This trends report includes a description of the logistics sector and its environment, infrastructure, major role players and performance. The report discusses the shift from rail to road, port activity, global competitiveness, and sector challenges, such as the effect of rail inefficiencies and poor road infrastructure and conditions, transport vehicle attacks and cable theft. Who Owns Whom trends reports do not include company profiles. These and more detailed analyses on the industry and its players are contained in several separate related Who Owns Whom reports.
Transport and Logistics Trends in South Africa
South Africa’s commercial activity and economic performance are closely linked to its ability to transport goods within and beyond its borders. Although the growth of the economy is a clear driver of the logistics sector, the sector outpaced economic growth in the last two years. Although South Africa’s transport infrastructure is among the best on the continent, a lack of maintenance and infrastructure investment, with a resultant shift from rail to road, as well as congested and inefficient ports, has led to high usage costs. The sector is plagued by low economic growth, rising fuel prices, loadshedding, a lack of skills, collapsing infrastructure and crime. Government has recently renewed its commitment to fix the problems in the sector.
New technologies are facilitating transparent, responsive supply chains by locating and tracking the movement of goods, monitoring movement of workers in warehouses, recording and storing data and transactions, reducing fraud, assisting drivers with route and load information and connecting transporters and freight owners to match demand with supply. Robots are being used to pick inventory, load pallets, and move cargo in the warehouse. New technology developments have the potential to mitigate increasing costs through improved efficiencies, and to support new business models that facilitate increased profitability.
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|2.||LOGISTICS SECTOR OVERVIEW||2|
|2.1.||Market Description and Role Players||2|
|3.||SIZE OF THE SECTOR||7|
|3.1.||Transport GDP growth||7|
|4.||RAIL TO ROAD SHIFT||9|
|5.||LOGISTICS SECTOR PERFORMANCE||14|
|8.||GLOBAL LOGISTICS COMPETITIVENESS||24|
|8.1.||World Bank Logistics Performance Index||24|
|8.2.||Ports’ Competitive Position||26|
|9.||TRANSPORT SECTOR CHALLENGES||28|
|9.1.||Economic Loss due to Rail Inefficiencies||28|
|9.2.||Effects of Poor Road Conditions on Logistics||31|
|9.3.||Transport Vehicle Attacks||32|
|9.4.||Cable Theft on the Rail Network||33|