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Logistics News

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.  

Babcock adds new truck models to its transport portfolio 

17th March 2021 Transport equipment and engineering solutions provider Babcock International added the latest DAF XF 480, XF 530 and CF 430 truck models to its transport portfolio earlier this month, bringing many improvements compared to older trucks in the portfolio. Marleny Arnoldi visited the company. 

Babcock adds new truck models to its transport portfolio
Babcock adds new truck models to its transport portfolio

OneLogix in good health despite Covid-19

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2021 OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens says that all of the niche logistics provider’s 12 companies “remain in good health”, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The group reported a 16% drop in revenue, to R1.22-billion, for the six months ended November 30, compared with the same period in 2019.... 

Babcock introduces new truck models to its transport equipment portfolio

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th March 2021 Transport equipment and engineering solutions provider Babcock International has added the latest DAF XF 480, XF 530 and CF 430 truck models to its transport portfolio. Transport solutions sales director Mark Gavin says the new models bring many improvements compared to older DAF trucks in... 

Babcock introduces new truck models to its transport equipment portfolio
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
Babcock International's latest DAF truck models on offer

Imperial to exit its Logistics International business, focus increasingly on Africa

By: Irma Venter     5th March 2021 The JSE-listed Imperial group plans to exit its Logistics International business, says CEO Mohammed Akoojee. “We thoroughly assessed the strategic fit of our international portfolio [and] we have concluded that Logistics International is noncore to our Gateway-to-Africa strategy and will explore... 

President addresses need for efficient rail and ports network

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 South Africa’s ability to compete in global markets depends on the efficiency of its ports and rail network, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his State of the Nation address held in Cape Town last month. He suggested that key infrastructure projects currently underway, including establishing... 

President addresses need for efficient rail and ports network
ON TRACK In order for South Africa to compete globally its rail and port infrastructure needs to be addressed

Company secures distributor deal

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG has been appointed as the exclusive distributor of Swagefast fastening systems in Africa, including South Africa. “This means that BMG will have the capacity to supply heavy industrial pin and collar fastening solutions directly to the rail industry,” says BMG... 

Company secures distributor deal
PIN AND COLLAR The Swagefast heavy industrial pin and collar range will now be supplied by BMG

Increase in feasibility studies bodes well for rail sector

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 There has been a significant increase in commissioned feasibility studies over the past 18 months in terms of reviewing possible rail infrastructure interventions along the North–South Corridor, says financial advisory firm Cresco Project Finance executive director Robert Futter. The corridor... 

Increase in feasibility studies bodes well  for rail sector
CORRIDOR CARRIER Rail infrastructure throughout the North-South Corridor is making steady progress

Grindrod aims for H1 completion of logistics hub in northern Mozambique 

By: Irma Venter     4th 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 a focal point in terms of oil and gas developments in this part of the country.  

Brikor acquires 40% stake in Zingaro

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2021 Brick manufacturer and supplier Brikor has acquired a 40% shareholding in multiproduct road transportation services provider Zingaro Holdings for R50-million. Zingaro primarily operates in South Africa and mainly services short to medium distance routes in Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga and... 

Nersa approves Transnet petroleum tariff

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has set the Petroleum Pipelines System tariff, which will allow State-owned rail entity Transnet to realise an 11.15% decrease in allowable revenue (AR) compared with the 2020/21 tariff period. However, owing to a forecasted reduction in the... 

Cabinet approves new National Transport Policy

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2021 Cabinet announced on Friday that it had approved the revised White Paper on National Transport Policy. The policy replaces the 1996 National Transport Policy. 

Imperial to exit its Logistics International business, focus increasingly on Africa 

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2021 The JSE-listed Imperial group plans to exit its Logistics International business, says CEO Mohammed Akoojee. “We thoroughly assessed the strategic fit of our international portfolio [and] we have concluded that Logistics International is noncore to our Gateway-to-Africa strategy and we will... 

Imperial to exit its Logistics International business, focus increasingly on Africa

Super Group increases revenue with marginal profit boost

By: Donna Slater     22nd February 2021 Reflecting strong sales performances in its supply chain businesses in Europe and its dealerships in the UK, JSE-listed transport logistics and mobility group Super Group’s revenue increased by 5.8% to R20-billion for the six months ended December 31, 2020. The group’s operating profit increased... 

Transnet adjusts infrastructure strategy to deal with damaging weather conditions

By: Donna Slater     18th February 2021 State-owned Transnet is investigating methods to deal with unpredictable and severe weather patterns, which have negatively affected the railway network during and after cyclone Eloise hit Southern Africa in late January, resulting in heavy rainfall across South Africa. Transnet Freight Rail... 

Transnet adjusts infrastructure strategy to deal with damaging weather conditions
The results of a recent wash-away incident

Shoprite expands solar PV project; 19 sites outfitted

By: Donna Slater     18th February 2021 Fast-moving consumer goods company the Shoprite Group has expanded its solar photovoltaic (PV) programme, with 19 of its sites in South Africa and Namibia now boasting rooftop PV installations. There are now 18 Shoprite Group stores throughout South Africa and Namibia that use solar power,... 

