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September 2002


A FleetWatch special report on HIV/AIDS

ARE YOU PREPARED...
HIV/AIDS is the new millennium highwayman threatening the lifeblood of the African continent. While some pundits may question the relationship between a social disease and the environment, closer scrutiny reveals that the overall impacts of an epidemic the size and scale of HIV/AIDS is massive.

A wave still building...
While the impact of HIV/AIDS is already of major concern in the trucking industry, many feel we are standing on the edge of a cliff over which this industry is going to plummet writes Andrew Parker.

Wanted - more action less talk...
There has been limited response to a study conducted in 2001 into the prevalence of HIV among truck drivers and sex workers in KwaZulu-Natal which showed that 56% of participating truck drivers tested positive for the disease.

Committed to action...
The southern African road transport industry is now fully aware of the devastating effect HIV/AIDS is having on the viability of the trucking industry. Time will tell whether this realisation has come too late to protect this strategic industry from grinding to a halt.

ZAMBIA No sign of slowing down...
"Critical. The statistics are frightening." This is the response of Roland Norton of Zambian-based road haulier Inter Link when asked by FleetWatch to describe the impact of HIV/AIDS on the Zambian road transport industry.

A 'national catastrophe'...
Despite there being no formal reporting procedures in Malawi, the incidence of HIV/AIDS is recognised as a "national catastrophe."

Is road transport heading for a viral meltdown?...
The future economic impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic could force many road transport companies to close shop says the CEO of a company specialising in prevalence studies and disease management.


Getting the CONDOMS out there...
It was about two years ago that FleetWatch's Lorinda Stoltz attended a meeting at the Department of Transport where all transport sectors - road, rail, sea and air - were present to give feedback on the status of implementing workplace polices for HIV/AIDS.


BULKTRANS acts boldly on the challenge
A drivers' representative and managers meeting held at Bulktrans last November sowed the seeds for what has become a focussed and dedicated onslaught in the company against the HIV/AIDS disease through personal commitments to testing and Aids education.


Uniting in the fight...


Vehicle Replacement

Plan ahead to forge ahead...
Estimates put the average age of the truck parc in South Africa at around 13 years. What is needed in South Africa is greater focus on implementing professionally structured fleet replacement policies. Jack Webster puts forward his thoughts on whether to refurbish, rebuild or replace?

EnviroWatch

Tyre Disposal

Progress on scrap tyres...
The project to solve the increasingly serious scrap tyre problem in South Africa is on track and supports the South African tyre industry's bid to ensure a cleaner environment and increase tyre safety.

EnviroWatch

Western Cape

Waste Transport


Sophisticated and organised ...
The World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Gauteng seemed like an excellent time for our Western Cape correspondent, Stephanie Platt, to look at waste management in the region. The good news is that it's going well from a transport perspective.

A tribute to longevity...
Given that most people would consider a 20 year-old truck to be a real museum piece, then a 30-year-old model would certainly be a collector's item. FleetWatch correspondent Dave Scott travelled to Namibia to meet the region's oldest 'living MAN'.

Can American truckers hold back the European invasion?
ANY COMPARISON
between a 'typical' US Class 8 hauler and a contemporary European premium tractor will reveal several fundamental differences.

Regulars

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