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Logistics News

Port of Maputo achieves new handling record, new masterplan to be released 

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2022 The Port of Maputo notched up a new handling record in 2021, registering 21% growth compared with the previous year.  The total volume handled in 2021 was 22.2-million tons, against the 18.3-million tons achieved in 2020.  

Logistics companies ally to enlarge African healthcare network

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2022 Logistics companies Imperial and UbiPharm have joined forces to create an expansive healthcare distribution network across Africa. This strategic alliance is aimed at providing complementary continental route-to-market solutions to healthcare principals and clients, enabling both companies to... 

Africa needs to beef up and integrate infrastructure for AfCFTA to have desired impact

By: Donna Slater     21st January 2022 African nations need to establish and/or reinforce their infrastructure to meet the looming implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), a panel of speakers participating in the UK-Africa Investment Conference, on January 20, have said. “For the African free trade area... 

CSIR, DSI and NRF establish smart mobility research chair 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have jointly established a research chair in smart mobility, the first of its kind in South Africa.  Professor Marianne Vanderschuren, an expert in... 

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Busa asks Mbalula to review regulations preventing road transport of high-cube containers

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2022 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) is requesting Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to urgently review applicable regulations that make it illegal to transport high-cube shipping containers on South African roads. High-cube containers are the same length (12.19 m) and width (2.44 m) as a standard... 

Zikalala condemns the proliferation of counterfeit goods

By: Yvonne Silaule     13th January 2022 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says the proliferation of counterfeit goods is tantamount to economic sabotage as it takes market share away from legitimate businesses and has negative implications for economic growth. The Premier was overseeing a law enforcement operation at Bayhead road,... 

Court declares AARTO Amendment Act unconstitutional  

By: Irma Venter     13th January 2022 The High Court has declared the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Act, on which the planned demerit system for traffic offences is based, unconstitutional and invalid. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) challenged the constitutional validity of AARTO... 

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Global air cargo demand up 3.7%, capacity down 7.6% for Nov

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2022 The latest global air cargo market data released by the International Air Transport Association (Iata) shows slow growth in November, as supply chain disruptions and capacity constraints impacted on demand, despite economic conditions remaining favourable for the sector. The baseline comparison... 

DHL Global Forwarding expands to Zimbabwe

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th January 2022 Global logistics brand DHL Global Forwarding has launched in Zimbabwe to extend its presence across Africa. The international air, ocean and road freight services provider will give local and regional businesses within the greater Southern African Development Community (SADC) region instant... 

Nedbank provides Imperial with R1bn sustainability-linked credit facility

By: Schalk Burger     6th January 2022 Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) has concluded a R1-billion sustainability-linked revolving credit facility for international logistics company Imperial Logistics, which had approached Nedbank CIB to consider innovative funding alternatives that align with its focus on... 

Nedbank CIB Investment Banking managing executive Brad Maxwell
Nedbank CIB Investment Banking managing executive Brad Maxwell

Shoprite creates on-demand JV with RTT to strengthen e-commerce activities

By: Irma Venter     5th January 2022 The Shoprite Group has entered into a joint venture (JV) with its existing Checkers Sixty60 logistics partner, the RTT Group, in which both parties will own 50%.  The transaction follows the rapid growth of Shoprite’s on-demand grocery solution, Checkers Sixty60, in which RTT On-Demand, a... 

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DP World Luanda launches digital tracking platform 

By: Irma Venter     5th January 2022 DP World Luanda, which has the concession to manage and operate the Port of Luanda’s multipurpose terminal (MPT), in Angola, has launched a new digital tracking platform, called CARGOES Flow. CARGOES Flow, designed by DP World’s Technology Group, is a digital cargo tracking platform which enables... 

Law enforcement could be intensified against foreign truck drivers without PDPs - Mbalula

By: News24Wire      16th December 2021 The government is considering implementing laws prohibiting foreign nationals from driving trucks registered in the country without the relevant documents. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said the new law would see undocumented truck divers facing the wrath of the law. This after local truck... 

Private sector will play key role in AfCFTA industrial development, economic diversification

By: Schalk Burger     10th December 2021 The private sector in Africa will play a critical role in speeding up industrial development and economic diversification, particularly in the context of the ongoing pandemic and other development challenges, as part of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), says logistics company... 

Record shipment sets sail from Maputo’s Matola Terminal

By: Irma Venter     7th December 2021 A Cape size vessel, about the length of three soccer fields, last week set sail from Grindrod’s Terminal de Carvão da Matola (TCM), carrying a parcel of 147 545 t of magnetite destined for China.  This is the biggest shipment in the port’s history – a new record since the shipment of 121 000 t in... 

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The Matola Terminal

SAAFF opens training academy 

By: Irma Venter     7th December 2021 The South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) has opened a training academy (SAAFFTA) in an effort to address the skills shortage in the logistics industry.  “By 2030, demand for skilled workers will outstrip supply, resulting in a global talent shortage of more than 85.2-million... 

OneLogix warns of lower interim earnings as a result of hail damage, July unrest

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2021 Logistics company OneLogix’s earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended November 30 are expected to decrease by between 75% and 95%, and 85% and 105%, respectively. This means that EPS will be between 50c and 250c, while HEPS will be between a loss of... 

The world’s first autonomous, emission-free container ship starts operations 

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2021 The world's first electric and self-propelled container ship – Yara Birkeland – has completed its maiden voyage in the Oslo fjord, Norway. “We are proud to be able to showcase the world's first fully electric and self-propelled container ship,” says Yara CEO Svein Tore Holsether. 

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The Yara Birkeland

Grindrod reports solid progress in executing various strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th December 2021 JSE-listed Grindrod continues to focus its efforts on executing the Port and Terminals, Logistics and Bank strategies and disposal of noncore businesses, it notes in a pre-close business update. Its Port and Terminals segment has reported healthy volume growth with record performances in the... 

N3 Van Reenen's blockade holds trucking industry hostage, RFA says

By: Schalk Burger     3rd December 2021 The transport and logistics industry is being held captive, as the vital N3 route between the Port of Durban and the interior has been blocked again, with violence and looting having occurred, according to some reports, industry organisation the Road Freight Association's (RFA's) CEO Gavin Kelly... 

Trucks driving on the N3

Minerals Council, SAAFF outline requirements to get Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border congestion resolved

By: Donna Slater     2nd December 2021 With delays at the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post on the Maputo corridor between South Africa and Mozambique having cost trucking companies R1.3-billion in lost revenue this year, the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) and the Minerals Council South Africa have requested... 

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Freight trucks lining up for several kilometres on the N4 towards the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post in South Africa

Rail operator eyes South African, African leasing expansion with renewed locomotive fleet

By: Donna Slater     29th November 2021 Freight logistics company Grindrod, through its 43% shareholding in Pretoria-based freight company Railco Africa, is looking to expand its locomotives leasing and rail operations business in South Africa and the rest of Africa. This comes after it achieved success in Sierra Leone, having brought... 

An image of a newly refurbished GL30 SCC locomotive at Pretoria-based freight company Railco Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
A newly refurbished GL30 SCC locomotive at Pretoria-based freight company Railco Africa

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
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