Author:mike-fitzmaurice

Covid-19 testing: yet another nail in the operators’ coffins

Covid-19 testing: yet another nail in the operators’ coffins April 20, 2021 Cross-border transport operators are facing all sorts of challenges – not least of which are Covid-testing protocols, as MIKE FITZMAURICE reveals… The cross-border transport sector is currently facing a major challenge with the alignment of Covid-19 testing protocols throughout the region, as can be seen in the accompanying table. The requirement of 72-hour validity on entry to a country is creating a huge challenge for transporters, especially for […]

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All roads lead to Kazangula – or do they?

All roads lead to Kazangula – or do they? November 13, 2020 With the opening of the new Kazangula bridge between Botswana and Zambia scheduled for the end of this year, there is much anticipation among transporters, importers and exporters of a new golden highway from South Africa into the landlocked countries of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Will it solve cross-border transport operators’ woes? MIKE FITZMAURICE isn’t so sure … The 900 m masterpiece of […]

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Can one stop border posts work? Part two

We take a look at what needs to be done in order to fix the inefficient border posts in the southern African region. In part one we looked at the inefficiencies of the current two stop (or legacy) border posts and the failure of Africa’s first One Stop Border Post (OSBP) – Chirundu – and compared them to the massive and successful strides made in the East African Community (EAC) with the numerous OSBPs, which have greatly improved trade facilitation […]

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One Stop Border Posts: can they work?

Beitbridge is set to follow in Chirundu’s footsteps as a One Stop Border Post if relevant changes are not implemented In a recent media release on February 9, the Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi announced that Beitbridge – the busiest border post in southern Africa – would operate as a One Stop Border Post (OSBP) from 2024. It could, however, follow in the footsteps of Chirundu, which became the first OSBP in Africa in December 2009, if relevant changes […]

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Future challenges for road freight management

With so many challenges currently facing the road freight industry, control and regulation standards are paramount The road freight sector in most of eastern and southern Africa is under extreme pressure, due to rising costs, deteriorating roads, a reduction in industrial outputs, and the ever-increasing imposition of more taxes and levies. The situation is aggravated by the lack of effective training at all levels. In South Africa, the National Diploma in Road Transport Management no longer relates to managerial activities. […]

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Fesarta Transist begins to gain traction

Fesarta’s Transist Bureau has been designed to help transport operators resolve problems on routes across southern Africa     The newly formed Fesarta Transist Bureau is starting to gain traction following its launch during transport month in October 2019. Several transport operators – representing mostly large, prominent fleets from Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa – have joined, with some large trucking companies in Zambia also expected to sign up soon. “We utilise the services offered by the Fesarta Transist […]

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Fighting transport crime

In an effort to reduce transport crime, Fesarta has partnered with a forensic investigator who specialises in truck hijacking, cargo theft and diesel scams Over the past 12 months the transport industry – particularly in KwaZulu-Natal – has been plagued by problems. From trucks that were being attacked on main trade routes, to congestion at terminals such as Maydon Wharf and Bayhead in Durban, the issues have been varied, intense and significant. Theft, too, has been on the increase, with […]

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Mayhem at the border

Southern Africa’s cross-border transport companies face a tough task – overcoming the violence, corruption and long delays at customs’ posts that have forced some of them to close their doors    Failing customs procedures at nearly all border posts along southern Africa’s north-south trade corridor are causing massive delays for transporters, with queues of trucks creating opportunities for criminal elements to rob drivers and loot vehicles at will. Drivers are being told “stay in your truck if you want to […]

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Border-post procedures in need of an overhaul

Border crossings in southern Africa are fraught with disaster – and South Africa is not immune to the probability of falling victim to high-risk incidents Safety and security at border posts along trade corridors in southern Africa pose significant risks for transporters. With widespread theft and pilfering from trucks that are stranded in long queues while waiting to cross from country to country, drivers say they are afraid to leave their vehicles unattended for any length of time. The situation […]

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Truck chaos continues

In the run up to Transport Month, attacks on truck drivers and vehicles in South Africa remained widespread, coinciding with a spate of in Johannesburg and Pretoria October is Transport Month in South Africa and it would not be possible to acknowledge it without making mention of the impact that violent attacks have had on the country’s transport industry over the last year and, more specifically, the first two weeks of September. It is believed that 213 drivers, mostly foreign […]

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