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Awards to showcase African supply chain excellence

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Nnoni Mokgethi and Morris Kgama from Traxtion, the company which won the “Excellence in Transport” Award at last year’s Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards. You can be a winner at this year’s awards.
Nnoni Mokgethi and Morris Kgama from Traxtion, the company which won the “Excellence in Transport” Award at last year’s Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards. You can be a winner at this year’s awards.

Entries are open for the 2024 Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards. This prestigious annual event, which is now in its third year, acknowledges the vital role played by supply chain management and recognises excellence in the supply chain profession. 

FleetWatch welcomes such awards for we need to highlight companies and people who are doing good things in this country so as to overshadow the clouds of negativity brought on by corruption, loadshedding, infrastructure deterioration, high crime and high unemployment that have enveloped South Africa.

Overcoming the challenges thrown at supply chain practitioners – operating in every link in the supply chain – is not an easy task given South Africa’s current circumstances so let’s raise our hats to those who are overcoming and achieving great things for our country as they strive to keep the goods moving against often daunting odds.

Entries are invited in a range of categories from transport, warehousing, technology, sustainability and talent management to demand planning, procurement and manufacturing. 

While celebrating and showcasing innovation, resilience and excellence in the supply chain industry, the Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards also contribute to the advancement of supply chain management across the continent, to enable globally competitive supply chains that will drive economic growth on the African continent.

“Entrants are not merely competing, they are helping to shape the future of African supply chain management,” says Liesl de Wet, a director of the awards. “There is growing recognition of the key role that supply chains play in business success and economic growth. Through the Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards and the collaboration, knowledge sharing and awareness that they generate, as well as the opportunity for industry benchmarking, we are striving to raise the standards of supply chain management and promote best practices in the profession.”

In addition to honouring achievers, this initiative helps youth in need to enter the supply chain profession. The awards have been set up as a not-for-profit entity with the ultimate objective of raising funds for the creation of sustainable bursaries for individuals needing support to study and pursue careers in the supply chain profession.

A distinguished panel of judges representing various logistics associations and bodies oversee the awards. The prime sponsor of the 2024 Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards is Forte Supply Chain Solutions. Category sponsors are SAAFF and the Road Freight Association.

Logis-T Africa, and Transport Forum are media partners of the Awards. The Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics (CILT), the Road Freight Association (RFA), the Southern African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF), SAPICS (The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management), the Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering (SAIIE), South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA) and Smart Procurement World are the 2024 Association partners. 

In 2023, the Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards received 92 entries from 26 countries around Africa. The winners included a logistics feat that got vital food aid to desperate communities in West Africa and a project to strengthen healthcare supply chains in war-torn Cameroon.

Awards were also presented to a solar vehicle project, a trans-modal coal transportation initiative and a rail sector skills development success story. The judges presented a special award to an important road to rail undertaking that has improved road safety and achieved a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions on the route between Vryheid and Richards Bay.

Entries close on 27 March 2024. The awards will culminate in a prestigious gala event in Johannesburg in July, offering attendees an invaluable opportunity to network with colleagues while celebrating the award winners and their achievements and contributions to the industry. 

Visit the Africa Supply Chain Excellence Awards website to find out more or to enter.

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