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Exciting Times for South African Logistics and Transport Professionals

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa (CILTSA) is moving into an environment which will provide significant benefits to existing members and to others involved in this industry. If Logistics and Transport is the lifeblood of the economy, then professional recognition is the lifeblood of anyone who works in this field. The professional […]

Allianz Africa COO appointed President of the AIO

Allianz Africa announced the appointment of Allianz Africa Chief Operations Officer (COO), Delphine Traoré, as President of the African Insurance Organization (AIO) effective June 12, 2019. Delphine served as Vice President of the organization from 2018 and takes over from Managing Director of Ghana Union Assurance, Arethu Duku. The announcement was made at the AIO’s 46th conference […]

PSA & CrimsonLogic announce new platform for shippers and 3PLs

Singapore port operator PSA and logistics software developer CrimsonLogic used TOC Asia to announce the release of a new trade platform for shippers and their 3PLs. It will enable them to manage and monitor the physical, regulatory and financial flow of goods passing through PSA’s network of terminals. In its quest to get deeper into the supply chain, PSA spent […]

Manufacturing Indaba launches IoT / Industry 4.0 Conference

On 21 June 2018, to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, the Manufacturing Indaba will host a one-day conference that will focus exclusively on the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0, otherwise known as the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. The event will reveal how these revolutionary technologies impact manufacturers, providing attendees with […]

Climate change, cleantech and energy efficiency under spotlight at TOC Europe 2018

 In April 2018, the United Nations’ International Maritime Organisation (IMO) adopted a landmark climate change strategy that calls for greenhouse gate (GHG) emissions from international shipping to peak “as soon as possible” and to reduce by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008. The move is the latest in a series of regulatory and […]

INTTRA Adds Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines to its Carrier Network

INTTRA, the largest neutral network, software and information provider at the center of the ocean shipping industry, today announced an expansion of its rapidly growing carrier network with the addition of Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines (SPIL), its first carrier in Indonesia. The addition of SPIL represents a trend by regional carriers who are joining INTTRA […]


Volvo Group Southern Africa welcomed the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, to its Volvo Trucks assembly plant in Durban. Also in attendance was Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Higher Education, Ms Naledi Pandor, as well as the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulelani Gratitude Magwanishe. During his address, […]


Abengoa, the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the infrastructure, energy and water sectors, and its partners, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and the Community Trust, recently officially inaugurated XiNa Solar One, the third solar thermal plant in South Africa developed by Abengoa. The plant, which […]


Africa-focused private equity manager, EXEO Capital, has announced an investment of USD 6.4m into Capital Fisheries – a market-leading Zambian food distributor that specialises in the cold-chain distribution of animal proteins. Concluded at the end of April 2018, the investment was made by EXEO Capital’s Agri-Vie Fund II – a private equity fund focused on […]


The vaccine distribution challenges highlight the critical need for improvements in Africa’s healthcare supply chains. This is the Democratic Republic of Congo’s ninth Ebola outbreak since the disease was identified in the 1970s. The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it will deploy an experimental Ebola vaccine called ZMapp to halt the outbreak. Because this […]

Leading the way for eCommerce in Africa 

Having grown by 45% since 2017 and now in it’s fourth year running, the event will be hosted in the East Wing of the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 14th – 15th March 2018. South African online sales recently surpassed the 1% mark of total retail sales. Whilst a milestone achievement, developed economies are […]

How tourism impacts the pillars of sustainability

It is common knowledge that there is, at least to an extent, a direct link between international tourism and trade. International tourism serves to introduce tourists to local products and services and since many international tourists are entrepreneurs in their own countries, they are likely to be on the lookout for business opportunities while on […]

Econometrix Basic Economics Course

Econometrix will host a basic Introduction to Economics course on 19 February. One of their experienced economists, Jeff Dinham, unpacks and explains economic jargon and concepts in a simple, yet informative manner, in this practical one-day economics course. “Nobody ever became rich from knowledge of economics, but nobody who is rich got that way without […]

European Parliament Publishes Study on Trade Scenarios in a Post-Brexit Europe

Significant Impact on Traders Inevitable On 9 August 2017, the European Parliament published a Study on the Legal Implications of Brexit. The study covers key trade aspects such as the EU’s customs union, the internal market for goods and services, consumer protection law and public procurement. The Study offers an analysis of four different Brexit […]

UK Publishes Guide to Post-Brexit Trade Policy Rules

On 8 January 2018, the UK Government published its guide to the Trade Bill, which underwent its second reading in the UK Parliament the next day, on 9 January. The Bill would enable the UK Government to roll over trade concessions in existing EU trade deals and to adopt dumping, subsidy and safeguard remedies through […]

When AMSA closes – What then?

