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Editor’s Comment: 2017 – an Annus Zumanus Guptanus Horribilis year

By Patrick O’Leary Well that’s it. The end of 2017.  I recall the words of Queen Elizabeth when, during a speech on November 24, 1992, she said: “1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted

When President Jacob Zuma rambled on about “meandos” in Parliament recently, no-one knew what he was on about. However, always quick off the mark, Nando’s picked up what he was really asking for - a good basket of peri-peri chicken from Nando’s. He was just battling to pronounce the name properly. So they posted a Facebook graphic to let him know that while the rest of the country was confused, they knew exactly what he wanted. And now, after being reappointed as Nando’s chosen supply chain and distribution partner, Vector Logistics will be delivering the Meando’s to the president.
Vector Logistics to deliver Meando’s to the President
A blast from the past. This picture of Stefan Joselowitz, CEO of MiX Telematics, goes back to the year 2000 when the then Matrix Vehicle Tracking was making giant strides in the local market. Under the leadership of Joselowitz, the company has expanded into an international force which is showing strong growth in overseas markets while continuing to thrive in our local market under the MiX Telematics banner. It’s a great South African success story.
MiX Telematics shows strong performance in USA, Brazil and Africa
The culmination of almost two years of work has seen the official opening of the Afrit Group’s new 80 000m2 truck and trailer facility located near OR Tambo International Airport.
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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
FleetwatchJanuary 15, 2018 at 11:04pm
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Dec 31st: Hey there all you trucking stars. Half an hour to go to ring in 2018. Here's wishing you all a Happy New Year and a stunningly successful 2018 for each and every one of you. May the year bring you and your families everything you wish yourselves and, as the Irish say: 'May the wind be always at your back. God Bless you all.
FleetwatchDecember 28, 2017 at 6:39am
Fev 27th: Please be advised that there are protests on the R104, old Mooinooi/Harties road. Indications at this stage is that they are also targetting the N4 with people throwing rocks at trucks on N4 at the weighbridge. Please phone Bakwena N4 before you travel on the N4 to get info regarding possible closures.
FleetwatchDecember 25, 2017 at 9:24am
To all our trucking friends - the people who make it happen for all of us in delivering our goods - FleetWatch wishes you a Happy Christmas. May you and your families be blessed richly. And to those who are working keeping the wheels rolling, know that there are many who appreciate everything you do. Thank you and God bless each one of you. From Patrick O'Leary and the FleetWatch team.
FleetwatchDecember 24, 2017 at 4:09am
Dec 23rd: It's 5.45pm Saturday afternoon and I'm just chilling at a pavement cafe over a cappuchino doing some people watching. One more day to Christmas and lots are doing last minute shopping (which reminds me!!!). People look happy and pretty relaxed as they wander round. Holiday mood reigns. And then it ambles past looking for a parking spot. A well branded Merc Axor delivering goods for Woolworths. Yep. The truckers are still hard at it making sure the shelves are stocked for all of us. A big thanks to all the guys out there. If you see a truck, go up and thank the driver. I just did and he really appreciated it. Good guys these. They deserve a thank you
The Human Rights Commission has asked Durban’s Equality Court to find Edward Zuma guilty of hate speech and order him to pay a fine of R100 000.
The High Court has ruled that an application for an interdict against the Council for Higher Education to prevent it from withdrawing Walter Sisulu University's Bachelor of Laws programme accreditation is not urgent.
An police accident reconstruction specialist, testifying in the culpable homicide trial of Durban motorist Omesh Ramnarain, has been accused of "being biased against the accused".
A Welkom businessman, who handed himself over to police after 11 victims were rescued from his farm and lodge, is due to appear at the Welkom Magistrate's Court on charges of human trafficking.
Ten people have been arrested for public violence following protest action in front of Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging, Gauteng police say.
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