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Road Freight Subsector

The Executive Officer of TETA’s Road Freight Chamber is Dikeledi Masalo. Masalo, with her team based in Randburg, oversees the implementation of TETA’s mandate in Mpumalanga.

About the Road Freight Subsector

The road freight industry covers both public and private transportation, including but not limited to, trucks moving freight to and from the airports; to and from rail; to and from clients and from pipeline distribution centres to petrol stations. As an element of an integrated freight logistics supply chain it is also integral to the implementation of the Freight Logistics Strategy.


Road Freight and Logistics Industry’s Economic Contribution

The industry represents a workforce of plus minus 70 000 employees. This industry deals with the daily movement of freight and has recently experienced an increase in the volume of goods transported between production sites or ports and markets. It is estimated that 80% of all freight carried out in this country is done by road. The road freight market totals about 640 million tonnes of traffic per annum.


Persisting challenges:

  • There acute shortage of skilled truck drivers, coupled with the impact of HIV/Aids on the industry, is a looming crisis;
  • There is a dire need for skills upliftment programmes in the trucking industry, with over 80 percent of the nation’s goods being moved by road;
  • High rates of road accidents;
  • There is a need to train women drivers.

Strategic focus:

To address the key road freight industry challenges, TETA’s Road Freight Chamber aims to employ the following strategies:

  • Focus on ensuring that employers who apply for discretionary grants to train drivers in professional driving understand the implications of the programme in terms of their own inputs;
  • Encourage employers and training providers to invest in the training of women drivers as a strategy for reducing accidents on the road;
  • Promote road safety and healthy lifestyle through TETA led campaigns and/or supporting other stakeholder initiatives.

Achievements:

The chamber continues to see significant improvement in performance and overall stakeholder participation.

  • The chamber has succeeded in improving relations with the Mpumalanga Office of the Premier through a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport for artisan training and road traffic law enforcement learnership;
  • The chamber has experienced an improvement in workplace skills plan participation;
  • There’s been an increased number of DG applications;
  • The due diligence process implemented has succeeded in rooting out the hindrances in training such as non-performance of projects;
  • Signed memoranda of understanding with Nkangala TVET and Gert Sibande in relation to career and vocational guidance, bursaries, RPL, small business development support, driver training, road safety education and capacity building.

The Employer and Employee representatives:

The unions, major associations and authorities that represent employers and employees operating in the subsector are:

  • South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU)
  • Motor Transport Workers’ Union (MTWU)
  • Professional Transport Workers’ Union (PTWU)
  • Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (TAWUSA)
  • South African Express Parcel’s Association (SAEPA)
  • Road Freight Association (RFA)
  • National Employers Association South Africa (NEASA)

Statutory bodies:

  • The National and Provincial Departments of Transport
  • The Mpumalanga Freight & Logistics Forum (MFLF)
  • The Transport Sector HIV/AIDS & TB Committee
  • Mpumalanga InterSETA Forum
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