Gerhard Papenfus, Chief Executive of the National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA), weighs in on what it will take to save South Africa’s ailing steel industry. ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA) 2017 financial statements has yet again emphasised the fact that South Africa will have to adopt a different approach if we want to industrialise, […]

Africa could soon be the largest free-trade area in the world

Transport Infrastructure Driving Boost in Africa’s Cross Border Trade Africa could soon be the largest free-trade area in the world. This is if the African Union’s Continental Free Trade Area (CTFA) stays on track to be operational by the end of this year. Once up and running, the continent-wide free trade zone could lead to […]

Tambo Springs intermodal hub “unnecessary”

The Tambo Springs intermodal hub built near Katlehong in Gauteng, is unwarranted. This is one of the findings of a centre of gravity analysis performed by multinational Arup, which plotted the optimized use of containers in Gauteng for Transnet. Key to its analysis was establishing where inland terminals should be developed to ensure last mile transport costs […]

Half year: Dangote Cement records 12.6% Sales volume increase across Africa

Dangote Cement, Africa’s largest cement producer, has announced its unaudited results for the six months ended 30th June 2017 Dangote Cement, Africa’s largest cement producer, has announced its unaudited results for the six months ended 30th June 2017, posting a 12.6 percent increase in sales volume across Africa. In the financials released on the floor […]

Maritime development drives new business opportunities for South Africa

With Africa’s overall port utilisation capacity exceeding 70%, ports authorities and terminal operators are actively calling for partners in development to equip Africa’s ports and harbours for post-neo-panamax shipping requirements. Not only has Transnet designated the importance of local infrastructure development but also the importance of intra-African trade and development as a strategic growth area […]

Industry 4.0 set to improve all processes, grow economy

Advanced automation can improve virtually any process, anywhere, and has the potential to grow the South African economy and create jobs. Industry leaders participating at the recent Africa Automation Fair and Connected Industries conference noted that Industry 4.0, the catchphrase describing the new wave of digitised and connected automation technologies now revolutionising industry, can be […]

ID Logistics invests in technology to improve efficiencies and reduce costs

ID Logistics South Africa, part of the optimisation programme to decrease costs and improve efficiencies across the operation.The company is currently implementing a new and dynamic way of tracking the status of deliveries in real-time using mobile handheld devices. They have implemented a routing and execution management solution, targeting an estimated R10m operating cost savings on […]

Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle launches Provincial Maritime Youth Development Programme

Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle, supported by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), on Friday  14 July 2017 launched the Eastern Cape Provincial Maritime Youth Development Program. In his fourth State of the Province Address (SoPA) earlier this year, Premier Masualle outlined the provincial economic outlook on the backdrop of the subdued national economic […]

Excitement palpable as SATC 2017 nears

Now just two weeks away, the 36th edition of the SATC (Southern African Transport Conference), promises to delight attendees, exhibitors, speakers and students alike. This year’s theme, ‘Southern African Solutions to Public Transport Challenges’ will no doubt provide much food for thought and dish up plentiful dialogue. While the topic will challenge even the most […]

Stavros Evangelakakis new chairman of Cool Chain Association (CCA)

Stavros Evangelakakis has taken over the chairmanship of Sebastiaan Scholte, who served as chairman of the CCA for 5 years. Stavros Evangelakakis, currently global product manager of Cargolux Airlines, has been a board member of the CCA since 2012. Sebastiaan Scholte, CEO of Jan de Rijk Logistics comments; “I have served as chairman for 5 […]

Logistics sector needs European workers to keep Britain trading, says FTA

Without workers from the European Union, the UK’s freight and logistics sector could grind to a halt, says the Freight Transport Association (FTA).  And while the Government’s policy paper (released 26 June 2017) provides a starting point for the rights of these workers to live and work in the UK after Brexit, FTA is calling […]

South China imports of US wood and wood products reach new heights

For the last 8 years, South China’s imports of U.S. wood and wood products have been on a continuing rise in general, and last year a new annual import record of 700 million USD was written, accounting for about 30% of China’s total imports from the U.S. Furniture Industry is a Crucial Contributor to South […]

