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TWA June JUly 2012 edition



    Intraregional supply chain soluti ons from producer to consumer


    ISSN 1684-7946 Jun/Jul 2012 Vol. 10 No. 3 / R35.00 incl. VAT

    "Truckers and supply chain logistics service providers want more than a truck. They want added value" Bruce Dickson, Deputy CEO, MAN Truck & Bus SA P14

    In the year 2045

    oil may have run out

    Trans-Kalahari Corridor

    A viable alternative

    Commuter rail

    In for an overhaul

    Safe, efficient air cargo transportbuilt on exacting standards

    Emirates Skycargo

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    Crafter, theyre ready to partner your business and help it succeed. And with optimised fuel

    consumption, advanced but robust engines, low maintenance costs, increased load capacity and

    incredible safety standards, they work better. So visit your nearest Volkswagen Dealer, get behind

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  • Intraregional supply chain solutions from producer to consumer


    COVER STORYWhether it is for air freight or

    passenger transport, air safety is absolutely critical for the economic

    development and well-being of Africa, its people and its visitors P4


    ORYight or fety is nomic


    FESARTABarneys comment 3FESARTA News 6

    HOT SEATNot just a customer 10

    INSIGHTIn the year 2045 12

    COMMERCIAL VEHICLESCustom built 16Trucking with natural gas technology 17Hino expands into Africa 18

    ROAD TRANSPORTSurviving a rollover 20

    REGIONAL FOCUSWalvis Bay, a viable alternative 22

    SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICSGrowth, competitiveness and the Africa question 24SCL industry needs a makeover 25

    ROAD FREIGHTA critical aspect in safe transportation 28

    FREIGHT RAILDemystifying Transnets Back to Rail strategy 14

    Tracks may never meet 29

    SEA FREIGHTProductivity gains at Durbans DCT Pier 2 34Lawhill Maritime Centre wins award 36

    PUBLIC TRANSPORTLocal commuter rail system in for a major overhaul 30

    PARTS & MAINTENANCESaving money, saving time 37

    TECHNICAL CORNERCarbon emissions an ongoing challenge 39

    REGULARSEditorial Comment 2News Desk 8The Tail End 40


    30 36




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  • Publisher Elizabeth Shorten

    Associate Publisher Ferdie Pieterse

    Editor Tony Stone

    Head of design Frdrick Danton

    Senior designer Hayley Moore Mendelow

    Contributors AIDC, Barloworld Logistics, Barney

    Curtis, IATA, John Batwell, Paul Hoben, PwC

    Senior Sub-editor Claire Nozaic

    Sub-editor Patience Gumbo

    Production manager Antois-Leigh Botma

    Production coordinator Jacqueline Modise

    Distribution Manager Nomsa Masina

    Distribution coordinator Asha Pursotham

    Financial manager Andrew Lobban

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    ISSN 1684-7946 Copyright. All rights reserved.

    Editorial advisory board

    Barney Curtis, executive officer of FESARTA

    Garry Marshall, CEO, SA Express Parcel


    Bill Cameron, director, Transport Research


    Graham Ross, retired road engineer

    Dr Andrew Shaw, principal transport analyst for

    Development Bank of South Africa

    Captain Colin Jordaan, CEO and commissioner of

    the Civil Aviation Authority

    Prof. Leon Raath, board member, Chartered

    Institute of Logistics and Transport, South Africa

    Barlow Manilal, CEO, Automotive Industry

    Development Centre and National President of

    The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport


    Anthony Cole, COD, Concorde Maritime Academy.

    All articles herein TWA are copyright-protected and may

    not be reproduced either in whole or in part without

    the prior written permission of the publisher. The views

    of contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the


    It is quite amazing how the SADC, COMESA and EAC Tripartite member

    states differ in legislation. Who would have thought that bullbars would be an

    issue? In this issue FESARTA looks into the issue.

