Women in Transport and Logistics

CILTSA Launches Fully-funded Professional Training Programme for Women in Transport and Logistics


The historic, first-ever Candidacy Programme was launched recently, when 30 women in the Transport and Logistics industries were officially enrolled and became student members of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa (CILTSA). Through funding from the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA), CILTSA will train 30 employed women in the international Certificate in Logistics and Transport CILT qualification, which will also lead to a professional, internationally-recognised designation for the successful candidates.  

Women in the Industry

“We know there is a huge skills gap in Transport and Logistics – it is still very much male-dominated,” said CILTSA President Elvin Harris. “We need more women professionals!! The CILTSA Candidacy 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 CILT qualification is that it is international,” continued Harris. “The Institute has a presence in over 33 countries, which means that the candidates will have a qualification that is portable across the globe! The programme is both theoretical and practical – something essential in today’s world”.

Women on the Move

The successful candidates are:


  1. Dikeledi Boikanyo – Operations: Biddulphs International
  2. Upasna Bridglall -  Customer Controller: Bidvest Panalpina Logistics
  3. Muriel Bungane - Assistant Manager: Operations: DSV SA: Khalipha Buwa - Junior Food Technologist: QK Meats SA
  4. Khalipha Buwa – Junior Food Technologist: QK Meats
  5. Wisani Chauke - Inventory & Logistics Administrator: MTN shared Services Hub Supply Management
  6. Verona Chetty - Shipping Co-ordinator: Biddulphs International
  7. Nontokozo Khumalo - Customer Service Airflight: Expeditors International
  8. Yayeri Kisaame: Chief Executive Officer: SASTALC
  9. Dieketseng Maduna - Executive Agent: Vector Logistics
  10. Nomalizo Majavu - Entry Clerk: Kuehne & Nagel South Africa
  11. Tembekile Mapanga - LTG Airport Estimator: LTG logistic Transport Globally
  12. Asanda Mapukata - Assistant Operations Manager: DSV
  13. Vuyiswa Mgwevu - Regulatory Committee Officer: Cross Border Road Transport Agency
  14. Nkaro Moema - Quality Assurance Assistant: DSV Health care
  15. Morongwa Motlhabane - Packaging Engineer: Ford Motor Company
  16. Cynthia Mpoelang - Logistics Officer: SANDF
  17. Nobantu Mqulwana - Director Client Solutions: DSV Solutions
  18. Elelwani Mudau - Senior Import Supply Analyst: Ford Motor Company
  19. Nokuthula Ndlovu - Sea freight Controller: Bidvest Panalpina Logistics
  20. Cynthia  Ntozini - Logistics Operator: Samsung Electronics
  21. Tanya Palm - Warehouse Manager: Lion Match
  22. Roxanne Palmer - Junior Imports Controller: CFR Freight SA
  23. Palesa Potelo - Team Leader: DSV Mounties
  24. Babalwa Rateele - Assistant Manager: DSV South Africa
  25. Lizette Sander - Shipping Coordinator: Biddulphs International
  26. Jabulisile Skhosana - Warehouse Administration Assistant: Lion Match
  27. Busisiwe Songo –  Warehouse Administrator: Imperial Managed Logistics
  28. Jean Trickett Swanepoel - Export Controller: CFR Freight SA
  29. Zola Ximiya – Sales: Seascape Freight and Logistics
  30. Nikiwe  Yaka - Fleet Controller: Barloworld Transport


Talent Pool

“We were extremely impressed by the standard of the entrants! Their humour, their hunger for knowledge, their passion - we were totally amazed!” said 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”.

Industry Support

“This is the first project of its kind – and the only one within TETA,” explained Ingrid du Buisson, Executive Officer of the Freight Handling Chamber at the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA). The concept of a Candidacy Programme was presented by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) a year ago. “’Candidacy’ means the structured work experience component part of an occupational qualification as determined by the relevant professional body and may follow the completion of an academic qualification required for access to the assessment for the issuing of a professional designation”.

“TETA is excited to be a part of this ground-breaking initiative and is very much a part of this journey”, she continued.  “This flagship project is significant – it is the start of the much-needed recognition and professionalisation of the supply chain industry”.

THE CILT Programme

Training will be provided by CILTSA’s accredited partner, Commerce Edge, and the project will be managed by Alto Training.

Contact Details

For more information contact Catherine Larkin from CILTSA at cvlarkin@ciltsa.org.za or tel 011 023-4369 083 3000331.

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