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Three-month restriction may sideline goods transport at peak periods to keep roads clear for soccer commuters

World Cup may limit road freight
July 23, 2007

By Roy Cokayne

Pretoria - Road freight operators have been warned of a likely three-month restriction on their activities around the 2010 Fifa World Cup, to give preference to commuters. The restriction is proposed for a month before to a month after the event.

Sharmini Naidoo, chief executive of the Road Freight Association, said the warning was issued by Sudeo International Business Consultants executive director Suren Singh at a recent workshop.

Naidoo said the workshop was for stakeholders that had participated in a survey for the infrastructure inputs sector strategy that was commissioned by the presidency.

"We subsequently checked this with Mawehu Vilana, the deputy director-general in the department of transport, who said there may be freight delays of an hour before a soccer match, but not such long delays," she said.

Naidoo said the implications of a three-month restriction on road freight traffic were enormous for the road freight and other industries, in addition to the economy.

On Friday Singh confirmed making the comments but referred to them as a "cautionary note" rather than a warning.

He said the presidency had tasked him with looking at the impact of infrastructure inputs up to 2010 and beyond. Concern about restrictions on road freight traffic had arisen from what was indicated in the national transport department's 2010 transport action plan.

The traffic restrictions were not something he raised from his own perspective but had emerged from research and what was indicated by the transport department.

"They have a transport prioritising plan," he said.

Singh expressed doubt about how well publicised these documents were, adding that it was important they should be in the public domain.

"If you don't plan for it, you will see the building of infrastructure coming to a standstill at that time," he said.

Collen Msibi, a transport department spokesperson, was not aware of the proposal to restrict freight transport for three months.

"There hasn't been any specific decision [on this topic] at ministerial level," he said.

Regarding perishables, Msibi said the department had indicated these deliveries should be done before the event to enable better congestion management, but there was not going to be any restriction on road freight apart from the normal arrangements around stadiums.

However, the department's 2010 action plan, released last year, says freight volumes during the event will "have to be suppressed during the period to prioritise the use of road and air traffic infrastructure for passenger transport.

"Both the standard background volume of freight as well as volumes to accommodate increased hospitality demand will have to be accommodated in the shoulder periods before and after the 2010 event, with good planning and communications managing the flows for several months before and after.

"Freight prioritisation will likely address fresh goods deliveries and waste management ... Additionally, operational hours of freight services are likely to be significantly affected," says the plan.



I would like to explore the various options you have available, technically and financially.  Hopefully we can find a solution which is both attractive from a financial and technical solution, with a positive ROI.


 Based on the information you have provided, plus my experience in South Africa, our sites internationally where HTSol have these solutions installed, the information from the Freight haul web site, I can offer you the following solution:

Every container entering or exiting the Durban & JHB site would be logged, with the following information:

-         Container number;

-         Truck license plate;

-         Trailer license plate (if required);

-         Tracking unit number (if present);

-         Driver facial image (if present);

-         Driver access card number (if present);

The above information would be added to the invoice number, weight of the container (if a scale was present) and other information as required.

System Features

-         Handles all standard size containers (20,40,45,20/20)

-         Reads ISO 6346 formats including check digit verifications

-         Real--time tracking of containers

-         Reads container numbers from both sides

-         Operation uninterrupted by traffic into loading area

-         Simple configuration

-         Minimal equipment

-         Low maintenance

-         Superior reading accuracy

-         Seamless performance guarantee

The major purpose of the SeeGate Container Recognition software is to take pictures of the Containers, extract the alpha numeric digits out from the picture (by image processing software), verify its correctness (using the Container Code check digit as a final verification test), and transmit the identification string and optionally the image files.

  Benefits of System:

Automatic documentation of container inventory

Increases terminal efficiency

Enables Real-time data Processing

Enhances terminal assets tracking and management

1 Tracking unit

A portable tracking unit can be attached to the container.  This allows the container to be tracked closely from Durban to JHB, alarming if the container moves out of the defined area (N3 corridor or any other defined area).

Please REQUEST the presentation from I-CUBE.  

2 Container Recognition

Seegate is a stand-alone system that is used to automatically track and read Shipping Containers identification number together with the license plate of the carrying Truck.    This sophisticated image processing system can be placed at the Durban site of Freight Haul port location and at the JHB location that requires fully automatic identification.

The identified number strings and images are displayed on the systems main display, and logged in its local database. This data is transferred to other Windows applications via DDE messages. The application can be used in conjunction with a pre-stored list of Container and truck numbers, allowing an SMS or alarm to be generated if a container is detected or does not arrive.

Each unit controls several video cameras and handles them simultaneously while the truck and containers are in motion. The system uses these multiple cameras in order to look at various sides of the containers and to capture and analyse the Truck license plate. Additionally, as additional options, the wagon/chassis ID can be recognized, allowing the truck to be tracked from DBN to JHB.


