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November 7, 2019

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fashion
March 15, 2019

Wild Question Marks and devious semikoli

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architecture
March 14, 2019

Pityful a rethoric question ran over her cheek

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pond
March 13, 2019

The headline of Alphabet Village and the subline

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cat
March 12, 2019

She had a last view back on the skyline

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woman
March 11, 2019

When she reached the first hills of the italic

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boat
March 10, 2019

A small river named Duden flows by their place

A small river named Duden flows by their place March 10, 2019 Photo Story Build an elegantly modern, responsive website that’s creative, accessible and...

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mountain
March 9, 2019

Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the semantics

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seacape
March 8, 2019

Far far away behind the word mountains

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hammock
March 7, 2019

From the countries Vokalia and Consonantia

From the countries Vokalia and Consonantia March 7, 2019 Photo Story Build an elegantly modern, responsive website that’s creative, accessible and beautifully presented. A...

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Cummins Southern Africa to launch new training school
March 2, 2018

Cummins Southern Africa to launch new training school

Cummins Southern Africa had big news to share at a media event earlier this week. The company boasted about a positive outlook in the...

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Engen fuels maths and science
March 2, 2018

Engen fuels maths and science

Two shining stars from the Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) class of 2017 are on course to reach their dreams. Makyle Naidoo and...

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Imperial Logistics moves giants
March 2, 2018

Imperial Logistics moves giants

The news in Gauteng earlier this week was abuzz with the specialist road transport of a Boeing 737 from Jet Park to Fourways –...

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Frosty positivity as 2018 marches on
March 2, 2018

Frosty positivity as 2018 marches on

With the political about-turn of recent months taking hold of the country, renewed confidence in business is beginning to show. This is certainly true...

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Long-live Isuzu
February 21, 2018

Long-live Isuzu

After months of speculation surrounding its future, following the withdrawal of General Motors from the South African market, Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) has...

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Minibus-taxi industry goes high-tech
February 21, 2018

Minibus-taxi industry goes high-tech

The South African minibus-taxi industry is heading into a new era with the launch this week of the AftaRobot transport-management technology platform.

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Consolidated international logistics profits customers during challenging economic cycle
February 21, 2018

Consolidated international logistics profits customers during challenging economic cycle

The supply chain business is not immune to the economic challenges faced by other sectors, but, writes Arend du Preez, MD of Crossroads, South...

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Hyundai launches new HCV contender
February 21, 2018

Hyundai launches new HCV contender

Hyundai Automotive South Africa today launched its new heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) contender; the Mighty EX8.

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Going green and off the grid
February 15, 2018

Going green and off the grid

Halfway Ford, of Kuils River, in the Western Cape, has made major strides in providing its own electricity as well as using minimal amounts...

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Buses far as the eye can see
February 15, 2018

Buses as far as the eye can see

A public transporter could not possibly create a more impressive spectacle than showing its fleet of new vehicles, all in a line… In the...

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When horses fly…
February 15, 2018

When horses fly…

Most things are pretty standard in the road-freight industry … long-haul, fast-moving consumer goods and local distribution all come to mind. However, we don’t...

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Bemused by battery woes?
February 15, 2018

Bemused by battery woes?

Keeping a fleet of vehicles in a fit and ready state is crucial to the efficiency of a logistics business. However, the number of...

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Mercedes-Benz shows Sprinter to the world
February 9, 2018

Mercedes-Benz shows Sprinter to the world

Mercedes-Benz has shown its brand new Sprinter to the world and, of course, FOCUS was there. On Tuesday, February 6, we joined about 240...

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Creating the path to greatness
February 9, 2018

Creating the path to greatness

In a bid to drive the growth and development of its employees, Hino South Africa runs the Hino Learnership Programme (HLP), the latest of...

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New Iveco MB Truck City in Johannesburg
February 9, 2018

New Iveco MB Truck City in Johannesburg

MB Truck City has launched a new dealership as part of the ongoing Iveco MB Truck City partnership.

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Construction and mining taken to new heights
February 9, 2018

Construction and mining taken to new heights

The African construction and mining industries are set to receive a comprehensive overview of the technologies of the future at the third Bauma Conexpo...

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South Africans show their worth at Dakar 2018
January 25, 2018

South Africans show their worth at Dakar 2018

Dakar 2018 was the 40th edition of the gruelling annual event and – with 185 vehicles entering the race – provided all the thrills...

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Cargo Carriers welcomes Solly Letsoalo
January 25, 2018

Cargo Carriers welcomes Solly Letsoalo

The board of directors of specialist transporter Cargo Carriers has announced the appointment of Lekau (Solly) Letsoalo as the company’s new CEO. Letsoalo has...

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MAN Automotive celebrates a great 2017
January 25, 2018

MAN Automotive celebrates a great 2017

While 2017 was characterised by an overall market decline, MAN Automotive has reported a 15-percent annual sales growth for its southern African operation. Overall,...

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Bakwena lowers festive-season fatality rates
January 25, 2018

Bakwena lowers festive-season fatality rates

N1N4 toll route operator, Bakwena, has announced that it recorded just nine fatalities in December 2017, and three between January 1 and 15 on...

