Andries Louw is the CEO and founder of Milotek, the South African based company that is developing and commercializing the Futran transportation system. The Futran system was initially developed as a low cost people transportation system but after significant interest was shown by the mining industry, the system was adapted to also work as a energy efficient bulk haulage system in the mining industry.
Roads, railway lines and rivers have been the pathways of mass transit for 150 years or more and almost all technology innovation in transportation over the last century have been focused on using these existing right of way corridors better and more efficiently. However, with the advent of radical innovation such as automation, driver-less vehicles and green energy, we have to break out of this constrained mold of thinking. The creation of new pathways using existing corridors, the radical redesign of urban infrastructures and the realignment of urban migration patterns have to be examined in order to unleash the true power of on-demand, automated, mass movement of people and goods.
Anthony King, Key Account Manager, Alternative Fuels, joined Scania in 2014. Responsible for managing and developing Scania’s solutions for Sustainable Transport on buses and trucks in Southern Africa. Previously, held positions as:Technical Product Manager – Australia, Regional Sales Manager – South Africa, Sales Engineer – South Africa. Member of the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers (MIAME) – Australia. Accredited with the Office of Energy – Australia, Dip. Auto Man. – Australia.
PROPOSED TOPIC: Sustainable Biofuel Solutions for South and Southern Africa
Liesl De Wet is the senior manager sustainability for Barloworld Logistics. She also sits on RFA (road freight Association) carbon tax committee and the NBI business climate change committee whose main objective is to provide input towards a South African business position on climate change.
PROPOSED TOPIC: Sustainable transport and supply chain design, what have we done (case studies highlighting examples) and what can be done.
Neil du Preez is a serial entrepreneur, and a real start-up enthusiast. My first business was a kid’s stroller called the Riksha that we designed and developed, which is still on the market, and is now expanding to the European market. Mellowcabs is my pride and joy, and has received tons of international interest.
Growing urban population and rapidly growing cities in emerging countries has given rise to a lot of problems and hence opportunities in the urban mobility space. For entrepreneurs and policy makers, these growing trends present challenges that need immediate action and solution. The biggest problems in urban mobility today are affordable public transport, traffic management, enabling multi modal transport and ensuring a safe commute for everyone.
Carel Snyman’s involvement in energy started in 1988, when he joined the National Energy Council (NEC), responsible for the alternative transport energy portfolio. When the NEC closed their doors in 1992, he continued at Eskom where he was responsible for the Electric Transport Programme. Various electric vehicle conversions were done to demonstrate their utility and practical use. Carel joined SANEDI in June 2013, responsible for Green Transport. The aim is to power mobility with Renewable Energy.
PROPOSED TOPIC: Alternative propulsion methods
Current ways of moving people and freight is not sustainable. We need to take a hard look at what we are doing and re-assess the technologies and the energies we apply for doing mobility work. Then we need to look at the systems we have developed over the years and change this to accommodate and implement the solutions we have available. We can then integrate all components of mobility in order to optimize the total value chain so that our objectives of minimizing energy consumption, air pollution, carbon release, time it takes to travel, space required for modes and cost of transport can be achieved. In the process we need to localize the energy sources and industrial activities to the benefit of the people of our country.