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Logistics News

Storage range introduced to Southern Africa

By: Cameron Mackay     Updated 3 hours ago Local logistical equipment solutions provider Logistics Systems Engineering (LSE) has formalised an exclusive distribution agreement with storage products provider Gonvarri Material Handling, which will make Gonvarri’s range of storage systems and technologies available in Southern Africa for the... 

Tech crucial to market sales in local industry

By: Cameron Mackay     Updated 3 hours ago Automation solutions provider MACmobile MD Andrew Dawson stresses that technology that offers mobility, automation and the ability to engage customers while maintaining social distance will be crucial to driving market sales in the local industry. “The key technology at this stage is mobility –... 

Tech crucial to market sales in local industry
ANDREW DAWSON What’s important is enabling retailers, with their own methodology software-wise, to generate orders and use the call centres to create new sales and awareness

Transnet CEO expects subdued commodity prices to weigh on recovery from Covid 

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2020 Transnet CEO Portia Derby warned on Wednesday that the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa and the rest of Africa was likely to be negatively affected by still-subdued commodity prices and the serious deterioration in public finances across the continent, which had resulted in... 

Transnet CEO expects subdued commodity prices to weigh on recovery from Covid
Transnet CEO Portia Derby

Ctrack Transport & Freight Index shows some positives

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st July 2020 Vehicle tracking, fleet management and insurance telematics solutions provider Ctrack’s Transport & Freight Index for June shows that South Africa’s transport and freight volumes increased by 20.6% month-on-month across all sectors. The Ctrack headline change, however, declined by 23.2% for the... 

Efficient wagon handling lowers operational costs

31st July 2020 The safe and efficient offloading of materials from both rail wagons and road trucks improves efficiencies, lowers operating costs and protects product integrity during bulk handling, says materials handling company Specialised Container Agencies (SCA). “SCA focuses on the design of containerised... 

Efficient wagon handling lowers operational costs
ON TRACK TIPPER The use of containerised bulk materials handling solutions ensures safe and efficient offloading in road and rail hauling

Specialised steel extends life of ore wagons

By: Halima Frost     31st July 2020 Stainless steel manufacturer Columbus Stainless advocates that the much longer life span of ore wagons achieved using 3CR12, makes it clear why stainless steel is the cost-effective choice for equipment in ore-handling processes. “Owing to its excellent properties in wet sliding conditions, the... 

Specialised steel extends life of ore wagons
UP ORE DOWN Wagons manufactured by Columbus Stainless using 3CR12 transport ore for substantially longer with less degradation than those made of mild steel or other materials

Manufacturer obtains welding certification

By: Halima Frost     31st July 2020 Rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholdings (TMH) Africa, which acts as the centre of excellence for narrow-gauge rolling stock within the TMH Group, announced in March that it had been awarded the ISO 3834 welding certification. The certification was awarded to the company by the Southern... 

Manufacturer obtains welding certification
ACCREDITED FUSION Transmashholdings Africa have been awarded an International Standards Organisation 3843 welding certification which will help draw in new clients for the company

Workshop conversion back on track

By: Halima Frost     31st July 2020 Although the conversion of railroad equipment supplier Gibela Rail Transport Consortium’s training centre into a traction motor manufacturing workshop has been delayed because of Covid-19, the project is again on track for completion by the end of the year.  The company says that the electrical... 

Workshop conversion  back on track
KEEP MOTORING Although setbacks have been faced Gibela is back on track to start manufacturing its traction motors by year end

UP, CSIR sign collaboration agreement on smart transport, cities 

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2020 The University of Pretoria (UP) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), have signed a memorandum of agreement to collaborate in the areas of smart transport, cities and environments. “The cooperation means that UP... 

UP, CSIR sign collaboration agreement on smart transport, cities 

TPT facilitates export of higher-than-expected volumes of citrus

By: Donna Slater     22nd July 2020 State-owned port operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is tracking ahead of a planned 13% increase in citrus export volumes across four of its 19 terminals this year. In the face of Covid-19, actual citrus volumes are 29.4% higher across all terminals combined when compared with 2019 volumes.  

TPT facilitates export of higher-than-expected volumes of citrus
A forklift manoeuvres a reefer unit

New Transnet Port Terminals chief on his ‘baptism of fire’

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2020 Newly appointed Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CEO Velile Dube, who officially assumed the role on July 1, acknowledges that his first few weeks were nothing short of a “baptism of fire”. The experience proved challenging not because Dube was new to TPT, or the broader Transnet group for that... 

