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Past Issues

March 2003


Golf for AIDS care...
FleetWatch has linked hands with the Gauteng region of the Southern African Refrigerated Distribution Association (SARDA) in hosting a golf day to raise funds for People Living with Aids. The date is May 13th and the venue is the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.


The logistical PIE...
Have you ever thought of what lies behind getting the simple pie to the café? FleetWatch recently visited Piemans Pantry, South Africa's largest producer of pies which manufactures in the region of 400 000 pies a day from its purpose-built 6000 m2 facility in Boltonia, Mogale City. It's a slick operation writes Andrew Parker.

A FleetWatch special Feature

Carnage points to more training needed...
Having taken time to gather and analyse the accident statistics from the December festive season, it is sad to report that there was a marked increase in accidents involving trucks compared to the same period during 2001/2002. Many appear to have been a direct result of some form of driver error. Andrew Parker examines the situation.

A state of anarchy...
If South Africa is serious about reducing the annual death toll on our roads, SA drivers need a serious attitude change. Philip Hull, head of Community Medical Services, says the authorities can only do so much. After that, the ball is in the hands of the drivers. 


Light for Life...
A project to hand out spare light bulbs to drivers whose light bulbs had blown proved a huge success. This is an example of where talk can be translated into positive action for the good of all.

RMI wants invite to the party...
The RMI says road safety awareness could be improved and law enforcement boosted if the DoT involved the private sector in its road safety initiatives - but says the authorities must invite them to the party.

More needed than the right code...
Given the fact that driver error is a major contributor to accidents, FleetWatch spoke to one company which does have a driver training culture in place. What comes out is that accident prevention starts before the driver is even employed - during the selection process.

Accident Statistics...
FleetWatch has taken the accident statistics from the Road Traffic Management offices of Arrive Alive and structured them into an easy-to-read format for our readers. We urge operators to study them to gauge where they can make improvements.

Tyre Management
Fraud of another kind...
In the process of conducting trailer audits and assisting fleets take charge of operating costs, FleetWatch's technical correspondent Dave Scott has come across such glaring failures in tyre maintenance that he reckons it makes a convincing case for fraud through deliberate negligence. Much more attention should be paid to tyre management.


CELEBRATE TRUCKING

Made in SA...
As part of our 'Lets Celebrate Trucking' campaign, FleetWatch introduces a new section aimed at enabling companies to promote and boast of their South Africa components and products. Don't hide your local links - put them in the spotlight for all to see.

WorldWatch...
Our regular series in which Frank Beeton keeps readers up to date with what is happening on the world's trucking stage

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