Transport & Logistics

The transport sector is the backbone of the economy in South Africa. The country’s extensive road, air, rail, and sea connections not only service South Africa, but also provide a transport hub for neighbouring countries. 

Services to our transport sector clients include infrastructure planning, financing, development, procurement, insuring, leasing, risk-management, and commercial transactions.

Roads are a crucial component, with most of the freight hauled via the road system. Most commuters also use roads for their daily trips to and from work. Road maintenance and development are therefore essential. We advise clients on these and other issues.

The main challenge facing rail transport is the capital expenditure required to replace aging rolling stock and develop infrastructure. Commuter transport projects, like the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link, require substantial legal expertise that involves transport, construction and engineering, financing, and regulatory know-how to facilitate projects of this magnitude.

Our legal team assists airlines and air charter companies with the financing of aircraft, drafting of structured finance agreements and maintenance agreements, lease and charter agreements, and services agreements. We assist clients with buying, selling, and leasing of aircraft, with competition and regulatory issues, insurance claims, dispute resolution, and labour issues.

South Africa has eight seaports: Cape Town, Durban, East London, Mossel Bay, Ngqura, Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay, and Saldanha Bay. The City Deep container terminal in Johannesburg is Africa’s largest dry port. Our legal team advises on import and export issues, customs and excise, insurance claims, and litigation.

We interact with the following industry bodies and regulators:

  • Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)
  • Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa
  • South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL)
  • Ports Regulator of South Africa
  • Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS)
  • Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (CBRTA)
  • Railway Safety Regulator
  • Road Accident Fund (RAF)
  • Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA)
  • Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC)
  • South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)
  • South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)

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