The Gauteng Province is the largest inland port of South Africa. It is the heart of business and industry. Whilst Gauteng’s history lies embedded in the discovery of gold, today Gauteng not only has one of the best infrastructures, but its population of over 9 million people form part of a vibrant mix of energy and diversity that make it one of the wealthiest provinces in Africa, and the entertainment epicentre of South Africa.
The O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) in Johannesburg is the air transport hub of Southern Africa, catering for more than 2200 tons of cargo each year. Additionally three major Freight Stations in Gauteng handle 1100 tons of seafreight cargo per year.
Chairperson: Jan Ludolph
Vice Chairperson: Philippe de Pinchart
Western Cape Chapter
SAAFF Western Cape Chapter was founded in the 1920’s under the name of Cape Town Freight Forwarders.
They have developed strong relationships in the industry ranging from the City Council to SARS Customs, encompassing the airlines, ACSA, NRCS, shipping lines, Transnet and Cape Town Harbour Carriers Association. Their reach further extends to the Cape Chamber of Commerce and the Port Liaison Forum together with other industry Stakeholder Forums.
Perishable cargo, which together with the wine and fruit industries, make up a large percentage of exports from the Cape and this Chapter has strong relationships with the National Department of Agriculture, the PPECB, Port Health and other related bodies.
Chairperson: Mike Walwyn
KwaZulu Natal Chapter
The KZN Chapter of SAAFF was formed in 1896 and was the first Association of its kind in South Africa. SAAFF KZN focuses on supporting member companies on matters concerning Customs, Port administration, and other Transport organisations.
In addition, the Harbour Carriers division of this Chapter represents the interests of transporters who operate in the port area delivering and collecting containers and general cargo. This division has around 50 member companies.
Durban is South Africa’s main ocean gateway and the busiest port in the Southern hemisphere.
The recent opening of the newly completed King Shaka International Airport, with a light industry and horticulture development zone surrounding it will see airfreight begin to take a larger role in forwarding and clearing activities in this region.
Chairperson: Devan Govender
Eastern Cape Chapter
The Eastern Cape Region recently announced the new Container Terminal of Port Ngqura, together with an Industrial Development Zone adjacent to the new port. The port compliments the existing port in Port Elizabeth.
Amongst the many goods that are imported and exported, Eastern Cape has a large fruit export base. The existing port handles fully built up motor vehicles as well as bulk shipments of manganese ore.
The SAAFF Eastern Cape Chapter focus is on maritime issues to allow for growth potential that the new port has in order to impact on the local economy and reduce the unemployment figures. Their aim is to ensure that the industry remains an integral part in decision making at all levels of business and government.
Chairperson: Hudson Thomas
Vice Chairperson: Rossouw Botha
Beitbridge is acknowledged as being the busiest land border post in Africa. During peak times, as many as 600 commercial trucks cross, in either direction, in a day, in addition to the thousands of individuals, vehicles and buses that pass through.
Although the smallest Chapter, and being the frontier between Zimbabwe and the SADC Region, it is the most important in that region.
Chairperson: Lin Botha