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The inaugural Candidacy Programme for Women in the transport and logistics industry was launched last year. “Supply Chain” takes a closer look at some of the candidates who made the cut.

Thirty women in the logistics and transport industry were officially enrolled and became student members of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport SA (CILTSA).

Thanks to funding from the Transport Education and Training Authority (Teta), Ciltsa has embarked on a training course that will see the women working towards obtaining an international certificate in Logistics and Transport CILT qualification, which will also lead to a professional designation for those who make the grade.

Bridging the gap

“We know there is a huge skills gap in the industry – it is still very much male-dominated,” says Ciltsa President, Elvin Harris. “We need more women professionals! This programme is the start of something really good and long-term. The responsibility is on all of us to make it work”

“The beauty of this qualification is that it is internationally recognised,” he continues. “The Institute has a presence in over 33 countries, which means that candidates will have a qualification that is portable across the globe! The programme is both theoretical and practical – something essential in today’s world.”

Industry support

According to Ingrid du Buisson, Executive Officer of the Freight Handling Chamber at Teta, the concept of a Candidacy Programme was presented by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) a year ago.

“This flagship project is significant. It is the start of much-needed recognition and professionalism of the supply chain industry,” she says.

Talent Pool

“We were extremely impressed by the standard of the entrants! Their humour, their hunger for knowledge, their passion – we were totally amazed!” says Charles Dey FCILT, the Institute’s Professional Development Champion and one of the candidacy selection panel members. “This is the beginning of an exciting initiative that Ciltsa hopes to take a very long way.”

The successful candidates include:

Asanda Mapukata – Assistant Operations Manager: DSV

What has made you successful in this industry?

Continuously setting goals and educating myself to stay relevant, as well as surrounding myself with people who have vast experience in the industry.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

Logistics is very diverse. There are multiple opportunities for employment.

Babalwa Rateele (38) – Assistant Manager: DSV South Africa

What has made you successful in this industry?

Being a hard worker, always willing to learn, ambitious and always striving for success.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

I like everything about Supply Chain Management.

Busisiwe Songo (24) –  Warehouse Administrator: Imperial Managed Logistics

What has made you successful in this industry?

Resilience and passion. I find joy in moving cargo and having satisfied customers.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

It’s challenging and keeps you on your feet. There’s also a lot of growth and exposure within the field.

Cynthia Ntozi (35) – Logistics Operator: Samsung Electronics

What has made you successful in this industry?

Attention to detail and my industriousness.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

The challenge of providing the correct ordered quantity, in the correct packaging – and making our customers happy.

Dieketseng Maduna (28) – Executive Agent: Vector Logistics

What has made you successful in this industry?

Curiosity and dedication.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

The continuous innovation.

Dikeledi Boikanyo (26) – Operations: Biddulphs International

What has made you successful in this industry?

Being open to learning and managing pressure. Transport is a fast-paced industry which requires dedication and heart.

What do you like most about logistics and transport?

The fact that it is part of our day-to-day life and focuses on not just one spectrum.

Elelwani Mudau (31) – Senior Import Supply Analyst: Ford Motor Company

What has made you successful in this industry?

Persistence. I have always been hungry to give and know more about this industry. I always finish what I start as well.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

Getting to understand the whole process involved from when a product is manufactured until it gets to the end user/customer.

Jabulisile Skhosana (27) – Warehouse Administration Assistant: Lion Match

What has made you successful in this industry?

It presents new challenges to be tackled and the opportunities are endless.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

It is a necessity in everyday life and key to businesses in and around the country.

Jean Trickett Swanepoel (35) – Export Controller: CFR Freight SA

What has made you successful in this industry?

The constant craving for more information and personal growth.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

The challenge and the fact that every day brings new opportunity. The rules are forever changing.

Lizette Sander (45) – Shipping Coordinator: Biddulphs International

What has made you successful in this industry?

I find it interesting since it covers a wide variety of areas and not just one department.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

The warehousing side as well as planning. I also look forward to learning more about the transport side.

Morongwa Motlhabane (37) – Packaging Engineer: Ford Motor Company

What has made you successful in this industry?

The determination to deliver excellent results has encouraged me to always plan for my job and demonstrate teamwork. I enjoy consulting with people who have more experience than I do.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

The fact that you get to work with all organisation sections, ie, purchasing, product development, suppliers, production, warehousing, transportation.

