Road Freight SME Summit

Grow Supplier ZA, announces the launch of the inaugural Road Freight SME Summit and the Road Freight Summit Awards.

Road Freight SME Summit
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The event is set to take place from 20 -21 October 2022 during Transport Month, at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton.

The event will bring together key stakeholders, industry experts and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to explore opportunities, challenges and solutions in the ever-evolving road freight sector.

Event convener of the Road Freight SME Summit, Florence Musundwa explained that “the Road Freight SME Summit is tailored specifically to empower SMEs operating in the challenging and changing road freight and transport industry. 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.”

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An impressive 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
  • Fuel efficiency
  • 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

Opportunities for operators

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.

Musundwa says “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.”

SME Road Freight Awards

The Summit will culminate in the Road Freight Summit Awards. The award categories are:

  • Best Technology Innovation
  • Driver of the Year
  • Training and Development
  • Best Fleet
  • Best SME Safety
  • Excellence in Customer Service

To find out more and to enter the Awards, visit

To secure your spot and learn more about the event, please visit