Editor’s Note: This editorial was written before President Zuma started playing musical chairs at the Ministry of Finance. His latest blunder – which has cost the country Billions – merely endorses my view as stated in this comment. So, the end
Sometimes I sits and thinks. Sometimes I just sits. Over the past two months or so, there has been no time to just ‘sits’. I have been criss-crossing the country attending events, doing interviews, giving talks to various forums and generally
By now most of you will have heard of what has turned out to be the biggest scandal to ever have hit Volkswagen in its 78 year history. The saga revolves around Volkswagen being caught out for deliberately cheating and
In the general climate of gloom, doom and declining standards that currently permeates the South African economy and society in general, the trucking industry continues to throw out rays of hope that with the right vision, attitude, determination and resolve, there
Driving to a meeting the other morning, I was listening to Radio 702’s John Robbie interviewing a lawyer who he introduced as an international expert on mining issues. I have been following happenings in the mining sector quite closely trying
There is one hardship I don’t think those who experienced it will easily forget. I refer to the inaugural Sun International/Radio 702 CEO SleepOut which took place in Sandton in June. The idea behind the SleepOut was to get captains
The Drakensberg Mountains acted as a fine backdrop to this year’s Road Freight Association (RFA) conference giving a sort of ‘all is well with the world” atmosphere to the event. Personally I would have preferred to see the conference being
What holds the potential to be the most damaging piece of legislation ever to be introduced into the country pertaining to the road freight industry has been gazetted in Government Gazette 38722. I quote from the Gazette: The following regulation
I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again. Thank goodness I am associated with the trucking industry of South Africa. If I weren’t, I’d be in a total state of despair given the amount of bad news
The Automobile Association (AA) has come out with an argument which FleetWatch whole-heartedly and fully endorses. It relates to the 48 percent increase in the Road Accident Fund levy effective as from April. The AA’s argument is that the government
State-of-the-art transport industry technology – like in-cab cameras, lane assist and proximity control – does not come cheap but the cost of this high-tech equipment is outweighed by its safety benefits. So says Lucky Maluleke, HSS Executive of Imperial Logistics.
In a strategic business move, Barloworld Transport has acquired 51% of leading refrigerated transport company, Aspen Logistic Services. The controlling share was obtained in a deal between Barloworld Transport CEO, Neil Henderson and Aspen Logistic Services managing director, Dr Sujen
An agreement has been reached between FAW and Associated Motor Holdings (AMH), part of the Imperial Group, whereby AMH will be the exclusive sales, parts, service and maintenance truck partner of FAW in Zambia and in Malawi. At the agreement
GPS Tracking Solutions, a company in the Eqstra Holdings Group, has been awarded a 10 out of 10 VSS Certification for its GPS 007 Tracking device. VSS Administration is a technology driven company that specialises in vehicle security accreditation. The company
Dec 5th: A passenger in a truck was killed and two others were injured this morning following a collision involving a truck and two light motor vehicles on the N3 highway near the Marrionhill plaza in Pinetown, KwaZulu Natal. Reports from the scene indicate that a truck with a load of scrap metal was traveling south bound when it was involved in a collision with two other vehicles before he crashed through the barriers. The vehicle struck the traffic camera and then overturned down an embankment; its twisted remains came to rest in the North Bound lanes. When ER24 and Netcare 911 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene, they found the body of a lifeless man lying a few metres away from the truck. He was declared dead on the scene. Two other patients were found on the scene. The driver of the truck was heavily entrapped and in a critical condition. A female driver from one of the other vehicles sustained moderate injuries. The rescue officer from Netcare 911 used the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver and worked fervently for about 45 minutes before they were able to remove him from the twisted metal. It is understood that the driver lost control of the truck, causing it to roll over the centre barrier and colliding with a light motor vehicle. Local authorities were on scene for further investigations.
Feb 4th: A security guard has been shot dead and two people have been injured following the hijacking of a truck filled with goods on Flanders drive in Mount Edgecombe, Durban. The incident happened at around 09h55 this morning. Reports from the scene indicate that the three men - including the driver of the truck, the driver’s assistant and a security guard - were on their way to deliver goods to a petrol station when they were ambushed. The driver was assaulted, his assistant was shot and the security guard was shot dead. Netcare911 paramedics arrived on the scene and found that the security guard had died before their arrival. The two injured were treated on the scene and then transported to a nearby hospital for further medical. The police are investigating.
Feb 3rd: At about 11h53 this morning, Netcare 911 paramedics received a call for a truck and two vehicles that collided on the N2 North between Spaghetti junction and Umgeni Road. Exact detail to the cause of the crash will form part of the South African Police investigation. Netcare 911 paramedics and their rescue unit arrived at the scene and found that the truck, a bakkie and a car collided on the north bound lane leaving three people seriously injured. The truck with a load of paint products had overturned spilling some of the load across the highway. Its wreckage - and that of the bakkie - had burst through the Armco barriers and was found on the side of the roadway. After the Netcare rescue officer arrived at the scene, he found that the truck had started to burn and with the use of a dry powder fire extinguisher, he managed to put it out. Medics treated the injured at the scene before they were transported to hospitals in Durban for the care that they required.
Feb 2nd: Between 40 to 50 people were injured last night after a bus overturned on the N8, 30km outside of Bloemfontein. ER24 paramedics, along with various other services, responded to the scene and found the bus lying on its side on an embankment. Occupants from the bus were found seated all across the scene. Paramedics and rescue workers immediately set up a triage area to effectively treat all the patients and on assessment, found that between 40 to 50 people had been injured. Fortunately no fatalities were found on the scene. Paramedics treated the patients for their injuries before transporting them to various hospitals in the area for further treatment. Extra medical resources were called to the scene to assist in the treatment and transportation of patients on scene. The cause the incident is not yet known.