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Fleet Management in South Africa - 6th Edition

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  • 110 Pages
  • July 2023
  • Region: South Africa
  • Berg Insight AB
  • ID: 5577815

The Installed Base of FM Systems in South Africa Will Reach 3.8 Million Units by 2027

How will the market for fleet management systems for commercial vehicles in South Africa evolve in 2023 and beyond? The analyst forecasts that the number of fleet management systems in active use in South Africa will grow at a CAGR of 12.2 percent from 2.1 million units at the end of 2022 to 3.8 million by 2027. The 110-page report covers also a comprehensive market outlook for the Rest of Africa. Get up to date with the latest information about vendors, products and markets.

The number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in South Africa reached an estimated 2.1 million in Q4-2022. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.2 percent, this number is expected to reach 3.8 million by 2027. South Africa is a relatively mature telematics market and the penetration rate is comparably high from an international perspective. Far from all deployments are however full-scale advanced fleet management solutions. A notable share of the installed fleet telematics systems on the South African market is represented by comparably low-end tracking systems, e.g. light FM solutions, including SVR systems extended with basic FM features.

The South African fleet management market is clearly dominated by five domestic players with broad telematics portfolios that together represent 70 percent of the total number of fleet management systems in use in the country. “We rank Cartrack, Tracker and MiX Telematics as the largest providers of fleet management solutions in South Africa”, said Rickard Andersson, Principal Analyst. He adds that Cartrack alone has more than half a million active FM units in the country. “The remaining top-5 players are Ctrack and Netstar”, continued Mr. Andersson. Other top-10 players in the South African fleet management market include local providers such as Bidtrack (Bidvest Group), Digicell and GPS Tracking Solutions (Eqstra Fleet Management), as well as international players including Webfleet (Bridgestone) and Gurtam. Lytx, Autotrak, Digital Matter, Scania and Powerfleet (Pointer SA) are additional top-15 providers, all having estimated installed bases of at least 15,000 fleet management units in the country. Players just outside of the top list include Key Telematics/Radius Payment Solutions, Geotab, Mtrack (Electronic Tracking Systems), iCAM Video Telematics, FleetCam and Globaltrack. “In addition to Scania, comparably large installed bases of OEM fleet telematics systems in South Africa have also been achieved by manufacturers such as Daimler Truck, UD Trucks and Volvo Trucks”, concluded Mr. Andersson.

The new study also includes an outlook on the overall African market. Africa is clearly a highly diverse geographic region from a fleet management perspective. The continent can in general be divided into three subregions - South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) and Northern Africa. The South African fleet telematics market is far ahead of the rest of the continent in terms of adoption, whereas Sub-Saharan Africa is the least developed region if excluding South Africa. Northern Africa is comparably advanced and well ahead of Sub-Saharan Africa when it comes to fleet telematics penetration, though still quite a bit behind South Africa. The African fleet management market beyond South Africa is by many industry representatives described as challenging. The weak economic conditions and foreign exchange rate fluctuations in combination with the unstable political climate make the Rest of Africa market a challenging business environment overall. There are however promising prospects for players adapting to the local market dynamics as the Rest of Africa market has considerably more untapped opportunity than what South Africa can offer at this stage.

Highlights from the report:

  • Insights from numerous interviews with market-leading companies.
  • Data on vehicle populations and commercial fleets in South Africa and other African countries.
  • Comprehensive overview of the fleet management value chain and key applications.
  • In-depth analysis of market trends and key developments.
  • Updated profiles of 29 aftermarket fleet management solution providers.
  • Summary of OEM propositions from commercial vehicle brands.
  • Market forecasts lasting until 2027.
  • Outlook on the African fleet management market beyond South Africa.

This report answers the following questions:

  • How does the fleet management market in South Africa compare with other markets?
  • What is the price level of fleet telematics solutions in South Africa?
  • Which are the leading domestic providers of aftermarket fleet management solutions?
  • Which international fleet management providers are targeting the South African market?
  • What hurdles are there for foreign players?
  • What offerings are available from commercial vehicle OEMs?
  • Will the FM industry consolidate further during 2023-2024?
  • How will the commercial vehicle telematics industry evolve in the future?

Who should read this report?

Fleet Management in South Africa is the foremost source of information about the Commercial Vehicle Telematics and Fleet Management market in this region. Whether you are a telematics vendor, vehicle manufacturer, telecom operator, investor, consultant, or government agency, you will gain valuable insights from this in-depth research.                                

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
1 Fleet Management Solutions
1.1 Fleet management infrastructure
1.1.1 Vehicle segment
1.1.2 GNSS segment
1.1.3 Network segment
1.1.4 Backoffice segment
1.2 Vehicle management
1.2.1 Vehicle diagnostics and maintenance planning
1.2.2 Security tracking
1.2.3 Tire pressure monitoring systems
1.3 Driver management
1.3.1 Driving data registration and analysis
1.3.2 Video-based driver monitoring
1.3.3 Eco-driving schemes
1.3.4 Insurance risk management
1.4 Operations management
1.4.1 Routing and navigation
1.4.2 Transport management
1.4.3 Mobile workforce management
1.5 Regulatory compliance and reporting
1.5.1 Driver working hours, logbooks and tachographs
1.5.2 Electronic toll collection - e-toll and e-tags
1.5.3 SARS travel logbooks
1.5.4 Traffic fine management and demerit points - AARTO
1.5.5 Road Transport Management System (RTMS)
1.5.6 Distracted driving
1.5.7 Special transports
1.6 Business models

