Global platform for young freight forwarder

SAAFFAs the winner of the Region Africa Middle East phase of the Young Freight Forwarder of the Year competition, Fortunate Mboweni of Bidvest Panalpina Logistics is now off to compete on a global platform.

Fortunate’s prize is to attend and participate in the FIATA World Congress in Istanbul in October this year. At this Congress Fortunate and the three other regional winners representing the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe will compete to become the global winner.

The global winner will receive a total of five weeks training in New York and London, as well as at one of the IATA major centres, with all expenses paid by competition sponsors, the Transit Trade Club and International Air Transport Association. The competition was developed to encourage training in the freight forwarding industry and to further develop the professionalism of young people.

Winners were chosen from dissertations on how they handle all aspects of the international movement of goods that are not the usual run of the mill cargo. Fortunate’s dissertation was called ‘Multimodal transport operations in practice: radio actives and abnormals from and to South Africa.’

Fortunate is a channel controller at BPL and she is currently studying for the Generic Management NQF level 5 qualification. Source:

SAAFF names top young freight forwarder

From-the-left-are-Maria-du-Preez-Fortunate-Mboweni-and-James-Reddy-from-Bidvest-Panalpina-LogisticsFortunate Mboweni of Bidvest Panalpina Logistics has been named South Africa’s Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year. According to David Logan, CEO at the South Africa Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF), the award was based on her submission on the challenges of super abnormal loads and the complexities associated with the handling of ultra-sensitive cargo.

Says Logan: “Mboweni wrote a well-researched paper on two topical subjects: the shipping of highly sensitive material and the management of project (large, abnormal) cargo. The delivery of work was of a high standard and she can be proud of her efforts, which, in my opinion, stands a good chance of winning-at least the RAME [Region Africa Middle East] round.”

“She will now write a dissertation in order to compete in the regional round of the competition, and if she is successful, will be entered as a global finalist into the ‘Final Four’, which will be decided in Istanbul at this year’s Fiata Global Congress.”

The competition was initiated by its lead sponsor, the TT Club, in 1999 and its objectives are the encouragement of training and development in the industry as well as the elevation of professional standards .

Entrants who are brave enough to take up the challenge are obliged to write a dissertation on a topic that is set by SAAFF. This topic allows the entrant to write about current and often challenging issues and to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise on export and import forwarding and clearing matters.

SAAFF’s judging panel carefully adjudicates each entry in order to identify a winner, whose name is then submitted as the candidate for the regional round. As the competition is supported by FIATA (The International Association of Freight Forwarding Associations), it is adjudicated globally through its regional structures, which under FIATA nomenclature is RAME.

The winner of this round then goes through to the finals comprising the three other regional winners and the global winner is announced at the FIATA Global Congress each year.

Logan concludes: “The status attached to this competition is enormous and reflects positively on both the individual and the company for whom they work. Naturally, only freight forwarders may enter.”

In 2012, SAAFF’s entrant, Daniel Terbille, won the global competition and Logan says they have faith in Mboweni doing well in this international event. Source: Trans World Africa