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Freight Handling Chamber

The Executive Officer of TETA’s Freight Handling Chamber is Lazarus Dladla. Dladla, with his team based in Durban, oversees the implementation of TETA’s mandate in KwaZulu Natal.

About Freight Handling Subsector

Freight handling is an integral part of the supply chain management system and provides vital support service to industries which span all modes of transport. This subsector is concerned with the handling, storage and stock control of cargoes through sea ports, airports, distribution centres, factories and other depots.


  • As a result the fourth industrial revolution, the industry is undergoing rapid computerisation and employee computer literacy skills are lagging behind;
  • The new amendments to the Labour Relations Act are proving to be a challenge to stevedoring companies who use casual labour for extra work that arises from time to time but is not consistent enough to justify permanent employment;
  • Given South Africa’s demographics, the freight handling subsector has notable inequities, linked to gender and disability;
  • SMME participation in skills development remains a challenge.

Strategic focus

The Freight Handling Chamber’s main objective and function is the development and implementation of the chamber’s skills plan, which is informed by the subsector’s scarce and critical skills inventory. The implementation of the skills plan is underpinned by the following strategic focus:

  • Providing quality support and aligning delivery-mechanisms to the requirements of the subsector by monitoring execution of Education, Training and Development (ETD) activities in the subsector;
  • Increasing stakeholder participation and levy-paying companies;
  • Liaising with all subsector stakeholders such as associations, International Labour Organisation, National Skills Fund, Department of Transport, Department of Labour, organised employer and employee bodies, training providers and other SETAs to address industry issues which includes loss of skills as a result of movement of casual labour and others;
  • Encouraging the introduction of transport and logistics qualifications into TVET curricula.


  • Provided support and increased participation from large and medium sized levy-paying enterprises in skills development;
  • Supported rural interventions through various interventions within KZN, NC, EC and WC which include supporting road safety awareness campaigns, AET programmes for unemployed individuals within rural communities, learnerships in business administration and small business financial management;
  • Supported and funded learning interventions targeting 200 disabled unemployed individuals in rural areas within KZ, EC and WC with training in business administration;
  • Supporting and funding training of 200 SMME’s on technical skills;
  • We entered into MoUs with 5 TVETs in KZN for workplace experience;
  • We entered into MoU with KZN Department of Transport for the development of artisans.

Employee representatives:

  • SATAWU – South African Transport & Allied Workers Union
  • SACCAWU – South African Commercial Catering & Allied Workers Union
  • UTATU – United Transport and Allied Trade Unions

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