Muriel Bungane (35) – Assistant Manager: Operations: DSV SA: Khalipha Buwa – Junior Food

What has made you successful in this industry?

A combination of both educational development and hands-on work experience.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

Opportunities for growth in the industry are unlimited and the economic impact the industry is making is huge.

Nikiwe Yaka (36) – Fleet Controller: Barloworld Transport

What has made you successful in this industry?

Passion and commitment is what make me successful.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

I like to be in charge such as managing people, doing scheduling and planning for the company.

Nkaro Moema (24) – Quality Assurance Assistant: DSV Health care

What has made you successful in this industry?

Determination, a lot of hard work and the aspiration to be more than I currently am in the industry.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

The diversity and broadness of the industry, the evolution that has taken place from years back, the different dynamics that bring the industry together.

Nokuthula Ndlovu (33) – Sea freight Controller: Bidvest Panalpina Logistics

What has made you successful in this industry?

Perseverance, dedication, learning along the way, good listening skills, being a team player.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

It’s a very diverse industry. I learn each day. You can’t predict your day.

Nontokozo Khumalo (26) – Customer Service Airflight: Expeditors International

What has made you successful in this industry?

Continuous learning and asking a lot of questions. We are fortunate to have long-serving employees in our company and they have a wealth of knowledge and are willing to help.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

I love the high pressure that comes with it, especially in the air freight department as all our shipments are urgent.

Roxanne Palmer (21) – Junior Imports Controller: CFR Freight SA

What has made you successful in this industry?

My passion for logistics.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

Every day holds a lesson and something new to learn.

Tanya Palm (40) – Warehouse Manager: Lion Match

What has made you successful in this industry?

I have good planning and controlling skills.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

Planning and implementing.

Tembekile Mapanga (29) – LTG Airport Estimator: LTG logistic Transport Globally

What has made you successful in this industry?

I am always ready and eager to learn anything new. I am not afraid of change or taking on new challenges.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

I love knowing that I am involved in bringing consumers’ favourite products to their nearest shopping centres.

Upasna Bridglall (33) –  Customer Controller: Bidvest Panalpina Logistics

What has made you successful in this industry?

Being around great people, focusing on my tasks and learning every day.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

Every day is a challenge. Every day you learn new aspects and grow. It is always busy and energetic.

Verona Chetty (33) – Shipping Co-ordinator: Biddulphs International

What has made you successful in this industry?

My ability to work under pressure and to keep calm in the most challenging situations – as difficult as it may be at times.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

The everyday challenges and that there is never a dull moment.

Vuyiswa Mgwevu (33) – Regulatory Committee Officer: Cross Border Road Transport Agency

What has made you successful in this industry?

My keen interest and enquiring mind means I am not afraid of asking questions. This drive has enabled me to be part of the Ministerial Task Team, in conjunction with the Department of Transport, assigned to investigate the deployment mechanism that will restore harmonious cross-border operations between South Africa and Lesotho operators.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

Never a dull moment. I am part of an evolving industry where women are becoming increasingly involved at all levels. I’m part of that change.

Wisani Chauke (28) – Inventory & Logistics Administrator: MTN shared Services Hub Supply Management

What has made you successful in this industry?

Passion and dedication. I am so in love with working in an operational environment and have a passion for cars.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

I like it because its falls under Supply Chain Management and every company has a supply chain department, which makes it broad. Therefore, there are opportunities for growth in SCM.

Zola Ximiya (29) – Sales: Seascape Freight and Logistics

What has made you successful in this industry?

The support and demands from my mentor, the MD of Seascape, have ensured that my mindset has changed from never doing average work, and instead aiming to always do more.

What do you like most about Logistics and Transport?

What excites me the most is the import and export side: assisting companies in managing the transport of goods by air, sea, and road to access the global market: The huge contribution to the economy that transport and logistics plays both scares me and excites me which is why the opportunity to give a better service is priceless.

The programme

Training is provided by Ciltsa’s accredited partner, Commerce Edge, and the project is managed by Alto Training.

CILTSA, , Catherine Larkin

Tel: 011 023-4369

Email: cvlarkin@ciltsa.org.za