CONTRACTUAL LOGISTICS
– AFRICA

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Unitrans Africa (‘Unitrans’) is a diversified supply chain solutions company serving selected sub-Saharan African markets.

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CONTRACTUAL LOGISTICS
– AFRICA

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Unitrans Africa (‘Unitrans’) is a diversified supply chain solutions company serving selected sub-Saharan African markets.

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2020 HIGHLIGHTS

New contracts secured with an annualised revenue of R222 million

New technologies and the extension of services within the current infrastructure created significant growth opportunities

Successful completion of trials using precision farming techniques enable expansion of our agricultural service offering

Implementation of drone surveying to conduct normalised difference vegetation index (‘NDVI’) mapping

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2020 HIGHLIGHTS

New contracts secured with an annualised revenue of R222 million

New technologies and the extension of services within the current infrastructure created significant growth opportunities

Successful completion of trials using precision farming techniques enable expansion of our agricultural service offering

Implementation of drone surveying to conduct normalised difference vegetation index (‘NDVI’) mapping

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46 million
kilometres travelled per annum
1.8 billion
litres of fuel transported
per annum
315
pieces of yellow
equipment

SAFETY AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Botswana
Astron Hauler of the Year Award

Acknowledgement from the Botswana government for the effective Covid-19 mitigation management processes implemented

Namibia
Unitrans was awarded Green status and Safety Hauler of the Year by Total

Vivo awarded Unitrans Professional status (one of the first in Africa)

Unitrans in Namibia reached 2 million man-hours injury free and received their Road Transport Management System (‘RTMS’) accreditation

Mozambique, Xinavane
NOSA Eastern region awarded Unitrans for their integrated management system

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8.3 million
tonnes of sugar cane
transported per annum
1 076
vehicles
85
sugar cane
road trains
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46 million
kilometres travelled per annum
1.8 billion
litres of fuel transported
per annum
315
pieces of yellow
equipment
85
sugar cane
road trains
8.3 million
tonnes of sugar cane
transported per annum
1 076
vehicles

SAFETY AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Botswana
Astron Hauler of the Year Award

Acknowledgement from the Botswana government for the effective Covid-19 mitigation management processes implemented

Namibia
Unitrans was awarded Green status and Safety Hauler of the Year by Total

Vivo awarded Unitrans Professional status (one of the first in Africa)

Unitrans in Namibia reached 2 million man-hours injury free and received their Road Transport Management System (‘RTMS’) accreditation

Mozambique, Xinavane
NOSA Eastern region awarded Unitrans for their integrated management system

‘Our purpose is to deliver innovative solutions to our customers in Africa through the use of leading global technologies.’

– Rob Hayworth

‘Our purpose is to deliver innovative solutions to our customers in Africa through the use of leading global technologies.’

– Rob Hayworth

Rob Hayworth, CEO | Contractual Logistics – Africa

Rob has completed an N6 and National Technical Diploma. He joined Unitrans in 2000 as technical advisor for the sugar and agricultural sectors. Since then he has fulfilled several roles in Unitrans Africa, including that of regional and general manager of the Malawi and Mozambique operations. In 2017, Rob was appointed as a director of Unitrans Proprietary Limited and was responsible for the non-South African operations. In 2018, he was appointed as the COO of Unitrans Africa Proprietary Limited, and in November 2019 he was appointed as the CEO of the division.

Following a recent review of our strategy and a subsequent management restructure during the year, we focused on renewing existing contracts and establishing a solid foundation for future growth. The introduction of new technologies and the extension of services utilising the current infrastructure have created significant growth opportunities.

During the year, we renewed contracts with an annualised revenue of R975 million and secured new contracts with an annualised revenue of R222 million against a loss of contracts worth R55 million in annualised revenue.

The agricultural sector presents growth opportunities

Unitrans has been providing supply chain solutions to the agricultural sector in Africa since 1962. Our operations are currently situated in eSwatini, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia.

Our operational management, based primarily on our customers’ sugar estates and working closely with their staff, are continuously developing solutions to improve efficiencies and maximise customer yields. This creates opportunities for Unitrans to expand both the nature of the work performed and our services into new territories, thereby increasing the level of support to our customers.

Traditionally, we provided services such as haulage and field preparation to the agricultural sector. The successful completion of trials using precision farming techniques is enabling us to expand our agricultural service offering into new technology-driven complementary farming services.

Precision farming techniques are widely practised on other continents. Various technologies are used to improve yields, increase efficiencies and reduce costs. Unitrans has implemented drone surveying to conduct normalised difference vegetation index (‘NDVI’) mapping.

The data accumulated through this process is analysed to identify areas which may require additional irrigation or fertiliser, or those that will not produce the required yield and should therefore not be fertilised. The application of fertilisers and agrochemicals is varied in line with the specific requirements obtained from advanced soil analysis, multispectral drone mapping and satellite imagery. The variable rate application is achieved through leading GPS-controlled equipment and technologies, ensuring precise placement of the fertiliser within the fields.

We have invested significantly in the development of our operational and information management systems in order to improve operational efficiency and visibility to our management and customers. These management systems, together with our experience and skills in managing a wide variety of vehicle fleets, have created the capability to provide a total fleet management solution for our clients’ entire operations, in addition to the management of our own contracted vehicles and equipment.

Expanding road freight servicess

Our road freight operations have historically been heavily weighted towards both cross-border and in-country fuel distribution. Unitrans services all the major blue-chip fuel companies in the Southern African Development Community region. We are able to secure this business on the basis of our safety record and high level of efficiency and service.

Commodity freight represents an enormous industry in Africa, generally supported by the transport of inbound consumables and outbound commodities. The experience we have gained by operating in Africa for decades, together with the existing footprint and infrastructure to support these services, creates a strategic platform from which we can expand our operations into a broader road freight sector. We are therefore in the process of expanding our inbound and outbound road freight services and see significant opportunity in this space.

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