Cutting through the Brexit noise

The outcome of the British referendum to leave the European Union (EU) has sent shock waves across the globe that are still reverberating. 51.9%of Brits voted ‘leave’ the security of the EU to 48.1 percent who voted ‘remain’; in the immediate aftermath David Cameron promptly resigned as Prime Minister; UK banks lost around almost 22% […]

Allianz named ‘International Corporation of the Year’ in Africa

At the 5th annual Africa CEO Forum held in Geneva March 20-21, Allianz received the ‘International Corporation of the Year’ award. Coenraad Vrolijk, Regional CEO Africa at Allianz, said: “We are so honored that Allianz’ commitment to Africa has been recognized with this award. Allianz has been in Africa for 105 years.” And he added: […]

South African business executives claim organizations are not “change agile”

In an age where digitisation, robotics, and AI are wreaking havoc with traditional business models, it is easy for executives to focus on superior technology as the solution to ensuring the competitiveness of their organizations and to overlook the human element. “Growth rests on engaging and empowering today’s workforce in ways that we are just […]

Seatrade Gains Energy Efficiency EDGE

Expanding its refrigerated container capabilities with an eye toward reducing energy consumption, Seatrade Group N.V. has acquired more than 2 400 Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE® container refrigeration units, This includes 2 000 featuring EDGE energy-saving technology. “The PrimeLINE units were selected for their reliability and performance as well as Carrier’s extensive support network,” says Gerben van Zwieten, […]

Transnet Tug and Effective Teamwork Avert Second Potential Maritime Disaster

Collaboration between the Ports of East London and Ngqura, together with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), helped avert another potential maritime disaster in the Eastern Cape during the past week. Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) successfully towed the BBC SHANGHAI, a 101 metre long general cargo vessel with 11 crew members on board, […]

Air Cargo Africa 2017 aims at building tomorrow’s market today 

Air Cargo Africa 2017, the fourth edition of the biennial air cargo industry conference and exhibition, themed around ‘Airfreight in Africa – Building tomorrow’s market today’ is set to focus strongly on shippers with the introduction of an exclusive Air Shippers’ Forum.     The 2017 event, which will take place from 21 to 23 […]

TNPA women scoop coveted awards

Transnet National Port Authority women flew the flag high at the Women in Transport Awards which took place at the Durban ICC on 18 October 2016. The Women in Transport Awards is a collaborative platform co-located with the African Ports Evolution, African Rail Evolution, and the KZN Export Week conference and exhibition, and is dedicated […]

Global pilot shortage looms large

The aviation industry is facing a global pilot shortage. This was initially thought to only be a threat in the rapidly expanding Middle East and Asian markets, but the shortage has spread to North America, Europe and Africa, suggesting that international airlines may start plundering pilots from South Africa. Currently, according to commercial aviation consultancy […]

Namibia to improve ease of doing business

Namibia is actively improving its business environment, including easing multiple-entry visa requirements for South African business, to encourage more cross-border trade and investment. Namibian President Hage G. Geingob told South African businesses delegates in Johannesburg that his government planned to remove visa restrictions hampering business travel to Namibia by South Africans. “We are undertaking a […]

African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) open for business in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe

At a press conference, the CEO of the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI), George Otieno, along with H.E. Dina Mufti, the Ethiopian Ambassador and Gabriel Negatu, Regional Director, African Development Bank announced today that it is ready to begin covering transactions in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. After a year-long process that was supported with funds from […]

SAPICS 2017 to be held in Cape Town

In a break from tradition the venue for the 2017 SAPICS Conference and Exhibition for Supply Chain Professionals has been selected as Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town. The change is in line with the conference theme of “Business Unusual”. From 4 to 7 June 2017 professionals from procurement, mining, manufacturing, processing, packaging, and logistics […]

Port projects tweaked to suit market

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said it had built flexibility into the tender specifications for Operation Phakisa: new build projects, at its ports in order to meet the current economic climate. Speaking at the African Ports Evolution 2016 Conference in Durban, Ricky Bhikraj, Executive Manager for Capacity and Enablement at TNPA and Programme Director of […]

