Cycle South Africa with Transaid

HRHAs part of our role as a Corporate Supporter of transport international development charity Transaid, I attended the organisation’s “Transaid Royal Showcase” event in London last week.

Microlise announced our becoming a Corporate Supporter of Transaid at the Microlise Transport Conference in May, and we have since been working together to investigate how telematics technology can play important roles in the numerous projects Transaid operates around the world.

At the showcase event, myself and the other attendees in the room from across industry were addressed by key members of the Transaid team, including patron Her Royal Highness Princess Anne who played a key role in the formation of the charity during her time working with Save the Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics.

Princess Anne is a former Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) chairman and furthermore is a Road Haulage Association member. She demonstrated her in-depth knowledge of the transport industry both during her address to the room and as she met the attendees one-to-one. In my conversation with her, we discussed the role that telematics could play in increasing safety in the developing world, as well as how driver performance intelligence data will support Transaid in understanding and demonstrating the impact of projects.HRH 1

It was very clear that Princess Anne is hugely engaged in what Transaid is trying to do in the developing world, which was fantastic to see.

Other speakers included Gary Forster, Transaid’s CEO, and Edward O’Connor, a Transaid Project Manager, who spends six months a year in Africa scoping, implementing and managing projects. We also saw the video below on the bicycle ambulance project, which is very much worth a watch and demonstrates exactly why Transaid’s work is so vital.

The South Africa Cycle Challenge
At the event, Transaid announced its next cycling challenge, taking place in South Africa in March 2017. This challenge will involve cycling over 450km across five days from Cape Town to Cape Agulhas – the southernmost point of the African continent – and will no doubt be an incredible experience.

Interested in finding out more? Head to Transaid Events for more information…

Transaid’s last African cycle challenge saw a team head to Tanzania. This video showcases the challenge…