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Historic milestone achieved: 95 women graduate with an international qualification in logistics and transport

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In a major milestone for women in logistics, transport and supply chain in South Africa, 95 ladies recently graduated with an international qualification in logistics and transport. It is part of the pioneering Women Inspiring Women to Lead in Transport programme, the brainchild of Nicci Scott, founder of the Commercial Transport Academy. Supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Programme will see one thousand women completing the Programme, aimed at uplifting the skills of women in management, entrepreneurship and truck driving.

The graduates – currently employed in logistics, transport and supply chain organisations across the country – underwent an intense 10-month training programme aimed at improving their knowledge, learning new skills and advancing their management and leadership abilities to secure senior-level employment.

Benefits for all

The CTA Excellence Programme has resulted in benefits – to employers, the graduates and the broader industry. Worldwide Flight Services – South Africa (WFS) is an active supporter of the Programme. “WFS now has the edge in the market, with two ladies having participated and successfully completed the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s (CILT) International Diploma in Logistics and Transport,” explains  Elvis Maleka – Operations Manager at WFS Johannesburg. “The knowledge is valuable to our organisation and to the two ladies.”

Maleka adds that the CTA’s focus on women will assist in addressing the skills gap in the industry:  “This is a gain for us as a ground handler and WFS is proud to be part of this change.”

As a result of her successful completion of the Programme, WFS’s Zethu Dlamini received a promotion from Senior Imports Team Leader to an Administration Manager for their Imports Department. For Zethu, who shared her journey, life has been full of hardships and challenges. From losing her mother at the tender age of four and her father when she was just 21 years old, Zethu has had to endure and overcome many obstacles. “If it wasn’t for this great initiative of the CTA, I would never have been able to graduate with an international Diploma. I am so grateful to WFS Managing Director Malcom Tonkin for enabling me to improve my skills and leadership abilities.”

With their CILT Diploma and industry experience, the graduates will be able to apply to carry internationally-recognised designations after their name – an increasingly important asset, given National Treasury’s initiative to professionalise the supply chain.

Top Students

Special recognition was given to the top three graduates:

  1. Jo-Anne de Jager – Solutions Manager: Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions
  2. Annah Mmatshwene Ncube – Operations Controller: Transnet Pipelines
  3. Malebo Ndamase – Policy and Planning Chief Directorate as Director: Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport

Special Awards

A special award was given to Jabulile Mtsweni, an Operations Supervisor. Jabulile was awarded funding from training provider Commerce Edge to enable her to study for the CILT International Advanced Diploma in Logistics & Transport Level 6.

Transport, logistics and supply chain play a critical role in economic development. Transport contributes 8% to the total GDP and has the ability to create four jobs per R1 million invested. “Yet transport is the least gender-transformed sector,” says Nicci Scott, CTA’s founder. “Urgent interventions on scale that have an impact, are vital. Our Women Inspiring Women to Lead in Transport Programme is one such initiative that will have a positive impact on industry transformation.”

To enrol on one of the Programmes, email [email protected]

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JC Auditors delivers another first in Africa

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SANAS-accredited certification body JC Auditors’ (JCA) commitment to enhancing audit processes has paid off, becoming the first company in Africa to offer a range of audits under one umbrella. The company’s integrated, cost-effective audit approach that allows for the evaluation of multiple standards in a single audit promotes safety, compliance, and efficiency in various sectors in South Africa. 

Renowned for its pioneering efforts, JCA is the only organisation in Africa to offer accredited certifications for Road Transport Management System (RTMS), ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 22000, ISO 3834 and ISO 13485.

“Continuous improvement in audit quality is a priority at JCA that has steadily expanded its service offering, recognising the need to benchmark South African businesses against global norms,” says Managing Director Oliver Naidoo. “For our economy to be globally competitive, we need our supply chains to operate at a world-class level. These standards raise the bar and keep the flag flying – despite the significant challenges faced by the industry including protest action, criminality, and overall poor safety culture.”

The company most recently achieved SANAS accreditation for ISO 3834 Fusion Welding and ISO 13485 Quality requirements for medical devices. Increased accreditations for standards has allowed the company to steadily diversify into various sectors, including the health industry, liquor industry, engineering, mining, construction, waste management and information technology, with some big names now listed as clients.

The company, however, remains conscious of the difficult trading conditions in South Africa and is committed to introducing cost-effective solutions. “Our one-stop solution is proof of this,” says Naidoo. “It is a strategic approach to ensure we can offer the South African market all the standards needed under a single umbrella.”

According to Naidoo, the team at JCA has made remarkable progress in awarding certification to a host of transport operators that have successfully implemented international standards in their business, particularly the world’s three most popular standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001. These include leading industry players such as Unitrans, Reinhardt Transport, Crusade Logistics and Premier Logistics.

There is increasing momentum for other international standards such as ISO 22000 Food Safety, recently awarded to Tanker Services Food and Chemicals, as well as Onelogix United Bulk and Imperial Fast n Fresh.  Onelogix United Bulk has also become the first dangerous goods transporter in South Africa to be awarded ISO 39001 Road Traffic Safety certification by JCA.

JCA recently received the outstanding achievement award jointly with the RTMS NPC at the inaugural African Supply Chain Excellence Awards (ASCEA).

“We are proud of our African excellence model with global acceptance which provides our clients with peace of mind that all our accredited certifications are recognised globally in terms of the International Accreditation Forum’s (IAF) multi-lateral agreement,” concludes Naidoo.

The Anderson Engineering team proudly receiving their ISO 3834 certification.
The team at First Medical Company were all smiles with their dual certification for ISO 13485 and ISO 9001
Probe Mining Technologies celebrate their ISO 9001 and ISO 45001 certifications.

