SETA Accreditation No. 6570

Road Freight Management – Critical Resources

Critical Resources

Including logistics, transport of dangerous goods and road safety:

Online Workshop dates:
8-9 June / 23-24 July 2020
Normal Course fee: R7,200.00 (R8,280.00 incl. 15% VAT).
Online training fee less 20% (R1,440.00) p/p = R5,760.00 (R6,624.00 incl. 15% VAT) per delegate for all new 
registrations received and paid by 3 June 2020.
Group booking discount for 3 or more delegates less 25% (R1,800.00) p/p = R5,400.00 (R6,210.00 incl. 15% VAT) per delegate for all 
new registrations received and paid by 3 June 2020.
In-house booking for up to 12 people = R20,000.00 (R23,000.00 incl. 15% VAT) per day x 2 days for all NEW registrations received 
and paid by 3 June 2020. Terms and Conditions apply.



In logistics management, unwise decisions create multiple issues. For example, deliveries that fail or are delayed lead to buyer dissatisfaction. Damage of goods due to careless transportation, is another potential issue. Poor logistics planning gradually increases expenses, and issues may arise from the implementation of ineffective logistics software. Most of these problems occur due to improper decisions related to outsourcing, such as selecting the wrong vendor or carrying out delivery tasks without sufficient resources.

To resolve these issues, organisations should implement best logistic management practices. Companies should focus on collaboration rather than competition. Good collaboration among transportation providers, buyers and vendors helps reduce expenses. Also, an efficient and safe transportation provider is vital to business success.

Who Should Attend?

  • Transport Managers / Operators
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Importers and Exporters
  • Drivers

Anyone who wants to start a Transport Business

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Transport Management
  • Contract Documentation
  • Risk Management
  • Logistics Plan
  • Road Traffic Act
  • Costing and Tariffs
  • Driver Control
  • Routing and Scheduling
  • Loading and Unloading
  • Cross border road Management
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Road


Introduction to Transport Management

An overview of the South African Road Transport sector

  • Choosing an appropriate transport mode
  • What is transport management
  • What is fleet management
  • Fleet Management Systems
  • Aspects of Fleet Management

The Road Traffic Act and other Transport Regulations

The Act among other things regulates the following:

  • Road safety
  • Vehicle licensing
  • Road permits
  • Drivers licensing
  • Third party liability
  • Public liability permits
  • Maximum hours allowed on the wheel
  • Maximum loads permitted
  • Load safety
  • Vehicle road worthiness
  • Transportation of dangerous goods

Contract documentation

  • Investigating business opportunities in the transport sector
  • Tendering process
  • Tender types (Open, Closed or Negotiated Tenders)
  • Conditions of Contracts
  • Vehicle purchase Contracts
  • Service Contracts
  • Written contracts versus verbal contracts
  • Importance of written contracts

Risk Management

  • Identifying and Classifying risk in a transport function
  • Health, Safety and Security in a Transport Business
  • Risk to truck drivers include:  e.g. truck vibrations, manual handling of loads, long sitting positions
  • Physical Risks
  • Chemical and biological risks
  • Psychological risks including stress and violence
  • Risk related to individual behaviour of the driver e.g. smoking, consumption of stimulants, sleeping with prostitutes
  • Risk to goods e.g. damage, theft, loss, etc
  • Managing and minimizing risk (GIT Insurance)

Logistics Plan

  • Vehicle management
  • Vehicle maintenance and up keep
  • Garage selection
  • Maintenance documentation
  • Vehicle policy

Learning Outcomes

Costing and Tariffs

  • Gather information on transport operating costs
  • Source of Information
  • Analyse transport operating costs
  • Factors that impact on transport costs
  • Transport operation costs (Fixed and Variable costs)
  • Implement preventative measures to control operating costs
  • Measures to control transport operating costs
  • Charging a client (Formula to apply, gross weight, volume weight, nature of goods)

Driver Control

  • Driver recruitment
  • Driver records
  • Vehicle checking
  • Using a vehicle log book
  • Company policy and procedures

Operational Control

  • Identify and explain the external environment’s influence on an organisation
  • Explain and apply the strategic decision making process in the transport industry
  • Design work structures and provide overall leadership to strategic business units and departments
  • Interpret, apply and communicate strategy
  • Operational control
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Human resource policy
  • Vehicle allocation policy
  • Usage planning
  • Issuing of vehicles
  • Fuel control
  • Safety
  • Parking

Routing and Scheduling

  • Route planning techniques
  • Challenges of Vehicle routing
  • Benefits of route planning and dispatch
  • Higher margins and increased profitability
  • Improved customer service
  • Higher employee satisfaction
  • Enhanced Management Support

Loading and Unloading of Vehicles

  • Adhere to standard operating procedures and applicable requirements of South African National Standards 10231 for the loading/unloading of packaged goods and bulk
  • Identify required danger warning diamond, warning placards, tremcards and dangerous goods declaration
  • Comply with standard operating procedures and South African National Standards 10231 after loading/unloading of dangerous goods.
  • Basic safety procedures
  • Loading and unloading hazardous materials
  • Segregation and separation of hazardous materials
  • Dangerous goods segregation table
  • Requirements for loading and unloading areas
  • Cargo delivery procedures

Transportation of Dangerous goods by road

  • Transporting dangerous goods in South Africa (The Law)
  • The role of the SABS
  • Manage and monitor the delegation of transportation of dangerous goods.
  • Driver training
  • Documents required
  • Dangerous goods inspectors (their powers, duties and functions)

Cross border Transport Management

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the relevant regulatory framework for controlling the movement of cross border road transportation
  • Explain permits that relate to cross-border road transportation
  • Penalties and offences in terms of the relevant legislation
  • The regulatory framework
  • The national land transport act
  • Cross border permits
  • Cross border inspectors
  • Duties of permit holders
  • Offences and penalties
  • Customs control
  • Causes of border delays

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