For once in a long time, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government has shown a welcome sense of urgency in tackling the country’s deepening freight logistics crisis.

Last Wednesday, the cabinet confirmed two appointments. Michelle Philips, caretaker group CEO of Transnet, became CEO, and Russell Baatjies was appointed CEO of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), the group’s biggest, if troubled, rail freight unit. The government brought in an outsider, Nosipho Maphumulo, formerly with Eskom, as Transnet’s group financial officer...

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