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Boost for women in logistics, transport and supply chain through candidacy programme graduation

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nternational logistics and transport professional body the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa (CILTSA) celebrated another milestone, with the recent graduation of its second Candidacy Programme for women, funded by the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA). Thirteen ladies graduated with the International Diploma in Logistics and Transport and the prestigious, globally-recognised “MILT” designation.

The following ladies successfully completed the intense programme:

  • Molly Baloyi – Transport Manager: Poseidon Logistics
  • Abigail Graaff – Operations Supervisor: Imperial Logistics – Cape Town branch
  • Khothatso Ngwenya – Global Key Account Support Executive: DHL Express Regional Office
  • Sekao Magodiele – Customer Experience Manager: Parcelninja
  • Mpho Mbuli – Ocean Freight Controller: Senator International
  • Mpho Sylvia Keitumetse Molaolwe – Key Account Co-ordinator: Samsung Electronics
  • Martina Mothapo – Senior Finance Manager / Projects Chief Financial Officer: Energy Infrastructure Management Services (EIMS)
  • Lerato Mudzielwana – SCM Traffic Analyst: Ford Motor Company
  • Busisiwe Nkosi – Assistant Manager, Outbound: Samsung SDS
  • Lerato Nonyane: Warehouse Manager: Imperial Logistics 
  • Sagree Packree – Ocean Freight Manager:  Imperial Clearing and Forwarding JHB
  • Pumeza Rhayi – Director: LoadMore Logistics Pty Ltd
  • Zenobia Van der Westhuizen – Customs Field Support Manager for SSA: DHL Express

“The CILTSA Candidacy programme offers our graduates the opportunity to not only gain an internationally-recognised qualification, but also achieve a portable designation that elevates their standing in the logistics, transport and supply chain industries,” explaied Elvin Harris CMILT, President of CILTSA. “Our designations are recognised in the over 40 countries in which CILT operates – and are a differentiator for transport, logistics and supply chain professionals as the drive to professionalise our industry intensifies.”

Representivity of women in the sector

Commenting on the partnership between CILTSA and TETA, Kgatile Nkala – Executive Manager: Corporate Services Unit at TETA – called on CILTSA and the broader transport industry to expand opportunities to leverage transformation in the sector and expedite the transitioning of women into credible positions in logistics, transport and supply chain.

Nkala highlighted the Quarter One: 2022 Quarterly Labour Force Survey, which indicated that more men were employed in the transport sector: however, there was a higher quarter-to-quarter change amongst female employees (7,4%), but a quarter-to-quarter decrease in male employees (-0,4%). Moreover, while the figures showed a higher year-on-year increase in the number of male employees (33 000), the percentage of the year-on-year increase in female employees (16,6%) was far higher than that of male employees (4,4%). “This shows that the transport sector has been making a concerted effort to employ more women each quarter, as well as annually,” said Nkala.

Top Achievers

The top three women in the CILTSA Candidacy programme were recognised for their exceptional achievements:

  • Abigail Graaff – Operations Supervisor: Imperial Logistics – Cape Town Branch
  • Martina Mothapo – Senior Finance Manager / Projects Chief Financial Officer: Energy Infrastructure Management Services (EIMS)
  • Zenobia van der Westhuizen – Customs Field Support Manager for SSA: DHL Express

Structured learning pathways

The year-long Candidacy programme funded by TETA, included both theoretical and workplace experience.  The Programme was implemented by CILT-accredited training provider Commerce Edge.

International Education Strategy and Business Development Lead for CILT International, Jon Harris FCILT, added that women who choose transport, logistics or supply chain as a profession could use CILT’s programmes to further make themselves competent to take them to any level in these industries.  “We do not impose a one-size-fits-all approach to our certifications, but rather blend best practices and customise each programme to meet local requirements and needs,” he explained.

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Rhenus Warehousing Solutions South Africa addresses the demand for warehouse space in KwaZulu-Natal

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One of the leading globally operating logistics service-providers Rhenus Group has launched a new storage warehouse in Durban, South Africa. This strategic addition expands the Rhenus warehousing space to more than 24,000 square metres, strengthening its local capabilities significantly and creating new jobs.

The new Rhenus facility measures 7,700 square metres – growing the company’s warehousing capacity in Durban by more than 50 percent in just two years. This facility plays an integral role in serving the Port of Durban, which handles 32 percent of all South Africa’s ships. The additional premises are set to attract new clients from various industry sectors – including ones that Rhenus currently services like automotive, healthcare and food and beverages.

The warehouse is strategically located at Northfield Business Park in the north of Durban, just 21 kilometres from the King Shaka International Airport and 24 kilometres from the Durban Container Terminal.

The facility offers a range of solutions such as loading and offloading, packing, cross-docking, picking, as well as the capability of handling food graded items. With its new cross-dock area, the warehouse boasts high efficiency and quick loading and unloading turnaround times.

According to Kishore Kanayelal, Regional Director KwaZulu-Natal at Rhenus South Africa, increased demand for warehouse space, as well as more service offerings, have been driving strong growth. With KwaZulu-Natal having experienced many challenging circumstances, the launch of a new warehouse comes as welcome relief to a community in need of good news.

“We are proud that we have created more than a hundred new jobs to service the demand in our area. These additional 7,700 square metres strengthen our local capabilities significantly,” Kishore Kanayelal explains.

The offering of cross-docking means more efficient goods handling, reduced labour costs and accelerated delivery times – which are real benefits to Rhenus clients. “The launch of this new warehouse marks an exciting time for us as a business. It showcases our commitment to delivering innovative solutions that meet our clients’ transport and warehousing needs,” concludes Kishore Kanayelal.

By this expansion, Rhenus Warehousing Solutions is enlarging its portfolio of individual solutions and value-added services for the South African automotive, healthcare, food, and beverages sector.

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