Modelling the South African fresh fruit export supply chain
Thesis (MSc (Applied Mathematics))--University of Stellenbosch, 2005.
The process of modelling the fruit export infrastructure capacity of South Africa formed part of a larger project called the \Fruit Logistics Infrastructure Capacity Optimisation Study," which was coordinated by the Transportek division of the CSIR in Stellenbosch during the period August 2002 to March 2004. The aim of this project was to create efficiencies for, and enhance the competitiveness of, the South African fruit industry by improved usage of, and investment in, shared logistics infrastructure. After putting the size of the fruit industry into perspective, numerous aspects of the export process are considered in this thesis so as to be able to perform a comprehensive cost analysis of the export of fruit, including the cost of handling, cooling and transportation. The capacities of packhouses, cold stores and terminals are found and presented. This information, combined with fruit export volumes of 2003, then allow an estimation of the current utilisation of the South African ports with respect to fruit export.