It gives me great pleasure to direct our readers to three different stories in this magazine relating to the recognition of our truck drivers in various ways. The first, on page 28, tells of the launch of the 2016 Highway
My y last Editor’s Comment for 2015 was headed: “Make me once again Proudly South African!” YOU CAN READ IT HERE . Well, on March 31st I was once again able to stand tall and proud as a South African. It was
Why does FleetWatch place such a high accent on road safety? Well, I can write endlessly about this – the dead, the injured, the costs, the tragedy, the tears, the horror! But I am not going to do that. I
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 FleetWatch Brake & Tyre Watch team is on the go again… taking trucks off the road and testing them for road worthiness. After a day of intensive training in the classroom, the teams of traffic officials are now putting
Isuzu Truck South Africa remains the country’s leading retailer of cab-over, forward-control, medium – and heavy-duty commercial vehicles for the past three years, as a result of sturdy improvements to its product range. According to General Manager Product and Sales,
Engen Petroleum, recently handed over a cheque for R1 million to Agri SA for drought relief at this year’s Nampo agricultural show, which ran from 17-20 May. The donation was made in response to a call for help from the
Daimler Trucks & Buses (Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Freightliner, FUSO Trucks and Buses, Mercedes-Benz Bus & Coach and Western Star), as well as Mercedes-Benz Vans, both subsidiaries of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) recognised and rewarded its top performing commercial vehicles dealers for
May 31: One person has died and the driver of a delivery truck has sustained minor injuries after they collided with another truck on the N1 south near Gordon road, Roodepoort. Reports from the scene indicate that the delivery truck rear ended the other truck. When Netcare911 paramedics and other services arrived on the scene, they found that the passenger from the delivery truck had already died due to the extensive injuries he sustained. The man was declared dead on the scene by a Netcare911 paramedic. The Roodepoort Fire Department assisted paramedics to extricate the deceased passenger from the wreckage. The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for further medical care. The occupants of the other truck did not sustain any injuries. Police are investigating the exact cause of the accident. FleetWatch extends its condolences to the family of the deceased man. May he Rest in Peace.
May 28th: It has been confirmed that the person who died in the horror head-on between an SUV (BMWX5) and a heavy goods truck in the early hours of this morning on the N1 between Verkeerdevlei and Winburg was the Deputy Executive Mayor of Mangaung, Connie Rampai. She was driving alone in the car when the crash happened. When paramedics from Trauma Response Africa arrived on the scene, they found that the female driver of the SUV was ejected from the vehicle during impact. Sadly there was nothing more that could be done for her and she was declared dead on the scene. The male driver of the truck was treated on the scene before he was transported to Winburg Provincial Hospital by ambulance for further care. Traffic was disrupted for several hours as the scene was cleared. FleetWatch extends its sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mrs Rampai. May she Rest in Peace. A full enquiry will be conducted to establish the exact cause of the crash.
After a day of intensive training in the classroom, the teams of traffic officials are now putting their newly learned skills into practice... a real eye opener for most of them!
Historically, at every Brake & Tyre Watch event an average of 68% of trucks tested are found to be defective or unroadworthy!
What will today's total be? Watch this space.
May 24th: Three people died in a collision between a bakkie and a light delivery vehicle on the R555 in Ogies, Witbank, this morning. ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene and found the two vehicles crushed against each other in the veld on the side of the road. One person was trapped in the light delivery vehicle. Upon assessment, it was found that he sustained fatal injuries. Seated in the bakkie were two other men. Sadly, upon assessment, it was found that they also sustained fatal injuries. The men are believed to be in their 30’s. The exact cause of the incident is unknown and authorities were on the scene for further investigations.