General News

Jul

Tanker ‘Adventure’clocks 15 years

2011-07-01 19:44

South Africa’s road tanker industry is dominated by large corporate fleets but there are a few independent transport operators out there who can go ‘˜toe to toe’ with the big guns. United Bulk is one such operation and in July

Jun

Hyundai arrives in trucking

2011-06-01 19:44
The new Hyundai Mighty HD 65 (top left) and HD 72. The models are being distributed through a network of 26 specialised sales outlets in South Africa and servicing is done by a network of 27 CV accredited Hyundai service centres. Customers are also able to make use of the 18 workshops that FlexiFleet manage.

Hyundai Automotive South Africa might have thought it had been operating in the trucking segment with its H100 bakkie , also available in tipper guise , and its HD 65 and HD 72 models but in our opinion, it has

Jun

Truck training NOW on-line

2011-06-01 19:44
Wide variety of tasks. It all looks easy when the trucks are lined up looking resplendent on show but the wide variety of tasks in the field where the trucks operate on a daily basis – such as these Renault Kerax models below needs skilled salesmen who are able to spec a truck for its specific job. Selling a car is easy. Selling a truck requires specialised training and knowledge.

In an article back in 2002, FleetWatch wrote that the total number of qualified truck salespeople – male and female across all truck franchises in southern Africa , was only about 30. The main problem revolved then , as it

May

HINO… comes of age

2011-05-01 19:44
With the upgraded Hino 700 series, Hino Trucks in South Africa is turning the corner in catering to the long haul segment.

It’s taken just over ten years , since 2001 in fact when the Hino Profia 6×4 and 4×2 models were introduced to our market under the then Toyota SA Trucks banner  , for Hino Trucks to come of age at

May

The hippo is on the run

2011-05-01 18:56
The front has a distinctive, stand-out-the-crowd design

Worcester in the Western Cape is a quiet town but there’s a group of locals whose activities keep elevating the town’s name onto the world stage. These are the good folk at GRW Engineering who, once again, have trumpeted their

Apr

All the right stuff

2011-04-01 21:00
Jan de Bruin, CEO of Highway Ministry handed out Bibles and Study Books to Chief Provincial Inspector JM Mosia, Constable Makaleng, Acting Mayor Clr Moremi and acting Chief Director Mayisele who gave a words of thanks and encouragement to the attendees.

Following the introduction of Good News Trucking in last month’s edition of FleetWatch, we continue the theme this month by highlighting what we feel are two more good news stories from those involved in the trucking industry. The first was

Apr

Tributes to staff

2011-04-01 21:00
Winner - Pantech Heavy TOP: Abdool Kader Tayob (CEO), Aman Kader (National Workshop Manager), Ismail Khan (Head of Department: Driver Trainer), Moonsamy Pather (Winner), Shabir Ahmed Tayob (National Marketing & Logistics Director)

The second Good News Trucking event took place in Pietermaritzburg when the management of Bakers Transport gathered together all staff for the company’s annual awards and recognition ceremony. While many companies in the industry hold similar functions, FleetWatch highlights this

Apr

Signs of the times

2011-04-01 21:00
1 - Used truck for sale?

We all know that the South African trucking industry is facing a serious driver shortage so Patrick O’Leary decides to put himself in the shoes of an overseas driver who is checking out the country with a view to immigrating

Apr

Pushing to differentiate

2011-04-01 21:00
Designers have achieved a family likeness for all Mercedes-Benz ‘heavies’ – from nine to thirty three ton GVM they all have the same ‘smile’

Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles last month introduced the new generation Atego and Axor trucks to the market. FleetWatch correspondent Dave Scott was there and came away impressed not only with the trucks themselves but equally so with the package of services