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Nigel Titus

A Perspective into South Africa’s Fuel Supply Dynamics

For its more than fifty-five million people, South Africa’s transport sector is the live-wire underpinning economic and social development. Tied to the movement of goods, be it bulk dry cargo, liquids, perishable or non-perishable goods, is the need to ensure security of fuel supply – the life-blood of the transport sector.  And while South Africa’s coastal regions may be the landing zone for goods from global destinations, they are also the loading zones for dispatching products across the country, including the five inland provinces – the Free State, Gauteng, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.  Although Gauteng is South Africa’s smallest province by land area, it is the country’s economic powerhouse, contributing some 35% to gross domestic product (GDP). Together, the five inland provinces contribute just over 60% to GDP.