DUE to the latest unrest in South Africa (SA) and doable related situations sooner or later, Namibia could be very more likely to expertise shortages and rising commodity costs.
That is because of the disruption of the regional provide chain, mentioned Hippy Tjivikua, managing director of the Walvis Bay Hall Group (WBCG).
The Southern African Improvement Group, which incorporates Namibia, depends closely on South Africa for the import of gas, groceries, prescription drugs, mining tools and spare elements, spare elements for automobiles, tires and extra.
The unrest and looting over the previous week, notably in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, which was allegedly triggered by the incarceration of former South African President Jacob Zuma for contempt of court docket, has resulted in delays and disruptions within the provide chain.
This has resulted in elevated transport prices as freight homeowners and logisticians want dependable routes.
“The chance exists for Namibia to see a rise in freight passing by way of the port of Walvis Bay to the area,” Tjivikua mentioned.
“The Namibian logistics hub gives a protected, safe and well-connected path to the area. Due to this fact, we’re optimistic that we are going to see elevated curiosity within the Walvis Bay corridors as most well-liked routes for freight within the area. “
Hall statistics obtained from Namport for the fiscal yr ended March 31, 2020 had been 5,561,999 tonnes of complete cargo dealt with.
Of this quantity, about 20% of the products had been transported alongside the assorted corridors as items in transit.
When requested what the hall group is doing to ease the state of affairs, or related future conditions, Tjivikua mentioned the WBCG has watched with nice concern the destruction of vans and logistics corporations throughout the unrest.
“We proceed to look at and seek the advice of with numerous stakeholders in South Africa to find out how we could be useful in making certain that the area’s provide chain stays intact,” he mentioned.
He says one of many greatest priorities and challenges is to make sure that truck drivers have all of the related info concerning the respective authorities in South Africa within the occasion of an emergency.
As a membership group, the WBCG has numerous platforms to make sure common engagement with stakeholders, together with truck drivers.
For this reason stakeholders within the area should guarantee an ongoing dialogue for the protected and safe passage of transport operators offering important providers.
“The affect of the previous few days will reverberate far past the borders of South Africa. The Walvis Bay Hall Group continues to facilitate the resolutions required alongside the Walvis Bay corridors to cut back limitations that have an effect on the circulation of products throughout borders. We’re grateful to organizations and corporations in the private and non-private sectors for working so nicely collectively to make sure that our corridors stay open throughout these troublesome occasions, ”mentioned Tjivikua.
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