THE TRANSPORT INDUSTRY

This article reports a speech by BJ Leeming, President of the Chartered Institute of Transport in South Africa (CITSA), on the role of the South African transport industry. South Africa needs to concentrate its energies on increasing professionalism and competitiveness in the industry. Professionalism includes skills and competencies, but also implies higher quality, ethical standards, and other values. South Africa has an alarming shortage of skills, and has had almost no rise in productivity per employee during the last 20 years. This is despite the fact that the South African Transport Minister M Maharaj considers that economic efficiency in transportation is essential. Lessing mentioned the following obstacles to a large sustained effort in transport: (1) lack of a common vision in the transport industry; (2) fragmentation of the various modes of transport; (3) lack of coordination; (4) quick 'fixes'; (5) continual 'reinventing the wheel'; and (6) no single champion for education and training in transport. These problems were reflected in the transport industry by: (1) the diversity of transport courses by training institutions and their lack of credibility in the industry; and (2) unwillingness to recognise and reward them.

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  • Publication Date: 1995

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  • Pagination: p. 6-7
  • Serial:
    • ROBOT
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: SNELCO-PRO PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSULTANTS
    • ISSN: 0035-7391

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  • Accession Number: 00714500
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1995 12:00AM