Chevron SA’s Enterprise and Supplier Development funding fires up Crusade Logistics

Ujuh Reporter

Crusade Logistics, a 51% black-owned and 30% black female-owned company that specialises in petroleum logistics business, is promising to take the market by storm after securing Enterprise and Supplier Development funding from Chevron South Africa.

Currently focused on servicing the KwaZuku-Natal inland fuel depot route, Crusade Logistics, has adopted the newest tech, including drones, in logistics to go toe to toe with big transport companies. It uses drones to plan routes and to monitor to driver safety. It provides customers with two-hourly updates on the estimated arrival time to the depots, ensuring that they are ready to receive the fuel.

Currently bridging fuel for Chevron South Africa and the Caltex Brand in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Crusade Logistics was to deploy the Enterprise and Supplier Development funding from Chevron South Africa to expand its business.

“The interest free Enterprise and Supplier Development funding and the fuel bridging contract with Chevron South Africa have boosted our cashflow and improved our access to additional credit, allowing us to expand our fleet from 2 14 trucks,”  said Co-owner of Crusade Logistics, Wesley Naidoo.

 He added that “For us, one of the biggest benefits has been receiving mentorship from Chevron South Africa and integrating their best practice standards and culture into our business. We have been so inspired by how this programme has assisted us, that we are now helping other small black-owned businesses. In our own way, we are paying it forward.”

The Crusade Logistics is part of broader Chevron SA Enterprise and Supplier Development programme. The company has identified a number of black-owned haulers to be enrolled into the Enterprise and Supplier Development initiative.

Chevron South Africa’s Fleet Operations Manager, Noma Dumse, said “Start-up firms are held to the same exacting standards as more established suppliers and while there can be significant barriers to entry for new entrants, we are keen to enable their success by providing them with business opportunities within our fuel supply chain,” said

“Chevron South Africa supports innovative and affordable funding mechanisms for the participation of black entrepreneurs in the fuel supply chain. E&SD funding is one of the best methods to allow for the development of black-owned small and medium enterprises and their increased participation in the mainstream economy,” said Dumse.

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