Smarter Mobility Africa Founder & Chairman Ben Pullen once again spoke with PowerFm about the challenges and opportunities for smarter mobility in Africa.
We spoke about why SMA summit is such an important event to host each year and touched on a few, but there are many more, of the challenges smarter mobility is working to solve:
- People spending 30% of their salary and wasting hours just to get to and from work
- People’s options limited by their transport options
- Those lucky enough to drive a private vehicle facing congestion and rising costs
- Cars on the road pumping out toxic pollution, which is reducing quality of life and life expectancy
- Those cars on the road pumping out carbon / green house gas emissions daily
- Those cars on the road being fuelled by oil imports from overseas (see below for just one example of the cost this can put onto a country and its people).
Taken from the Observatory of Economic Complexity. In 2020, South Africa imported $5.09B in Crude Petroleum, becoming the 19th largest importer of Crude Petroleum in the world. At the same year, Crude Petroleum was the 1st most imported product in South Africa. South Africa imports Crude Petroleum primarily from: Nigeria ($2.14B), Saudi Arabia ($1.87B), Ghana ($506M), United Arab Emirates ($208M), and United States ($114M). Source: https://oec.world/en/profile/bilateral-product/crude-petroleum/reporter/zaf#:~:text=South%20Africa%20imports%20Crude%20Petroleum,and%20Russia%20(%2442.3M)