Namdock’s fabrication expertise helps Walvis Bay hospital get ‘ship-shape’ and ready to combat COVID-19

Established Namibian ship repair company Namdock, situated in Walvis Bay on the west coast of Africa, has the health and well-being of its valued staff, community, clients and suppliers at heart during this extraordinarily challenging and uncertain time. “While national infection rates and fatalities are currently low, COVID-19 has the potential to trigger a major health crisis in Namibia. We have already seen the global impact of the virus, and have taken the approach that ‘forewarned is forearmed’. For the sake of all those affected, everyone needs to proactively seek…

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SAPICS POSTPONES THE LEADING EVENT IN AFRICA FOR SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONALS AMID COVID-19 CRISIS

The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management,In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, has announced the postponement of the 2020 SAPICS Conference, Africa’s leading knowledge sharing and networking event for supply chain professionals. New dates for the conference, which was scheduled for the end of June, have been secured from 22 to 25 November 2020 at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town. “This is the first time in the annual conference’s 42-year history that a decision like this has had to…

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Navigating a steady course : Namdock announces Covid-19 lockdown measures

Heritha Nankole Muyoba, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Namdock

The current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted organisations on both a global and local scale. Astute governments, as well as public and private sector organisations worldwide, are adapting at a rapid rate to mitigate the health and economic impacts of the Novel Coronavirus. Established ship repair and wholly Namibian-owned company Namdock, strategically located on the west coast of Africa in Walvis Bay, has the health and wellbeing not only of  its local and international client and supplier base, but also of the Namibian people at heart during this extraordinarily challenging and…

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Transnet Action Plan for the Prevention of the Coronavirus

In line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) efforts to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, Transnet SOC Ltd has implemented additional procedures for all vessels entering South African ports. The Coronavirus has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation. Transnet is the custodian of ports and terminals in the country and it is responsible for monitoring all vessels. This is done through its divisions, the Transnet National Ports Authority and Transnet Port Terminals. Transnet SOC Ltd has instituted strict health measures and is working…

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INTERNATIONAL ACCOLADE FOR AFRICA’S PROFESSIONAL BODY FOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

The vital role being played by SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, in skills development in Africa was recognised at the recent APICS Regional Learning Partner Awards in the United States. This inaugural event was hosted by ASCM (The Association for Supply Chain Management), which represents a vast global network of supply chain professionals. “We are honoured to have been named the Outstanding Channel Partner for the Middle East and Africa (MEA),” comments SAPICS chief operating officer Jenny Froome. “The ASCM Global Channel & Alliances team recognised the…

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SAPICS INSPIRES ASPIRING YOUNG SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONALS

This year’s 5th annual Young Professional and Student Conference, hosted by SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, was a resounding success, the organisers report. Held recently in Johannesburg, it attracted up and coming supply chain talent from around the country. SAPICS president Kea Mpane says that several universities were invited to send students to the one-day conference, including the Universities of South Africa, Johannesburg and Pretoria, North-West University, and the Tshwane and Vaal Universities of Technology. “The energy, enthusiasm and commitment of this year’s attendees was inspiring,” Mpane…

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Government shows off plans for massive new smart city in KwaZulu Natal

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has announced plans for a major new smart city in KZN. Speaking at an event on Sunday (15 September), DTI deputy minister Nomalungelo Gina said that the 50-year Durban Aerotropolis master plan will turn the entire surface area around King Shaka International Airport into a smart city with diversified economic activities that will boost the province’s economy. Gina said that the plan will cover 2,000 hectares of land as well as 10,000 hectares of green space for expansion. She added that the plan…

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Cost of truck strife ‘could run into billions’

The truck logistics industry contributes 11% of SA’s gross domestic product, estimated at R1.26 trillion in the second quarter of 2019. If all the knock-on effects of the ongoing truck violence, which has adversely threatened the economy of SA and the region, are taken into account, the final costs to the country could run into billions of rands, according to economist Mike Schussler. In quantifying losses incurred by the industry, the knock-on effect the violence has had on the economy and on consumers, Schussler said yesterday the xenophobic strife, sparked…

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The R480 billion industry that has flown under the radar in South Africa – until now

The R480 billion industry that has flown under the radar in South Africa – until now Total turnover for the logistics industry for enterprises only involved in mining, retail and manufacturing, was estimated to be R274 billion in 2018. “However, warehousing, road freight and even pipeline volumes, are often not categorised as logistics,” Ctrack said. “For example, when major retailers like Shoprite or Pick ‘n Pay transport and store goods, the transported volumes are listed under the retail category. Retailers like these see transportation as a cost centre and any…

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Zambia warns truck drivers not to travel to SA on September 2

Pretoria – Zambia’s High Commission in Pretoria on Monday issued a travel advisory warning its citizens in the trucking business to avoid travelling to South Africa on September 2, amidst threats of violence. The high commission’s Naomi Nyawali said reports have been received of some Zambian truck drivers being threatened with violence ahead of a planned nationwide work stoppage by their disgruntled South African counterparts. “According to the information made available to the Zambian mission, some Zambian truck drivers have faced physical attacks and threats from their South African counterparts…

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