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Old April 22nd, 2019, 05:28 PM   #101
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FAW SA trucks get ready for the long haul

Zimbabwean company Strauss Logistics takes delivery of 44 FAW truck tractors built in the Eastern Cape

Harare-based liquid fuels distribution giant, Strauss Logistics, recently placed an order for 44 FAW 33.420FT truck tractors from Choice Diesel Mozambique, which became FAWs’ first and only sales and service dealer in Mozambique.

The truck tractors were sourced and supplied by FAW SA, and were assembled in the company’s plant in Coega, Eastern Cape. The units were driven to Johannesburg where bull bars and flat-deck trailers were fitted before they were taken to Harare for licensing and registration.

The FAW trucks will be used by Strauss Logistics to transport general cargo from Durban to Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo and are expected to travel more than 100,000km a year. Additional trucks in the company fleet will operate on the Beira Corridor, which links Mutare in Zimbabwe to Beira and Tete in Mozambique.

This is the first time Strauss Logistics has bought FAW trucks. It previously used European and North American brands to haul Chinese-sourced fuel tankers throughout Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.

Zimbabwe’s Strauss Logistics is a leading road and rail distributor of petroleum products in Central and Southern Africa. The company was established in early 2010, having started as a trading company which outsourced its transport needs to third parties.

Today it operates more than 200 trucks and more than 60 rail tank cars. Serving second-tier retail customers as well as large industrial and commercial fuel users, Strauss Logistics moves diesel, petrol, Avgas, Jet A1, Ethanol, White Spirits and liquefied petroleum gas across the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region.

Darren Da Silva, COO at Strauss Logistics says he travelled extensively to China to witness the production of the company’s tankers, some of which were custom designed for the company. He later adopted a positive view of Chinese manufacturing and design.

The FAW brand was later recommended to him by Choice Diesel Mozambique’s MD, Wayne Greenwood. Choice Diesel became a full FAW sales and service dealer in Mozambique in August 2018.

While FAW is represented in Zimbabwe, Strauss Logistics is a long-standing customer of Choice Diesel Mozambique and the 44 truck deal stems from the close working relationship the two companies have had for years.

Strauss Logistics is an ISO-approved company, registered with the Environmental Management Agency in Zimbabwe and is German certified in OHSAS 18001/2007, ISO14001/2015 and ISO 9001/ 2015 standards.

It is a major player and specialist in the SADC region, where experience and contacts play a leading role in turnaround times.

A round-trip from Durban to the DRC and back can take about 38 days. This makes driver comfort a leading concern. Every tractor and trailer in the fleet is equipped with a vehicle-tracking device.

Strauss Logistics will soon commence with dry bulk and general cargo transport, hence the decision to buy the FAW 33.420FTs. The company has ambitious growth plans and foresees a fleet of 250 trucks being used to transport general cargo throughout the SADC region by 2020.

There is a new political and economic environment in Zimbabwe,” says Da Silva. “Commodity prices have risen and there is decent work in the DRC."

Before taking delivery, Strauss Logistics’ drivers travelled to SA for training.

FAW’s driver training is being expanded to include technical training and general vehicle maintenance training. FAW SA staff will also travel to Harare to perform additional driver and technical training duties.

We needed a truck supplier that had stock and parts available —in Southern Africa — and was therefore truly capable of serving all our needs promptly,” Da Silva says.

Strauss Logistics operates a large workshop in Harare, which will be audited by FAW SA, as part of its efforts to standardise and benchmark its dealers throughout the region. Some workshop processes have been automated and digitised, Da Silva says.



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Old May 3rd, 2019, 12:58 AM   #102
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Business flourishes as Angola revitalises historic railroad



In the heart of mineral rich southern Africa, mining companies have several options to get their cargo to port - traditionally they would look eastwards to Dar es Salaam, Beira or Durban on the Indian Ocean, a journey that can take up to three weeks. Now though, some are looking west: through Angola to the Atlantic port of Lobito.

