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Salute to the 2023 Shoprite Driver Champ

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Ruaan Britz (left), Head Transport Center of Excellence at Shoprite and Andrew Havinga (right), Chief Supply Chain Officer of Shoprite, present the trophy to Shoprite’s 2023 Truck Driver of the Year, Josias Moila.
Ruaan Britz (left), Head Transport Center of Excellence at Shoprite and Andrew Havinga (right), Chief Supply Chain Officer of Shoprite, present the trophy to Shoprite’s 2023 Truck Driver of the Year, Josias Moila.

While Siya Kolisi and our magical Springboks were doing battle on the rugby fields of France to win the Rugby World Cup and bring home the Webb Ellis Trophy, a guy by the name of Josias Moila was putting all his skills and effort into winning his own championship title on his home soil.

The occasion was the 11th annual Shoprite Truck Driver of the Year competition. And unlike the Amabhokobhoko which triumphed as a team, Moila was on his own in this arena having competed against 1 400 colleagues from around South Africa and surrounding African countries to reach the final top 13 drivers. With over 23 000 rolling wheels covering more than 100 million kms annually, the Shoprite Group has one of the largest private fleets in South Africa.

The Truck Driver of the Year competition serves as a platform to celebrate and acknowledge the remarkable skills and dedication of truck drivers operating within this vast network.

The top 13 drivers that emerged from the regional competitions throughout the year from across South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana, battled it out in the final across three categories, including a written exam, a yard challenge, and a road test that was judged by the National Occupational Safety Association (NOSA).

While the Rugby World Cup is held once every four years, Josias Moila and his “team” are out there on the roads of South Africa putting into play their skills on a daily basis.
While the Rugby World Cup is held once every four years, Josias Moila and his “team” are out there on the roads of South Africa putting into play their skills on a daily basis.

Moila, from Centurion in Gauteng, emerged victorious proving his exceptional skills, dedication and professionalism as a code 14 truck driver, having started his career at the company on a learnership programme in 2015.

Commenting on his win, Moila said: “The competition was not easy, I had moments of stress and nervousness but felt relieved and happy to get the win. Even being nominated for this competition means the world to me because it is an important award within the company. 

“We are a team but on the day, on the ground, we are competitors. I am proud to win it for my depot,” he said.

“This competition pays homage to the resilience and strength of the truck drivers who ensure the retailer’s stores receive their stock on time, regardless of the challenges they face on the road,” says Ruaan Britz, Head of the Transport Centre of Excellence at the Group. 

With over 23 000 rolling wheels covering more than 100 million kms annually, the Shoprite Group has one of the largest private fleets in South Africa. Josias Moila competed against 1 400 colleagues from around South Africa and surrounding African countries to win the 2023 Shoprite Driver of the year trophy.
With over 23 000 rolling wheels covering more than 100 million kms annually, the Shoprite Group has one of the largest private fleets in South Africa. Josias Moila competed against 1 400 colleagues from around South Africa and surrounding African countries to win the 2023 Shoprite Driver of the year trophy.

“A great responsibility is placed on the shoulders of truck drivers to maintain a safe and responsible flow of goods across the country, to keep our shelves stocked, our communities fed and our roads safe. These drivers are the backbone of the supply chain and this competition recognises and rewards their excellence.”

From all of us at FleetWatch, well done Josias Moila. We’d also like to point out that while the Rugby World Cup is held once every four years, Josias Moila and his “team’ are out there on the roads of South Africa putting into play their skills on a daily basis. That deserves a big SALUTE!

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