The contribution of mobility to the future of transport and logistics in South Africa

Nel, Magdalena M. (2016-12)

Thesis (MPhil)--Stellenbosch University, 2016.

Thesis

ENGLISH SUMMARY : Smart cities, continuous digital disruptions, “always on” information and communications technology, increased volatility and new competitors entering the sector from across many different industries and/or sectors were found to contribute to the evolution of mobility in the transport and logistic sector. The research report discussed and explored the contribution of mobility to the future of the transport and logistics sector in South Africa in 2030. The research report used environmental scanning, built on current research towards scenario analysis and mapped the impact of evolving mobility on the sector. The overall objective of the research was to explore how the concept of the ever evolving mobility would impact the transport and logistics sector in South Africa in the year 2030 and beyond. The research found that the ever evolving mobility contribution will transform the transport and logistics sector in South Africa in the year 2030 and beyond. New entrants (such as the likes of Siemens, Google, Apple, Amazon, Yahoo, Uber but to name of few), not specific to the transport and logistic sector, could very much be the leaders in the next transport and logistic sector in 2030, not only in South Africa, but globally. Only the businesses that master the evolving mobility with new business models will survive and be sustainable in the future. The South African transport and logistic sector is entering an exhilarating new era, one filled with opportunities for businesses evolving with the evolving mobility and realising the contribution of smart mobility technology and foresight. The research report made the following recommendations: 1. New business models should be created to fit the future evolving smart mobility contribution to the transport and logistic sector, in order to be sustainable. 2. The transport and logistic sector in South Africa should invest in new (smart) technology to meet the demands of the customers and passengers. 3. The transport and logistic sector in South Africa should actively invest in the training and education of the future new skills required for the smart mobility contribution to the transport and logistic sector in South Africa in 2030. 4. Businesses within the transport and logistic sector in South Africa are urged to perform scenario analyses on a continuous basis to assist with decision making, and to prepare, as much as possible, to thrive in the event of a catastrophe as opposed to just surviving. Limited information and research were available on mobility’s contribution to the transport and logistic sector in 2030, and even less were available specific to the transport and logistic sector in South Africa. The literature study conducted was limited to the passive mode and the scenario analysis was performed by a focus group, affected by the cognitive style of the members of the focus group and the author of the report. The report mostly focused on South Africa, and encouraged further research to establish smart mobility’s contribution to the transport and logistic sector, not only in South Africa, but also the rest of Africa – especially in the light of the fact that most Africa countries are in the demographic dividend stage, and if realised, could reap significant economic benefits by utilising the mobility contribution to the transport and logistic sector.

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