Plummeting new vehicle sales have led to a more buoyant second-hand market, as well as a move by operators to keep their trucks on the road for longer, but will this mean a boon for the parts and components industry, or is it as much in danger as the vehicle manufacturing sector? NADINE VON MOLTKE investigates.
If there is any upside to an economic downturn, it’s that it forces companies to do things more efficiently. And, as delegates to this year’s SAPICS Conference discovered, many supply chain operations are in desperate need of streamlining.
August is BRT awareness month, as the City of Johannesburg prepares to launch the Rea Vaya Starter Service on 30 August 2009. The road to bus rapid transit (BRT) implementation in South Africa has been a long one. As the flagship public transport project in the City of Johannesburg’s extensive transportation upgrades currently gets underway, Rea Vaya has received a lot of attention of late, most notably as a result of strong opposition to the system from local taxi associations.
As someone who has worked with many diverse companies over the last 10 years in the role of a supply chain service provider annually scrutinised for cost reduction, improvements and strategic solutions, ALYDA LE HANE of the Supply Chain Council has personally been in the spotlight to deliver against one, if not all, of these requirements. This dilemma is neither unique nor isolated, she writes.
The lack of skills development in the South African motor industry has reached a critical level – and industry is no longer willing to accept the situation. NADINE VON MOLTKE finds out how industry is planning to make a difference.
Bad era – but exciting times - There’s just no getting around the recession and its impact on various industries around the world – commercial transport included. However, all can’t be doom and gloom, so this year’s Road Freight Association’s (RFA) conference focused on survival into the future, rather than lamenting where we were a mere year and a half ago.
This year’s Institute for Road Transport Engineers’ (IRTE) AGM revealed two key truths about South Africa’s transport industry: the winds of change are upon us, and the local transport fraternity does not necessarily welcome them. NADINE VON MOLTKE reports
As the fastest-growing industry in South Africa, tourism is playing a major role in many industries, including transportation. Will the upcoming 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup create a market for luxury coaches that will be unsustainable after this global event, or will local tourism absorb the influx of these coaches without batting an eye?
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