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Vol 63 No 21

Published 20th October 2022

South Africa

Transport dispute puts brake on economy

Big companies are using alternative routes and service providers to keep goods moving after a strike at the state-owned railway and port operator

Dysfunction at the cash-strapped transport behemoth Transnet has forced importers and exporters to bypass the country's ports and trains and resort increasingly to trucking goods. Cargoes, including coal and iron ore, are being routed to the more efficient and reliable private sector-run port of Maputo in neighbouring Mozambique, now seen as a viable alternative gateway to trade with other African countries.

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