Nace Logistics

Biography

When even your family members suggest you have diesel in your veins instead of blood, the transport and logistics industry must seem a perfect fit. For Ridwaan Ismail and his brother Narser, who were practically raised in their father’s truck business, the passion for large vehicles and long haul cargoes has always been second nature. As a qualified CA with experience in the financial departments of several large logistics organisations, Ridwaan perfectly complements his brother’s skills, which are focused on truck acquisition and maintenance. This combined skills set has, he says, prepared them for most of the challenges they will face in this business venture. He is quick to add that while it was hard leaving the corner office – especially one with a view of Table Mountain - and taking an 85% pay cut, it has been worth it to watch the business grow from strength to strength. In addition, being able to provide salaries for many people who are sole breadwinners is also very satisfying, he says. Looking to the future, Ridwaan says the business is currently looking to invest in a new commercial property, as well as investing in two long-distance vehicles to absorb excess cargo volumes. Furthermore, he says the company aims to increase staff numbers by around 50% and, most critically of all, launch an education fund for employees’ children – in this way, he explains, Nace Logistics can help to effect lasting change in the country. He has big plans for the next three years, aiming to grow the company’s existing fleet from 15 to 50 and have it operating in all major business centres in SA, while maintaining the company’s focus on service, value and reliability. Success is all but assured, he adds, since he and Narser love what they do – this means that their job never really feels like work!