The honourable MEC thanked Brenda for the invitation. “It was a great honour to be invited to such an event, where initiatives to not only improve thecountry , but our continent make one realise that we have a duty to ensure that our we play our part in making our country and continent a better place.The launch of SASTALC means that the organization has established itself to be the preferred voice for cargo owners, this is evidenced by the growth and transformation that has taken place over the past two decades.What’s more important is SASTALC’s expansioninto the rest of the continent. There cannot be any logistics activities in the country that do not impact on the Southern African region as a whole.
This is important as in order to achieve the desired cost efficiencies, the role that SASTALC is playing to integrate and collaborate with partners within the region will yield the desired change. Gauteng as a province and as the economic hub of the country, is under performing, which translates in the country as a whole underperforming. As a result, government is re-aligning its resources and looking at the region as a whole to find ways of enhancing economic activity, which will in turn boost the economy.This includes investment in road and freight infrastructure as well ashuman capital.
As part of this initiative, the Provincial Government is working on the 10 strategic pillars of the province, oneof whichis collaborating and building strategic relations with other African States.This is crucial if the country is to maintain its competitive edge in the region.SASTALC was encouraged to align itself with these pillars and request audience with the Premier as there will be benefits for the province within the transport and logistics sector to be derived from this engagement.”