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Trade facilitation through logistics performance:The enabling role of National Government

Jan H. Havenga
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 5, No 1 | a25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v5i1.25 | © 2011 Jan H. Havenga | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 November 2011 | Published: 30 November 2011

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Jan H. Havenga, Centre for Supply Chain Management, Department of Logistics, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Abstract

Despite two decades of visionary policies, problems within South Africa’s freight logistics system remain. Logistics costs are high, the current road and rail solutions will be unable to meet long-term demand for freight transport sustainably, and rural economies still do not have efficient access to the corridor transport network. This article postulates that one of the core reasons for the state of affairs is the inability of government to enable an optimally functioning freight logistics system. The main challenges faced by government are identified and an intervention is proposed to develop an overarching framework and implementation plan to address South Africa’s long-term freight logistics needs.

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