Bongisizwe Mpondo
Mr. Mpondo, a Social Entrepreneur, has extensive experience in the fields of transportation planning, development planning, project management and strategy development. Presently Managing Director and founder of SAFIRI (Pty) Ltd, a transportation planning company, he has served in Board positions at the Cross-Border Roads Transport Agency, the Gauteng Transport Management Agency (Freight Transport Expert) and African Tramways. Until recently served as a Non-Executive Director on the South African Airways (SAA) Board.

Prior to venturing into managing his own businesses, he was employed at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR – Transportek), the Gauteng Provincial Government’s Office of the Premier (Director for Growth & Development) and the Road Freight Association (Policy and Regulation Head). Amongst his various activities, he is also a co-founder of the Institute for Transport & Sustainable Development (ITSD) whose major objective is to provide sustainable transport solutions. His portfolio of projects range from Freight & Public Transport Plans, Freight Databanks & Freight Logistics Hubs amongst others. Awards he has received include the 2001 CSIR: Transportek Outstanding Achievers Team Award, the 2002 CSIR: Transportek Young Professional Award and a nomination for the 2003 CSIR Young Professional Award. He is also the co-author of numerous works in the transportation field.