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The Federation of Eastern and Southern African Road Transport Associations (FESARTA), together with Supply Chain Today and CVLC, will be hosting a conference themed “Regional Connectivity: Making Inter-State Transport Work in Africa” on 11 and 12 July at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. The two-day mornings only sessions take place alongside TruckX, South Africa’s all-encompassing, interactive event for the commercial transport industry.

Programme Director Gerard de Villiers, who is a Logistics Specialist at Arup, explains: “The informative Programme focuses on operational issues and the day-to-day challenges and solutions affecting road transport in the Region. It includes Perspectives from Freight Forwarders, Operators, Agencies, SADC, Corridor initiatives, Telematics, Security, Legal, Technology, Business, as well as the Transporter”.

Confirmed speakers and topics include:

§ SADC Perspective – Lovemore Bingandadi

“Tripartite Transit and Trade Facilitation Programme (TTTFP)”

§ Telematics Perspective – Prof Alwyn Hoffman: NWU – Potchefstroom Campus

“Tracking and Tracing Cargo from Origin to Destination through Connectivity”

§ Customs Perspective of Cross-Border Operations – Juanita Maree: South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF)

“Establishment of a Private Sector Grouping in the ESA Region”

§ Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative Perspective – Barbara Mommen: CEO of MCLI

“Current Challenges and Possible Solutions for Regional Connectivity”

§ Cross-Border Road Transport Agency Perspective – Sipho Khumalo: CEO of the C-BRTA

“Streamlining Border Processes through System Improvements”

§ Technology Perspective – Big Data in Regional Connectivity – Dr Johan Andersen – CEO of TECHSO

“Need For and Use of Big Data in Regional Transport Movements”

§ Operator perspective – Barloworld Logistics- Kamogelo Mmutlana – CEO of Barloworld Logistics

“Operator Challenges in Regional Transport”

§ Legal Perspective of Cross-Border Operations – Andrew Pike: Head of Ports, Transport and Logistics, South Africa: Bowmans

“Compliance Challenges”

Other topics include:

§ North-South Corridor Perspective

“North-South Corridor Rail Pre-Feasibility Study”

§ Security Perspective – “Keeping Track of Your Goods”

§ Operator perspective – “Operator Challenges in Regional Transport”

§ Transporters’ Perspective – Linebooker– Nick Hoffman

“Connecting Customers and Transporters through a Virtual Network”

The conference is aimed at:

§ Regional importers and exporters

§ Freight forwarders

§ Cross-border transporters

§ Government officials

§ Transport associations

§ Cargo owners

§ Logistics executives

§ Supply Chain and Logistics Service Providers

§ Transport Managers and

§ Equipment providers

For more information visit www.supplychaintoday.co.za or contact Belinda Siegruhn, “Supply Chain Today”, supplychain@promech.co.za, www.supplychaintoday.co.za. Or call Catherine Larkin on 083 300 0331

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