SkyNet ready to take on the election... again

SkyNet , the courier behind election logistics since the dawn of the new South Africa, has been re-awarded the IEC Warehousing and Distribution contract through a conventional open-tender process. The courier won the tender due to its extensive national infrastructure, its proven track record and of course its value offering.

There are an estimated 26 million eligible voters in South Africa living in 23,000 different voting districts with 260 municipal electoral offices. During high-peak periods, like the national elections, IEC logistics demands thousands of tonnes of voting materials and months of man-hours. And in some instances, it also involves overseas voting.

This is a mammoth task for any courier where failure can have a detrimental impact on the country. It requires a courier with a reputation for reliability across the length and breadth of the land. The reality is that although the stakes may be higher if something should go wrong at election time, every brand-owner faces the same challenges. With demand patterns becoming increasingly volatile, the distribution systems of companies like SkyNet become more and more critical to customer and channel partner satisfaction.

Every 3 years, the IEC puts this tender out to the public. Many major courier and logistics companies compete, and important variables like B-BBEE scores, reputation for reliability, network strength, and of course the value proposition are all put to test.

“We have always been considered a tough match to our competition,” says Raymond Ngubane, [xxx] Project Manager at SkyNet. “We are really happy to be able to serve the country again through the IEC tender. Our robust network and vast infrastructure, is a perfect fit to their needs.”

One of the most empowered (Level 3 B-BBEE) courier companies in South Africa, SkyNet’s extensive fleet and integrated network of cross-docking facilities sees this courier deliver and collect from over 450 towns every day. It was clearly well poised to manage the IEC's distribution effort. And with overseas voting, as the world's largest independently owned distribution network, SkyNet reaches 1,115 hubs through over 200 gateway cities.

“We have never let the IEC down,” says Raymond Ngubane. “Our work on the elections has always been performed efficiently and without incident.”

The courier remains a responsible corporate citizen, strictly adhering to the Labour Relations Act and AARTO. Ensuring that all vehicles are loaded correctly with the proper accreditation is crucial as “it would be inconceivable to have IEC materials detained by the authorities because of any non-compliance with road regulations or accidents,” says Raymond Ngubane.

“SkyNet continues to present a compelling and competitive case with superior infrastructure and an unblemished track record,” says Ken Light, head of business development at Crossroads, SkyNet's parent company. “We are confident in our ability to maintain a long and healthy relationship with the IEC.”