Cyber-attack on Transnet threatens SA’s status as the ‘Gateway to Africa’

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The Road Freight Association (RFA) is “dismayed and gravely concerned” about the cyber-attack on Transnet.

In a statement on Friday RFA said the Transnet system issues were creating massive delays and unreliability in the movement of goods across all modes of transport — with road freight bearing the brunt of the impact. Transnet told its customers on Thursday that it was experiencing a problem with some of its IT applications and had to shut them down.

The RFA said the gates to ports were closed which meant no trucks were moving in either direction. “This has immediate effect: the queues will get a lot longer, deliveries will be delayed and congestion will increase. The manual processes being used are also creating problems in terms of operations. Road freight operators already have a huge backlog resulting from last week’s civil unrest. The delays at the port will further exacerbate the problem. Deliveries will become unreliable and unpredictable — adding further inefficiencies into the supply chain.”

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