Roads, Rail & Ports 2022: Inefficiencies holding back economic growth

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After many years of allowing the infrastructure of the crucial network industries that underpin South Africa’s logistics sector to deteriorate, amid inadequate maintenance, indecision and corruption, government appears to have resolved itself to improving the performance of the sector.

It aims to do this by improving the efficiency of its underperforming ports by allocating more funds for port projects, ramping up road construction and maintenance, as well as permitting private-sector participation in the rail sector, where the challenge of restricted capacity has been exacerbated by the increasing incidence of asset theft and vandalism.

In light of these developments, Creamer Media has compiled the ‘Roads, Rail & Ports 2022: Inefficiencies holding back economic growth’ report in which these pertinent issues are discussed, including a review of the scale and state of South Africa’s roads, rail and ports infrastructure, the maintenance and funding thereof, and the initiatives that are under way to tackle the many inefficiencies in these sectors.

This report is a summary of information published in Engineering News and Mining Weekly, as well as of information available in the public domain over the past 12 months. The report does not purport to provide analysis of market trends.

Published on 13 September 2022.