    Disregarding what appears to be trivia, but isnt, and despite the doom and

    gloom in the United States of America and Europe, the exciting thing about Africa

    is its economic growth rate. If we carry on with our sensible, pragmatic approaches

    to economic development we will sustain the boom and realise the projected GDP

    contributions the experts are talking about. Lets build on it, I say.

    Nonetheless, in taking lessons from the first world economic downswing, cus-

    tomers are becoming a little more discerning. Not just willing to spend money,

    they are looking for value, and sustainability. MAN Truck & Bus SA has certainly

    twigged onto this little gem.

    And, looking to the future, to 2045 specifically, it is projected that we will be

    running out of oil. That will be a real problem. So, whats the alternative? That is

    the question. Perhaps natural gas technology is the answer. However, there are

    other more sustainable solutions.One of the solutions or rather part of a solution

    will be getting freight rail back on track. This in fact is Transnets strategy, as was

    outlined at the FACE2FACE business breakfast where Siyabonga Gama, CEO of

    Transnet Freight Rail, was

    the keynote speaker. But,

    there are challenges as we

    discovered when we looked

    into bulk maize transport.

    With the wide range of

    trucks available to transport

    we need to be selective.

    To assist you Transport

    World Africa (TWA) talks

    about a few of them, leav-

    ing you as always to make

    the choice. Whatever you

    decide it will not be your

    only decision. Which routes

    to take in transporting

    goods within the supply chain are equally critical! To this end TWA considers

    the Trans-Kalahari Corridor. And, talking about supply chain logistics, the latest

    TransportLogisticsForesight 2012 report is out, and is filled with useful business

    intelligence. Added to which is another, future oriented report that looks at the

    skills issue within the supply chain logistics industry, with some alarming findings.

    PRASA, South Africas commuter rail service company, is in for a major overhaul.

    TWA looks at some of the ideas, plans and issues involved.

    Not to be outdone, Transnet National Ports Authority, is not only embarking on a

    huge infrastructure upgrade but is also focusing on some of the soft issues such

    as productivity very much needed if we are to retain our status as the gateway

    to Africa.

    Then, coming to the end of the magazine, TWA takes a look at a few technical

    issues hydraulics and carbon emissions, with both proving to be interesting



    Africa rising!


    Siyabonga Gama

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  • by Barney Curtis, chief executive offi cer, FESARTA



    was involved in a similar project to determine the load

    limits). When this project is completed and the limits

    agreed, the outcomes may well influence what is already in

    SADCs document; since the three RECs work together on

    such matters.

    Below is input from the Botswana Hauliers Association:We have fought

    this before, for

    our own fleets,

    just a few years

    ago, and ended

    up having to

    remove our bull-

    bars - which are

    now not encour-

    aged because of

    the negated benefit of manufacturer crumple zones, an

    added safety precaution for pedestrians. The use of bull-

    bars puts one at a higher legal risk with respect to culpable

    homicide charges should a pedestrian be run over and

    killed. Toyota is now only prepared to fit a small central

    bullbar protecting the radiator on a 4x4 and not one that

    covers the crumple zones. It is understood that the legal

    and insurance fraternities are also in sympathy with this

    approach and is therefore only a matter of time before it

    is challenged in the courts. All major fuel companies now

    disallow the fitment of bullbars, and this is a clear indica-

    tion of the associated legal and financial risks.

    It is traditional, in many parts of East and Southern

    Africa, for transporters to fit bullbars onto the

    front of their trucks. As you know, this is also com-

    mon practice in Australia, where they are referred

    to as rooguards, to fend off Kangaroos in the outback.

    However, there are some issues that need to be under-

    stood and put to use as input in our decisions.

    Bullbars have been fitted to protect the front end of the

    truck against damage caused to the vehicle by a collision

    with an animal. This happens when trucks are driven over

    long distances, in rural areas, at night. Such transporters

    are adamant that fitting a bullbar makes economic and