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Southern African Transport Conference set to rethink transportation

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The 41st Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) is set to take place from 10 to 13 July 2023 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria under the theme
The 41st Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) is set to take place from 10 to 13 July 2023 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria under the theme "Rethinking transportation: planning and building resilient systems to meet global externalities,"

The 41st Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) is set to take place from 10 to 13 July 2023 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria under the theme “Rethinking transportation: planning and building resilient systems to meet global externalities,”

The event, endorsed by the International Road Federation (IRF), will gather industry experts, policymakers, researchers and stakeholders from across the transport sector to discuss and devise innovative strategies for rethinking transportation and building resilient systems to meet global externalities.

Transportation plays an integral role in the advancement of any society, driving economic growth, facilitating trade and enhancing the quality of life for individuals. Recognising the significance of the transport sector, the conference serves as a platform for key stakeholders to come together and tackle the pressing issues head-on.

The conference features a comprehensive programme of plenary sessions, panel discussions, technical presentations and interactive workshops and delegates will have the opportunity to engage with renowned thought leaders and industry experts, gaining valuable insights into the latest advancements and emerging trends in the field.

The conference will be opened by Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga. Following her keynote address will be a line-up of other distinguished speakers including Karla González Carvajal from the World Bank; Prof André Roux from the Stellenbosch University Business School; Dr. Kevin Trenberth, National Centre for Atmospheric Research, New Zealand; and Ms Logashri Sewnarain, CEO of SMEC South Africa.

Among the many issues to be addressed, one of the topics of particular interest in the Freight and Logistics session focuses on decarbonizing road freight. This topic will provide insights into the process of decarbonization, technology options, and considerations for a sustainable and environmentally friendly future in the road freight sector. It will also address challenges and factors delaying progress in achieving emission reduction targets.

Another topic of interest is the use of artificial intelligence to improve overload control efficiency. This presentation will investigate using an intelligent weigh-in-motion algorithm to decrease the static weighing of vehicles and enhance the ability to differentiate between legal and overloaded vehicles.

Also of interest will be the ‘safety session’ which will start with a presentation by Dr Karien Venter titled ‘Safe Systems Approach: Implementation of the Safe Systems Approach in South Africa: Overview of the Limpopo Road Safety programme.’ 

The Safe Systems approach has been adopted worldwide as a feasible method to reduce road carnage. South Africa has also adopted the programme and road authorities need guidance about how to implement the approach. The paper by Dr Venter will give this guidance by providing an overview of the Limpopo Road Safety programme which, through the execution of 13 targeted Safe System projects, aims to improve road safety in the Limpopo Province.

The Engineering for Safe Systems Forum will dedicate the morning to a review of road safety assessments conducted in South Africa and Namibia and to showcasing results from road safety inspections and assessments conducted by the Roads Agency Limpopo.
 
In addition, the morning session will be dedicated to introducing methodologies and approaches to assess roadside risk with an overview of roadside safety for vulnerable road users as well as an overview of lessons learned during the past year regarding the development of the South African road Risk Assessment Procedure (RAPSA) for safer roadsides in South Africa.


“The 41st SATC promises to be a transformative event, fostering collaboration, knowledge sharing, and innovation within the transport sector,” says Dr Mathetha Mokonyama, SATC Chairperson. “By bringing together diverse stakeholders, we aim to inspire new perspectives and drive the development of sustainable and resilient transportation systems for the benefit of all.”

To stay updated on the conference details and to register for the event, visit the official website at www.satc.org.za.

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