THE HIGH COST OF SUPPLY CHAIN GLITCHES

Supply chain disruptions are widely regarded as one of the greatest risks facing manufacturers, and have become a top concern of global insurance providers.   A glitch in its supply chain can cost an organisation up to 10% of its shareholder value, and even put the company out of business, warns international supply chain risk management specialist, Gregory Schlegel. A professor at Lehigh University in the USA, a renowned author and founder of the global Supply Chain Risk Management Consortium, Schlegel will be sharing his insights with Southern African supply…

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Ore dump pollution whips up new storm

Toxic cloud angers harbour tenants Port Elizabeth Harbour tenants are fighting mad about a new wave of air pollution from Transnet’s two manganese ore facilities which is damaging property and business opportunities. It is also a health threat. Port Elizabeth Deep Sea Angling Club (Pedsac) chairman Richard Donaldson said the situation was intolerable. “Nowhere else in the world would a similar operation be allowed in the middle of a city, especially near major tourist attractions and residential areas. “The health issues caused by manganese ore dust are enormous,” he said.…

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Linde Material Handling makes customers fit for tomorrow’s intralogistics

Linde at LogiMAT: Digital, connected, autonomous and safe Aschaffenburg, It is the many continuous innovation steps that help to make the transition to digitally controlled and interconnected processes, autonomous solutions, the highest safety standards, and even more powerful drives become a reality. At the LogiMAT trade show in Stuttgart, Germany, from March 13-15, 2018 Linde Material Handling will show how large its range of corresponding products has now become and what innovations have been added to make the handling of goods across all sectors fit for the future. Visitors will…

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More than half a billion investment boosts East London Port

Several major infrastructure and equipment projects at the Port of East London have seen Transnet pump a collective R542 million into South Africa’s only river port in the last few years. The latest project – rehabilitation of the sheet pile wharf adjacent to the dry dock – was completed earlier this month, with labour and material sourced locally. The R108 million project set out to rehabilitate the 83 metre wharf adjacent to the Princess Elizabeth Dry Dock and Latimer’s Landing. With multiple functions including use as a ship repair facility…

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Durban harbour remains closed after devastating storm

Durban harbour was still closed on Wednesday morning with authorities having spent Tuesday night refloating five vessels that were pushed aground, while emergency services were still on alert after a massive storm that killed at least six people. “[Emergency Medical Services] are still on high alert because rivers are swollen and informal structures were badly damaged”, EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said of the storm on Tuesday. Two people died in the heavy downpour when a wall collapsed at the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in Umlazi, one person died in the…

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Keeping truckers healthy and aware with free medical screenings

Engen Petroleum, a leading producer and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products, has recognised the Cape Winelands as a welcome refueling and refreshment stopover on the routes of long haulage companies with the launch of a permanent wellness clinic. Truck drivers passing through the Engen Winelands North 1-Stop at Joostebergvlakte along the N1 freeway just outside Cape Town can now undergo free health screenings and counselling while refuelling and resting. A Trucking Wellness Clinic has been set up at the Engen Truck Stop facility on site. The health awareness…

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Exxaro agrees on 10-year coal transportation deal with Transnet

Exxaro agrees on 10-year coal transportation deal with Transnet

JOHANNESBURG – South African diversified miner, Exxaro Resource, on Tuesday signed a 10-year coal export transportation agreement with the country’s state-owned logistics company, Transnet, in a bid to increase coal volumes from Waterberg to Richards Bay Coal Terminal. Over 50 percent of South Africa’s remaining reserves lie in the Waterberg coalfields, a 3,500km2 expanse of Limpopo that stretches into Botswana and hosts almost 76 billion tonnes of in-situ inferred resources in 11 coal-bearing zones. Exxaro said the agreement with Transnet will allow for the transportation of a total of 7.8 million…

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No early ‘re-tyre-ment’: NitraLife’s nitrogen tyre inflation – extending tyre life and improving cost-savings in the commercial transport sector since 1996

Nitrogen tyre inflation has over the years become well-known, and is no longer the sole preserve of specialist tyre users such as the international motorsport or commercial aviation sectors. In fact, it is even conveniently available today on the forecourts of many petrol stations in South Africa. What is less widely known is the significant cost-savings that commercial transport fleet owners can enjoy when they run their vehicle tyres on nitrogen inflation. “The benefits of inflating your fleet tyres with nitrogen are really significant if you are a major commercial…

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Get ready to meet Tesla’s “beast” of a semi-truck.

The electric vehicle maker is aiming to unveil the Tesla Semi and do a test ride on Oct. 26, according to CEO Elon Musk. “Worth seeing this beast in person,” he tweeted late Wednesday. “It’s unreal.” The launch date is a bit later than Musk had suggested earlier this year. In April, he said Tesla, which is known for missing self-imposed time frames, would reveal the battery-powered truck in September. And drivers eager to get behind the wheel of the semi-truck, which is designed to transport cargo, are still likely…

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Business critical of Transnet’s proposed higher port charges

SA’s port charges are excessive by global standards and have long been identified as an impediment to business  BEKEZELA PHAKATHI A loading crane straddles a freight rail track at a Transnet container handling terminal. Picture: BLOOMBERG State-owned rail, port and pipeline company Transnet has been criticised by business for pushing for “unjustifiable” hikes in port tariffs. Transnet National Ports Authority, which manages all eight commercial ports in SA, is looking for increases of up to 25% in 2017 amid concern by industry players that above-inflation tariff increases could hit business…

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