There has never been a better time than now! Women have many, exciting and unprecedented business opportunities in the transport industry in South Africa. This was the key message delivered by numerous stakeholders in the transport industry who presented at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s (CILTSA)first-ever “Business Opportunities for Women in the Transport industry” event held on 31 October 2019 in Johannesburg.

Led by Programme Director Noni Lebeko, Founder of LKM Human Capital Solutions, the high-level, high-impact speaker line-up featured industry leaders, experts and specialists sharing real, tangible opportunities available in the industry, as well as the compliance requirements and procurement processes of key organisations. These included:

  • Eugene Herbert – Group Managing Director: Master Drive
  • Lance Shultz – CEO: Automotive Industry Development Centre
  • Lerato Motsamai – Founder and CEO: Petrolink
  • Lungile Mabece – CEO: Bulumko
  • Nolufefe Gxakushe – Sourcing Director: Gibela Rail
  • Nyameka Madikizela – Acting Chief Procurement Officer: Transnet Freight Rail
  • Florence Musundwa – Executive Director: Commercial Transport Academy
  • Masego Khutsoane, Independent consultant, Supply Chain and Enterprise Supplier Development
  • Michele Padayachee – Executive GS1: Consumer Goods Council of South Africa
  • Nicci Scott – CEO: Commercial Transport Academy
  • Raelize du Plooy – Technical Director and Location Lead: Aurecon
  • Refilwe Etsane – Co-Founder: Legacy Business Solutions
  • Themba September – Co-Chairperson: Commercial Aviation Manufacturing Association of South Africa (CAMASA)
  • Tony d’Almeida – B-BBEE, Skills Development and Transformation Expert
  • Valentia Hobbs – Director, Marketing and Corporate Affairs: Volvo

Sponsored by vehicle tracking company Ctrack, CILTSA partnered with five membership-based associations focusing on women in the transport industry – the first time that these five organisations have supported one event:

  • African Women in Supply Chain Association (AWISCA)
  • SA Network of Women in Transport (SANWIT)
  • Tshwane Women in Transport (TWIT)
  • Women in Logistics and Transport: South Africa (WiLATSA) – a forum of CILTSA
  • Women in Trucking

Commenting on the event, CILTSA’s Executive Director, Catherine Larkin said: “The event succeeded in achieving what we set out to do: share real, tangible business opportunities for women in the transport industry, whilst informing them of the compliance requirements and procurement processes of various organisations. It also provided a powerful platform for women in the industry to network and explore possible partnerships, joint venture opportunities and more!”

“The positive feedback we have received from attendees has been overwhelming,” continued Catherine. “Delegates found the session to be incredibly informative, empowering, exciting and uplifting! The event truly demonstrated that we are #StrongerTogether!”