TPT welcomes arrival of new Terberg Haulers at DCT

Transnet Port Terminals, Durban Container Terminal, (DCT), Pier 1’s new arrival of Terberg Haulers was fully operational by 12 August. The state-of-the art equipment, valued at R23,4 million is expected to make a significant impact on improving operational efficiencies at the busy terminal. “The benefits of having these new haulers at Pier 1 will improve the availability and ultimately, equipment reliability at our terminal,” says renda Magqwaka, Transnet Port Terminals’ GM: KZN Operations Containers. “The increased reliability will correlate to fewer breakdowns resulting in minimal interruptions to operations. Furthermore, the terminal will be able to operate SIX gangs without equipment shortages. “We are committed to delivering better services and achieving better turnaround times at Pier 1, and the arrival of these new haulers is a substantial investment by Transnet Port Terminals which clearly demonstrates that.” Driver familiarisation training took place recently, which included endurance testing on the haulers, allowing them to be handed over to operations earlier than originally anticipated. The newly designed seat of these haulers has a host of features, adjustments and lumbar support to improve the ergonomics of the machine. Furthermore, what makes these haulers different from the old ones is that the seat has a built in sensor that cuts off the engine when the operator has left the seat for more than a period of 5 minutes. The new haulers also have door sensors linked to the air conditioner that once the door is opened, the air conditioner switches off. Lastly the machines come with the same engine (Mercedes OM906LA Tier 3), which meets the Euromottheoneronsssals, infrastructureDCT pier 1 commence in January 2016.with a further 30 haulers planned  to be purchased in 2017/2 3A specifications with regards to emissions. As these new Terberg Haulers are part of a replacement project, they are to replace the current Mafi Haulers, thus the terminal will decommission and phase out 14 old Mafi Haulers respectively. Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) will begin the reverse logistics process for these Mafi Haulers. The hauler replacement project is planned to be completed in 2019, with a further 30 haulers planned to be purchased in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 financial year. The terminal is also embarking on the phased refurbishment of 18 Rubber Tyre Gantry cranes at DCT Pier 1 which is due to commence in January 2017. TPT has committed R385 million to the upgrading and improvement of equipment and facilities for Durban Container Terminals’ Pier 1. This is in line with the company’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS) launched in 2012 to create capacity well ahead of demand and improve productivity and operational efficiencies, with an additional R260 million earmarked for further upgrades in the 2016/2017 period.

Export on the forefront in creating jobs for KZN

“Exporting creates many opportunities for the economy and offers the advantages of a larger market with greater economies of scale, it provides an opportunity to grow and sustain business operations and it enables a region to attract investments and new business, thereby creating employment opportunities.” This is according to Trade Invest KwaZulu-Natal’s Executive Manager for Export Development and Promotion, Mr Lester Bouah. Bouah continues saying a strong international trade sector is critical to jobs growth and to a strong and competitive KZN economy. “It is essential, especially during difficult economic conditions, to encourage new entrants and to help existing exporters grow their businesses and develop new markets”. Emerging exporters, existing exporters and seasoned exporters will all gather at the Durban International Convention Centre from 17 – 21 October 2016 to learn, network and discuss export and trade opportunities. Co-located with African Ports Evolution, Export Week KZN will recognise, promote and assist with growing export opportunities in the province, giving export ready businesses a platform to enhance their international business development strategies and to help meet the critical educational and mentoring needs of KZN SMEs engaged in international trade. Being the second largest provincial contributor to South Africa’s GDP after Gauteng and boasting the highest export propensity and the highest level of industrialisation in the country, the economic structure in KZN is based on a large manufacturing sector in which growth is driven by various industries. KZN’s emergence as a hub of industrial development in sub saharan Africa may be attributed to its unmatched natural resource endowments, exceptional productive capacity, well-developed first-world infrastructure and advantageous coastal location. According to the event organiser, Ms Athi Myoli, the 2016 programme will give exporters direct access to businesses that are looking for trade partners and associations who can help them to reach new markets. Myoli says the event will host some of the top business minds who will share their tips and stories on how to build a global business. Event dates and location:  Co-located with African Ports Evolution  Date: 17-21 October 2016 Location: Durban International Convention Centre Event website:

