SASTALC holds as its niche that for the past 20 years it represented the collective single voice of the South African Shipper across all industries and modes of transport for freight and logistics to reduce the cost of business and to ensure the supporting supply chains supports our global competiveness. Over the past three years it has embarked on transformation by bringing in logistics service providers as well as collaboration with other associations, to be a true representative voice. Furthermore, shippers as well as their service providers are steadily trading and operating beyond the South African Ports and Corridors, with the cost of new single corridor initiatives, not being financially sustainable in the long-term, with the council now in a position to transform into a regional PPP organisation to be the aggregator of collaborative advocacy, knowledge and capacity building, not only for the 8 South Africa port corridors but also for the regional corridors, without the necessary structures to ensure full support of the Governments regional integration initiatives as well as of the other transport and logistics, Special Infrastructure Projects (SIPS) that need PPP collaboration.
In line with the transformation across the industry both globally as well as regionally and locally, with private sector called upon by governments to co-plan, invest and operate transport infrastructure and services, we believe that the core functions of our council has to be transformed from �emotional lobbying� to be the aggregator of innovative collaborative advocacy, promotion and communication to ensure we work together to improve efficiency and reduce the cost of our freight logistics and make our supply chains more globally competitive.
This implies that through a well-managed and -staffed secretariat all activities will be based on the principle of collaboration which enables individuals, organisations and/or stakeholders to work together to achieve a defined and common business purpose, namely to reduce the cost of logistics and to improve our global competitiveness.
Collaboration relies on openness and knowledge sharing but also some level of focus and accountability on the part of all. In collaboration, there is an increase in the understanding of diverse perspectives with the development of higher-level thinking as one of the important results. The council will be driven by the principle that the coordinated efforts of many can accomplish more than the efforts of one or a few separately.
This can be further illustrated by the Collaboration life-cycle which will be facilitated by the council on a continuous basis across all our activities and functions.