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Shippers council appoints new CEO

Southern Africa

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The SASC is a representative body of cargo owners and service providers. PHOTO: Getty Images

Horne-Ferreira, who was also the CEO of the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI) at one stage, will take over as chief executive (CEO) of the representative body of cargo owners and service providers from outgoing part time executive director, Beverley Waugh.

“Please join me to congratulate Beverley Waugh, who under the able guidance of our chairman, Dirk Nell and his board and Exco of the SASC, have done an excellent job of transforming the SASC from a purely cargo owners organisation to a collective collaborative industry organization,” Horne-Ferreira said.

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“It was unanimously decided to appoint me as the CEO to take office on 1 July 2014, to steer the council through this period of raising membership, finances and support, with the mandate to open up a permanent office for the SASC in Gauteng, in the very near future.”

According to Horne-Ferreira, this was after thorough research into the models of more than 60 shippers’ councils globally.

“Every country with an economy of note has a shipper’s council with a permanent secretariat to drive and be an advocate for supply chain efficiencies, communication and research with stakeholders for the benefit of the cargo owners, service providers and economy as a whole,” she said.

“As was the case with MCLI and the Maputo Corridor, I cannot sail this ship alone through the coming waters – it is going to take the collective cooperation of all stakeholders of the Southern African Supply Chain and Logistics Industry, to work together to ensure the cargo owners and all role players continue to be competitive in the global arena.”

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She also stated that this would aid regional integration and global trade in becoming the catalyst of economic growth so that poverty can be eradicated in the region. 

“Innovative collaboration for freight movement across road, rail, shipping and trade facilitation, needs to tap into integration, facilitation, cooperation, communication and evaluation making use of technology for visibility, research and capacity building as well as joint planning and execution.”