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On A Mission To Drive Africa Forwards

The Smarter Mobility Africa summit story is one of passion to transform Africa’s mobility landscape to create joyful freedom.

A Movement With A Purpose

Africa faces significant mobility challenges, with many people lacking access to safe, reliable and affordable mobility. This has clear negative consequences for economic development, public health, job opportunities, and the environment. The human impact of this mobility challenge is profound, and it drives our passion to inspire and fast track transformation to an integrated smarter mobility Africa. These reasons are why we are dedicated to bringing together every element of the mobility industry to tackle challenges head-on and create joyful freedoms for everyone.

Our Passion

We’re passionate about how people and goods move. Our global team and advisory board have experienced the best and worst of mobility in Africa and across the world, and have seen how the state of mobility can either enable freedoms or disable freedoms.

We’re in the business of creating joyful freedoms, where people, economies, and environments can achieve their full potential. We understand the benefits that come from bringing together every element of the mobility industry, from public transport and rail to automotive and micromobility, it is the integration of all these elements that will ensure mobility truly serves the people, the economy, and the environment.

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SMARTER MOBILITY AFRICA SUMMIT 2022 SHOWREEL

Experience Africa's most influential mobility conference & exhibition, held annually in the Gauteng Province

Statistics That Matter

The African mobility challenge is enormous, but through collaboration and innovation, we can make a difference. Already we are seeing change, and with your help tomorrow’s future can be bright.

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Car Ownership

Car ownership rates in Africa are relatively low, with only 44 cars per 1,000 people, compared to 553 cars per 1,000 people in North America. The number of cars on African roads is expected to double by 2040, which creates many opportunities, however could also exacerbate congestion, emissions, and air pollution.

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Informal TransportatioN

In many African cities, informal transportation systems like minibuses, motorcycles, and tuk-tuks play a significant role in providing mobility for citizens. However, these systems are often unregulated, unsafe, and not integrated, with high accident rates and poor working conditions for drivers.

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INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT

CInadequate infrastructure and a lack of funding funding is holding back the full integration of smarter mobility solutions. Annually, there is a funding gap of up to $100 billion for infrastructural development in Africa.

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Public Transportation

According to the World Bank, public transportation accounts for more than 80% of all trips in urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa. However, the quality and reliability of public transportation systems vary widely across the continent, with many cities lacking formal transit systems.

But change is coming...

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Mobility Solutions

A number of mobility solutions are becoming commonplace in Africa, such as ride-hailing services and bike-sharing programs in cities like Lagos and Cape Town. Additionally, several African countries are investing in public transportation infrastructure, such as light rail systems and bus rapid transit.

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Electric vehicles

Electric vehicles (big and small) are becoming more popular in Africa, largely due to their cost saving advantages and integration with the electricity grid. These vehicles are cheaper to operate and maintain than traditional internal combustion engine vehicles, which could help to reduce the overall cost of mobility.

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Bike-sharing schemes

Bike-sharing schemes are popping up in cities across Africa, providing an affordable and eco-friendly way to get around. These schemes are particularly popular in countries like Nigeria and Rwanda.

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Smart public transportation

Some African cities are investing in smart public transportation systems that use technology to improve the efficiency and reliability of buses and trains. For example, in Lagos, Nigeria, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system uses technology to optimize routes and reduce wait times.

“With a third of this decade already gone, there’s work to do to realise many of the 2030 Visions around Africa for mobility. Smarter Mobility Africa summit will highlight what’s been achieved to date, and what needs to be done now to drive forward clean, affordable, accessible, and sustainable mobility for all”

Ben Pullen
Group Director of Mobility
VUKA Group

What We Believe

The mobility industry is changing at a rapid speed, which is creating new opportunities for both existing and new players.

We believe in a smarter mobility Africa for all, which leaves no one behind.

For all areas of the vast mobility industry, we welcome you all and give you the ability to take advantage of all of the opportunities that the new world of mobility has to offer.

Let’s create joyful freedoms together, one smarter journey at a time.

Event featuresKey Themes Of The Conference

An integrated smarter mobility Africa consists of a dynamic landscape with many hot topics. This year particular attention will be paid (amongst others!) to these topics.

Public Transport

Public transport plays a critical role in providing reliable and safe mobility in cities. In Africa, informal public transport is mostly used to get around. However, lack of investment and infrastructure have held it back. This stage explores the opportunities presented within public transport through paratransit, rail, integrated infrastructure and reduced congestion to bring about safer, affordable and efficient mobility for all.

Micromobility

Micromobility is gaining popularity in many African cities due to its affordability, convenience, and environmental benefits. But reaching its full potential growth in Africa is still on the rise. However, despite all its challenges experts in the field will explore the opportunities and potential micromobility brings with affordable & sustainable mobility.

Mobility as a service

Please change description to - Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is an emerging concept that aims to integrate various modes of transportation, such as public transit, ride-hailing services, and bike sharing, into a single, seamless mobility service that can be accessed and used through a digital platform. We explore digital infrastructure, regulatory frameworks and data sharing practices to develop MaaS in Africa.

NEW ENERGY VEHICLES & BATTERY TECH

Please change this description to - The world has changed, and Africa is changing with it when it comes to the fast-paced emergence of New Energy Vehicles and Batteries. This stage explores the full ecosystem of what the new energy vehicle industry offers, such as different types of more efficient vehicles, the tech within new energy vehicles, the integration of vehicle to the grid, hydrogen fuel cell, and the development of battery technology feeding into the automotive industry and the energy industry. Africa is moving forward with its new energy vehicle opportunity, this stage will highlight those developments, and answer the question of what more can be done to ensure Africa benefits from this once in a lifetime industry transition.

