Preparations are well underway for the highly anticipated annual Road Freight Association (RFA) Convention, set to be held from May 24 to 26 at the Arabella Hotel & Spa near Hermanus in the Western Cape.

Organisers are gearing up for a dynamic gathering of industry leaders, experts, and enthusiasts, promising a programme packed with innovation, insights, and networking opportunities.

“The road freight sector in South Africa is no stranger to significant challenges, making collaboration and collective action crucial in successfully navigating the road ahead,” says RFA CEO Gavin Kelly. “The annual conference provides a necessary platform for our members to gather, exchange ideas, and chart the course for collective growth and innovation.”

With television presenter Jeremy Maggs anchoring the event as MC, confirmed speakers include RFA Chairman Penwell Lunga and Kelly, who is set to deliver his annual CEO address. Neo Ralefeta from Investec Business will shed light on the latest economic dynamics in the country. With 2024 being an election year, it’s imperative to glean insights from political analyst Ongama Mtimka, who will offer vital guidance to the road freight sector with a political pulse check.

Devon Palanee, Executive Director at Athena, will share how the power of B-BBEE compliance spends can be unleashed, while Louise Wiggett, founder and managing director of Global Trade Solution, will unveil the potential and benefits of becoming an authorised economic operator. Professor Jan Havenga from the University of Stellenbosch will delve into the imperative for efficient logistics in South Africa.

Liesl De Wet, Chairperson: RFA Green Transport, will give insight into the ongoing transition towards greener transport and alternative fuels, and Gerhard Marais will address the critical importance of enhancing security measures within the trucking industry.

“From golf on the Friday to the welcoming event, exhibition, truck display, and gala dinner, the conference promises to be a jam-packed event not to be missed,” concludes Kelly.

Registration for the conference is open on the RFA website at

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About The Road Freight Association

The Road Freight Association was established in 1975 to support its Members who are, in the main, road freight operators. It is a lobbying and negotiating body which influences the state of the industry, rates, upkeep of the road infrastructure, road safety, freight security, driver interests, cross-border transport, education, health, the fuel price, law enforcement, labour relations and many other issues related to road freight transport.

Member companies include small and medium-sized trucking companies, including many family-owned businesses, owner operators, as well as most of the largest trucking companies in South Africa. Members come from all sectors of the trucking industry.

Private and public operators are Members of the RFA. Membership also includes a significant number of affiliates and associates – those companies providing goods and services to the trucking industry.

Team RFA (made up of support staff and experts) is committed to serving you. The team brings with it a high degree of professional experience, knowledge and dedication – which greatly contributes to the effectiveness, relevance and standing of the RFA.

As the voice of the trucking industry in South Africa, the RFA is your voice. It is important that you avail yourself of that opportunity to be heard.