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
As many FleetWatch readers will know, Volvo Trucks has done some really crazy things to highlight the features of its trucks over the past years. In doing so, it chose to go the ‘viral’ digital route to get its message
How good is this for South Africa? Cummins has cemented its role as a pioneer in engine technology by launching the first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) engine training programme in Africa. The programme is available through Cummins’ main training facility
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The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) has announced that it has delivered completed road infrastructure development and road maintenance projects to the value of R1,4-billion in the Eastern Cape in its 2015/2016 financial year. Thirteen road engineering projects
Out of a total of 13 trucks randomly selected from the road for testing in last week’s Brake & Tyre Watch training programme for traffic officials held in the Western Cape, only two trucks passed. No, that’s not a typing mistake – 11 out of 13 trucks tested failed the roadworthy test. Shocking! Read More...
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August 18th: Earlier this afternoon a truck and trailer combination overturned on the N1 about 15km outside of Worcester in the Western Cape. ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene and found the rig lying across the entire highway. Paramedics assessed the male driver, who was found walking around on the scene and found that he had escaped injury. It is understood that the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn.
August 18th: Two women were killed and another nine injured this morning after a truck and taxi collided on the R603 outside of Eston near Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal. ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene and found a truck and taxi smashed together on the side of the road. The entire left side of the taxi had been ripped open in the collision. On inspection, a body of a woman was found lying a few feet outside from the taxi. Unfortunately, nothing could be done for the patient and she was declared dead on the scene. Ten other patients were found on the scene, four of them critically injured. One of the critically injured patients, a woman, was found lying trapped inside the taxi. Rescue services had to use the jaws-of-life equipment to free her from the vehicle. Unfortunately the woman succumbed to her injuries before she could be freed, and was declared dead on scene. Paramedics treated the patients and provided the three critically injured with numerous, advanced life support interventions. Once treated, they were transported to various hospitals in the area for further medical attention. The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.
August 16th: Three men were injured this afternoon when their truck rolled on the R71 near Tzaneen in Limpopo. ER24 paramedics, along with local authorities, arrived on the scene and found the truck upright blocking one of the lanes. Tiles that had been on the back of the truck were spread across the scene. Paramedics found three men walking around on the scene removing the debris and on assessment, found that all three had sustained only minor injuries. Fortunately, no serious or fatal injuries were reported on the scene. Paramedics treated the patients and thereafter transported them to Van Velden Provincial Hospital for further treatment. It is believed the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll. Local authorities were on scene for further investigations. No loss of life thank goodness but big losses on the truck through the driver apparently ‘losing control’. We hear too often of drivers ‘losing control’.