SMARTER FLEETS

Transitioning fleets to new energy vehicles comes with a huge amount of opportunity to reduce costs and emissions, whilst improving user experience. However, the speed at which this change is happening provides some level of challenges, which would make even the most focused fleet operator feel somewhat anxious. Smarter Fleet Summit will simplify some of the must know information when embracing this inevitable transition to electric vehicles, giving your organisation the best chance to adopt and enjoy.

Expert knowledge is paramount

Smarter Mobility Africa summit's programme is developed in close collaboration with its Advisory Board, a group of dedicated and diverse experts, intimately involved in the most critical areas of building an integrated smarter mobility Africa.

Representatives from transport operators, funders, urban planners, regulators, startups, and other industry, government, and academic stakeholders take part in this group, bringing their visions and day-to-day experiences to the discussion before, during and post the live event.

VUKA Team VUKA MOBILITY TEAM

Ben Pullen

Group Director of Mobility

Ben lives and breathes smart mobility and is passionate to play his part in building a better world for the future. He has enjoyed running projects across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa over the last 10 years.

Anazi Zote

Mobility Content & Stakeholder Manager

Anazi is an experienced media professional who has worked as a TV producer and journalist in business news at top media outlets such as BBC and CNBC Africa. Recently, she has been in conference management and production assembling large conferences in South Africa and Dubai, focussed on smarter mobility and renewable energy.

David Sazfir

Business Development Manager

With experience in logistics & sales, David is driving forward an integrated and smarter mobility Africa. He's committed to understanding the market trends and clients needs to ensure they can scale their solutions across Africa.

Julie Wurtz

Marketing Manager

Julie co- launched Smarter Mobility Africa summit & evrt Africa back in 2018 and is well-versed in how to create influence in the mobility sector. She has a keen eye for every aspect of marketing as well as building strong relationships with renowned media & stakeholders in Africa.

Rea Khoethay

Marketing Coordinator

Rea is a creative digital strategist who is passionate about building digital communities and is particularly skilled in social media marketing and high conversion content. She believes that building meaningful brands all starts with companies that understand their consumers through multi-channel marketing.

Warda Jakoet

Customer Experience

A passionate leader with a determined focus to ensure that the touchpoints across the client’s journey are engaging, efficient and effective. Attention to customer experience has led to Enlit Africa consistently scoring a high NPS score from attendees.

Rue Limekhaya

Registration

With over 20 yrs experience, her focus and attention is to ensure a smooth, enjoyable visitor and delegate experience both online and from the moment the entry badge is collected at the venue. Understanding that we have only one chance to make a good impression she is dedicated in her belief that the customer always comes first.

Chanelle Benjamin

Head Of Operations

Having delivered a full scope of African projects over 13 years demonstrating a proven ability to manage all aspects of event planning; from conception to execution, while ensuring that events are aligned with our brand.

Client Success Stories Case Studies

“The actual achievement of driving EVs from the Capital City to Cape Town (2000KM) is a major highlight of this event. The fact that infrastructure exists at various intervals between the two cities is to be highlighted and celebrated. However, is it still very important to note that there is a need for continued investment in infrastructure, public awareness campaigns and related topics to accelerate uptake of EVs in South Africa and the rest of the continent.”

Mamokhele Sebatane Corporate Communications at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Company: NISSAN

Objective:

Nissan were looking to support the creation of a sustainable EV ecosystem in South Africa and enhance their position as technology leader.


Solution:

Through consultation with the Smarter Mobility Africa team, a sponsored package was created that included brand awareness, premium product placement in action, thought leadership positioning and influencer and industry stakeholder engagement from the likes of the South Africa Minister of Transport, famous radio presenter DJ Fresh and the United Nations Environment Programme activated at both evrt Africa and Smarter Mobility Africa events. Through world class video and photography, the Smarter Mobility Africa team were able to tell Nissan’s technology story by bringing the product to life in the context of adventure, tourism, industry, and sustainability


Results:

Through Nissan’s partnership with Smarter Mobility Africa, they have successfully rekindled the discussions on EVs and the whole EV ecosystem in South Africa. Stakeholder engagements between the OEMs, infrastructure providers, government, government agencies etc have increased appreciably. The partnership also served to educate the public on EV, through evrt Africa which has created heightened interest on EV and related topics. The United Nations Environmental Progamme posted the Nissan leaf viewed 3000 times and reshared 60 times. The total Nissan campaign PR value equated to R23 Million, and media clippings including radio, TV, digital totalling 176 times. Advertising Value Equivalent (AVE): R 7,605,760.53 rounded off the value created by this campaign. Across both events over 50 test drives were given in a Nissan Leaf.

2023 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Hosting Partners
g-Fleet
Gauteng Province
Gauteng Transport Authority
Diamond Sponsors
Air Products
Sasol
Toyota
Platinum Sponsors
AutoTrader
Gautrain
Huawei
uBumbano
Visa
Gold Sponsors
IDC
SANRAL
Uber
Silver Sponsor
Women In Mobility Sponsor
Startup Sponsors
Silver Sponsor
Spiro
Women In Mobility Sponsor
KTC-ZA
Startup Sponsors
CSIR

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