The country’s common interest should always be what is best

By Ernest Mahlaule, President of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry In recent weeks, following the local elections, we have been reminded of the importance of democracy – and our commitment to this as a country, has encouraged all stakeholders; citizens, business, investors and politicians alike – all while the world continues to keep a watchful eye on us. However, the ongoing dispute between the Ministry of Finance and South African Revenue Service (SARS) places this new found confidence at risk. In conversations with our constituents and stakeholders, we have become aware of how reports of the ongoing dispute between the office of the Minister of Finance and SARS, is impacting confidence in South Africa, from local and international businesses. The situation continues to create instability in the Rand and local markets, which comes at a very delicate time for the local economy.” Something needs to give. If this situation continues for much longer, the greater risk is the lasting reputational damage to the country in the eyes of our current and future investors, and this is something the country simply cannot afford.” South Africa is still at risk of being downgraded to ‘junk’ status, where research from local economists has already demonstrated that, should this happen, it will take the country’s economy at least seven years to recover. The startling reality, however, is that if South Africa is downgraded to junk status – and our political will is still at odds – this could spell the beginning of more, and compounding, challenges for the country.” We hope the situation is resolved quickly and that an appropriate and lasting resolution can be found to put this debacle to rest, once and for all. Now is a time to come together and collaborate in line with the emerging consensus whereby all stakeholders comprising business, organised labour, government as well as civil society have resolved to continue working together towards reigniting the economy and create the much needed jobs for our citizens. We should further be mindful of the fact that when political will is exerted, it should never be to the detriment of the country’s common interests. The people of this country want strong leaders with a proven understanding and sense of accountability for the power of the positions they hold.    

New floating dock promises great returns

Dormac Marine and Engineering, a division of Southey Holdings (Pty) Ltd and one of Africa’s largest and internationally recognised ship repair companies, launched its new, multi-million-rand composite floating dry dock, Dormac 1, at a traditional maritime naming ceremony in Durban on 2 September. The move, the single largest investment in Dormac’s history and signifies a new era for the company which has realised a 16-year dream to own and operate a dry dock. The R300 million investment will give the Durban and South African shipping industries a major economic boost as well as create jobs and enhance skills development. Dormac Managing Director, Chris Sparg, said, “This asset will go a long way toward meeting the demand for ship repair in South Africa’s busiest port.” The state-of-the-art dry dock, the first brand new ferro concrete dock to be brought into use in Africa, and the purpose built 175 meter long quay is expected to add to the Port of Durban’s ship repair capacity, taking advantage of the 30 000 ships that sail past South Africa’s coastline and the 12 000 ships that call in at South Africa’s harbours annually. “On average, a ship is required to undergo a dry-docking every five years and the ship-repair industry requires services that are flexible, efficient and considers outside influences such as cargo availability, charter pressures and the weather.” “Up until now, Dormac has been turning away between four and seven ships every month due to the lack of ship repair facilities,” Sparg continues, “but the new dock vastly increases Dormac’s docking capacity and flexibility and will enhance the existing Port docking offering.” Sparg forecasts executing an additional 45 dockings per year – ‘a very significant capacity increase’. The dock is ready for operation and already has six docking orders lined up for September. In addition, Sparg said, “Dormac Dock 1 ‘dovetails perfectly’ with the government’s Operation Phakisa, a presidential initiative that seeks to leverage the capacity of the South African maritime industry by accelerating national marine efforts, developing infrastructure and enhancing workflows.” Besides adding to Dormac’s bottom line, the new floating dock, which requires a ready supply of skilled labour, will create an additional 80 new direct jobs with spin offs to Dormac’s business partners who will also create additional jobs. Guest of Honour and keynote speaker, Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, used the launch as the opportunity to announce that Dormac had been awarded the DTI’s Section 12i Income Tax Allowance Incentive for this project. Section 12i is part of the Department’s incentive programme to support Investment in Manufacturing Assets, to improve the productivity of the South African manufacturing sector and the training of personnel to improve labour productivity and the skills of the labour force. Addressing the economic impact of the new dry dock, Southey Group CEO, Barry Wickens said, “this investment is the largest single investment ever undertaken by our Group and is a sign of our faith and confidence in the future growth and development of the Durban Port and indeed, in the economy of South Africa.” “At a time when the World economy is not in great shape and the South African economy is currently experiencing a zero percent growth rate, the Dormac Management team has undertaken this massive R300m investment, which will generate many additional jobs in the Port, enhance the skill levels of our workforce as well as generating substantial foreign currency for the Country.” “The Southey Group currently employs 5500 people and we are looking to create hundreds of both direct and indirect jobs as a consequence of this investment.  This investment is budgeted to attract substantial docking opportunities for the Port of Durban and to grow the market share for the South African ship repair industry.” Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) Africa insured the floating dock during the building phase and while it was being transported to South Africa. The insurance coverage will continue while it is at the Durban Harbor’s the newly constructed shipyard. “As a leading global insurer, AGCS is pleased to contribute towards the development of the marine and shipping industry in South Africa through our partnership with Dormac on this strategic project. The development is critical to the region’s ocean economy,” said Mark Govender: AGCS Africa Technical Underwriting Manager: Marine. “This latest delivery in Durban is a critical infrastructural component in support of this initiative. AGCS Africa engaged with Dormac directly from the outset of this project utilizing our global network of experts to fully understand the project needs, so we are able to offer much needed technical expertise and support.” Dormac also introduced its Apprenticeship and Learnership Class of 2016 at the naming ceremony, a group of 33 artisans, many of whom will work on the new dock. When deciding to resurrect its new building capability in 2006, Dormac was faced with a massive shortage of welding skills and it became imperative that the company embark on an intensive skill development programme. Financial director, Craig Samuels, said, “looking at this year’s ‘bumper apprenticeship crop’, it is hard to believe that we started our training programmes back in 2002 with the enrolment of only four fitter apprentices that enrolled onto the traditional three-year curriculum for artisan training.” Dormac’s award-winning Artisan Training Programme has already trained 770 artisans in less than 10 years and has won the company a number of awards.  The programme will now include dry docking skills and bring in an extra 25 candidates per year. The recruitment process is already well under way and the new apprentices were also introduced at the naming ceremony. Sparg is bullish about the success of this project and maintains the company is well-positioned to compete in the international market. “We see ourselves as a world-class shipyard and believe that if you operate this business correctly, you will bring the market.”

