South Africa could lose its freight sector ‘gateway to Africa’ status

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The roadworks on the N3 often bring trucks to a standstill.
The roadworks on the N3 often bring trucks to a standstill.
PHOTO: Moeketsi Mamane

South Africa’s status as the “gateway to Africa” could slip away if the freight industry continues to bear the brunt of hijackings, looting and arson.

Gavin Kelly, the chief executive officer for the Road Freight Association (RFA), said many companies, especially those based abroad, were already choosing to use ports, like Walvis Bay in Namibia, because transporting cargo through SA has become increasingly risky.

In February, Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed that there had been a 24,6% increase in the number of trucks hijacked on SA’s roads.

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