New Transnet Port Terminals chief on his ‘baptism of fire’
Transnet Port Terminals CEO Velile Dube

Barloworld to exit logistics, shed 2 500 jobs in auto, logistics unit

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2020 Barloworld will be exiting the logistics sector, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Announcing the company’s financial results for the six months ended March 31, he said that the business had been given a three-year period to turn around, with a decision on its future scheduled for September. 

Greater drone deployability in Africa requires regulatory allowances, supply chain integration

By: Donna Slater     3rd July 2020 Drones are being successfully deployed to support medical and humanitarian projects across Africa, but for a greater, more sustainable impact, they will need to be fully integrated into supply chains within an enabling regulatory environment, according to panellists who spoke during a webinar on... 

Grindrod appoints new FD

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2020 JSE-listed logistics group Grindrod has announced the appointment of Fathima Ally as group FD, effective September 1. She succeeds Xolani Mbambo, who is moving into an operations position.  

TFR implementing new online truck scheduling system at City Deep Terminal

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd July 2020 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will implement the Navis Truck Appointment System at its City Deep Terminal in Johannesburg from July 6. The online truck scheduling system will not only regulate the flow of trucks to the terminal, but will also enable physical distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Transnet appoints new CFO

By: Donna Slater     1st July 2020 State-owned freight logistics company Transnet has appointed Nonkululeko Dlamini group CFO, with effect from July 1. Dlamini, who will also serve as an executive director on the Transnet board, is a seasoned executive, with almost 20 years’ experience in financial roles at State-owned companies,... 

Barloworld to exit logistics, shed 2 500 jobs in auto, logistics business

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2020 Barloworld will be exiting the logistics sector, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Announcing the company financial results for the six months ended March 31, he said that the business had been given a three-year period to turn around, with a decision on its future scheduled for September this year. 

Barloworld to exit logistics, shed 2 500 jobs in auto, logistics business
Dominic Sewela

Grindrod notes impact of lockdown on its businesses

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th June 2020 JSE-listed Grindrod’s trading in the first quarter of this year was strong through most of its businesses, the company said in a pre-close business update on June 26. It noted, however, that Covid-19-related lockdowns in Southern African countries impacted significantly on the ability of many of... 

New acquisition increases DHL’s ecommerce footprint in Africa

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 DHL Express has acquired a minority stake in Link Commerce, the UK-based           ecommerce firm that helped the logistics company develop its DHL Africa eShop platform. The acquisition demonstrates the company’s commitment to growing ecommerce in Africa, says DHL Express sub-Saharan Africa CEO... 

Road-freight platform Saloodo! launches in Mozambique

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 Digital road-freight platform Saloodo! has launched its digital logistics platform for shippers and transport providers in Mozambique in a move the company hopes will further expand its digital road-freight solution in Africa. Saloodo! is a subsidiary of DHL Global Forwarding, which is a provider... 

Harmonised trucking regulations, digitalisation will aid fight against pandemic – World Bank

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 The World Bank Group advises ports to rapidly increase their digitalisation efforts over the short to medium term – one to six months – in an effort to reduce the frequency of people- and paper-based contact, says World Bank Group global lead for transport connectivity and regional integration... 

Intelligent transport system community severely impacted on by Covid-19 

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the local intelligent transport system (ITS) community, says Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. The ITTSA conducted a survey among its members on the new normal brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Collaborative effort to unblock chronic congestion at SA’s busiest port

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 New equipment, improved access roads, synchronised, longer operating hours and a truck booking system are all in the works for the heavily congested Port of Durban, says Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Port of Durban GM Moshe Motlohi. The country’s busiest port has long been criticised... 

Collaborative effort to unblock chronic congestion at SA’s busiest port

Redefine, partners to start construction on Poland manufacturing, warehouse facility

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2020 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Redefine Properties will, along with equity partners Madison International Realty and Griffin Real Estate in European Logistics Investment and in joint venture with its strategic development partner Panattoni Europe, start building a 50 000 m2 build-to-suit... 

Grindrod Property to buy properties it leased from SA Corporate Real Estate

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2020 JSE-listed logistics group Grindrod South Africa subsidiary Grindrod Property has entered into an agreement with South African Corporate Real Estate (SA Corporate) to acquire various letting enterprises comprising head leases and underlying subleases. The leases are held over five properties... 

DoT unveils plans for new auto terminal at Durban, branch line concessioning

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2020 The Department of Transport (DoT) intends to take over the functioning of struggling integrated public transport networks (IPTNs) in five cities, with six cities currently operating these systems, says Department of Transport director-general Alec Moemi. IPTNs should, ideally, incorporate bus... 

