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DP World and Makwande Supply & Distribution win the bid for bpSA’s secondary transport operations

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DP World will be operating from bpSA’s Alrode, Pretoria, Rustenburg and Cape Town depots.
DP World will be operating from bpSA’s Alrode, Pretoria, Rustenburg and Cape Town depots.

bp Southern Africa (bpSA) has entered into an agreement with two logistics companies – DP World and Makwande Supply & Distribution – to take over its secondary transport business.

“The outsourcing decision is aligned to the bp strategy of outsourcing highly specialised, important but non-core functions as we transform from an international oil company to an integrated energy company with a streamlined vision. Most importantly, this is a continuation of our focus on contributing meaningfully to the transformation of the industry,” says bpSA CEO Taelo Mojapelo.

Taelo Mojapelo CEO bpSA: “Outsourcing the secondary transport business to specialist entities helps improve bpSA’s operating standards and efficiency.”
Taelo Mojapelo CEO bpSA: “Outsourcing the secondary transport business to specialist entities helps improve bpSA’s operating standards and efficiency.”

Both companies are aligned to bpSA’s transformation agenda. Makwande, which is 100% owned by black women, is a Level 1 B-BBEE contributor, while DP World’s South African business is a Level 2 contributor.

DP World will be operating from Alrode (Alberton), Pretoria, Rustenburg and Cape Town depots, and Makwande will be operating from Durban, East London, Gqeberha and Rocky’s Drift (White River) depots. In terms of the agreement, a total of 226 bpSA employees will move to DP World and Makwande.

“We thought long and hard about this move because of the impact it would have on our colleagues who have been an integral part of the business,” says Mojapelo. “We took great care and collaborated with labour unions to find the most feasible solution that would ensure we secured jobs for all impacted employees.

Outlining the rationale behind this move, Mojapelo says that outsourcing the secondary transport business to specialist entities helps improve bpSA’s operating standards and efficiency, as third-party specialists have the depth and capacity to invest in world-class technologies, driver training and effective monitoring mechanisms.

“In South Africa, we are among the last of the major industry players to operate an in-house secondary transport operation and the rest of the global bp business also outsources its transport operations,” she added.

Nona Chili, Makwande CEO: “We are committed to creating value for bpSA as we continue to grow Makwande and further uplift communities through more job creation.”
Nona Chili, Makwande CEO: “We are committed to creating value for bpSA as we continue to grow Makwande and further uplift communities through more job creation.”

Makwande is not new to bpSA, having benefited in 2016 from bp’s enterprise development programme. “We subsequently supported bp’s secondary transport business, which helped us to become more viable,” says Nona Chili, Makwande CEO. “This next stage of our relationship with bpSA is an exciting one for us, especially given how rigorous the selection process was. We are committed to creating value for bpSA as we continue to grow Makwande and further uplift communities through more job creation.”

Mark Rylance, Chief Operating Officer, Logistics, DP World: “This partnership will reap the benefits of combining bpSA’s established customer networks with our expertise in providing value-adding logistics solutions,”
Mark Rylance, Chief Operating Officer, Logistics, DP World: “This partnership will reap the benefits of combining bpSA’s established customer networks with our expertise in providing value-adding logistics solutions,”

Mark Rylance, Chief Operating Officer: Logistics for DP World in sub-Saharan Africa sees this partnership as unlocking new opportunities for growth and success for both organizations.

“Underscored by our shared commitment to delivering long-term solutions and innovation, this partnership will reap the benefits of combining bpSA’s established customer networks with our expertise in providing value-adding logistics solutions,” he says.

One of the impeccable looking rigs from Makwande Supply & Distribution which is an RTMS accredited company.
One of the impeccable looking rigs from Makwande Supply & Distribution which is an RTMS accredited company.

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