Mbalula reveals SA could have a new national shipping carrier soon

Mbalula reveals SA could have a new national shipping carrier soon

- The state is contemplating introducing a new entity to it's already struggling fleet

- Minister Fikile Mbalula reveals that a national shipping carrier could be established

- With SA poised along a bustling trade route, a new carrier may well have potential

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The government is toying with the idea of establishing a national carrier in an attempt to boost the transport sector. noted that the SA Airways is currently undergoing business rescue, with the state taking over control of the equally embattled Passenger Rail Agency of SA.

Nevertheless, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced that a new national shipping carrier was being eyed as a way of building strategic capacity:

“As a maritime nation with a coastline in excess of 2,500km, which is strategically located on one of the busiest shipping routes, surrounded by three oceans on the eastern, western and southern seaboards, we are steadfast on our commitment to position the ocean's economy as a strategic contributor to economic stimulation and growth."

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TimesLIVE reports that Mbalula told Parliament that new initiatives would allow for economic transformation, including those who wish to enter the industry.

The Transport Sector BBBEE (broad-based BEE) Charter Council will be reintroduced to spearhead this transformation.

Education and access to information will also be distributed to enlighten citizens on how to enter the industry, explained Mbalula, who revealed that a booklet would be introduced:

“It has not been an easy task to holistically explain the opportunities accessible in all transport sectors, hence there wasn’t information at hand to refer people to. In this booklet, all transport sub-sectors are separately looked at in terms of the opportunities available to establish a business.”

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