Container Park and distribution centre opens

BLOEMFONTEIN Container Park (BCP) and Logistics Intelligence (LQ), in partnership with Onnyx Network Holdings, have opened the only shipping line contracted Container Park in central South Africa and a state-of-the-art Bulk Products Packing and Distribution Centre at adjacent premises in Bloemfontein.

Jan Nair, Chief Executive Officer of Onnyx, says the company’s acquisition of a controlling stake of LQ, an established brand with a national footprint in the domestic landside space, and Onnyx’s partnership in the development of the site in Bloemfontein, are clear indications of the company’s commitment and passion to serve the South African Freight industry.

“After serving this industry for 38 years in various capacities and exiting the corporate structures as Divisional CE of a reputable and long standing listed entity, a position I held for eight successful years, I felt it was time to put back into an industry from which I had derived so much. Fortunately, my partner, Dan Govender, who also enjoyed a long and exemplary career and served as one of my executives, shared similar views. Notwithstanding the many challenges facing the South African Freight Industry and the economy in general, we launched Onnyx Network Holdings, and its subsidiaries, Onnyx Cargotrans, Onnyx Container Network and OPack, in March 2015.

“Our vision is aimed at being the leader in the provision of total landside services to the South African Freight industry within the next 5 years, with key recognition of our commitment to the development and maintenance of sustainable partnerships with customers and suppliers, investing in people, infrastructure and innovation in delivering service excellence and reducing overall cost of logistics, and making a direct and meaningful contribution towards social upliftment amongst our fellow South Africans. We believe this development in Bloemfontein is a huge step towards achieving our vision.

“We would like to thank the Executive and Management of Transnet Freight Rail for their guidance and unequivocal support. We recognise the importance of and look forward to the support of all our longstanding and new friends in the freight industry, in the successful pursuit of our goals and objectives,” says Nair.

The Bloemfontein Container Park and Bulk Products Packing and Distribution Centre cover a total of 22 000m² and allow the companies the opportunity to extend their current portfolio of containerisation services to not only provide superior services to the market, but to also provide these services in a more cost effective and sustainable manner. The new premises boast facilities which enable a full bouquet of services relating to, amongst others, the provision and storage of containers, packing and warehousing. At full capacity, the facilities will employ more than fifty staff.

Dirch Olsen, senior partner of all three entities involved with this development, says the bulk handling side of the facilities boasts a state-of-the-art irrigation system piloted and developed by the University of the Free State. “This is the first time that this type of stock pile irrigation is being built on site and the goal is to reduce dust and stock loss to zero. The impact on the health and safety of employees and the surrounding environment is also reduced to the absolute minimum. This is a clean and green site – the most environmentally friendly site of its kind in the country.

“We are very proud of this development. Transnet Freight Rail and Government have for years been saying that they cannot do it alone. Up until now the focus has been on renting railway land and ‘ducking’ when markets go soft, and nobody has invested and built a purpose built site like this. This development is a statement of both faith and intent – a belief in the future of South Africa,” says Olsen.