About us

Our story

Founded in 2018 and based in CapeTown, South Africa, Lori1 is Africa's premier transport company. Leveraging a combined 40 years experience in transportation in Africa and backed with easy to use user tools, Lori1 offers an innovative haulage experience that makes it easy to move cargo across the continent.

Lori1 was built by entrepreneurs who understand the unique challenges of haulage across borders. We have assembled a brilliant, passionate and trusted team that streamlines the most complicated and time-consuming bits of the haulage processes.

We have South African roots, but we’re a continental community representing 30 different nationalities, with offices in CapeTown and Nairobi. We’re driven by unique ideas and experiences while working hard to make life easier for our customers.

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Thandeka Valentine


Lori1 Founder Thandeka Valentine is a senior executive with a passion for building a quality and dependable service. She has an engineering background and her drive stems from her own experience dealing with unprofessional and downright fraudulent transporters in the industry. Thandeka's experience in a range of diverse industries, both in corporate and startup environments, (most recently in online gaming and mobile commerce) plays an essential role in accelerating Lori1's transition from a fast-growing transport company to an even more customer-centric online service.

Lheeon Mangalibi

Logistics & Strategy Manager

Lheeon brings with him a decade of experience in import and export of the precious commodities i.e Gold, Diamond, Copper & Cobalt. Lheeon has built a huge business network with a wide range of companies and leads our engagement in sub-saharian Africa. Lheeon has proven track record in driving new business growth for B2B and B2C companies, including DHL, KeptCool and Martaction Investments.

Jonathan Chisamy

Business & Policy Manager

Jonathan Chisamy is the new Business & Policy Manager. He leads Lori1’s efforts in developing services and oversees our corporate partnerships. Jonathan has more than a decade of international experience in advising, investment management, economic development and regulatory reform. He has developed partnerships and designed investments and initiatives that maximize return. He has worked in South Africa,Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Congo DRC, Tanzania and Kenya. He has a background in business management and auditing

Francisco DaSilva Xisseque

Gerente Consultor de Negócios

Francisco faz parte da equipe de consultores que trabalham com os clientes para monitorar suas práticas comerciais existentes, identificar pontos fracos e recomendar opções e soluções para eles. Francisco viaja regularmente para diferentes locais em Angola, Moçambique, Botswana e o resto da região subsaariana para ajudar associações privadas ou multinacionais a agilizar sua logística.

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