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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
Fleetwatch added 5 new photos.July 25, 2016 at 8:52am
July 24 10.30pm: Just spoke to Philip Hull of Community Medical Services - who is at Van Reenen to render assistance if necessary - that it has just started snowing at Van Reenen. Coming down quite heavy as the first picture below shows. This follows heavy snow in the Mooi River area earlier. The N3TC has also issued an advisory that the R74 road (Oliviershoek Pass) is closed due to snowfall. It is advisable to phone the N3TC Customer Careline on 0800 63 4357 for updates on conditions.
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FleetwatchJuly 23, 2016 at 2:38am
July 22. With heavy snow expected on the N3 at Van Reenen and surrounding areas, operators and truck drivers are urged to prepare for possible lengthy delays. This FleetWatch poster provides several important guidelines to adhere to before and during the trip. Dont get caught unprepaarwd. Please share as wide as you can
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FleetwatchJuly 23, 2016 at 2:26am
N3TC warns road users to take every precautionary measure as a cold front moves in and heavy snowfalls are expected along the N3 Toll Route regions

According to the most recent South African Weather Services advisory, heavy snowfalls may be expected from Sunday (24 July) through to Tuesday (26 July) 2016 as the current cold front extends to parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Free State. Heavy snowfalls are expected in Mooi River, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Van Reenen’s Pass, Harrismith, Bethlehem and surrounding areas.

With the increased possibility of snow, there is also a high likelihood that that local residents and travelers may be snowed-in as roads may have to be closed in the interest of safety.

Avoid traveling in hazardous conditions if possible

N3 Toll Concession (N3TC), the company managing the N3 Toll Route between Heidelberg in Gauteng and Cedara in KwaZulu-Natal, cautions transport and logistics operators, especially those with livestock and perishable loads, to be aware of the expected delays and road closures that may occur.

“We strongly advise that you avoid travelling to these parts of the country if the expected heavy snowfalls do occur,” says Dave Steele, Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) Station Commander for the Ladysmith District.

All emergency services, law enforcement agencies, rescue- and relief services and disaster management teams in the area have been mobilised and placed on high alert. Furthermore, N3TC’s dedicated Route Services’ teams are on standby and ready to provide support where and when required.

“N3TC and its partners in the emergency and law enforcement services will make every attempt to ensure general safety along the N3 Toll Route. If required, sections of the Route may be closed to traffic should conditions become too dangerous and the area deemed inaccessible, in the interests of the safety of road users and emergency response teams,” says Con Roux, N3TC’s Commercial Manager.

Salt brine applicators, graders, snow- blowers and ploughs have been placed at strategic points along the N3 Toll Route to assist with clearing the road surface in the eventuality of snow and/or the formation of black ice. A disaster management team with a fully-equipped mobile emergency unit has been dispatched to the region. Scouts have been placed at strategic points along the Route to alert the Emergency Communication Centre of any problems which may arise; and rescue teams equipped with quad bikes and the necessary equipment are on standby to assist should road users be trapped.

“Emergency teams’ ability to address difficult situations and clear the route as quickly as possible depends heavily on the compliance of all road users, including transport operators. It is therefore essential to adhere to the emergency measures that may be put in place and limit travel if closures are implemented,” requests Steele.

Stay alert and be prepared

“Should you have no other option but to travel, we advise you stay cognisant of weather warnings and the possibility of associated road closures. Conditions may change quickly, thus it is recommended to be well prepared before departure and stay up to date whilst traveling,” says Roux.

Pack extra blankets, food and refreshments in your vehicle in the event that you may be caught in a lengthy closure. People with medical conditions should ensure that they travel with sufficient medical supplies and medication.

Heavy snow storms often cause power failures and communication systems may be under pressure. Keep in mind that you may not be able to make contact with people if mobile and telecommunication networks are down.

Weather and traffic conditions as well as road closures will be communicated via the media and N3TC’s Twitter feed (@N3Route). It is highly recommended that road users confirm the status of travel conditions with N3TC’s 24-hour Customer Careline on 0800 N3 Help (0800 63 4357).
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FleetwatchJuly 22, 2016 at 11:07pm
July 22. With the entire KZN Midlands expected to be covered in light snowfall this weekend, all eyes will be on Van Reenen. JOCs (Joint Operation Centres) in the various areas are preparing or will be preparing to co-ordinate emergency services response to snowfall. Ladysmith/Van Reenen JOC, headed by RTI’s David Steele, is preparing for the worst. “We expect sleet to start falling by Sunday midday, with heavy snowfall on Sunday evening, lasting through to Monday morning,” says Steele. There is a strong possibility that Van Reenen’s Pass will be closed to traffic by about 12pm on Sunday, should snow fall as predicted.
Long-distance truck drivers and motorists are warned to choose routes in low-lying areas and to avoid Van Reenen should current weather predictions remain the same. In 2011 and 2012, heavy snowfall completely trapped hundreds of trucks and cars on the pass for several days. N3TC and RTI do not want a repeat of this scenario, hence the early warning of complete road closure.

Possible snowfall in the Berg is also expected to be high:
Giant’s Castle 120cm
Cathedral Peak 75cm
Champagne Castle 120cm
Mafadi 150cm
As with all weather forecasts, information can change at a moment’s notice.
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FleetwatchJuly 22, 2016 at 8:08pm
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Mayhem in Meyerton as police and protesters clash violently
Protesters closed the R59 outside of Meyerton in the Midvaal. Police answered with rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades, in a battle that promises to l...
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