A rebuilt railway stretching more than 1300 kilometres has cut the travel time to a matter of days instead of weeks. It is one of the continent’s most historic railways - the Lobito Corridor. 


A shipment of copper has just come in from across the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Next to it are empty carriages waiting to be towed back. The traffic is certainly two ways here.

Just over this border in the DRC is the former Katanga Province - now split into four new provinces. It's rich in minerals, including the lion's share of the world's cobalt - commonly found in your mobile phones.

The railway was originally built by Scottish mining engineer and explorer Sir Robert Williams, who discovered huge copper deposits in Katanga province. Under a 99-year concession, the railway was completed in 1929.

The railway reverted back to Angolan ownership in 2001 and a Chinese company rebuilt it at a cost of 2.3 billion Euros. Inaugurated in 2015, it uses General Electric locomotives and Chinese railcars.

The head of the railroad says they plan to extend the line to mineral-rich Zambia as well.

We currently have two trains every fifteen days, and we are working to have three to four or even five trains a day,” Luis Lopes Teixeira, President of the Benguela Railroad tells Euronews.

The sectors that could benefit from the Benguela Railway Line are agriculture, industry, construction and the creation of new companies,” he adds.

In the Angolan capital of Luanda, logistics companies are rubbing their hands.

Sergio Chambel, Director of Operations for Early Green, a logistics comapany says, “You can win a lot of time using the Lobito Corridor. And we are very near to the most important mines in the DRC, so it's just across the border. It's very very easy.”

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https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/01/...toric-railroad
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Old May 6th, 2019, 03:46 PM   #103
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ZAMBIA, CONGO AGREE ON SAFETY

Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo -DRC- have agreed to continue monitoring the security situation and congestion at the Kasumbalesa border to ensure safety of transporters.

This was during a Zambia joint Trade ministerial meeting held at the Kasumbalesa Border attended by Commerce Minister Christopher Yaluma and Congolese Minister for External Trade Lambert Matuka Memas.

And Mr. Yaluma in his opening remarks informed the meeting that a Zambian truck driver was attacked by suspected uniformed personnel in the Congo.
He said there is urgent need to provide a safe passage for all transporters in the Congo.

Mr. Yaluma added that Congo D.R remains strategic trade partner for Zambia hence the need to put in place stringent security measures for trade to thrive between the two Countries.

He called for the operationalization of the One Stop Border post at Kasumbalesa for smooth management and prompt border clearance to curb illegal trade.

And, Mr. Memas told the meeting that the head of the Army in that Country has been instructed to operate from Katanga province until the security situation for all transporters into the Congo is guaranteed.
He said there has been a general improvement in security for transporters into the Congo.

The meeting also resolved to collaborate on infrastructure needs and improvement at Kasumbalesa border to facilitate the smooth flow of trade.



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Old May 12th, 2019, 05:50 PM   #104
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Southern Africa: Tanzanians Urged to Take Advantage of SADC Summit

TANZANIANS have been urged to set strategies for exploiting opportunities ahead of the coming 39th Summit for the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The summit is scheduled to take place in the country in August 2019. Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Prof Palamagamba Kabudi, said yesterday in Dar es Salaam that the summit means a lot economically for all Tanzanians.

"Prior to the summit, there will be a SADC industrialisation week which is very crucial to Tanzania, as it aligns to our vision, everyone in the country should be ready to utilise opportunities from that great event," he noted.

The minister added that the August 2018 Summit, which took place in W indhoek, Namibia, nominated President John Magufuli the V ice President for SADC.

He said the Head of State serves the community for a period of one year, from 2018 to August 2019. Expounding further, he said President Magufuli will officially assume the Chairmanship of SADC during the 39th summit.

President Magufuli will become the chairman of SADC 16 years after President Benjamin Mkapa led the community in 2003.

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Old May 29th, 2019, 11:21 PM   #105
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DRC with the highest number of SA expat voters

Across Africa, Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo had the biggest number registered to vote.
A total of 797 were expected to vote.

