20th – 21st October

07:30am – 17:00pm

The Maslow Hotel, Sandton, JHB

Event Schedule and Agenda

Topics to be covered

  • Critical success factors for Road Freight SMEs
  • SME growth strategy: Strategic leadership, management and foresight for the Road Freight Industry
  • Regulations and compliance in the Road Freight Industry
  • How to have an effective driver management and transport management systems
  • 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
  • Finance and support challenges experiences by Road Freight SMEs in growing their businesses

07:00am – 07:45am: Registration

08:00am: Opening and Welcome

Florence Musundwa, Convener of Road Freight SME Summit and Mark Makhubalo, Chairperson of the Road Freight SME Summit Advisory Council

08:30am – 09:00am: Keynote Address: Honorable Minister, Ms Lydia Sindisiwe Chikunga, Department of Transport

Industry Insight and Foresight

09:00am – 09:45am: Opening Panel: SME Landscape
Critical Success Factors for SMEs in the Road Freight Industry Across Africa

The African continent has been one of the fastest developing economies in the world and the road freight industry in Africa is a significant contributor to the continent’s economy and has been growing over the years. Increase in trade has led to the development of more transportation routes to carry the cargo from one place to the other, road freight accounting to close to 80% of Africas’ cargo transport.

SMEs play a significant role in Africas’ growth and are responsible for a substantial portion of employment, economic activity, export, and international transactions. They rely heavily on institutional support to create and capture opportunities in and across Africa. However, SMEs still lag behind due to, high input costs, competition from e-commerce platforms, labour demands, pressure by customers to reduce transport costs, automation and new technologies, border post and port congestion and excess capacity.

Moderator: Mark Makhubalo, CEO MLM Logistics

Gavin Kelly, CEO RFA; Musa Ndlovu, National Secretary Bargaining Council Road Freight; Dr Ongama Mtimka, Political Analyst; Kgomotso Selokane, Chairperson B-BBEE Transport Sector Council; Karen Pretorius, CEO KPI Cubed

09:45am – 10:15am: The Greater Your Knowledge of the Trucking Industry the More Chance You Have of Success

Patrick O’Leary, Editor and Publisher FleetWatch

10:20am – 10:45am: Tea Break

Leadership, Efficiency, and Risk Management

10:45am – 11:30am: Strategic Leadership: How to Drive Growth and Agility

Change is inevitable and growth is planned for. Growth must sustain profitability and profitability must sustain growth. In today’s highly competitive and rapidly changing business & economic environment, every business owner must not only analyse their core competence and capability principles but improve them to remain competitive

Prof Nick Binedell, Strategy Professor GIBS Business School

11:30am – 12:00pm: Growing Market Share: What SMEs can Learn from Big Businesses in Sustaining Growth and Development

Sales in logistics can prove difficult to scale for small or growing companies who rely on long-term, account-based, business-to-business revenue streams. But it doesn’t take enterprise-level market penetration or a globally recognized brand to boost sales in logistics services and kick-start real business growth.

Munesh Maharaj, National Sales Director Savine Del Bene

12:00pm – 13:15pm: Panel Discussion: Safety, Success, and Sustainability of the SME Sector

Compliance standards and road rules exist for a reason. Each one of them are intended to make the roads we travel in South Africa better and safer. Being compliant can help drive in-house efficiency too. Fully-compliant vehicle fleets are known to be more reliable, secure and efficient, while continuing to drive new and better business.

Oliver Naidoo, CEO JC Auditors; Ntsoaki Tsokolibane, GM RTMC; Mavis Mhlanga-Mochadibane, MD BVHConsulting; Ndima Mankomo, Consultant

13:15pm – 14:00pm: Lunch

14:00pm – 14:30pm: How to Save Money by Being Environmentally Compliant: Waste Disposal Challenges and Solutions

Waste management within the transportation industry has been and continues to be extensively regulated by government and local agencies/bodies to ensure zero waste recycling methodologies as well as safe disposal of all forms of waste in the country. They create pressure for agencies to reuse industrial waste in transportation construction projects beneficially. The management of wastes and by-products generated by the transportation industry is also heavily regulated. Over and above the regulations, the transportation/trucking industry also faces a high expenditure on fuel.

