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We asked the team to tell us about their favourite place in Africa.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
“My favourite place is visiting any Megafreight office or facility if I am not in the bush”.
“The Kruger National Park has to be my favourite place. The diversity captured within its fences is just something else!”
“My favourite place in Africa is definitely Cape Town due to its scenic splendour and the fact that there is so much to see and do within an hour or two’s drive of the city.”
“My favourite African destination is anywhere in the bushveld where serenity reigns and am surrounded by the majestic beauty of our land.”
Head of Compliance
“My favourite place in Africa is the beautiful Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho, with lots of traditional history that it shares with our country South Africa.”
If I HAD to choose, it would be Cape Town and its surroundings, with all its natural beauty, plentiful wine farms and long stretches of beaches.
Alex de Abreu
“My favourite place in Africa is God’s Window, in Mpumalanga. It’s simply majestic.”
AND Product Manager
“I love the quiet beaches and calm seas found around George, which is perfectly suited for a relaxing holiday with young children.”
“Having grown up in Durban, I think it’s only right to pay tribute to its beautiful beaches.”
“My favourite part of Africa is the Garden Route, nestled on the Western Cape coastline, because it provides around a 300km scenic route with endless activities for my family.”
“We have so many beautiful places. If I had to choose, it would be the Kruger National Park. I love the bush and the serenity that comes with it.”
“My favourite place in Africa is the wide-open space of the bushveld.”
“My favourite place in Africa is the farm where my wife grew up, close to Somerset East. It’s a perfect getaway spot when we need a break from the stresses of the city.”
“Definitely the bush. For me it’s a true reflection of what Africa represents and the only place that instils a sense of true calmness and peace in one’s mind and soul.”
Our established global network with partner offices strategically located around the world, combined with our understanding of South Africa’s unique market requirements, allows us to offer you global freight forwarding services to or from nearly every city in the world. This powerful alliance with select global partners allows us to build on our successful history, while focusing firmly on the future. Our integrated solution and personalised service ensures that your product reaches its final destination, while you focus on your business.
It all started over here...
Gordon’s Airfreight enters into an agreement with German-based forwarder Richard Boas and Hong Kong-based forwarder Baltrans in its first steps to offer international forwarding services to its customers.
Gordon’s Airfreight (Pty) Ltd is merged with Megafreight Services (Pty) Ltd and the company relocates to larger premises. The company acquires Transpacific Shipping (Pty) Ltd, while German-based forwarder M&M Militzer & Munch is appointed as the first large international forwarder along with Marine Land Air Transport in Taiwan.
Oceanair is sold to Safcor-Panalpina and in May 1986 Gordon Pascoe and Mike Els acquire 100% of Megafreight Services (Pty) Ltd. Trading recommences on the 1st of June 1986, in premises shared with friendly competitor Freightech, in the back of their small warehouse with a staff complement of five. International partnerships are renewed.
Durban branch opens and the Megatrac software development is outsourced to a specialist software house and re-written in INFORMIX. IBM Risc computer is installed to link the new Durban branch while Compu-Clearing system is utilised for customs entry processing. Gordon Pascoe & Mike Els re-acquire the Rohek minority interest. Total staff complement is now just under 80 people.
Cape Town branch opens, headed by Wayne Lazo and Leon Delport, with Jane Reinhardt playing an active management role. Marianne Schlosser joins the company at its Johannesburg branch, which relocates to larger premises in Isando. Total staff complement reaches 120.
Pietermaritzburg branch opens, and Durban branch relocates to larger company-owned premises in Bay Terrace.
Freight Clearing & Consulting merged into Megafreight Services (Pty) Limited and Megafreight relocates to new premises in Pomona, Kempton Park.
JH Bachmann offices in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town merge with Megafreight offices. The Johannesburg branch acquires new premises in Jet Park. Staff complement settles around 230. Bloemfontein and Pietermaritzburg offices close.
Staff complement exceeds 240 and Durban branch relocates to larger offices. DSV (formerly DFDS) opens its own offices in South Africa and IJS Global is appointed as a new partner.
March – Exclusive agreement signed with C.H Robinson. October – Warehousing logistics division formed. Warehouse established in Paarl (March).
Acquired Ibhayi Freight Services (Pty) Ltd.
Megafreight's history traces back all the way to Gordon’s Airfreight (Pty) Ltd, which was founded by Gordon Pascoe in October 1980. It opened its doors for business on the 2nd of February 1981 in Kempton Park, close to Johannesburg International Airport, as a Customs Clearing Agent with a staff complement of four people. Shareholders at the time were Pascoe (25%), S. Bacher & Co (Pty) Ltd (better known as Lanco Watches - 50%) and Friedland Stores (better known as Dion Stores - 25%).
In line with expansion by Dion Stores, Megafreight Services (Pty) Ltd is registered on the 9th of December 1983 to handle Ocean Freight, with Dions taking up 75% of the shares in the company. Mike Els joins the company on the 15th of December 1983 as head of the Ocean Freight division. Megafreight installs its first computer system.
Following the now infamous “Rubicon Speech”, Dions experiences substantial exchange losses. In the process of disposing of its subsidiaries, Megafreight is sold to competitor Oceanair, where it continues to trade independently under its own name.
Now operating from their own premises with a larger staff complement, Megafreight develops its own in-house operations software, called Megatrac, that runs on a small Unix 386 computer network. Rohek Warehousing buys a minority stake in the company.
Megafreight enters into an exclusive agreement with JE Bernard in the UK, which proved to be very successful until Bernard was sold to SDV in 2001.
Megafreight appoints SDV as its exclusive global partner.
Megafreight acquires 51% stake in Johannesburg-based customs agent Freight Clearing & Consulting Services (Pty) Ltd – headed by Hennie Enslin, Pieter Henning and Adriaan Mans. Bloemfontein branch opens. BDP International appointed as new global partner.
Megafreight acquires 100% of JH Bachmann & Co (Pty) Ltd from Imperial Holdings, which in turn acquires 60% of Megafreight. The trading name of the company is changed to Bachmann-Megafreight and JH Bachmann is appointed globally as its new exclusive partner. With the addition of JH Bachmann, Megafreight now has offices in Pretoria and Port Elizabeth. Staff complement reaches 300 following the acquisition.
JH Bachmann is sold internationally to DFDS and DFDS (DSV) in turn becomes Megafreight's new exclusive global partner. Company drops Bachmann from its name and reverts to trading as Megafreight.
Megafreight buys back all Imperial shares and once again reverts to a privately owned, independent company.
Acquired Belfreight - Chemical warehouse established in Bredell, Johannesburg (May). General warehouse established in Cape Town (August).
Warehouse established in Gqeberha (PE).
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