Hooray. Its election time again. Isn’t this wonderful? Every South African – except anyone with even a vague liking for Jan van Riebeeck who, according to our esteemed President Jacob Zuma is the cause of all our woes – is
I’m sitting at a bar counter in America having a drink. It’s one of those long wooden bars that curves around at both ends. The place is pretty empty. Just two guys at the end of the bar chatting and
Without Trucks South Africa Stops! This is the slogan of the Road Freight Association (RFA) which recently held its annual convention at the Legends Golf & Safari Resort. While all involved in the trucking industry know this to be true,
It gives me great pleasure to direct our readers to three different stories in this magazine relating to the recognition of our truck drivers in various ways. The first, on page 28, tells of the launch of the 2016 Highway
My y last Editor’s Comment for 2015 was headed: “Make me once again Proudly South African!” YOU CAN READ IT HERE . Well, on March 31st I was once again able to stand tall and proud as a South African. It was
Why does FleetWatch place such a high accent on road safety? Well, I can write endlessly about this – the dead, the injured, the costs, the tragedy, the tears, the horror! But I am not going to do that. I
Editor’s Note: This editorial was written before President Zuma started playing musical chairs at the Ministry of Finance. His latest blunder – which has cost the country Billions – merely endorses my view as stated in this comment. So, the end
Sometimes I sits and thinks. Sometimes I just sits. Over the past two months or so, there has been no time to just ‘sits’. I have been criss-crossing the country attending events, doing interviews, giving talks to various forums and generally
By now most of you will have heard of what has turned out to be the biggest scandal to ever have hit Volkswagen in its 78 year history. The saga revolves around Volkswagen being caught out for deliberately cheating and
In the general climate of gloom, doom and declining standards that currently permeates the South African economy and society in general, the trucking industry continues to throw out rays of hope that with the right vision, attitude, determination and resolve, there
The trucking industry is braced for beneficial disruptive technology that holds promise for entirely new business models in freight movement. Several technologies are positioned to disrupt traditional operational processes in order to improve service, costs and market share by using
On 1 December 2016, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will welcome Jasper Hafkamp as its new executive director for the Regional Centre Southern Africa (RCSA). He will be responsible for Daimler Trucks & Buses (DT&B) in southern Africa. This follows the
By Patrick O’Leary FleetWatch always believes in giving credit where it is due and in this case, we lift our hats high to Zimbabwean-based haulier, Nick’s Motors, for the dynamic and proactive action management took in responding to criticism of
The Volkswagen Amarok is down at the bottom end of the commercial vehicle scale but we just could not let this good deed go unnoticed as it embraces all the right stuff. Each year young girls in impoverished communities can
September 27th: Two men were arrested following a high speed chase on Sunday night. Shortly after 21h00, a truck was reported to have been stolen from the Maydon Wharf area in Durban. The vehicle taken was fitted with a tracking device monitored by Matrix Tracking. A signal was found on the N2 heading north and Marshall Security’s Special Operations team were called in to assist. The vehicle was found headed on the M41 towards Mount Edgecombe and in a joint effort between Matrix Tracking and Marshall Security, a high speed chase ensued, resulting in the driver of the stolen truck losing control and crashing into the fence of a shopping centre in the area. Two suspects were arrested on site and were handed over to the South African Police Services for further investigation and processing. Well done to Matrix Tracking and Marshall Security.
September 20th: Two men have been killed this evening after two trucks collided on the R549 near Deneysville. ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene and found the two wrecked trucks and trailer in the middle of the road. Debris from the two vehicles were spread across the scene, blocking off the road. On assessment, paramedics found one man lying trapped inside of one of the trucks while the body of another man lay amongst the wreckage. Both men were assessed and found to have sustained numerous fatal injuries. Unfortunately, nothing more could be done for either patient and they were both declared dead on scene. It is believed that one of the trailers came loose, causing one of the trucks to lose control and collided with the other truck. Local authorities were on scene for further investigations. RIP and FleetWatch extends sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.