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Skywise wants Acsa case expedited

Skywise has sent a letter to Tembinkosi Bonakele, commissioner of the Competition Commission, asking that the low-cost airline’s case it has brought against Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) be expedited and referred to the Competition Tribunal. “We truly believe that the Competition Commission is an independent regulatory authority being accountable...

Transport industry must innovate in 2016

Toni Fritz, head of vehicle and asset finance, business and commercial at Standard Bank Business owners will need to apply new strategies to cope with 2016 market conditions, forecast to be equally challenging as those in 2015. So says Toni Fritz, head of vehicle and asset finance, business and commercial at Standard Bank. Fritz’ says consolidation...

Volvo Group looks outside South Africa

The Volvo Group will shift focus from the South African market to other markets on the continent this year as the local economy lags and opportunity for growth emerge elsewhere. This is according to Torbjörn Christensson, President: Volvo Group Trucks Southern Africa at Volvo Group. Addressing the media at the company’s annual press conference and...

Oil, Chinese economy leading risks

Nigeria’s size and growth suggest it should rank near Brazil (6th) or Mexico (8th) in the overall Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index 2016 survey. But, it is no more business friendly than Venezuela and Uganda, and its weak infrastructure, transport links and customs regime puts it alongside Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Among countries...

Logistics professionals eye growing middle class

Consumer spending by a fast-growing middle class is as important a growth driver for Africa as mineral and resource demand, according to a new survey of global logistics executives. In the survey, which is part of the 2016 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index, industry executives rank South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana as the most promising...

Bonding with your warehouse provider

Cargo owners using the Durban port can score big if they choose their warehousing partner wisely, discovers Tristan Wiggill. There are numerous advantages to using a customs-controlled or bonded warehouse in the Durban port, as goods can be cleared at the warehouse directly, which speeds up the import/export process. Bonded facilities are also more...

In contact with the African tyre market

Tristan Wiggill learns how established tyre brands prove their worth in tough operating environments. Most tyre suppliers in the market today have a range of suitable tyres for cross-border, long-haul transporters. Despite this, tyre research and development is ongoing. Several tyre suppliers are involved in a number of studies designed to document...

Trailer-made solutions

Truck tractor trailers need to be more than just tough if they are to survive in Africa, writes Tristan Wiggill. While overloading is a major problem on the North-South corridor, the general specification of exported trailers are not always altered, with the tyres and suspension largely the same as those whose use is confined to South African roads. ...

Rail freight on the line

Tristan Wiggill learns how Transnet’s corridor strategy forms part of a bigger drive to get rail-friendly cargo back onto the train tracks. The North-South corridor is a containerised freight corridor, managed through cooperation between railway operators and administrators in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. These include Transnet Freight Rail (TFR),...

Durban port requires innovation

Innovative technology is needed to help realise port efficiency in Durban for the benefit of all in the logistics chain, says Tristan Wiggill. If the port of Durban were able to offer potential shipping lines, or other clients looking to use the port, some unbiased performance statistics –from both the water- and land-based sides – it would become...

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