SA's Biggest Trucking Conference

11 - 13 Aug, 2019, Royal Swazi Spa, Swaziland

2 Days   15+ Speakers


RFA CONVENTION 2019 - “EAT, SLEEP, TRUCK, REPEAT” is based on our passion for the industry and describes how trucking encompasses our lives.
The Conference provides the perfect platform for us to engage, educate and share valuable information with delegates. The programme will focus on current issues that are affecting the industry, legislation updates, innovative ideas that can help businesses and new information from industry experts. Some of the topics that we will cover include the economic and political outlook, labour matters, new legislation and the impact that it has on business, new technology, BEE and safety. The RFA Convention is the highlight event for the South African trucking industry and takes place over three days. It includes two half-day conference sessions, evening functions, a golf day, spouse’s programme, activities and leisure time for delegates to relax and unwind. This annual event attracts key industry stakeholders which include high level decision makers, senior executives, government, media and business owners. The picturesque Royal Swazi Spa Valley Resort is the destination for the event. The venue is set in the natural tranquillity of the Ezulwini Valley and is surrounded by nature, mountains and a host of activities and facilities which make for a memorable experience. An opportunity not to be missed.
Top Class Speakers
Top Class Speakers
From Government to economists, RFA Convention Speakers are the best in their field sharing valuable knowledge for you to better understand your industry
Great Networking
Great Networking
With Manufacturers, Suppliers and Key players in the industry you are sure to find valuable networking opportunies when attending RFA Convention 2019
Fun Activities
Fun Activities
The Conference will host a few fun activities starting on the Sunday with a Golf Challenge whilst the non-golfers can test their skills at our truck yard test drives. The evening functions will consist of a Mexican Themed Welcome function and a Viva Las Vegas Gala dinner on the monday. The spouses will be pampered while the delegates are at the conference.

Conference Programme

9:00 AM
Golf Course

Convention Golf Day Challenge

RFA Convention 2019 Golf Challenge held at the beautifull Royal Swazi Golf Course

12:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Hotel Reception

Convention Registration

Delegates can register in the hotel foyer. Please remember to wear your name tag at all times

14:00 PM
Conference parking area

Truck Test Drives

Come Test your skills by taking one of the Big Boys for a test drive.

19:00 PM
Hotel Pool Area

Welcome Function

Come and enjoy our meet and greet function.

08h40 - 9:15 AM
Conference Hall

Opening and Welcome

Gavin has been employed as the Technical and Operations Manager of the RFA since 2007 and is the spokesperson for the Association. Gavin was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2019. Prior to joining the RFA Gavin served as the Deputy Director: Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) at the Department of Transport. He was tasked with the implementation of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) and the AARTO programme, on which the points demerit system is based. Gavin holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Higher Education Diploma (HDE), Senior Management Diploma (MDP) and other general management qualifications.

Gavin Kelly / RFA CEO
9:15 - 9:45 AM
Conference Hall

Welcome and Update from the Department of Transport - Last minute cancellation by DoT

No Presentation available.

TBC/ Department of Transport
09:45 - 10:15 AM
Conference Hall

The Future of Liquid Fuel as a Primary Energy Source

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Kevin manages projects affecting the local fuels industry such as clean fuels and climate change at The South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA). Kevin’s wealth of knowledge has been gained through the various positions which he has held in the local oil industry, in consulting and in mining. With respect to oil, over 20 years’ experience in this sector both locally and abroad principally in the downstream area covering a diverse range of activities from design, refinery planning and scheduling, supply chain management through to market and investment analysis and regulatory affairs.

Kevin Bart/
10:20 - 10:50 AM
Conference Hall

Meet the Future: Emerging Technologies and the Impact on the Trucking Industry

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Arthur Goldstuck is an award-winning writer, analyst and technology commentator. A winner of SA’s Distinguished Service in ICT Award, he is the author of 19 books and editor-in-chief of South Africa’s longest-running online consumer technology magazine,
He writes a weekly tech trends column for the Sunday Times and a weekly consumer technology feature for The Citizen.