Shoprite expands solar PV project; 19 sites outfitted
Shoprite's Basson distribution centre in Brackenfell

OneLogix in good health despite Covid-19, says Lourens 

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2021 OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens says that all of the niche logistics provider’s 12 companies “remain in good health”, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The group reported a 16% drop in revenue, to R1.22-billion, for the six months ended November 30, compared with the same period in 2019.... 

OneLogix in good health despite Covid-19, says Lourens

Renergen unveils Covid-19 vaccine transport solution, the Cryo-Vacc  

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2021 South African emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen on February 15 unveiled its Covid-19 transportation solution, the Cryo-Vacc. The Cryo-Vacc has been designed to keep Covid-19 vaccines ultra-cold during transportation for up to 30 days, allowing for the vaccines to be... 

Renergen unveils Covid-19 vaccine transport solution, the Cryo-Vacc
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani gives more detail on the company’s logistics solution for Covid-19 vaccines, the Cryo-Vacc. Production of which is expected soon. Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer.

Industry body seeks purposeful rebuilding

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 The Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) theme for this year is: Rebuilding with purpose. This is aimed at encouraging the engineering and construction sectors to pursue the rebuilding of the sector and the economy in a more conscious and mindful manner so that all South Africa’s... 

Industry body seeks purposeful rebuilding
Photo by Creamer Media
SUGEN PILLAY Cesa’s call to purposefully rebuild the economy and infrastructure will aim to foster an enhanced social compact between all industry partners and stakeholders

Stop AARTO now, says the Road Freight Association 

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2021 The Road Freight Association (RFA) says it is “shocked and deeply concerned” about the suspension of Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) CEO Japh Chuwe, amidst allegations of maladministration. “This has a severe impact on the implementation of the highly controversial Administrative... 

Stop AARTO now, says the Road Freight Association
Gavin Kelly

Standard operating procedure can safeguard against vaccine corruption 

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2021 Corruption in the procurement, distribution and administration of vaccines can not only be avoided, but stamped out entirely using a standard operating procedure, created by operators in the extended supply chain, for the clearance of international imports of the Covid-19 vaccines, saYS South... 

DP World commits resources to distribute vaccines globally pro-bono for Unicef

By: Schalk Burger     29th January 2021 End-to-end supply chain logistics multinational DP World and United Nations humanitarian and developmental aid organisation Unicef have announced a partnership to support the global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines and related immunisation supplies in low- and lower-middle-income countries, DP... 

New dashboard assists in efficient cargo handling

29th January 2021 Cargo truck manufacturer Capacity Group introduced a newly designed dashboard with elevated instrumentation, which will reduce driver fatigue and optimise productivity, to its terminal tractors in the fourth quarter of last year. Additionally, the terminal tractors now offer synchronised seat and... 

New dashboard assists in efficient cargo handling
ON TRACK The Capacity tractors offer efficient cargo handling solutions that reduce operating costs

DHL Global Forwarding invests R127m in new Joburg facility

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2021 DHL Global Forwarding is investing R127-million in a new facility in Johannesburg.  Aimed at cementing its position in South Africa, the new 13 000 m2 facility will be located within the bonded zone at Skyparks Business Estate, next to OR Tambo International Airport. 

Progress at Durban terminals commended

29th January 2021 State-owned freight logistics company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) and network organisation Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) recently took stock of progress made to date at TPT’s terminals. An announcement to that effect – made in October – followed an industry outcry eight months... 

Progress at Durban terminals commended
ATTENTION GIVEN Port users and cargo owners commended developments made to the Transnet Port Terminals during the course of the year

Two contracts keep marine transformation afloat

29th January 2021 Specialist marine solutions provider African Marine Solutions (Amsol) has been awarded two contracts which will act not only as a catalyst for continued transformation but will also ensure continuity in supply chain. The first contract awarded to Amsol is a multiyear contract with multinational... 

Two contracts keep marine transformation afloat
FUELING TRANSFORMATION The contract awarded to Amsol by Shell Downstream South Africa will extend the company’s services in fuel logistics and transportation

Electric truck refrigeration manufacturer looks to global market 

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2021 South Africa’s Maxwell and Spark is ready to go global, says CEO Dr Clinton Bemont. Maxwell and Spark is a Durban-based lithium-ion (li-ion) battery and systems manufacturer, responsible for producing the world’s first li-ion  truck refrigeration unit ­– called the Fridge.Li. 

Electric truck refrigeration manufacturer looks to global market

Manica Namibia completes first use of new hopper, bagging system

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd January 2021 Logistics and marine services provider Manica Group Namibia recently invested in an advanced mobile hopper and bagging system and has successfully completed the first use of this equipment. The bagging plant allows for products to be shipped in bulk and bagged at the destination, quayside. The... 

Manica Namibia completes first use of new hopper, bagging system
Nectar hopper and bagger system

World Net Logistics renamed Rhenus Logistics South Africa

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2021 World Net Logistics is now known as Rhenus Logistics South Africa, as from December 1. The company was acquired by the Rhenus Group in 2019, and the new name ushers in a new era after 18 years as an independent entity.  

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