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
- Florence Musundwa – Executive Director: Commercial Transport Academy
- 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
- 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 Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) supports the professionals who plan the systems, who bring in the raw materials, who manage the movement of people and goods, who ensure safety standards, maintain mobility, and keep the economy working.
We are the leading professional body for everyone who works in supply chain, logistics and transport. We are a global family, representing professionals at all levels across all sectors, with a mission to give individuals and organisations access to the tools, the knowledge and the connections vital to success in the logistics and transport industry.
Founded in 1919 with a mission to improve industry practices and nurture talent, our Institute supports over 35,000 members in 35 countries. Through our educational suite, our strong community and our commitment to high standards, we help professionals at all levels to develop their careers and access better jobs.
Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) Forum: WiLAT is the international women’s forum within the CILT. Since its formation in 2013 WiLAT has gone from strength to strength, and now supports over 1,600 members through 22 national chapters. WiLAT’s mission is to promote the status of women in the supply chain, logistics and transport industry, to bring together those who aid the career development of women, and to provide a support network for women in the sector.Young Professionals (YP) Forum: Through our YP Forum, we provide enhanced networking and support opportunities for members in the early stages of their career. Members are able to meet face to face and share experiences with their peers and use digital channels to seek out advice and best practice from a wide array of industry perspectives.