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Mike Fitzmaurice is the CEO of the Federation of East and Southern Africa Road Transport Associations (Fesarta). He has 42 years of experience in the transport and logistics industry with several major companies in South Africa, as well as overseas exposure with some of the leading transport companies in six European countries. Since 2004 he has established and run Transport Logistics Consultants. In May 2015 he became CEO of Fesarta.

Mayhem at the border

Dec 03, 2019No Comments

Southern Africa’s cross-border transport companies face a tough task – overcoming the violence, corruption and long delays at customs’ posts that have forced some of

Border-post procedures in need of an overha...

Nov 08, 2019No Comments

Border crossings in southern Africa are fraught with disaster – and South Africa is not immune to the probability of falling victim to high-risk incidents

Truck chaos continues

Oct 03, 2019No Comments

In the run up to Transport Month, attacks on truck drivers and vehicles in South Africa remained widespread, coinciding with a spate of in Johannesburg

AfCFTA: will it succeed or fail?

Sep 04, 2019No Comments

When it comes to implementing agreements in Africa, numerous challenges need to be overcome The recently launched Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is under

Reducing cross-border transit risks

Aug 07, 20191 Comment

While cross-border freight-transit risks need to be effectively managed, costs associated with lengthy delays at customs points need to be reduced. Fesarta has identified the

Barriers to transport and trade 

Jun 04, 2019No Comments

The road-freight industry faces a continual barrage of new charges and regulations, while there is minimal assistance in removing the many obstacles to efficiency caused

Crashed interstate trade

May 09, 2019No Comments

The reports from Fesarta members of the current situation on the main road corridors of the region make a mockery of the fanfare and verbiage

The yuan road to Africa

Apr 02, 2019No Comments

Ongoing Chinese investment in Africa raises concerns that governments are not fully aware of the risks, nor are they using the money correctly. In many

The lost years and how to recover them 

Mar 14, 2019No Comments

There is clear need for a bold “New Dawn” in the field of transport, but achieving it will not be easy. The recent disclosures of

Cross-border trucking procedures for compli...

Feb 14, 20191 Comment

Both operators and their drivers need to be acutely aware of their responsibilities and obligations when crossing borders in southern Africa. This guide should provide