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Congratulations to the new President of South Africa

FleetWatch extends its heartiest congratulations to Cyril Ramaphosa on being formally sworn in as the new President of South Africa. We wish you well Sir. Let’s get South Africa moving again – and know that as you strive to create

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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
FleetwatchFebruary 22, 2018 at 4:59am
Feb 21st; VAT increases by 1% to 15% and fuel levy is hiked by 52 cents per litre in today's budget speech. Of the 52c per litre, 22 cents goes to the general fuel levy and 30 cents per litre to the Road Accident Fund Levy.
FleetwatchFebruary 21, 2018 at 6:52pm
Media statement issued by the office of the National Commissioner - South African Police Service

To : All Media

National Commissioner strongly condemns attack on Ngcobo Police Station

Pretoria : 21 February 2017 - The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla John Sitole,has strongly condemned the attack on the Ngcobo Police Station between Umtata and Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.

An unknown group of armed suspects entered the police station in the early hours of this morning and without warning, randomly opened fire on the members on duty. Three members were killed instantly in the Community Service Centre. An off duty soldier was also shot dead as the suspects were fleeing.

The suspects made off with a police van taking two other members. The bodies of both these members with gunshot wounds were later found along the roadside, six kilometers from the police station. According to preliminary investigations, it appears that members were shot execution style.

This callous and cold-blooded attack has been condemned in the strongest possible way by the National Commissioner. "I am appalled and deeply saddened by the cold and callous attack on our colleagues this morning," said General Sitole.

"I have activated a task team comprising of experienced detectives of the South African Police Service and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation to investigate this attack," said General Sitole.

This team will be supported by specialized medium to high risk teams with the added support of the Airwing. "We will not rest until we have tracked down these heartless killers and bring them to book", added General Sitole.

The National Commissioner has also called upon the community to assist with any information that could help identify and bring these perpetrators to book as this is a heartless attack on the State.

While the motive for this attack is not clear yet we have established that the suspects have a robbed an ATM a short distance away from the police station, stolen 10 firearms as well as a police van from the station.

Information can be communicated to the SAPS Crime Stop number 086 00 10111. Callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Spokesperson for the National Commissioner - Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo - 082 567 4153
FleetwatchFebruary 20, 2018 at 12:56am
Feb 19th: Fuel prices are likely to drop again at the end of February with current data suggesting a petrol price decline of around 28 cents per litre, 36 cents for diesel and 21 cents for illuminating paraffin. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA) which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. "International oil prices have been declining steeply since the start of February and this factor has accounted for approximately half of the petrol price reduction and more than two-thirds of the diesel price reduction. Over the same period, the Rand/US dollar exchange rate traded in a band around R12 to the dollar mark, giving some additional price relief for fuel users. The resignation of Jacob Zuma as president of South Africa caused some strengthening of the Rand, and we expect this to have additional impact on the fuel price before month-end," the AA says. "However, this does not mean the economy is out of the woods. The state is facing enormous losses due to tax under-collections, mismanagement at state-owned enterprises and a rising debt burden. The country is also on notice for a further credit rating downgrade which might be triggered after this week's Budget if the numbers come in behind expectations. We advise all to be extremely prudent and not bank on on-going fuel price declines in the medium term," the AA concludes.
FleetwatchFebruary 16, 2018 at 4:19am
Feb 15th: FleetWatch extends its heartiest congratulations to Cyril Ramaphosa on being formally sworn in as the new President of South Africa. We wish you well Sir and please may we put in one early request as a matter of urgency. Please will you do something about the performances of our national rugby and soccer teams. We really need the Springboks and Bafana Bafana to start shining again. This is very urgent Sir. Thank you. YEAH!!!! Let’s get South Africa moving again. Go for it Cyril!
FleetwatchFebruary 15, 2018 at 4:37am
Feb 14th: Was on the scene of a trailer which caught fire on the N3 at the N1 Buccleau interchange. Driver put it down to brake binding. Spoke to owner when he arrived and said that trailer had a full revamp in November
Quick look at components - those not burnt beyond recognition - and saw new suzi hoses and connections, new air pipes, correctly set auto slack adjusters to same size boosters etc. It looked well maintained. Asked driver why he didn't apply trailer park brake when he disconnected and it started rolling back. He honestly said he was in a bit of a panic and forgot. But why did the spring brakes not apply.? Maybe a kink in one of the pipes says Johan van der Merwe of Wabco who i phoned from the scene for his view. Bit of a mystery... who said trucking was easy. Thank goodness no-one hurt or injured and not much delay in terms of road closure. Just one very sad looking trailer
FleetwatchFebruary 13, 2018 at 7:45am

People are asking what actually happened. The exact details are being investigated but in essence there was a back up of traffic from an accident up front. The truck which ploughed into the cars and the two trucks in this backed up traffic queue came round the bend and wasn't able to stop. Speculation of it speeding or having brake failure is, at this stage, just that - speculation. I don't think it had anything to with faulty brakes. Maybe speed or maybe the driver ran out of braking distance from the bend to the backed up queue. Here is a video taking you onto the scene where FleetWatch editor Patrick O'Leary talks to one of the drivers whose truck was hit.

View video here -

Feb 11th: Can you believe that the driver of this truck which smashed into a number of cars and then into two trucks on the N1 north just past the 14th Avenue onramp yesterday escaped this wreck without a scratch - and I mean not one little scratch. I was on the scene and will report more detail later but it was not 'brakes failed' as has been widely reported.
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Patrick O'Leary, Editor of FleetWatch truck magazine, on the scene of the crash on the N1 north on Saturday during the clean-up. He talks to one of the drive...
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