Published On: Mon, Jun 29th, 2015

SA government, business must strengthen relations

Gauteng Intermodal Terminal

Gauteng Intermodal Terminal

PRETORIA – SOUTH Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry has called for cordial relationships between government and private companies in order to re-industrialise the South African economy.

The Deputy Director-General of Industrial Policy Development at the DTI, Garth Strachan, made the recommendation in Johannesburg Grindrod’s Gauteng Intermodal Terminal.

Strachan said government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) aimed, amongst others, to set out a roadmap for the re-industrialisation of South Africa.

He said at the heart of this plan was the principle of a close working, collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship between government and business.

“This is a critical principle if as a country we are to overcome both the constraints that inhibit industrial development and open the significant opportunities that exist.

“One of the constraints is the inefficiency of the country’s road, rail, port freight and logistics,” said Strachan.

He added that growing the economy across agriculture, mining and manufacturing sectors depended on a reliable, efficient and competitive rail, road freight and logistics system which is what is provided by Grindrod.

He said Grindrod’s vision was common with that of government to grow exports, increase trade and work towards industrial integration.

The CEO of Grindrod Gauteng Intermodal Terminal, Kees Van Welie, said the intermodal terminal was intended to be a one-stop shop for their clients.

Its goals were to simplify supply chains, cut costs and grow their business.

According to him, the 130 000 m² terminal is a hub that connects markets from as far as Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and closer to home Maputo, Richards Bay and Durban.

– CAJ News




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