Clinton Savage (left), head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Rowlands Peters (right), head of FleetBoard South Africa, hand Marshall Hendricks his winner’s prize – a trip to Germany – for coming first in the 2015 FleetBoard Drivers' League competition.
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South African tops the FleetBoard Drivers’ League 2015

Three cheers to Marshall Hendricks, a local South African truck driver from Imperial Fast ‘n Fresh, who beat a total of 19 438 drivers from 359 companies in 18 countries to take top honours in the 2015 FleetBoard Drivers’ League

Although no all-new Hino models will be introduced in 2016, there will be changes to most models. All three model ranges – the 300, 500 and 700 – will be fitted with government-legislated speed limiters in the course of the year, starting in the third quarter while the 500-Series will get ABS brakes with a change from air/hydraulic to full air for the 1326 model. Euro 3 engines will replace Euro 2 power units in the 500-Series heavy truck range at this time.
Hino SA aims for top truck brand by 2020
Volvo Trucks has incorporated a number of features in its heavy duty truck range geared to take on the demanding terrain and extreme operating conditions of the African continent. One of these is a new rear air suspension for the Volvo FMX with a driven front axle (4x4, 6x6, 8x6 and 10x6). This solution gives the truck high ground clearance, excellent traction and outstanding driving comfort – especially when unladen.
Volvo Trucks gears up for tough operating conditions
This impressive aerial view shows what 101 Actros trucks look like when grouped together. It was this fleet that was handed over to Bakers SA Limited by Mercedes-Benz Trucks at the Shongweni Equestrian Club last week. That’s one ‘moebi’ order.
MBSA hands over 101 Actros trucks to Bakers
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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
FleetwatchApril 30, 2016 at 9:42pm
April 30th: Following the horrific taxi/truck head-on near Randfontein yesterday in which 14 people lost their lives, news has just been received of another taxi crash in which two children under the age of twelve as well as a woman have been killed. Eight other patients were injured, six of them critical. Two of the critically injured were children under the age of 12. It was a single vehicle crash which happened on the N12 about 10kms outside of Potchefstroom toward Klerksdorp. The horror goes on....
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Fleetwatch added 11 new photos.April 29, 2016 at 9:17pm
April 29th: Earlier this evening, I spoke to one of the chief Traffic Officers of Mogale City who dealt with the horror crash on the R41 near Randfontein today where 14 people died when a taxi collided head-on with a Post Office truck. FleetWatch knows this officer well as he and some of his staff have attended our Brake & Tyre Watch training – but there is no need to mention his name here. He told me the truck driver tried hard to swerve to avoid the taxi when it came over into his lane but was unable to do so. The result was an horrific head-on crash. The pictures below show the tragedy of the scene and I thank IBF as the source of these pictures. However, what these pictures don't show is the true HORROR of the scene. Those pictures I will not publish. What these pictures below show are the two vehicles and various vehicle body parts scattered all over the road. What they don't show are the human body parts scattered all over the road. Those were seen and picked up by the various emergency services on the scene. That is why I phoned the Traffic Officer. To thank him and his people for having to do the job they did on a scene which resembled a war zone. No, that’s wrong. It did not resemble a war zone; it was a war zone. It’s the traffic officials, the SAPS members, the emergency services, the firemen, the paramedics, the forensic investigators and others who are officially involved on the scenes of such crashes who see the true horror. And they don't see it from pictures – they see it live. And it does have an effect on them. It is easy to pick up vehicle body parts. It is not easy to pick up human body parts. FleetWatch extends its sincerest condolences to the families of the deceased. You are in our thoughts and our prayers. I also know I can speak on behalf of the truckers of South Africa as they will share my sentiments on extending our sincerest thanks to all the emergency services who attended today's crash – and all the other crashes they attend to around the country on a daily basis. There are a lot of people who are hurting and crying tonight. We have to put a stop to all this. We have to stop the horror, the hurt, the pain, the tears, the deaths. May the deceased Rest in Peace. God Bless you all. - Patrick O'Leary.
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FleetwatchApril 29, 2016 at 10:19am
April 29th, 12h20: Fourteen people have been killed and two others are in a critical condition after a taxi and a truck collided with each other on the R41 in Randfontein. Netcare911 paramedics and other services are on the scene. The road has been cordoned off. Will post news as it comes to hand.
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FleetwatchApril 27, 2016 at 8:32pm
April 27th: Please try not to laugh as there is some tragedy involved here with the two front occupants of the police van recovering in hospital. News SA carried the story today of a Limpopo policeman who crashed a police van while “getting blown by a magosha.” I quote from the story: “Mr Collin Mkhwanazi was on duty from 6:00pm on Tuesday and he was reported to be on his way from a crime scene when the incident happened. This happened with the criminal he arrested still in the back of the police van. It is said that the accident happened around 5:15am in Lephalale, Limpopo. When paramedics got to the place where the incident happened, they found the prostitute unresponsive with the officer’s private parts still her mouth. It is unclear what really caused the accident because there were no other witnesses when it happened. (May I suggest distraction driving?).The criminal in the back of the van did not want to comment. It happened about 2 kilometers from Makhoneng, a place known for drugs and prostitutes. The local hospital has confirmed that the two are recovering and a case has been opened.” Picture and story sourced from News SA.
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Fleetwatch added 2 new photos.April 27, 2016 at 7:39pm
April 27th: A truck driver was killed and a passenger injured in a collision that took place on the Khutsong road between Khutsong and Welverdiend, Carletonville area earlier this afternoon. ER24 paramedics, provincial paramedics and other services arrived on the scene and found that a truck and car were involved in the collision. The truck had rolled and landed on its roof. The car was found close by. Both the driver of the truck and a passenger in the truck, both men believed to be in their 30's, were trapped. Sadly there was nothing that could be done for the driver. He sustained multiple severe injuries. He was declared dead. The passenger sustained minor injuries. Fire and Rescue had to use the jaws of life and other equipment to extricate the men. The passenger was treated and transported to the Carletonville Hospital for further medical care. The occupants of the car, both women, were uninjured. The exact cause of the incident is unknown but authorities were on the scene for further investigations.
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The EFF has put on a red-hot show at their local election manifesto launch in front of a roaring capacity crowd at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
The EFF has launched a new mobile app, but only a very few people have downloaded it so far.
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