Massive bills for importers as containers pile up in storage

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2020 South African businesses are faced with a huge bill, estimated at R1.4-billion, for storage and demurrage costs accumulated during the 27 days of Alert Level 5 lockdown, as more than 20 000 containers piled up in storage facilities, says the South African Association of Freight Forwarders... 

Covid-19 compounds challenges in Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     12th June 2020 The legislation put in place amid the Covid-19 pandemic is compounding the “exceptionally challenging” business environment already faced by companies when operating in Africa, where each country presents its own challenges, says Macsteel Exports senior branch manager Adrian Isemonger. He... 

Covid-19 compounds challenges in Africa
AFRICAN REACH Macsteel Exports supplies sub-Saharan Africa with the broadest range of carbon steel, stainless steel, specialty steels, aluminum products and value-added processes to all industry sectors

Africa still viable for business

By: Tracy Hancock     12th June 2020 It is possible to work in most African countries, provided there is an investor-friendly fiscal regime, the correct asset, a diverse management team and a flexible execution strategy, says mining consultancy Madini’s Andries Cilliers. Madini has supported African mining projects for the past 20... 

Africa still viable for business
Photo by Credit: Alufer Mining
GUINEA-FOCUSED Madini is focused on Guinea, where it has been involved from first drill hole through to production at Alufer Mining’s Bel Air Mining bauxite project

Grindrod FD moves into new position

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2020 JSE-listed Grindrod has announced that Xolani Mbambo will move into operations, following a successful tenure as FD of the company. He joined the company in 2013 as CFO of the Freight Services division and was promoted to FD in 2018. 

Trucking regulations harmonisation, digitalisation to aid Covid-19 fight, says World Bank 

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2020 The World Bank Group advises ports to rapidly increase their digitalisation efforts over the short to medium term – one to six months – in an effort to reduce the frequency of people- and paper-based contact, says World Bank Group global lead for transport connectivity and regional integration,... 

Trucking regulations harmonisation, digitalisation to aid Covid-19 fight, says World Bank

Importers face massive bills as containers pile up in storage, says SAAFF 

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2020 South African businesses are faced with a huge bill, estimated at R1.4-billion, for storage and demurrage costs accumulated during the 27 days of Alert Level 5 lockdown, as more than 20 000 containers piled up in storage facilities, says the  South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF). 

Importers face massive bills as containers pile up in storage, says SAAFF

Vehicle theft, hijackings down 76% during lockdown

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2020 Fleet and mobile asset management solutions provider MiX Telematics has released statistics that indicate that the Covid-19 lockdown has had a positive effect on vehicle crime and road-related incidents, owing mainly to the 74% decline in vehicle use and heightened police visibility during the... 

Imperial says nine-month performance ‘unsatisfactory’ amid Covid-19 impact

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2020 Africa- and Europe-focused logistics company Imperial Logistics says its performance in the nine months to March 31, was “unsatisfactory”, adding that the Covid-19 pandemic was continuing to severely impact on the company's operations in more than 32 countries. During a yearly investor day... 

DHL makes acquisition to grow e-commerce footprint in Africa

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2020 DHL Express has acquired a minority stake in Link Commerce, the UK-based e-commerce firm that helped the logistics company develop its DHL Africa eShop platform. The acquisition demonstrates the company’s commitment to growing e-commerce in Africa, says DHL Express sub-Saharan Africa CEO Hennie... 

DHL makes acquisition to grow e-commerce footprint in Africa

Agility needed in sector transformation

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2020 The world is rapidly changing, with the onslaught of Covid-19 catalysing and concentrating the drivers behind this change. Consequently, manufacturers need to be agile in adapting their systems and processes, remain lean and use digital enablers in a digital transformation to remain relevant and... 

Agility needed in  sector transformation
CONNECTING THE DOTS Digitalisation leads to connected plants and connected supply chains, which provides immediate benefits of reliability, stability, immediacy and agility

Manufacturers can use lockdown to fine-tune ERP

By: Darren Parker     29th May 2020 The priority for many manufacturers amid the Covid-19 lockdown involves “getting back to basics” in terms of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management, says ERP systems provider Syspro professional services head Doug Hunter. “This includes ensuring visibility of what is... 

Manufacturers can use lockdown to fine-tune ERP
TAKING STOCK OF THE SITUATION The lockdown has provided a good opportunity for companies to check their ERP systems and ensure that they are being used properly and to their full potential
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