Statement by FESARTA on border tragedy
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Statement by FESARTA on border tragedy

The following statement has just been received by Barney Curtis, (pictured below), Executive Director of The Federation of East and Southern Africa Road Transport Associations, on the tragedy that took place on November 24th at the Kasumbalesa border post between

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FleetWatch was launched in 1993 initially as a fleet risk management journal, and has since evolved into a trucking magazine covering all aspects of the trucking industry with the primary focus on the “issues” facing modern day truckers. The magazine operates under a banner of independent and objective journalism while striving to elevate the trucking industry onto a platform of high priority within the context of the South African economy. We regard ourselves as partners in the industry rather than just mere reporters on the business of trucking. Our prime readership target is aimed at management operating in all areas of transport - ‘professional haulage’ for reward as well as ancillary operators who run transport as part of their overall operations. Many companies have followed the modern trend of outsourcing their transport and the suppliers of such services are also addressed as our target audience. We also get to product suppliers and service providers. The latest Audit Bureau of Circulation figures (January - June 2009) certifies our current distribution at 5 050 copies per month. FleetWatch was voted by the Specialist Press Association as South Africa’s Best Transport magazine six years in a row - 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 & 1999. The magazine has won 60 awards for publishing and journalistic excellence since its launch in 1993 - the most ever won by any magazine in the history of MPASA. (Magazine Publishers Association of South Africa). To get in touch with us, please make use of the FEEDBACK form posted on our site or call us on +27 11 794 2490 – we’d love to hear from you! In the meantime, we leave you with the highest Irish wish: “May the wind be always at your back”. Keep on Trucking, Patrick O’Leary Publisher and Managing Editor
FleetwatchNovember 28, 2014 at 11:17am

Dammit - Dammit - DAMMIT! Just as I finished posting news of the Fields Hill tragedy below, thinking that’s the last bit of bad news I’m handling this week, comes news of another accident involving a truck – this time on the N1 north before William Nicol in Fourways where a man in his twenties miraculously escaped without serious injury when a truck collided into the back of his Ford earlier this morning. Shortly after 11h00, paramedics found the vehicle facing oncoming traffic with a large truck standing several meters away from the wreckage. Bystanders on the scene explained that the truck crashed into the back of the Ford crumpling the whole back of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle fortunately sustained only minor injuries and was treated on the scene before being transported by another service to a nearby hospital for further medical treatment. The driver of the truck was not injured in the collision. ER24 paramedics said that should there have been anyone in the back of the Ford, they would have been killed during this collision. When does it all stop for goodness sake. It’s a bloody – with accent on ‘bloody’ in the literal sense - war zone out there. What's the answer? Where to from here?
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FleetwatchNovember 28, 2014 at 10:59am
Field’s Hill kills again

I am so sorry to have posted so much of the bad news side of the industry this week. It doesn’t give us any joy either but we do so to raise awareness that all is not well in the industry at the moment. Unfortunately, proof of this has once again come to hand via a tragic accident involving a truck and a car which took place on Field’s Hill, Kwa-Zulu Natal this morning where an elderly woman was killed after her vehicle was crushed under a truck on the M13. When ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene this morning, they found a light motor vehicle lying crushed beneath the truck and crane attachment. On assessment, they found that an elderly woman lay trapped in her vehicle. Unfortunately she had already succumbed to her injuries. Rescue services were on the scene to extricate the woman’s body from the vehicle. The exact cause of the crash is not yet known. FleetWatch extends its sincerest condolences to the family of the deceased women. This accident took place about half way down Field’s Hill on the north-bound side – the same hill where a truck ran away in September last year and hit into numerous cars and taxies at the bottom of the hill killing 24 people. After that horror crash, locals wanted all trucks banned from the M13. This call is sure to be taken up once again after this morning’s crash.
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FleetwatchNovember 28, 2014 at 12:20am
Fires at border posts, floods in Bloemfontein, tornados in Soweto. What's next? Check on the pics on this site - thank you OFM - of a cloudburst which hit Bloemfontein yesterday afternoon. Eieesh!!
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FleetwatchNovember 27, 2014 at 11:21pm
This photograph shows the remains of one of the 70 trucks that were destroyed in the fire at the Kasumbalesa border post. The driver of this truck said: "That silencer and exhaust pipe are the only features which made me identify the truck which I was driving. l managed (by grace of God) to jump off the truck but that fire was under my truck."
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FleetwatchNovember 27, 2014 at 11:06pm
This is another video showing the sheer intensity of the fire which raged through trucks parked at the Kasumbalesa border post. It was sent to me by a truck driver friend who drives the Congo route. Some 70 trucks were destroyed in the fire.
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