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South African Business 2019 edition

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The 2019 edition of South African Business is the seventh edition of this annual guide to business and investment in South Africa. Regular pages cover all the main economic sectors of the South African economy and give a snapshot of each of the country’s provincial economies. Feature articles on topical issues such as Special Economic Zones and African trade provide unique insights, together with comprehensive overviews of critical economic sectors. Other special features focus on the exciting new possibilities in renewable energy, airports as engines of regional growth and the maritime sector as an entirely new prospect for South African entrepreneurs and businesses. South African Business is complemented by nine regional publications covering the business and investment environment in each of South Africa’s provinces. The e-book editions can be viewed at

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OVERVIEW Coast toll road project. The bridge over the Mtentu River will be the highest bridge in the country at 217m and will cost R1.6- billion. Air transport (iron ore); and from the coal fields of Mpumalanga to Richards Bay. More than 55-million tons is regularly transported along the former and upwards of 70-million tons can travel annually along the latter. Almost 90% of freight is transported by road and the logistics sector is very reliable. However, these volumes are not good for the condition of the country’s roads and Transnet is working hard to attract more business to the rail network. TFR has put 28 new electric locomotives on the line supporting steel producer ArcelorMittal to improve service. The rail sector is receiving many investments. The speedy Gautrain which started life as a service to the main airport in Johannesburg has been tremendously popular and there are plans to expand its network. Bids to supply 12 new trains will be adjudicated on in 2018. A total of 600 new passenger trains will be added to Metrorail’s fleet at a cost of R51-billion. Transnet Freight Rail has ordered 1 064 diesel and electric locomotives from four suppliers. Sheltam Group is expanding its services beyond rail services. A new lease company (for rolling stock) and an investment company (focussed on rail infrastructure) underpin the group’s African ambitions. Multi-billion- rand road projects planned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) include a Wild ONLINE RESOURCES Airports Company South Africa: National Department of Transport: Road Freight Association of South Africa: South African Association of Freight Forwarders: South African Heavy Haul Association: Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) owns and operates the country’s 10 biggest airports. The company also manages airports in India and Brazil. In 2016/17 the company reported a profit of R2-billion. Ekurhuleni wants to leverage the location of South Africa’s biggest airport, OR Tambo International, into a major economic asset. OR Tambo International in Gauteng caters for more than 17-million passengers every year. The Cape Town International Airport has been expanded and improved and recorded 10-million passengers in 2016. King Shaka International Airport (KSIA) is north of Durban. Several airports are possible future regional freight nodes: Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria, Polokwane Airport in Limpopo and Mafikeng Airport in North West Province. The South African Ministry of Transport has several agencies and businesses reporting to it: Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), National Transport Information System, Road Accident Fund, South African Civil Aviation Authority, South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA). The Polokwane International Airport (PIA) is wholly owned by the Limpopo provincial government and run by the Gateway Airport Authority Ltd (GAAL), an agency of the Department of Roads and Transport. It has the potential to be an important regional cargo airport. SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESS 2019 122

Safety is a priority at logistics company PROFILE Mueletshedzi Logistics aims to take logistics to another level. Environment and Quality (SHEQ) and Compliance Manager. He is currently enrolled on a strategy management programme with Unisa. Mueletshedzi Logistics (trading as MLTL) was founded in 2009 by Benedict Mudumela, an experienced metallurgist with an appetite for entrepreneurship. He saw a gap in the market where everyone was thinking about logistics as just the transport of goods. Mueletshedzi Logistics was founded with goal of changing that thinking. The aim is to deliver logistics solutions in a far more encompassing way: to bring logistics to clients in a way that had never been done before. To bring all solutions under one roof and to take logistics to another level. The company is able to assist clients in developing sensible, cost-effective solutions, be it in logistics, training or delivery of services. At Mueletshedzi Logistics, the goal is to have a long-term and sustainable relationship with clients based on honesty, trust and integrity. Business Development Manager Busani Sibanda holds a Diploma in Transport Management from ABMA (UK), a Diploma in Banking from the Institute of Bankers, Zimbabwe, a certificate in Store Administration and a certificate in Sales. He joined the Mueletshedzi Group of Companies in 2015 and has added value to to an already robust team of managers. SHEQ Manager Simba Gapara has a National Diploma in Analytical Chemistry (Harare Polytechnic), a certificate in Quality Assurance Management from City & Guilds of London Institute, and a certificate in Quality Management System Development and Maintenance. He is national Safety, Health, Safety, health, environment and quality The safety, health and environment policies of Mueletshedzi Logistics encompass: • to comply with environmental legislation and regularly assess the impact of all current and future activities, products and services on the environment • to provide training and tools for a good working environment and deliver a quality service in a consistent and timely manner • to implement mechanisms for the regular and continual review of business practices • to develop and implement mechanisms to identify health and safety issues • to impart training and awareness to employees to ensure employees are made aware of their legal obligations in respect of their own and others’ health and safety • make available adequate resources for the establishment of a quality and environmental management system. 123 SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESS 2019

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