The system has the following advantages over existing manual recorded sites:

- fully automatic process (no man-in-the-loop)

- increases the processing of the container/truck traffic at the congested gates

- the system data collects the traffic history

- handles simultaneously container & truck identification

 - provides live view of the gate traffic


The system has the following advantages over other automated solutions:

- simple configuration (few cameras)

- covers all types of containers (20, 40, 20/20 feet and combinations)

- performs recognition while at motion (the container does not stop)

- simple integration into the existing computer resources at the port

- has a high recognition rate (has 2-3 views redundancy on each container)

- has a user friendly display and operation

- a reliable system, 24 hour operation

- fast response (output in seconds)

SeeGate leads the industry in the number of worldwide installations.   For a complete list please see www.htsol.com

A possible list of equipment follows:

Item #

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PC Cabinet


AC Power 220V


LAN Connectivity




Connection Box


Power Supplies


Product Liability Insurance


Contactor's All Risk Insurance


Site Layout Design


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Cables (DC Power, Video, Control)


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SARS looks to fast-track customs clearance 
Linda Ensor

CAPE TOWN — The South African Revenue Service (SARS) wants to introduce within two years a fast-tracked system of customs clearance for cargo, commissioner Pravin Gordhan said yesterday.

The system would be based on the concept of authorised economic operators developed by the World Customs Organisation.

Recently, an agreement was signed between the Netherlands and China that allowed exports and imports of authorised economic operators to pass through the countries’ ports without the operators having to submit customs documents — except for the manifest.

This would allow for cargo containers to be taken almost immediately when offloaded.

“This will be an immense facilitation to trade and give real meaning to just-in-time delivery,” Gordhan said. “We hope we can emulate some of these developments elsewhere.”

Safmarine SA financial director Charles Collings welcomed the announcement. He said it was good news for importers and exporters.

Gordhan said SA customs authorities were poised to conclude mutual administration agreements with the customs administrations of China, India and Brazil to facilitate the prosecution of customs fraud, the exchange of documentation, and facilitate trade.

An agreement had already been signed with China and similar agreements would be signed with Brazil and India this month.

Gordhan said the collapse of the World Trade Organisation talks had resulted in many free-trade agreements being signed directly between countries.

This had created enormous complexity for customs administrations globally. Had the talks been successful, rules would have been harmonised.

Gordhan defended SARS for collecting R30bn more than the 2006-07 revenue target, saying this was because of the changing nature of the economy that economists had failed to capture adequately.

Like many developing countries, there were whole sectors of business activity in the second economy that were not captured.

“We do not really measure the total economy,” Gordhan said.

“Gross domestic product is a representation of that part of the economy that is measurable. Our economy is definitely changing — and at a rate faster than economists can keep up with.”

SARS based its revenue projections on economic forecasts for growth, household consumption and inflation. Statistics SA relied in part on the VAT register to compile its gross domestic product growth statistics. The register, however, only included companies with a turnover of R300000 or more — leaving a whole sector of businesses off the radar screen.

Gordhan said Stats SA was due to revise its economic growth figures this month, as statistics authorities around the world were required to do from time to time.

In February, SARS had forecast a R133bn collection from pay-as-you-earn tax for 2006-07. The projection now was R138bn. Figures for corporate tax were R96bn and R116bn. Value-added tax collections were likely to be R1,7bn more.

Gordhan said the tax base had increased 10%-12% a year for the past five years, and he believed there were many more billions in undeclared taxes to be collected.


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Barry T. Fryer Dudley

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Use of CCTV lenses at ports on western seaboard of USA

Story link: Use of CCTV lenses at ports on western seaboard of USA by Lin Freestone

Rainbow CCTV, a US supplier of security products, has supplied fixed focal length lenses for cargo recognition at major harbours on the western seaboard of the United States.

Ports including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Tacoma and Seattle are using manual iris and dc auto-iris lenses from the California-based manufacturer in assemblies created by Rainbows client Hi-Tech Solutions.

It is considered that efficient container tracking systems are crucial if US importers are to reduce their carbon footprint by using surface rather than air freight. Los Angeles has become an environmental steward and model for harbours all around the world.

The SeeContainer product from Hi-Tech Solutions features at port recognition projects across the globe, monitoring container markings through proprietary optical character recognition (OCR).

The Rainbow lenses are part of units which not only record general location data from the camera but also track, read and compare identification markings, presenting harbour authorities and shipping lines with overall image and extracted results.

A major site for the system is Oakland, which was the first harbour on the Pacific coast to build container terminals. It is now the fourth busiest port in the United States, behind Long Beach, Los Angeles and Newark. The Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro Bay is also benefiting from the OCR systems, which are contributing to the harbours competitive edge and recent record-setting cargo operations.



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