Arthur Goldstuck/
10:55 - 11:15 AM
Outside by the Trucks

Tea Break

11:15 - 11:45 AM
Conference Hall

SA’s Electric Vehicle Market - Key Drivers, Opportunities & Barriers

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Khanyiselo began her journey at GreenCape as a Smart Electricity Analyst. Her efforts have been focused on creating an enabling environment for the uptake of Rooftop photovoltaic Power Stations and other small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) technologies in the Western Cape. She transitioned her focus to sustainable transport assisting GreenCape to explore the transport sector of the green economy and has recently produced GreenCape’s first EV market intelligence report. Khanyiselo now works as a leader of the sustainable transport sector. She is a thought leader and an EV expert supporting the development of the nascent electric vehicle market in the Western Cape and the rest of South Africa

Khanyiselo Kumalo
11:45 - 12:30 AM
Conference Hall

Panel Discussion: Future for the Trucking Industry

Kevin Baart
Ben Bezuidenhout
Khanyiselo Kumalo

Kevin Baart - Ben Bezuidenhout - Khanyiselo Kumalo
12:30 - 13:00
Conference Hall

Political Outlook

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Ongama is a lecturer and PhD candidate in the Political and Conflict Studies Department at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU). He writes on political economy, economic development, and transformation. His PhD research is focused on the “Political Economy of Transformation in the Construction Sector in Nelson Mandela Bay From 2005-2015”. For his masters (completed in 2011 at NMMU), he focused on the political economy of industrialisation in South Africa, using the Coega Project as his case study. Following his BA degree from Rhodes University in 2005, Ongama gained over 10 years’ working experience in industrial development, local government, and community-based health, education, and psychosocial development as well as strategy and consulting services to national and Eastern-cape based small business development agencies. He was the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber’s Top 40 under 40 in 2011.

Ongama Mtimka / Political Analyst
9:10 - 09:30 AM
Conference Hall

Opening by Chief Executive Officer: Road Freight Association

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Gavin has been employed as the Technical and Operations Manager of the RFA since 2007 and was promoted to the Chief Executive officer in 2019. Prior to joining the RFA Gavin served as the Deputy Director: Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences(AARTO) at the Department of Transport. He was tasked with the implementation of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) and the AARTO programme, on which the points demerit system is based.

Gavin Kelly / Chief Executive Officer: Road Freight Association
9:30 - 10:10 AM
Conference Hall

Green Trucking

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Liesl De Wet gained operational carbon foot printing experience when she managed a carbon footprint project for a massive logistics company. During her time as the ‘Sustainability Champion’ she gained valuable experience in environmental sustainability, particularly within the logistics sector. Liesl is a member and previous co-chair of the NBI business climate change working group, whose main objective is to define a South African business position on climate change by creating engagement forums and knowledge sharing sessions. She is a trained climate reality leader through the AL Gore climate reality leadership programme and currently consults to the Road Freight association on Green Transport. Liesl is a qualified Professional Business Coach.

Liesl De Wet / RFA
10:10 - 10:50 AM
Conference Hall


Presentation not available

Dawie Roodt is a nationally renowned economist, with over 30 years’ experience, which includes nine years as an economist at the South African Reserve Bank as well as being the economic editor of a financial publication.

He specialises in monetary and fiscal policy and is also knowledgeable in the fields of international and local politics.

Dawie Roodt / Economist
10:50 - 11:10 AM
Outside by the Trucks

Tea Break

Enjoy some refreshments outside by the trucks while you stretch your legs for the final conference session.

Tea Break/ Networking
11:10 - 11:55 AM
Conference Hall

Labour Panel Discussion: The Future of Collective Bargaining

Musa Ndlouvu - Tanya Venter - Kaizer Thibedi - Magretia Brown-Engelbrecht
11:55 - 12:30
Conference Hall

Blockchain in Africa and the impact on the supply chain and logistics

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The founder and MD of Global Trade Solution, Ms. Louise Wiggett, has more than 25 years’ experience in the international trade and supply chain environment.

Louise and GTS’s objective is to provide an end-to-end integrated solution to enable the streamlining of the international trading activities both from an import and export perspective.

Louise Wigget /
12:35 AM
Conference Hall

Concluding Comments and Closure

RFA Board Member

A special Thank-You to all our sponsors!