Figuring it out: Africa supply chain week in numbers

34th – 

SAA (South African Airways)  has dropped seven places from position 34th in 2015 to 41st in 2016. The South African state-owned airline is still tops in Africa, followed by Air Mauritius (73rd), Ethiopian Airlines (76th), Kenyan Airways (85th).

100% – 

Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) is forecasting to move about 380,000 metric tons of cargo by June 2017, or a 100% increase on the previous fiscal year. TAZARA attributes their optimism to government commitment and leadership with a new vision. In the 2014/2015 fiscal year, TAZARA managed to move only 88,000 metric ton.

30 years –

El Niño is causing havoc in the Horn of Africa, as Ethiopia is dealing with their worst drought in 30 years. It is estimated that 10 million people is in need of emergency food aid and 18 million is at risk.

PPP law No. 14/2016 –

Rwanda has passed a law, that enables the public and private sectors to collaborate on infrastructure investments and services. The public-private partnerships (PPP) law provides for increased co-operation between the government and the private sector on infrastructure projects such as roads, railways, airports, inland ports, energy, telecommunication and information technology. Rwanda follows in the footsteps of their East African neighbours, which have similar legislation.

40 million –

El Niño/La Niña could impact 40 million in East and Southern Africa alone. South Africa which is usually a net exporter of maize, may be forced to import 3.8-million tons of white and yellow maize this year. White maize traded in early July for R4 540 ($313) a ton in  South Africa, compared to R2,500 ($172) in “normal years.”