Last week's top stories

06 Sep 2021

 

Zambia takes a big bulk freight step in Namibia’s direction

It comes as no surprise that Namibia, as part of a national development plan to pitch itself as a logistics alternative to South Africa where hinterland and portside problems persist, has succeeded in persuading Zambia to use the Port of Walvis Bay over the Port of Durban for copper exports.

Welcome R26.4m settlement for Transnet

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and Transnet have welcomed the judgement handed down by Judge Lebogang Modiba at the Special Tribunal instructing former Transnet employee, Herbert Msagala, to pay back R26.4 million to Transnet.

Copper worth its weight in gold as Zambia resets economy

After years of fiscal mismanagement and defaulting on international debt loans, Zambia is looking at turning its finances and fortunes around following the inauguration of a new president on August 24.

Gender equity in focus as forwarding major appoints new GM

At a time when organisations like the Commercial Transport Academy and others are addressing gender equity challenges within the freight sector, Rhenus Logistics has joined the vanguard in blazing a trail for transformation with the appointment of Laurice Burrell in an executive position.

Forwarder leases freighter to address capacity crunch

With air cargo capacity stretched to the limit, freight forwarders are investigating alternative options – and for logistics major GEODIS, that means bringing on its own dedicated freighter.

Automated border crossing pilot project launched

An audacious digitisation project aimed at establishing a fully automated border crossing (ABC) has been rolled out by Finland on its northern Kivilompolo border crossing into Norway.

Shipping crisis forces major retailers to get creative

In what seems to be a growing trend of addressing liner shortfalls by throwing money at box manufacturers, the world’s largest furniture retailer is ordering its own containers to independently charter vessels.

AI identified as solution to last-mile conundrum

Have you been a false-hope victim of e-commerce, buying something online and expectantly waiting to have it pronto - only to realise that receiving it soon isn’t soon enough?

Raisin industry tipped to grow on back of Covid recovery

South Africa’s raisin industry is bouncing back from depressed figures last year, with expectations of improved production leading to exports increasing year-on-year from 69 000 tonnes to 72 000 tonnes for 2021-22.

Female entrepreneurs in focus

While women are still under-represented in South Africa’s transport sector, the Commercial Transport Academy (CTA) is striving to change that narrative.

 

SOURCE: Freight News

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