South Africa: Gauteng Roads and Transport establishes partnerships with the private sector
Gauteng and freight industry associations partner to improve sector efficiency
In an effort to further strengthen collaboration, improve efficiency and continue the vital flow of goods and freight across South Africa and the continent, a partnership between the Gauteng Roads and Transportation Department and industry associations in the supply chain, transportation and retail sectors has been established.
Called the Gauteng Freight Forum, this initiative will primarily serve to provide a common platform for information sharing between the private sector and government.
It will also help with troubleshooting and rapid response to various areas of concern as they arise.
Supported by Gauteng MEC for public transport and road infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo, the following organizations have joined the Forum:
The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA)
The Road Freight Association (RFA)
South African Freight Forwarders Association (SAAFF)
South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA)
The Transport Forum.
The forum is committed to ensuring that the flow of essential goods and services continues, with active cooperation between the private sector and various branches of government.
Noting the importance of structure, MEC Mamabolo said that “this forum is important so that the sector does not have to seek government”.
“This is why it is important for us to meet monthly and analyze the risks associated with the corridors (our roads, our ports and our railways) – by examining the risks and threats, dealing with them quickly and quickly. Information sharing is essential for this, “he said. added.
Gauteng remains a key freight destination – with over 60% of freight coming in, passing through or leaving the province.
“We want to reposition Gauteng as a domestic hub for freight and logistics. We need to realize its competitive advantage,” continued MEC.
During its inaugural meeting on Monday, July 19, 2021, the Gauteng Freight Forum agreed to work on a concept for securing the corridor (s). This will include, among other things, ensuring visible policing and the implementation of law enforcement activities.
Welcoming the creation of the Forum, Dr Juanita Maree, President of SAAFF, said “we are here. We are committed. We will work together until the end”.
“We fully support the creation of the Gauteng Freight Forum and look forward to working together to turn the wheels of our economy,” said Mr. Gavin Kelly, Managing Director of the FRG.
“We are now on a solid strategic basis for the secure movement of freight in Gauteng Province. The voice of the freight industry will be heard,” MEC concluded.