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Freight Transport by Road in South Africa 2016

  • January 2016
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  • 149 pages

Road Freight Transport: This report focuses on the transport of freight by road, a sector which generated total income of more than R125bn in 2014, thus contributing approximately 3.7% to GDP. Statistics SA’s estimate of a total outsourced contract road freight payload of 574,560,000 tons for 2014 can be doubled as there is a 50/50 split between outsourced and in-sourced road freight transportation. In this highly competitive sector, industry players are optimising innovation and smart partnerships to develop more collaborative operations using multi-modal and intermodal transport options.


Challenging Conditions: As the road freight sector and the economy enjoy an interdependent and symbiotic relationship, the current weak economy, both globally and domestically, is having a negative effect on the volume of goods requiring transportation by road. As fuel remains the largest contributor to road transport costs and many inputs are imported, the weak rand dollar exchange rate is a matter of concern. With tight profit margins of an average 4%, role players are looking at ways to reduce soaring operational costs.


Legislative Changes: Also of concern to stakeholders is the impact of proposed changes in the regulatory environment. The implications of some of the regulations covered by the Amendments to the National Road Traffic Act are far-reaching and could result in an operational loss of up to 40%.



Report Coverage:

The Freight Transport by Road report discusses current conditions, details the extensive M&A activity that has occurred in response to conditions and trends, and describes factors influencing the success of the industry. The report profiles 55 companies including large players such as Barloworld Ltd, Grindrod Ltd and Bidvest Freight (Pty Ltd as well as small companies such as Ethos Road and Transport Services CC which has 16 employees and transports aggregates used in road construction projects. Also profiled are companies active in the local furniture removals industry which is dominated by two players, The Laser Transport Group, which includes Stuttaford Van Lines, Pickfords Removals, AGS Frasers International Movers and Magna-Thomson International Movers, and Elliott Mobility (Pty) Ltd.

Table Of Contents

Freight Transport by Road in South Africa 2016
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Supply Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 3
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 9
4.1. Local 9
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 13
4.1.2. Regulations 16
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 19
4.2. Continental 22
4.3. International 26
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 28
5.1. Implications of Amendments to the National Road Traffic Act Regulations 28
5.2. Road Conditions and Infrastructure 29
5.3. Movement from Road to Rail 29
5.4. Economic Environment 31
5.5. Government Initiatives 33
5.6. Private Sector Initiatives 34
5.7. Rising Operating Costs 35
5.8. Information Technology 36
5.9. Technology, Research and Development (RandD) and Innovation 37
5.10. Labour 38
5.11. Cyclicality 42
5.12. Environmental Concerns 42
5.13. Crime and Security 43
5.14. Electricity Supply Constraints 44
6. COMPETITION 45
6.1. Barriers to Entry 47
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 48
8. OUTLOOK 49
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 49
10. REFERENCES 51
10.1. Publications 51
10.2. Websites 53
APPENDIX 1 55
Current and Future Road-Related Projects on the African Continent 55
COMPANY PROFILES 59
ACCESS FREIGHT LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 59
ASPEN LOGISTIC SERVICES (PTY) LTD 61
Barloworld Logistics Africa (Pty) Ltd 63
BIDDULPHS REMOVALS AND STORAGE SA (PTY) LTD 66
BIDVEST FREIGHT (PTY) LTD 68
CARGO CARRIERS LTD 71
CROSSROADS DISTRIBUTION (PTY) LTD 75
DAMCO LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 78
DIGISTICS (PTY) LTD 81
DPD LASER EXPRESS LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 83
ELLIOTT MOBILITY (PTY) LTD 86
EZETHU LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 88
GAC LASER INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 90
GAN-TRANS (PTY) LTD 93
GRINDROD (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 94
IMPERIAL GROUP LTD 97
LASER GROUP (PTY) LTD (THE) 101
LASER LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 103
LASER TRANSPORT GROUP (PTY) LTD (THE) 105
NAMIBIA LOGISTICS (PTY) LTD 107
ONELOGIX GROUP LTD 109
ROADWING (PTY) LTD 112
RTT GROUP (PTY) LTD 114
SUPER GROUP LTD 116
TRANSNET SOC LTD 119
UNITED BULK (PTY) LTD 123
UNITRANS SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 125
UTI SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 130
VALUE LOGISTICS LTD 134
VINCEMUS INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD 138
VITAL DISTRIBUTION SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 143

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