Mpho Magano, CEO Rambait logistics

14:30pm – 15:15pm: Panel Discussion: Michelin Discussion on Navigating Fleet Management Challenges

Walter Craddock, Operations Manager MICHELIN Connected Fleet; Charl Lensely, B2B Sales Director of Michelin

15:15pm – 15:30pm: Afternoon Tea

15:30pm – 16:00pm: Addressing Behavioural Change in Drivers within the Different Generations

Eugene Herbert MD, MasterDrive

16:30pm: Close Conference and Afternoon Tea

07:30am – 08:00am: Morning Refreshments

08:15am – 08:45am: Keynote Speaker: Ms Thulisile Manzini, Director General, Department of Small Business Development

08:45am – 09:15am: Keynote Speaker: AfCFTA: Navigating the Road Ahead and Strategies for Success in the Ever-Evolving Landscape of Africa

Benjamin Acheampong, Chairman Africa Private Sector Summit

09:15am – 10:30am: Cross Border: The Role of Institutional Support on the Sustainable Internationalisation of SMEs

Cross border challenges for SME Transport and Logistics companies paying more attention to border challenges within SADC and East Africa

Moderator: Lebo Letsoalo, CEO, Sincpoint

John Rocha, Chief Director Africa Bilateral Economic Relations, Trade Department of Trade and Investment; Alex Potgieter, President Global Federation of Chambers; Micheal Matsengarwodzi, Operational Executive Trans Tech Logistics; Mihlali Gqaba, Director Road Freight and Transport Infrastructure, Department of Transport

10:30am – 10:45am: Tea Break

SME Internationalisation: Cross Border

10:45am – 11:30am: ABSA Panel Discussion: Access to Funding & Business Development Support: Pitfalls and Opportunities

SMEs are facing compounding challenges, market to access being at the forefront. Governments and other institutions worldwide are launching programme to provide them with both financial and advisory support needed to meet the moment. ( Best practices and strategic approaches SMEs can consider to leverage from in-growing their market share and a review of the kind of funding and business support being offered from by banks.

Growing Your Business

11:30am – 12:15pm: ISUZU Panel Discussion: Total Cost of Ownership

Assessing the total cost of ownership means taking a bigger picture look at what the product is and what its value is over time.

12:15pm – 13:00pm: Panel Discussion: Mining Companies and Transporters: Compliance and Requirements of the Transportation of Mining Commodities

Moderator: Kamogelo Mampane CEO, TK Global Experts

Charlin Ntuli, Supply Chain Manager Notham Platinum; Kenneth Kgomo, Supply Chain Manager Siyanda Resources; Annah Ngxeketo, CEO Mamoja trading and project; Lugisani Nefale, Head of Engineering Gamsberg Mine

Inspirational Stories: Building Resilience

13:00pm – 13:30pm: Inspirational SME Story

Tsepho Mekoa, Founder and CEO Brima Logistics

14:30pm: Summit Closure: Lunch, Drinks, and Networking


Gain a clear overview of various financial and non-financial solutions for SMEs in Road Freight.


Present your business services directly to key decision-makers from various companies, in a relaxed environment.


Benefit from one-to-one engagement with potential clients from a wide range of sectors.


Create highly competitive networks with like-minded individuals.

Meet Our Speakers

Honorable Ms Lydia Sindisiwe Chikunga
Minister of Transport
Ms Thulisile Manzini
Director General, Department of Small Business Development
Prof. Nick Binedell
Strategy Consultant Infinity Dynamic Strategy
Lebo Letsoalo
CEO Sincpoint and AWISCA
Benjamin Acheampong
Founder/President, Wealth Masters Group & Advisory Board Member Hull University Business School (England)
Mark Makhubalo
CEO MLM Logistics
Kgomotso Selokane
Chairperson Transport Sector B-BBEE Charter Council
John Rocha
Chief Director Trade Invest Africa at Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (SA)
Oliver Naidoo
CEO JC Auditors
Jonathan Mphakhe
National Fleet Manager SBV
Sheina Gokool
Gavin Kelly
Chief Executive Officer, Road Freight Association
Annah Ngxeketo
CEO Mamoja Project and Trading
Dr. Ongama Mtimka
Researcher and Political Analyst
Charlin Ntuli
Supply Chain Manager Northam Plantinum
Kamogelo Mampane
CEO TK Global Experts Supply Chain Council
Michael Matsengarwodzi
Operations Executive Trans Tech Logistics
Tshepo Mekoa
CEO Brima Logistics
Eugene Herbert
Chief Executive Officer Master Drive
Musa Ndlovu
National Secretary NBCRFLI
Karen Pretorius
Founder KPI Cubed
Alex Potgieter
President Global Federation of Chambers
Mpho Magano
CEO Rambait Waste Solutions
Mihlali Gqada
Director Logistics Infrastructure Department of Transport
Munesh Maharaj (CMILT) (AFIMASP)
National Sales Director @ Savino Del Bene
Lugisani Nefale
Head of Engineering, Gamsberg Mine (Vedanta Zinc International)
Mavis Mhlanga-Mochadibane
MD BVHConsulting
Ndima Mankomo
Kenneth Kgomo
Supply Chain Manager at Siyanda Bakgatla Platinum Mine
Nomvula Twala
Managin Director Zibuse Transport
Ntsoaki Tsokolibane
General Manager Road Safety Programmes
Walter Craddock
Operations Manager MICHELIN Connected Fleet
Charl Lensely
B2B Sales Director of Michelin

Meet Our Sponsors