FOCUS Issue 6 2020

FOCUS Issue 6 2020 is available to view as an Ebook or to download in pdf format.

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Level 4 restrictions ridiculous for transport operators

The Road Freight Association (RFA) is concerned about aspects of the controlled relaxing of the lockdown, specifically with regard to the opening of road freight operations and logistics after May 1, as presented at the government’s media briefing on April 25. Gavin Kelly elaborates… We urge government to open the road freight transport and logistics industry immediately and that transporters be allowed to operate. Under the current lockdown, we have close to five weeks of practical demonstration as to how […]

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Ten-point plan launched to bolster global transport during Covid-19

As countries adopt radical measures to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control, international trade and transport systems are under tremendous stress. Early evidence shows that international trade is collapsing and threatening access to goods and critical supplies. In response, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has devised a 10-point action plan to help industries involved in the movement of goods keep free-flowing trade afloat during the Covid-19 crisis and its aftermath. “Trade facilitation is about keeping goods moving, […]

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What’s happening with the movement of goods in South Africa?

The nationwide lockdown in South Africa has resulted in uncertainty in the transport industry relating to the movement of goods from ports of entry. Prenisha Govender and Virusha Subban discuss how it as also added to supply chain and foreign investment challenges in South Africa, especially at the country’s ports of entry. The initial Regulations to the Disaster Management Act, 2002, were published by Government Notice No. 318 on March 18. On April 16, amendments to these Regulations were published […]

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Isuzu supports Business Chamber Covid-19 initiative

It is all hands on deck as the Nelson Mandela Bay business community sets out to assist the city’s public health services – and Isuzu Motors South Africa is playing a key role! In support of the doctors, nurses and healthcare workers who are serving at the frontline of the Covid-19 crisis, the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber established the Ubuntu Covid-19 initiative. Through this collaborative approach, businesses in Nelson Mandela Bay have been proactively mobilising their resources to support […]

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Coronavirus and trucking in Australia: what’s happening there?

As South Africans, we are keen to follow news from Australia (maybe because so many South Africans have family members in that country). Accordingly, we’re sharing this report by Rob Di Cristoforo with our readers today. By all accounts, trucking companies are doing a sensational job over there! Effect of panic buying on the Australian supply chain The Australian road freight industry and regulating bodies have risen to the challenge of Covid-19. The industry has been a star performer amid […]

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Standard Bank acquires stake in Payment24

Standard Bank has acquired a 40 percent stake in the digital fuel management solutions and telematics company Payment24 Group, which supports companies with large fleets. Launched just over five years ago to fill a gap in the fleet fuel payment space, Payment24 operates across Africa, and has already seen wide adoption of its fuel management app in South Africa. It has partnerships with major filling stations in the country. The company’s product range  – including the Payment24 fuel management platform, […]

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South African freight volumes drop

The Ctrack Freight & Transport Index for February 2020 shows an overall freight volume decline of 4,8 percent compared to the same period last year. While substantial, the fall is less than the 5,1 percent decline in freight volumes reported in January 2020 (versus January 2019). It is likely that coronavirus fears drove pre-emptive buying, which resulted in slightly increased storage volumes and inflated internationally linked sea and air freight volumes. However, air freight is in a steep decline worldwide, […]

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Leading all along the greener path

Cargo Carriers, a leading South African road transport logistics specialist, is continuing its efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of its extensive road-transport operations. This drive is in line with the commitment of many of the company’s industrial customers to sustainable and “green” business practices. It also supports the carbon-reduction policies of the South African government, which is one of more than 100 signatories to the Paris Agreement. (This Agreement, concluded within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, […]

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Border post meltdown!

A disaster is looming on the borders in southern Africa – as some truck drivers are being quarantined (often in horrific conditions), others are queuing for up to 90 km, others are having their passports confiscated and others are terrified of being injected with a so-called Covid-19 vaccine. It’s a right royal mess – and people could die. We are being inundated with reports from regional transport authorities, transport operators and drivers – and there is one constant theme: it’s […]

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