Tuesday, 20 July 2021 20:59

Staff Reporter.

In an effort to further enhance collaboration, improve efficiencies and continue the vital flow of goods and freight throughout South Africa and the continent, a partnership in the supply chain, transport and retail sectors has been established.

Referred to as the Gauteng Freight Forum, this partnership is between the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and industry associations.

"The initiative will serve to primarily provide a common platform for information-sharing between the private sector and government. It will also assist with trouble-shooting and rapid intervention in various areas of concern, as and when they arise," the department said on Monday.

The forum has committed to ensuring that the movement of essential goods and services continues, with active co-operation between the private sector and various arms of government.

"We are now on sound strategic footing for the secure movement of freight within the Gauteng province. The voice of the freight industry will be heard.

"That is why it is important for us to meet monthly and analyse risks relating to the corridors (our roads, ports and rail) – looking at risks and threats, dealing with them promptly and swiftly.  Information sharing is critical for this," Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Road Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo, said.

Gauteng remains a key destination for freight , with more than 60% of freight originating, passing or leaving through the province.

"We want to re-position Gauteng as the inland hub for freight and logistics. We need to realise its competitive advantage," the MEC said.

In its inaugural meeting, the Gauteng Freight Forum agreed to work on a concept to secure the corridor/s.

This will include, amongst others, ensuring visible policing and undertaking law-enforcement activities.

"We fully support the establishment of the Gauteng Freight Forum and look forward to working together to keep the wheels of our economy turning," Road Freight Association (RFA) Chief Executive Officer, Gavin Kelly, said.