The Automobile Association (AA) has come out with an argument which FleetWatch whole-heartedly and fully endorses. It relates to the 48 percent increase in the Road Accident Fund levy effective as from April. The AA’s argument is that the government
It seems to have been a torrid year for trucking. While all the good stuff that happens in the industry seldom hits the headlines, the bad stuff always makes it onto the front pages of the national – and at
Look at the photographs on this page. This is the environment I have been operating in over the past weeks – most of which is detailed in this edition of our FleetWatch eMag. It’s all so sad. Apart from the
am so sick and tired of seeing the name ‘Zuma’ on the front pages of our newspapers – all for the wrong reasons. If it’s not Nkandla, it’s the arms corruption scandal, or a dubious nuclear deal he signs with
Many readers will know of the FleetWatch Brake & Tyre Watch project which has been conducted with our much valued partners over the past five years. The project had been lauded as a world-leading exercise receiving much praise for the
I am sure by now most of our readers would have heard of the tragic incident where one of the two giraffes being transported in a trailer on the N1 hit its head on an overhead bridge near Centurion and
The Volvo Group SA has opened a R60-million new regional distribution centre which now incorporates the parts warehousing and logistical services for the various Volvo Group brands operating in southern Africa. Housing more than 52 000 parts the new RDC
Altech Netstar, part of the Altron TMT group, became one of only two telematics companies in South Africa to receive ISO9001:2008 certification after implementing a comprehensive Quality Management System (QMS) throughout the organisation during 2014. This certification is testament to
Barloworld Transport has added Barloworld Cranes to its range of specialised transport solutions. This will enhance transport and lifting services for all member companies including Manline. Clients will now benefit from a full, turnkey solution. Barloworld Logistics’ Chief Executive, Steve
Serco has sourced and fitted an innovative strapping system to secure pallets, trolleys and general cargo in new trailers delivered to Shoprite. MD Clinton Holcroft said Shoprite approached Serco for a solution to the challenge of securing mix loads of
It's a proud evening for Dawn Logistics having received their Road Transport Management System (RTMS) accreditation for each of its 13 depots around the country as well as the company as a national entity. The certificates were presented to the depot managers by members of the RTMS National Steering Committee at a function held in Germiston. FleetWatch congratulates Dawn Logistics on this magnificent achievement. It means a lot more safe vehicles, safe drivers and legal loads on our roads. It's the right way to go.
FleetWatch extends its sincerest condolences to the families of Minister Collins Chabane and his two security guards Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane who died in a horror crash on the N1 in the early hours of Sunday. I have just bought Beeld, The Citizen, Pretoria News, Daily Sun and The Star. All these newspapers carry the story on their front pages. The one headline states 'A Nation in Shock'. Why? An average of 43 people die on our roads everyday and it was only a matter of time before a High Profile Cabinet Minister became one of these 43. It wasn't 'if' but 'when'. And now it's happened. Does it shock me? No. I grieve for the families and loved ones left behind but the accident itself doesn't shock me at all. Nor does the death associated with it. I say this because this crash had all the ingredients for disaster. The car carrying the Minister traveling at high speed with some experts saying up to 200kms; the truck doing an illegal U-turn; the truck driver breathalysed and suspected to be under the influence of alcohol - and with previous convictions; the truck itself having an expired license. So what does one expect when you combine all these? A nice safe trip home? No. The ingredients here made up a lethal cocktail that could only lead to death - as it did. Everything was illegal here. I mourn for the people who died and for their families left behind but does it shock me. Absolutely not. We hear and see it every day. The question is? What is the government and every road user going to do about it all. Some may feel I am being insensitive commenting like this before the families have buried their loved ones who died in this crash. No. I am not being insensitive. It's just that another 130 people will have died on our roads by the time these three men are buried in say four days time. We don't have time. Let Mr Chibane's death be a catalyst for change rather than occupy the front pages for a week or two and then be forgotten while the carnage goes on. Mr Chibane. Thank you for your contribution to South Africa over the years. May you Rest In Peace.