SAAFF warns SA may lose position as gateway to Africa in wake of riots

There are worries that the devastating impact that the fatal riots have had on trade, would also have far-reaching consequences if government did not play its role in restoring trust in the country's logistics system.

FILE: Dalia al-Darawish  is preparing for an exam to become one of only a handful of qualified female Palestinian truck drivers, a test the 26-year-old sees as about more than just driving. Picture: Pixabay.com

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Association of Freight Forwarders said that the country's ports and logistics system would lose its position as a gateway to Africa following the violence and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

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There are worries that the devastating impact that the fatal riots have had on trade, would also have far-reaching consequences if government did not play its role in restoring trust in the country's logistics system.

Several trucks were torched, warehouses were set alight, shops were looted and roads were cordoned off during this month's anarchy .

The South African Association Of Freight Forwarders' chair, Juanita Maree, said that the problem started three years ago with the burning and looting of trucks carrying goods from all over the world.

“We need from the government strong leadership and the private sector also needs to take action. But if there’s not strong leadership, we take hands and we work together and we collaborate, and we keep on emphasising the same message that we need this strong logistics infrastructure to sustain localisation,” she said.

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