Comments by Patrick O’Leary


The trucking industry shines as a beacon of hope

2017-10-11 14:22
Over 50 000 litres of water were handed over to residents in the impoverished area of Imizamo Yethu in the Western Cape suburb of Hout Bay. The Western Cape is facing an unprecedented water crisis. The project was driven by the FleetBoard division of Daimler Trucks & Buses with financial contributions from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Mercedes-Benz Vans, as well as logistical support from the South African Red Cross Society.

Editor’s Comment The trucking industry is truly a beacon of light, hope and encouragement in the stormy sea of South Africa that has become heavily polluted with the mountains of garbage constantly and irresponsibly disposed of from the luxury-liner called


It’s time to shelve the old and bring in the new

2017-09-06 15:38
As a result of falling attendance at monthly presentations over the past year or so, the committee of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) Johannesburg centre has taken the decision to suspend regular monthly general meetings until further notice. At the last meeting, there were only 12 people present, of which only four were full IRTE members. The rest of the room was filled with unoccupied chairs. Is this the end of the IRTE in South Africa?

Editor’s Comment A recent story run by FleetWatch in our weekly newsletter headed ‘Is this the end of the IRTE?’ and repeated in this edition on page 12 because of its importance, resulted in some pretty active email exchanges between