Author Archives: Tristan

About Tristan

Editor, writer and photographer. Owner of Road Transport News.

UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge winners revealed

By | 2017-09-22

Truck drivers Lafas Kruger of RA Transport and Buza Ngcelwane of Dairy Farmers of South Africa are the 2017 winners of the UD Trucks Southern Africa Extra Mile Challenge Driver Competition. This emerged yesterday (21 September), following a series of driving evaluations at the Gerotek Vehicle Testing facility in Pretoria West. Kruger walked away with… Read More »

Inside VGSA’s R6 million active safety calibration facility

By | 2017-09-13

The Volvo Group Southern Africa (VGSA) invited various transport media to its new, R6 million active safety calibration facility, based alongside its CKD truck assembly plant in Durban, earlier this week. The calibration facility investment has allowed the company to equip its trucks with advanced, active safety systems in South Africa, which it started doing… Read More »

AWISCA to bolster South Africa supply chain skills

By | 2017-06-24

AWISCA to bring collaboration and balance to supply chain industry skills through functional mentorship and coaching Industry-first member association, AWISCA (African Women in Supply Chain Association), is seeking to address the numerous technical and practical issues that continue to hinder the country’s supply chain industry. It also aims to create better industry balance between the… Read More »

SATC 2017: Freight and Logistics Session Highlights

By | 2017-06-23

SATC 2017 kicks-off on 10 July The Freight and Logistics session at SATC 2017 covers a wide range of topics relevant to freight transportation and logistics in Southern Africa and Africa. SATC 2017 takes place from 10 – 13 July 2017 at the CSIR in Pretoria. The first presentation of the session will provide insights into… Read More »

Croner from UD Trucks launched in South Africa

By | 2017-06-14

Croner an entirely new platform UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) launched its Croner truck last week at the Kyalami Raceway in Midrand, Johannesburg. The worldwide launch of the Croner took place in Thailand two months ago, the same country from which Southern Africa’s Croner components are sourced and packed, before they are shipped for assembly… Read More »

Kobus van Zyl suffers stroke in Saudi Arabia, dies

By | 2017-06-14

Kobus van Zyl a leading figure in transport industry It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Kobus van Zyl, former executive director of Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa. He suffered a stroke on the evening of 12 June and passed away on the morning of 13 June. After… Read More »

Daimler OF1723 bus chassis seen at SABOA 2017

By | 2017-05-29

Daimler OF1723 bus chassis sourced from India Daimler Trucks & Buses South Africa (DTBSA) had a ‘soft’ launch of the Daimler OF1723 bus chassis at SABOA 2017. The chassis is brought into South Africa fully built up (FBU), from the Daimler India Commercial Vehicle (DICV) plant in Chennai, India. While the chassis is based on… Read More »

Bus operator intimidation in South Africa unpacked

By | 2017-05-28

Bus operator intimidation can be addressed Johan Pienaar, the manager of Vaal Maseru Bus Service, says bus operator intimidation is still a major problem in South Africa. “One of the biggest reasons for the intimidation is the over-trading of transport routes,” he says. He says bus operator intimidation takes place in many forms in South… Read More »

South African bus industry facing competitive threat

By | 2017-05-24

South African bus industry given a heads-up Gautrain Management Agency CEO, Jack van der Merwe, says the South African bus industry should prepare to reduce its carbon emissions, learn to deal with Big Data and prepare for competition from unexpected sources. Van der Merwe was speaking on day one of the 2017 SABOA Conference and… Read More »

SANRAL considering revolutionary tolling system

By | 2017-05-17

SANRAL considering its options The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) is considering hybrid funding models for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. This is according to Alex van Niekerk, SANRAL northern region toll and traffic manager, who says the agency is busy establishing how alternative models would impact vehicle licensing fees, as well as tolling… Read More »