About Us

The Voice of the Road Freight Industry


Who we are.

The Road Freight Association was established in 1975 to support its Members who are, in the main, road freight operators. It is a lobbying and negotiating body which influences the state of the industry, rates, upkeep of the road infrastructure, road safety, freight security, driver interests, cross-border transport, education, health, the fuel price, law enforcement, labour relations and many other issues related to road freight transport.

Member companies include small and medium-sized trucking companies, including many family-owned businesses, owner operators, as well as most of the largest trucking companies in South Africa. Members come from all sectors of the trucking industry.

Private and public operators are Members of the RFA. Membership also includes a significant number of affiliates and associates – those companies providing goods and services to the trucking industry.

Team RFA (made up of support staff and experts) is committed to serving you. The team brings with it a high degree of professional experience, knowledge and dedication – which greatly contributes to the effectiveness, relevance and standing of the RFA.

As the voice of the trucking industry in South Africa, the RFA is your voice. It is important that you avail yourself of that opportunity to be heard.

The Mission of the RFA

  • Adding value in a sustainable and professional manner to the road freight industry.
  • Providing a collective voice for industry, thus representing the needs and interests of all road freight transport operators
  • Pooling resources for the road freight transport industry, thus empowering members to tackle issues that they cannot handle on an individual basis.
  • Supporting the establishment and growth of small businesses
  • Ensuring that the industry is aligned with the value system of the country
  • Encouraging the commitment of members to our core values and standards

The Vision of the RFA

To be the voice of the road freight industry in South Africa

Benefits of being a RFA Member

Through tactical lobbying, the RFA makes sure that the interest of operators is protected and addressed at the right levels of government up to the highest office in the land.
Through collective bargaining, the RFA negotiates all labour matters that influence the road freight and logistics industry. Our labour experts give guidance and advice on all labour related matters.
Our team gives advice and guidance on all technical and operational matters such as:

  • All aspects of road transport legislation (AARTO, customs, abnormal loads, Dangerous goods)
  • SANS Standards
  • PRFO Programme (SANS1395)
  • Green trucks
  • Safe trucks
  • Clever trucks
  • Maxi trucks
Specific templates to customise the cost for 81 different vehicle concepts.

Note: the data provided is based on a hypothetical model derived from publicly available information using assumptions and methodology determined by an independent expert – it is not a price calculation tool and is not intended to, and does not, reflect or determine the actual prices that may be charged by an RFA Member or any transport company rendering transport services.
  • SMME starter kit
  • Services from transport consultants (contract assessment & route planning analysis software)
  • Contract pricing and indices Model prepared by Economists.co.za
  • Labour related matters (skills development fund, employment equity, disputes)
  • BEE consulting
  • Seminars, workshops, conferences, social events & information sessions
  • Retirement funding
  • SANS1395 certification
  • Social events (golf days, convention, challenge days, etc).
  • Website platform to business, offer opportunities & business linkages
  • Regional meetings to ensure face to face contact with our team members
  • Social media platforms sharing latest industry updates & news
Support & guidance to SMME operators (telephonic, personal, electronic interaction)
Various interest groups address the specific needs of operators (related to types of cargo or operational requirements). Typically, the interest group will address challenges facing the group of operators. These groups are open to all operators:
  • Abnormal loads
  • Technical (vehicle equipment / development / tyres / new technology)
  • Courier / Small / express parcel
  • Cross Border (Customs / SARS / CBRTA / Corridors / SADC  / COMESA / FESARTA
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Safe Trucks (road safety)
  • Furniture (AMOSA)
  • Competitions (DOTY / PPL)
  • PRFO Programme (ISO39001 / SANS 1395)
  • Driver Licensing (Driver Training)
  • Skills Development (Training Junket)
  • Green Trucks
  • Clever Trucks / Maxi Trucks
  • Publications and Communication
    Newsletters, press releases, electronic industry updates, access to online petitions. Input & feedback into impending legislation / policy pronouncements. Various social media platforms

  • Competition Law Guide
    Competition law guide compiled by experts specifically for the road freight industry

  • Wellness programme
    Access to the wellness fund & trucking wellness through the partnership with the NBCRFLI

RFA Partnerships



Meet Our Brilliant Team.

Gavin Kelly
Gavin KellyChief Executive Officer

Glorie Moepi
Glorie MoepiMembership Officer

Charlene Hadzhiyski
Charlene HadzhiyskiOffice Manager

Cisely Molete
Cisely MoleteReceptionist

Shantal Singh
Shantal SinghEvents Manager

Lesley Brown
Lesley BrownSMME Support

RFA Code of Conduct

To ensure that our members adhere to the highest standards of professionalism that protect the image, credibility and sustainability of the road freight industry, all members have to comply with the RFA Code of Conduct. The Code sets out standards of professional practices that govern the members of The Road Freight Association.


1. Social and Environmental Commitment 

  1. Comply with the laws of the Republic of South Africa and operate within the spirit of those laws.
  2. Protect the environment, promote sustainable development and conduct business affairs that are socially responsible 
  3. Make the most effective use and conserve the nation’s natural resources 
  4. Improve energy efficiency, monitor and reduce carbon emissions.  

2. Regulations and Legislation 

  1. Comply with Statutes, Acts, Regulations, Bye-Laws, guidelines including but not limited to the Road Traffic Act, LabourRelations Act, NBCRFLI agreement and legislation relating to anti-competitiveness, and professional service delivery such as FAIS Act Compliance  

3. Ethics and Governance 

  1. Manage and conduct their affairs according to principles and values of good governance 
  2. Maintain high standards of ethics, fairness and professionalism 
  3. Act with integrity at all times and deal fairly, honestly and responsibly with all customers and stakeholders  

4. Vehicle Roadworthiness 

  1. Ensure that vehicles remain in a roadworthy condition 
  2. Maintain and implement policies and procedures for pre-trip inspections and corrective action taken immediately 
  3. Perform regular and preventative maintenance and servicing of vehicles and equipment according to industry self-regulation standards 


5. Loads 

  1. Ensure that the loads are safe and secure 
  2. Ensure that loads do not exceed the maximum permissible axle and vehicle load masses


6. Operating Efficiency 

  1. Strive to maintain high standards of operational efficiency through the optimal use of resources, cost reductions and fuel efficiencies.

7. Employees 

  1. Provide continuous training and development to employees 
  2. Provide for the welfare of all employees  


8. Drivers 

  1. Recruit professional and qualified drivers with valid licences. 
  2. Ensure that drivers have the necessary competence, skills and experience to drive the vehicle and load assigned to them.
  3. Continuously train and develop drivers to meet the needs of changing technology 
  4. Adhere to driver hours and resting periods as prescribed in the relevant legislation  


9. Safety and Standards 

  1. Comply with the highest levels of safety and industry self regulation standards. 
  2. Ensure that all reflective material and lamps are in working condition. 
  3. Improve methods of spray and dust reduction to allow safer passing by other vehicles  


10. Commitment to the Association 

  1. The member shall respond to all complaints forwarded by the Association withing 14 days 
  2. The Member shall conduct himself in a manner that will uphold the good standing and reputation of the RFA 
  3. The member will NOT misuse his office within the RFA for personal gain
  4. The member will NOT make public statements on behalf of the RFA without the Authority of the RFA Executive
  5. The member will NOT represent the RFA in any manner without approval of the RFA Executive
  6. The member will NOT bring the Association into disrepute 
  7. The member shall support the Association in all its endeavours