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Old June 11th, 2019, 11:41 AM   #106
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Chinese enterprises urged to explore greenfield investments in northern Zambia

CHILILABOMBWE, Zambia, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese investors have been encouraged to consider investing in greenfield investment in agriculture and manufacturing sectors in northern Zambia, a civic leader said on Friday.

Christabel Mulala, Mayor of Chililabombwe town in the Copperbelt Province, said the move will go a long way in helping Zambia diversify its economy from dependence on the mining industry.

"Our appeal to Chinese is to consider investing in Chililabombwe to establish new investments in agriculture, processing and manufacturing industries to help grow the Zambian economy," she said.

Mulala said there is enough arable land for agriculture projects in the border town which shares a boundary with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Agriculture produce has a readily available yawning market in DRC, she added.

The civic leader further said the local authority was also interested in partnering with Chinese enterprises in waste management projects.
She said the local authority will benefit from Chinese technology on how to manage waste.

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SA troops ready for DRC deployment

More than 300 soldiers from the Second South African Infantry Battalion could soon be deployed in the conflict-wracked eastern DRC. The troops have completed their training and took part in a farewell parade in Bloemfontein today.

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Government to sign an MOU for Maize Export to DRC

Government says it is capable of supplying 1.3 million metric tonnes of maize to the Democratic republic of Congo DRC to meet maize deficit in that country. Acting Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Moses Mawere says government has begun facilitating for trade between the two countries.

Mr. Mawere says the two countries are set to sign a Memorandum of understanding – MOU which will facilitate for trade of agriculture products like maize and mealie meal. He says the draft document of the MOU will be ready and shared with the DRC counterparts by the tenth July this year.

Mr. Mawere was speaking in Ndola when he met with Democratic Republic of Congo – DRC Katanga Province governor of Haut Jacques Katwe in Ndola this afternoon.

And Mr. Katwe says the DRC is depending on Zambia to help with providing it with food security through the export of maize and mealie meal. He says the formulation of the MOU will stop illegal vices in the export of maize such as smuggling and fraud.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary Songowayo Zyambo says the country has enough maize stock for export and Local consumption. He says the country is exploring means of investing in the maize production in the Northern part of Zambia to meet the growing demand of the product.

And Copperbelt Minister Japhen Mwakalombe has said that there is need to formalise trade between Zambia and Congo DRC. Mr. Mwakalombe was speaking when DRC Katanga province Governor Jacques Katwe and his delegation called on him at his office, adding that currently there is a lot of smuggling going on between the two countries.

Mr. Mwakalombe called on the Katanga Governor to engage with his office so as to strengthen trade ties between Zambia and Congo DRC.

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Construction of 34km DR Congo highway connecting Zambia on track

Construction works on the new 34-km highway directly linking the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project in Democratic Republic of Congo to the Kolwezi airport in Zambia is on track.

The Kamoa-Kakula Project is approximately 25km west of the mining centre of Kolwezi in the DRC. It is a joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines (39.6%), Zijin Mining Group (39.6%), Crystal River Global Limited (0.8%) and the DRC government (20%). Ivanhoe Mines and Zijin Mining are co-funding development of the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project.

Kamoa-Kakula joint venture is constructing 19 km of the new provincial road, while the Lualaba provincial government is constructing the remaining 15 km under a toll concession agreement with a DRC-based contracting company.

The new east-west road is approximately 25% complete and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019. The road is set to provide Kamoa-Kakula with a direct, high-quality connection to the national road between Kolwezi and Lubumbashi, and to a proposed, new south-bound provincial road that will connect to Lumwana, Zambia and the Zambian rail system, via a planned new border crossing.

The toll road also will include a new north-bound, nine-kilometre section of road connecting all the mines on the western side of Kolwezi to the new provincial road. A separate eight-kilometre, private mine access road also is being constructed by the Kamoa-Kakula joint venture at Kamoa-Kakula to safely by-pass the villages of Israel and Kaponda.

This will significantly improve Kamoa-Kakula’s transportation corridor that is being used to bring in mining equipment and construction materials, and that will be used to transport copper concentrates.

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