The South African congress on
facilitating international trade
A congress for strategic initiatives that deliver successful outcomes through service, information, and advocacy.

What was the Congress about?

SAAFF 2018 took place in Cape Town at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 29 to 30 August 2018. The biennial SAAFF Congress brought together the freight forwarding and customs-clearing industry as well as government departments and parastatal institutions responsible for matters such as customs, ports, health and safety, border control, cargo handling, security at terminals and airports, and road legislation.

Stakeholders delivering essential services to the industry such as marine insurance, IT services, warehousing, and transport were also in attendance.

Via panel discussions and presentations the Congress represented a comprehensive dialogue which provided insightful guidance to members and stakeholders.

The two-day Congress provided members and stakeholders with a professional and structured environment in which to network and included an enjoyable social aspect in the form of a gala dinner.

Not to be missed speakers!

Beyers Theron

Acting Chief Officer: Customs and Excise

Mmutle Lentle

Chief Information Officer, Transnet National Ports Authority

Justin Cohen

Master of Ceremonies

Jason Freeman

Director: JLT Marine South Africa

Andrew Levy

Labour Economist and Consultant, Andrew Levy Employment

Natasha Andrykowsky

Head of International Banking across South Africa, ABSA Group Ltd

Mark Kingon

Acting SARS Commissioner, SARS

Riaan Grobbelaar

Managing Director, Prestmarine

Nachi Mendelow

VP Business Development - Africa, WiseTech Global

Stephen Gray

Founder, The MakerSpace

Dean Macpherson

MP, Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry, Democratic Alliance

Gilan Gork

Founder, The Influence Institute

Stanley Lim

Group COO, Addicon Logistics Management

Rusty Labuschagne

CEO, Beating Chains

Rutendo Hwindingwi

Associate Director, Deloitte South Africa

Paul Cheetham

Board member and Immediate Past Chairman of South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF)

Rainier Strauss

Senior Underwriter, Lombard Insurance Company

Basil Pietersen

Chairman, SAAFF

Dawie Roodt

Chief Economist, Efficient Group

What do we do?

The South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) is a national association that is a non-profit organisation governed by a constitution. SAAFF’s mission is to lead strategic initiatives that deliver successful outcomes through service, information, and advocacy. We are striving to be the leading authority in the freight forwarding industry, achieving local, regional, and international recognition. We add value by encouraging integrity, professional conduct, leadership, and delivery of results.

Freight forwarding plays an essential role in international trade and SAAFF members are dedicated to facilitating this activity through their involvement in the management of transportation, customs clearing, documentation, third party payments, and many other elements of international supply chains. Globalisation and the need to reduce costs over the entire supply chain have re-focussed the freight forwarder in ways that are innovative and responsive: the freight forwarder is truly the “architect of transport”.