2 Market Forecasts and Trends
2.1 Market analysis
2.1.1 The South African vehicle market
2.1.2 Fleet management market forecast
2.1.3 Fleet management vendor market shares
2.1.4 Local market characteristics in South Africa
2.2 Market drivers and barriers
2.2.1 Macroeconomic environment
2.2.2 Regulatory environment
2.2.3 Competitive environment
2.2.4 Technology environment
2.3 Value chain analysis
2.3.1 Telematics industry players
2.3.2 Automotive industry players
2.3.3 Telecom industry players
2.3.4 IT industry players
2.4 Future industry trends
2.5 African fleet management market outlook
2.5.1 Leading South African telematics players active in the Rest of Africa
2.5.2 Other African fleet management providers and distributors
2.5.3 International players active on the African fleet management market
2.5.4 OEM fleet telematics offerings in Africa
2.5.5 The African vehicle market
2.5.6 Analysis of the fleet management market in the Rest of Africa
2.5.7 The size of the African fleet management market

3 Company Profiles and Strategies
3.1 International aftermarket solution providers
3.1.1 Cartrack (Karooooo)
3.1.2 Geotab
3.1.3 Gurtam
3.1.4 Lytx
3.1.5 MiX Telematics
3.1.6 Powerfleet
3.1.7 Webfleet (Bridgestone)
3.2 Local aftermarket solution providers
3.2.1 ACM Track
3.2.2 Afrisist and PFK
3.2.3 Afritelematics
3.2.4 Autotrak
3.2.5 Bidtrack (Bidvest Group)
3.2.6 Ctrack
3.2.7 Digicell
3.2.8 Digital Matter
3.2.9 FleetCam
3.2.10 Fleetkor
3.2.11 Globaltrack
3.2.12 Gosafe Tracking Solutions SA
3.2.13 GPS Tracking Solutions (Eqstra Fleet Management)
3.2.14 iCAM Video Telematics
3.2.15 Key Telematics and Radius Payment Solutions
3.2.16 Mtrack (Electronic Tracking Systems)
3.2.17 Netstar
3.2.18 Pointer SA (Powerfleet)
3.2.19 Real Telematics
3.2.20 SmartSurv Wireless
3.2.21 Tracker Connect
3.2.22 Trackmatic

List of Figures
Figure 1.1: Fleet management infrastructure overview
Figure 1.2: Examples of FM device form factors
Figure 1.3: Data interfaces used by FM devices
Figure 1.4: Examples of peripherals connected to FM devices
Figure 1.5: Mobile operators and subscribers in South Africa (Q4-2022)
Figure 1.6: Example of FM backoffice segment
Figure 1.7: Components of a tire pressure monitoring system
Figure 1.8: South African e-tag for electronic toll collection
Figure 1.9: SARS Travel Logbook
Figure 2.1: Installed base of fleet management systems (South Africa 2022-2027)
Figure 2.2: Commercial vehicles in use and new registrations (South Africa 2022)
Figure 2.3: Commercial vehicle manufacturers by market share (South Africa 2022)
Figure 2.4: Fleet management market forecast (South Africa 2022-2027)
Figure 2.5: Top-15 fleet management providers by installed base (South Africa Q4-2022)
Figure 2.6: Financial data for telematics industry players (2022)
Figure 2.7: Mergers and acquisitions in the telematics sector (South Africa 2014-2022)
Figure 2.8: The presence of the top-5 South African FM players on the African continent
Figure 2.9: Vehicles in use by type (Africa 2015 & 2020)
Figure 3.1: Cartrack mobile app for iOS
Figure 3.2: Cartrack commercial pricing info
Figure 3.3: Overview of Cartrack’s subscriber base by region (February 2023)
Figure 3.4: The Geotab GO9+ tracking device
Figure 3.5: MyGeotab fleet management software
Figure 3.6: The Wialon Hosting web interface
Figure 3.7: Webfleet, LINK 740 and PRO 8475
Figure 3.8: Overview of Bidtrack’s offering including core fleet unit & additional hardware
Figure 3.9: Bidtrack’s customisable FleetView interface with various dashboards
Figure 3.10: The new Ctrack Crystal software platform
Figure 3.11: Ctrack Crystal app for iOS
Figure 3.12: Digit FMS backoffice interface
Figure 3.13: Digital Matter’s Telematics Guru GPS tracking software
Figure 3.14: Digital Matter device locations (Q4-2022)
Figure 3.15: Netstar’s fleet tracking and management solutions
Figure 3.16: Overview of Netstar’s subscriber base by segment & region (February 2023)



Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • ACM Track
  • Afrisist and PFK
  • Afritelematics
  • Autotrak
  • Bidtrack (Bidvest Group)
  • Cartrack (Karooooo)
  • Daimler Truck
  • Digicell
  • Digital Matter
  • FleetCam
  • Fleetkor
  • Geotab
  • Globaltrack
  • Gosafe Tracking Solutions SA
  • GPS Tracking Solutions (Eqstra Fleet Management)
  • Gurtam
  • iCAM Video Telematics
  • Key Telematics/Radius Payment Solutions
  • Lytx
  • MiX Telematics
  • Mtrack (Electronic Tracking Systems)
  • Netstar
  • Pointer SA (Powerfleet)
  • Powerfleet (Pointer SA)
  • Real Telematics
  • Scania
  • SmartSurv Wireless
  • Tracker
  • Tracker Connect
  • Trackmatic
  • UD Trucks
  • Volvo Trucks
  • Webfleet (Bridgestone)





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