Grow Supplier ZA, a leading advocate for the road freight industry, is excited to announce the launch of the inaugural Road Freight SME Summit and Awards. The event is set to take place during Transport Month on 20 and 21 October at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton, bringing together key stakeholders, industry experts, and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to explore opportunities, challenges, and solutions in the ever-evolving road freight sector.
“The Road Freight SME Summit is tailored specifically to empower SMEs operating in the challenging and ever-changing road freight and transport industry,” explains event curator Florence Musundwa. “With a focus on knowledge sharing and collaboration, attendees will gain valuable insights and practical strategies to strengthen their businesses and drive sustainable growth.”
An impressive and high-level line-up of distinguished speakers and industry veterans will deliver compelling presentations and engaging discussions on a wide range of topics, including:
Critical success factors for Road Freight SMEs
SME growth strategy: Strategic leadership, management and foresight for the road freight industry
The psychology of sales| How to grow your market share
Regulations and compliance in the road freight industry
India case study | Driver Training and Development
Industry trends on effective and efficient fleet (vehicle) management
The complexities of securing funding for trucking SMEs in South Africa
The challenges and regulations of cross-border transport – corruption and kidnappings
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
Finance and business development support challenges experienced by road freight SMEs in growing their businesses
“We are thrilled to host the Summit, a unique platform that aims to empower small and medium enterprises in the road freight sector,” says Musundwa. “As the road freight industry undergoes rapid transformation and increasing disruptions, we believe that collaboration and knowledge-sharing are essential for SMEs to thrive and contribute to the sector’s overall advancement.”
Opportunities for operators
Musundwa is excited about the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the numerous opportunities it offers to SMEs. “According to the research findings, AfCFTA requires 1,844,000 trucks for bulk cargo and 248,000 trucks for container cargo by 2030. This increases to 1,945,000 and 268,000 trucks respectively if planned infrastructure projects are also implemented. This is just one example of growth opportunities that strong and sustainable SME operators can access.”
The Road Freight SME Summit welcomes participation from road freight business owners, operators, industry enthusiasts, technology providers, suppliers, policymakers, and all stakeholders invested in the growth and prosperity of the transport industry.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of an enriching event that can help your business gain a competitive edge in the dynamic road freight landscape.
Confirmed speakers include:
Divya Jain – Founder: Safeeducate (India)
Prof. Nick Binedell – Strategy Consultant: Infinity Dynamic Strategy
Lebo Lestoalo – CEO: Sincpoint and the African Women in Supply Chain Association (AWISCA)
John Rocha – Chief Director, Trade Invest Africa at the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (SA)
Benjamin Acheampong – Founder/President: Wealth Masters Group & Advisory Board Member Hull University Business School (England)
Oliver Naidoo – Managing Director: JC Auditors
Eugene Herbert – Chief Executive Officer: Master Drive
Alex Potgieter – President: Global Federation of Chambers
Kamogelo Mampane – CEO: TK Global Experts Supply Chain Council
Dr. Ongama Mtimka – Researcher and Political Analyst
Michael Matsengarwodzi – Operations Executive: Trans Tech Logistics
SME Road Freight Awards
The Summit will culminate in the Road Freight SME Awards. The Awards categories are:
Best Technology Innovation
Driver of the Year
Training and Development
Best SME Safety
Excellence in Customer Service
To find out more and to enter the Awards, visit https://www.2023.smeroadfreightsummit.co.za/awards-and-nominations/
Sponsors include the Road Freight Summit include Isuzu, JC Auditors, MasterDrive, MLM Logistics, Mamoja Trading & Project, ACA and The Maslow Hotel.
The event is supported by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa, the Global Federation of Chambers, The Road Freight Association and the SA Express Parcel Association.
To secure your spot and learn more about the event, please visit https://www.2023.smeroadfreightsummit.co.za/