It seems to have been a torrid year for trucking. While all the good stuff that happens in the industry seldom hits the headlines, the bad stuff always makes it onto the front pages of the national – and at
Look at the photographs on this page. This is the environment I have been operating in over the past weeks – most of which is detailed in this edition of our FleetWatch eMag. It’s all so sad. Apart from the
am so sick and tired of seeing the name ‘Zuma’ on the front pages of our newspapers – all for the wrong reasons. If it’s not Nkandla, it’s the arms corruption scandal, or a dubious nuclear deal he signs with
Many readers will know of the FleetWatch Brake & Tyre Watch project which has been conducted with our much valued partners over the past five years. The project had been lauded as a world-leading exercise receiving much praise for the
I am sure by now most of our readers would have heard of the tragic incident where one of the two giraffes being transported in a trailer on the N1 hit its head on an overhead bridge near Centurion and
There are a lot of ills running through the trucking industry, many of which need urgent medical attention. The problem is that no-one seems to be calling in the doctors. As a result, the illnesses remain, with some getting worse
For how many years have we been talking about South Africa experiencing a truck driver shortage? For how many years have operators bemoaned the fact that they can’t get well qualified, professional drivers? The answer is: “For far too many
On page 22 of this edition you will find an article headed ‘Rising of the Phoenix’. It is an article which expounds the virtues of G.U.D. Filters while at the same time chastises the company for hiding its light under
I recently saw a cartoon in The Star which caught my eye as being so apt and relevant in linking the trucking industry to the current political leadership crisis in South Africa. Yes, I know I’ll be knocked for saying
The total number of crashes on the N3 Toll Route decreased by 3,4% from 2013 to 2014 but negligent driving, general carelessness and high risk driver behavior continue to contribute to crash statistics along this route. According to N3 Toll
While this is not a direct trucking story, the point it highlights is one which can save the lives of your truck drivers – or your family members – in times of emergencies and it is thus FleetWatch is accenting
Engen, the African energy multinational fuel retailer, has invested over $4-million (R46,9-million) during the past two years to bolster its retail network in Zimbabwe and build on its strong presence in the commercial, industrial and mining sectors in the country.
Here’s a bit of really good news to come out of last year’s SAPICS conference for its addresses one of the really pressing issues facing the entire supply chain industry – the skills shortage. SCNext, the fastest growing young professional
Huge congrats to Heinrich Cloete, son of trucking legend Johan Cloete, and Paula on their marriage today. Heinrich runs Sandpiper Hauliers and took time off the road today to hit the Natal Midlands and tie the knot with Paula. Great wedding. Great couple. Lots of happiness in the future. Ring on finger. Drinking and party time now.
Can't believe this. About 30 km outside of Warden and another right tyre blowout on steering axle of a rig. Jacob, the driver, told me all was OK heading for Joburg when the tyre suddenly exploded. He battled to control the rig as it veered across south-bound lane. Tyre and rim marks on road in the picture show the path it went and thankfully no on-coming traffic to cause horror accident. He settled it off the verge facing oncoming traffic but off the road. Tyre totally destroyed but Jacob OK. Left him with chips and a Coke as he was waiting for backup. Eieesh. Why so many tyre blow outs??? Any opinions? What's going on? I stood next to the cab and waited for on-coming trucks. I pictured myself in that cab coming across the road and having a head-on with one of those trucks. We would have both been dead. I shuddered and left the thought behind.
Driver told me he was on Northbound lane when right tyre burst on steering axle. Veered across median and fell onto it's left side across the South bound lane. Driver is fine. Thank goodness there was no oncoming teaffic at the time. Could have been far worse. I had a look at the rig. Chinese tyres. Mimmmmm.