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Logistics News

Global trading platform key to unlocking competitiveness of green hydrogen 

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2020 International cooperation will be key to unlocking the competitive production of green hydrogen as global trade will be required to link those countries, such as South Africa, that are best suited to producing the energy carrier, using a combination of low-cost renewable energy, water and... 

Study calls for extension of moratorium on transport height restrictions 

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2020 Many South African industries, especially the fruit industry, could suffer major financial losses if they are not allowed to transport their goods in high-cube containers beyond June next year, a new master’s degree study indicates. This is when government’s seven-year moratorium (running from... 

Heavy equipment demobilised after project completion

4th September 2020 Heavy equipment lifting and transporting company Mammoet recently began demobilising equipment it had deployed at the Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical complex in Lekki Free Zone, in Nigeria. The demobilising of the equipment began in July. 

Heavy equipment demobilised after project completion
BIG DELIVERIES The components for the refinery project consisted of multiple shipments delivered to the purpose-built Dangote Quay Lekki in Lagos

Rig platform vessel arrives in Mossel Bay for gas drilling expedition

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st August 2020 Rig platform, the Deepsea Stavanger, arrived in Mossel Bay on August 21 ahead of its deployment to the Outeniqua Basin where it is scheduled to work on the next phase of the Luiperdpadda project. The basin is situated off the coast of Mossel Bay, where energy giant Total discovered gas condensate... 

Rig platform vessel arrives in Mossel Bay for gas drilling expedition
Deepsea Stavanger

New ‘single channel’ service created to help resolve barriers to South African exports 

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2020 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has launched a new ‘single channel’ online service through which South African exporters are able to register any problems they are experiencing in their trade interactions and secure dedicated support from government to resolve concerns.... 

 New ‘single channel’ service created to help resolve barriers to South African exports

Imperial buys stake in local healthcare manufacturing business 

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2020 Imperial has acquired a 49% stake in Pharmafrique, trading as Kiara Health.  Kiara Health is an African pharmaceutical manufacturing and healthcare services company based in Johannesburg. 

E-commerce has finally arrived in South Africa, says Dawn Wing  

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2020 Despite going through a rough patch during the initial hard lockdown in South Africa, Dawn Wing couriers says it has since seen a significant surge in e-commerce.  “The lockdown period business was really tough as volumes were low, but we made a decision to stay open to support our healthcare... 

E-commerce has finally arrived in South Africa, says Dawn Wing

Bulk infrastructure works start at the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway  

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2020 Construction of bulk infrastructure at the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway has started. This development, located on the southern border of the Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni metros, is connected by road and rail corridors between Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni, in Gauteng; Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal;... 

Bulk infrastructure works start at the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway 

Grindrod focuses on recovering volumes, earnings after lockdown impacts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2020 JSE-listed logistics group Grindrod has managed to generate 10% higher profit year-on-year in the six months ended June 30 at R464-million, as well as 40% more cash from operations at R507-million, but one-off Covid-19 adjustments dragged down its overall financial performance. The company’s... 

Grindrod focuses on recovering volumes, earnings after lockdown impacts

Covid-19, lockdowns cost Imperial R1bn in profit, says Akoojee 

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2020 Imperial has lost an estimated R4-billion in revenue and R1-billion in operating profit during the peak lockdown period of March to May, says Imperial CEO Mohammed Akoojee. Despite this, the group still managed to report a 5% increase in continuing revenue for the financial year ended June 30, to... 

Covid-19, lockdowns cost Imperial R1bn in profit, says Akoojee
Mohammed Akoojee

African Rainbow Capital further invests into transport platform Linebooker

By: Donna Slater     25th August 2020 Investment holding company African Rainbow Capital (ARC) – founded and majority owned by Dr Patrice Motsepe – has, through its relevant subsidiaries, made an additional investment into technology-led trucking business Linebooker, which has successfully disrupted the Southern African logistics... 

Synchronising operating hours one option to reduce port congestion

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 The Port of Durban Decongestion Task Team is looking at synchronising the operating hours of the back-of-port container depots with the port’s 24/7 operating hours.  The team also wants to introduce a holistic truck booking system that could provide an integrated view of expected truck volumes... 

Grindrod expects to report interim loss as a result of Covid-19

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th August 2020 As a result of Covid-19-specific actions, JSE-listed freight logistics group Grindrod expects to report a loss of between R286-million and R316-million for the six months ended June 30. The company expects to post an interim loss a share of between 42.2c and 46.6c. 

TPT awards contract for a logistics app to connect South Africa’s supply chain

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th August 2020 Terminal operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) recently awarded a contract to global technology company TATA Consultancy Services (TCS) to develop a logistics platform that will enable the company and the broader industry to integrate into the logistics supply chain. “Cargo Connect is an online... 

South Africa should take the lead in adopting TIR system, says IRU

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2020 South Africa should take the lead in adopting the Transport Internationaux Routiers (TIR) system in sub-Saharan Africa, says the International Road Transport Union (IRU). TIR is a United Nations convention and enables goods to be shipped from a country of origin, through transit countries, to a... 

South Africa should take the lead in adopting TIR system, says IRU

DHL’s Saloodo! signs MoU with AfricaPLC  

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2020 Digital road freight platform Saloodo!, a subsidiary of DHL Global Forwarding, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to be the first logistics provider to offer digital road freight solutions on AfricaPLC. AfricaPLC is an industrial e-commerce marketplace and fintech platform, managed by... 

Covid-19 to take 18% bite from global road freight revenue, says the IRU 

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic and corresponding restrictions on movement, and social distancing, have had an enormous impact on commercial road transport operators and those they serve, says International Road Transport Union (IRU) senior adviser Jens Hügel. He says Covid-19-linked disruptions in the... 

Covid-19 to take 18% bite from global road freight revenue, says the IRU

Storage range introduced to Southern Africa

By: Cameron Mackay     14th August 2020 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... 

Storage range introduced to Southern Africa
SUPPLY CHAIN ENHANCING The Gonvarri range will further enhance LSE’s capability to deliver projects – including providing mobile racking systems and pallet shuttles for food and beverage customers

Tech crucial to market sales in local industry

By: Cameron Mackay     14th August 2020 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... 

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