Partnership brings international expertise to African market

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RFA conference: proposed legislation threatens transport industry

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SA’s flagship container port unveils R700m investment into Eastern Cape

Two new landmarks at the Port of Ngqura, which are part of ongoing developments to position the port as a container transhipment hub for Sub-Saharan Africa, were officially launched by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) earlier in May. The new landmarks are the port’s state-of-the-art administration building and an administration craft basin for pilot boats […]

Euler Hermes: Global sector risk downgrades point to trouble ahead

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Differential excise duty tariff for brandy a positive step

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Visit SAPICS 2016

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Eight women selected for Barloworld Equipment’s new graduate development programme

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A new era in fishing technology: Marine Radio Acoustic Devices (MRAD) supplies cutting-edge navigation systems on board I & J’s new vessels

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Transnet Port Terminals grows Shoes on Feet initiative to fulfill Nelson Mandela’s legacy

Transnet Port Terminals [TPT] have partnered with The Nelson Mandela Foundation in the launch of their second ‘Shoes on Feet’ initiative, started in 2014 as a tribute to Madiba after his passing. The 7th of December marked the first day of a month of collections by TPT’s staff to gather much needed school shoes for underprivileged schools across the country. According to TPT’s CE, Karl Socikwa, the company started this campaign as a tribute to SA’s former president. “We understand the importance of reaching out to communities in need and to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those less fortunate. That’s why our partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation this year is so important in formalising this initiative and further encouraging our staff to remember Madiba and live his legacy. Last year our staff from all over the country collected and donated thousands of school shoes and this year we plan on surpassing this number substantially to help even more children,” stated Socikwa. The total number of shoes collected will be donated to pre-selected underprivileged schools in KZN, Eastern Cape and the Western Cape where TPT has operations, with two NGO’s supported by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Gauteng also being identified as recipients of the collection. “We believe this is a truly worthy initiative that will bring much hope to the start of the new school year for the children of these schools who lack even the most basic school essentials. Giving back to communities and feeding into the spirit of Ubuntu, as TPT are demonstrating through this initiative, is exactly the type of legacy that we are encouraging all South Africans to try live by – and not only on one day of the year during Mandela Day, but 365 days a year,” Yase Godlo, Manager of Mandela Day from the Nelson Mandela Foundation remarked. A weekly tally of the number of shoes collected by TPT’s staff will be updated on and on the 13th of January 2016 the donated shoes will be handed over to the schools and their students marking the start of the new school year.

Watch: Four-year-old tests an 18-ton truck

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Thai Minister leads successful trade mission to SA        

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Signed: What to Expect?

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Chinese business confidence brings New Hope to South Africa

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Overcoming the barriers in Pharmaceutical Logistics

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