Our diverse and in-depth Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) programme has positioned Cargo Carriers at the forefront of transformation in the transport industry.
We promote education and training, employment equity, and the creation and mentoring of small businesses, to make a lasting contribution to the industry.
Our four-level empowerment strategy is based on:
While we have active programmes to ensure transformation on the broadest scale, we know that growth and profitability are the necessary fuels for this process. In our experience, and contrary to the belief of many, it is possible to transform while simultaneously improving the top and bottom line performance – for both our clients and ourselves.
Using financial capital to create sustainable social capital.
Cargo Carriers’ owner/driver programme has been one of our proudest achievements. Through the programme we have set up and provided ongoing support to a number of owner-driver operations across the country, empowering drivers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to own and run small businesses.
The reason our owner-driver partners are among the most successful in the industry is that we do not simply hand over ownership of the assets along with a contract. Rather, we undertake a careful selection process, and follow up with rigorous monthly operational support, skills training and business mentoring, ensuring their businesses are sustainable.
As a result, our own productivity is increased, and real wealth creation objectives are achieved, making it a sustainable solution for all parties involved.
Our new Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) owner-driver model, developed in consultation with clients in 2014, earns clients B-BBEE (broad-based black economic empowerment) points for preferential procurement and supplier development. With the revised B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice that came into effect in May 2015, a number of clients have asked to use this highly successful ESD owner-driver model to meet their transformation objectives.
Partnering with Buhle Betfu Holdings in Mpumalanga, as well as Lugubhu Carriers in Swaziland, we have empowered hundreds of small growers.
Buhle Betfu has been developed to such an extent that management and majority ownership have been assumed by our empowerment partners – our goal since entering the partnership in 2002. This project won Platinum at the Logistics Achiever Awards in 2005.
Up-Skilling for the Future.
The Cargo Carriers culture is defined by performance excellence. Having experienced significant growth in the last few years, we manage an active training and transformation programme in order to maintain our high service standards and continue meeting our clients’ demanding needs.
As a performance driven company, we believe in equipping our people with all the skills and capabilities necessary to meet our aspirations. We conduct performance appraisals twice a year. Individually tailored training and development plans are guided by gaps identified through these appraisals, which help our people improve their performance and pursue dynamic career development paths.
Through our training programmes, we play an active role in bringing previously disadvantaged individuals into the mainstream economy. They include:
The group unveiled a R1m training centre in Sasolburg as part of our commitment to and compliance with SHEQ (safety, health, environment and quality) best practice. The centre will ensure our drivers meet our exacting requirements in this crucial area.
Our training and development programme aims to address our employment equity challenges and equip individuals with industry-leading skills. This is especially important in the area of management. Over the past two years we successfully carried out a number of management training initiatives. Just recently, two Cargo Carriers bursary holders who had completed their transport management diploma studies were enrolled in our 18-month management trainee programme.
As much as we rely on appropriately qualified and skilled managers to ensure our ability to keep creating value into the future, the development of technical skills is of equal importance. Our skills pipeline included 11 diesel mechanic apprentices, four of whom were appointed to full-time positions following the completion of their four-year apprenticeships.
Cargo Carriers’ recruitment policy enhances our employment equity and transformation initiatives.
Employment equity remains a challenge for many businesses, especially at senior management levels. In view of this, Cargo Carriers has adopted a new five-year employment equity plan, in terms of which we have set ourselves a goal of increasing African, Indian and Coloured representation at top levels of the organisation.
The recruitment of employees with technical skills, including diesel mechanics and workshop managers, is another challenging area. Cargo Carriers has placed a strong focus on identifying and training EE candidates to supplement the industry’s scarce pool of resources.
Transport industry empowerment leaders.
As a company that believes that South Africa’s future can only be secured through real transformation, we have worked hard to improve our B-BBEE score from Level 7 in 2008 to Level 6 in 2009 and Level 5 in 2010. We are immensely proud of our current Level 4 B-BBEE contributor with value added supplier status, enabling our customers to claim 125% of their business-spend with Cargo Carriers towards their procurement scores.
We continue to take a proactive approach towards ensuring satisfactory levels of compliance at all levels in with the revised B-BBEE Codes.