Women take male-dominated logistics industry by storm

Ninety-five South African women graduated from the Commercial Transport Academy (CTA) with an internationally recognised qualification in transport, logistics and supply chain.

This field, historically dominated by men, plays a critical role in the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and economic development.

Supported by the United States Agency for International Development, the CTA has made it its mission to see 1 000 women complete the programme aimed at uplifting women’s skills in management, entrepreneurship and truck driving.

According to the founder of the academy, Nicci Scott, transport contributes 8% to the total GDP of the country and has the ability to create four jobs per R1-milllion invested.

“Yet transport is the least gender-transformed sector. Urgent interventions on scale that has an impact are vital. The Women Inspiring Women to Lead in Transport Programme is one such initiative that will have a positive impact on industry transformation,” said Scott.

Zethu Dlamini, who recently graduated with the internationally recognised diploma, shared that life had been full of hardships and challenges after she lost her mother when she was 21.

She said: “If it wasn’t for this great initiative of the CTA, I would never have been able to graduate with an International Diploma in Logistics and Transport. I am grateful.”

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