Transport Issues

Preserve Existing Transport Infrastructure

South Africa must preserve existing transport assets and make better use of these to ensure international competitiveness in the long term. This will enhance continued development of the nation’s resources, promote population development and improve mobility and safety standards for our citizens.

To achieve this goal, a better understanding of true infrastructure costs and the net-benefits of present transport routes must be evaluated. In conclusion, a more equitable appropriation of these costs to specific users must be determined in an endeavour to put each mode on an equal and fair competitive footing.

  • Role and Contribution of Railways and Roads
  • Freight transport issues
  • Passenger transport issues
  • Intermodal Transport Systems
  • Total Transport Solutions
  • Inter-Modal Role Players

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Trucking Industry

trucking1The trucking (road-freight) industry is a key provider of transport in South Africa. It is a fast and flexible link in supply chain management logistics and is an essential service provider for just-in-time delivery services. In addition, the road freight industry is an important job creator, with owner-driver operators becoming a more common feature of the industry. At the same time, the continued consolidation of medium size truck companies has led to the presence of four major groups. These are Bidvest, Imperial Holdings, Super Group and Unitrans, each having its unique history and market niche.

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Railway Industry

railwayin2Transnet Freight Rail, the “National Railway” operates over 22 000 route-kilometres of line of which about 6 000 km consists of main lines for general freight and long-distance passenger train services.

In addition, there are several secondary arterial routes and about 70 branch lines totaling over 12 000 km in length. TFR also operates the 861-km Sishen – Saldanha ore line (OREX), and the 580-km Richards Bay coal line (COALlink). Long-distance passenger operations (Shosholoza Meyl)  have now been taken over by the National Department of Transport (DoT) who also operate suburban train services on about 2 500 km of lines, some shared with TFR. Current plans are to acquire many new suburban passenger train sets and to continue the programme of upgrading older equipment.

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