaining stake in Grindrod Shipping for R368m

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2021 Freight transportation arrangement company Grindrod on Thursday announced that it had sold its remaining shareholding in Grindrod Shipping for $24.8-million (R368.2-million). The sale shares amount to about 9.6% of Grindrod Shipping’s total issued share capital. 

Maritime industry says decarbonisation urgent, achievable

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2021 More than 150 maritime logistics roleplayers, representing the entire maritime value chain, including shipping, cargo, energy, finance, ports and infrastructure, have said that the full decarbonisation of international shipping is urgent and achievable. Ships transport about 80% of global trade... 

Covid-19 pandemic spurs Sars' modernisation programme

By: Schalk Burger     17th September 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic's impact on the South African Revenue Service (Sars) compressed a decade-long modernisation programme into two to three years, Sars commissioner Edward Kieswetter noted on September 16. "The pandemic struck as we were starting our journey of rebuilding Sars and reigniting... 

Global citrus demand increases refrigeration demand

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 A global increase in demand for South African-grown citrus, as well as more export regulations, has resulted in a substantial increase in demand for refrigeration capacity, says local refrigeration manufacturer EP Refrigeration business development head Dawie Kriel. “We not only need to add... 

A roof top refrigeration system installed by EP Refrigeration at a produce packing house
FRUITFUL SERVICES An increased need for refrigerated storage and transport capacity in the citrus sector is being addressed by EP Refrigeration

Sars customs modernisation depends on new skills and industry support to shape smart ecosystem

By: Schalk Burger     16th September 2021 The customs modernisation programme of the South African Revenue Service (Sars), announced on September 1, requires the upskilling of customs officials, as well as the support of and collaboration with industries, businesses and the whole of government to shape a customs and trade ecosystem that... 

Opinion: Could South Africa’s logistics crisis derail the citrus sector’s stellar growth trajectory?

15th September 2021 In this opinion article, Nedbank head of agriculture John Hudson writes about how logistics constraints are hampering the growth of South Africa's citrus sector. 

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Govt’s private-sector participation drive could increase efficiency, prosperity – Grindrod 

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2021 A port that runs efficiently “can bring prosperity all around”, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. South Africa’s major ports are, however, currently ranked close to the bottom of the list in terms of global competitiveness. 

Image of Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo
Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo

Cartrack owner acquires 70.1% of Picup Technologies in R70-million deal 

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2021 Karooooo has acquired 70.1% of Picup Technologies (Picup) in a deal valued at R70-million.  Karooooo owns 100% of Cartrack, a mobility software-as-a-service (Saas) platform that maximises the value of automotive and workflow data by providing real-time data analytics solutions for smart... 

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Zak Calisto

Govt targets August next year, or sooner, for third-party rail access

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2021 The current target date for allowing third-party operators to participate in the rail-freight sector is August next year, says Dr Sean Phillips, head of the National Treasury’s Operation Vulindlela unit. There are, however, ongoing efforts under way to speed up the timeframe put on the table by... 

Grindrod targets port, rail projects in govt’s private-sector participation drive 

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2021 Ports and logistics operator Grindrod is positioning itself to take part in the private-sector participation (PSP) opportunities to be created by government in the rail and ports sectors, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. “Government has called for international players to come... 

Supply chain solutions provider fills industry gaps

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     10th September 2021 The current challenge facing the freight, logistics and warehousing industry is that companies do not provide a full service offering and offer only one service, such as transport, in the supply chain, says supply chain solutions provider Unitrans. “By identifying this challenge in the industry,... 

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FULL PACKAGE Unitrans has successfully positioned itself and structured its business to offer a full service offering

Logistics company cites advantages of its facility at OR Tambo International Airport

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th September 2021 Rhenus Logistics South Africa has highlighted the value of its secure airside facility at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA). In addition to security, the facility also provides, the company assured, quick turnaround times. “[T]he safety of cargo in transit is one of the... 

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