Extortion in Zimbabwe – a trucker’s story
At face value the story of a timber truck transiting Zimbabwe from South Africa to Zambia and the extortion to which its driver was exposed sounds like a piece of fiction intended to elicit a laugh about the levels of all-pervasive systemic collapse in that country.
Djibouti flies a lone flag for Africa in prestigious ports index
Not a single southern African port has made a prominent impact on the Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) review compiled by the World Bank and American-British insights firm, IHS Markit.
Zambia punts yet more logistical changes for the region
Speaking at Monday’s opening of the Kazungula multimodal bridge across Zambia’s Zambezi River border with Botswana, Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu recommitted his country to building another bridge that will possibly change the face of bulk-haul logistics in the sub-Saharan region.
Ramaphosa denies port privatisation allegations
You have to give it to Cyril Ramaphosa.
Caught between a party that’s cannibalising itself and a country crumbling under the weight of socio-economic neglect, he’s shown some real grit as President of South Africa.
How will Kazungula change the freight landscape?
At the time of posting this article, the pomp and ceremony at the opening of the Kazungula Bridge across the Zambezi must’ve been in full swing, with dignitaries and hangers-on observing protocol before the ribbon was snipped to finally open the $269.3-million linkage to regional trade.
Citrus growers welcome world’s largest reefer vessel
Tomorrow (May 14) marks a major milestone for the Port of Durban with the arrival of the world’s largest specialised reefer vessel, the Cool Eagle, which will help meet the capacity demands of South Africa’s increasing citrus exports.
No resolution to Ever Given stalemate
First the Ever Given got stuck when a tailwind and inadequate steering gear caused it to slip astern in the southern channel of the Suez Canal north of Port Tawfiq.
BORDER BEAT: Kazungula Bridge tolls announced
One hundred US dollars one way.
Shippers should prepare for prolonged pain
The average rate determination in ocean freight, made up of a combination of spot, contract, backhaul and regional trade rates, will increase by about 23% this year, maritime research consultancy Drewry says.
SAA’s business rescue costs revealed
The minutes of a recent Scopa meeting on the finalisation of SAA’s 17-month business rescue process reveal that the cost to taxpayers of the business rescue was R243m.