Transport & Manufacturing

Throughout the past 21 years Letsema has advised a large number of clients’ in the rail and port sector within Southern Africa. Our consultancy services have extended across 11 different countries in Africa; Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Togo, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

Letsema has substantial experience in providing advisory services to rail/port operators, investors into rail, road or port infrastructure projects, rolling stock manufacturing organisations, government institutions interested in transport strategies, policies and structuring of the industry. We pride ourselves as being one of the most experienced consulting firms in the transport industry by continuously providing innovative solutions to our clients with extended knowledge of the latest global trends and markets.

Letsema focuses on the following transport areas:

  • Strategic Advisory
  • Operations
  • Capital Portfolio Transformation
  • Branding and Marketing
  • Transaction Advisory
  • Supply Chain Management

Project Examples

Major South African Rail Operators


Letsema conducted 7 different operational improvement projects across several of Africa’s largest rail corridors.

On average Letsema yielded a 40-50% improvement in cargo throughput without the addition of any rolling stock. Furthermore we reduced the time rail wagons spend in the port by 50-60% and overall train cycle times by 50%.

Ministry of Transport in a Southern African country


Letsema developed a corridor strategy for 3 major freight export corridors.

We developed a 20 year strategy for the most important investments required in rail, ports and road infrastructure.

Major African port and rail infrastructure developer


Our client had a capital portfolio of $30 billion. Letsema developed an approach to rationalise and optimise the entire capital portfolio budget and identified a mega project to optimise in value.

The mega project constituted a $3 billion investment in rail and port infrastructure. As a result we optimised the project by reducing the capital required by 10% and improving the NPV of the project by $6 billion.