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Rolling smoothly with renewed accreditation
January 19, 2018

Rolling smoothly with renewed accreditation

Bearings International (BI) – a leading distributor of bearings and power transmission products in southern Africa – has recently received a slew of renewed...

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Rolling smoothly with renewed accreditation
January 19, 2018

Notification of roadworks in Soweto

The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) is set to embark on the R37-million reconstruction of the Bridge Street bridge over the Klipspruit River, in Soweto,...

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SA truck drivers getting serious about health
January 19, 2018

SA truck drivers getting serious about health

More than 3 217 truck drivers took advantage of the voluntary, free health screenings offered by Engen’s sixth Driver Wellness programme during 2017. 

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“Throw the book at rock throwers!”
January 19, 2018

“Throw the book at rock throwers!”

Every now and then an incident of rock throwing – from the side of the road and off overhead bridges – emerges, terrorising motorists...

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Fesarta launches transport training courses
January 11, 2018

Fesarta launches transport training courses

The Federation of East and Southern African Road Transport Associations (Fesarta) has been provided a range of e-learning training courses by Transport Logistics Consultants...

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Why Elon Musk's electric truck is doomed to fail
January 11, 2018

Why Elon Musk’s electric truck is doomed to fail

At the outset of this article, I need to say that I respect Elon Musk more than any living South African. He’s a visionary...

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A crowning end to 2017 for Iveco
January 11, 2018

A crowning end to 2017 for Iveco

Iveco ended 2017 on a high as its Stralis NP range beat off competition from rival manufacturers to be named Low Carbon Truck of...

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Mercedes-Benz Vans hits new record
January 11, 2018

Mercedes-Benz Vans hits new record

As you read this, FOCUS editor Gavin Myers will be in Stuttgart, Germany, to find out more about the all-new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which will...

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Rainy days and washaways
December 27, 2017

Rainy days and washaways

The JRA faces an uphill battle as the rainy season has again washed away the best of Joburg’s roads

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The elephant in the room
December 27, 2017

The elephant in the room

The importance of understanding the functions of bills of lading

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When does a stagnant economy help?
December 27, 2017

When does a stagnant economy help?

When you are a bus operator…

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What Chance Regional Integration?
December 27, 2017

What Chance Regional Integration?

The cross-border road-transport industry throughout the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region operates in a permanent climate of frustration at the continual obstacles to...

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December 21, 2017

FOCUS Issue 12 2017

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Bracing for AARTO
December 19, 2017

Bracing for AARTO

The legislators gave us a break in 2017

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Rewriting the trucking rulebook, Mack Trucks sings its own Anthem and E-Fuso to take MFTBC to the future
December 19, 2017

Rewriting the trucking rulebook, Mack Trucks sings its own Anthem and E-Fuso to take MFTBC to the future

“The Tesla Semi will deliver a far better experience for truck drivers, while increasing safety and significantly reducing the cost of cargo transport.” That...

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Coming to a pole near you?
December 19, 2017

Coming to a pole near you?

This is the 50th Hopping Off column and I remain humbly aware that I have repeated myself several times by now. So, forgive me...

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Hino to hunt records at Dakar 2018
December 8, 2017

Hino to hunt records at Dakar 2018

Forty years of Dakar, four years in South America and 27 years of Hino class dominance … when the next edition of the annual...

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MAN extends CLA service intervals
December 8, 2017

MAN extends CLA service intervals

A minimum increase in the kilometre interval of 33 percent is what operators of the MAN CLA range of vehicles can expect going forward.

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Reducing vehicle fraud
December 8, 2017

Reducing vehicle fraud

The South African banking and finance industry has welcomed the creation of the Southern African Movable Asset Register (Samar) to help reduce fraud. 

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Wabco is dead, long live Wabco
December 8, 2017

Wabco is dead, long live Wabco

Wabco Holdings has acquired the remaining 51-percent share of its South African partnership with Sturrock and Robson Industries. The two companies have formally operated...

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Questions around the UK’s truck platoon trial
December 8, 2017

Questions around the UK’s truck platoon trial

In 2018, the United Kingdom (UK) is set to run a £8,1-million (R152-million) truck platooning test. While similar tests have run successfully in other...

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Driveline dilemma!
December 8, 2017

Driveline dilemma!

Solutrans was expected to be all about e-mobility, and, of course, this subject did feature prominently – But it wasn’t the sole star of...

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Tale of typewriters and a terrific bakkie!
December 8, 2017

Tale of typewriters and a terrific bakkie!

Did you know that Mercedes-Benz used to make a bakkie long, long ago? And that Mercedes (sans Benz) made a typewriter? CHARLEEN CLARKE travels...

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Working in the little big company
December 8, 2017

Working in the little big company

GAVIN MYERS chats to four of Scania South Africa’s top leaders to find out how they drive – and are driven by – the...

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Like muscles in the body
December 8, 2017

Like muscles in the body

A vehicle’s transmission works hard and can take a beating from inexperienced drivers, often resulting in it needing to be reconditioned or rebuilt. WILLIAM...

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A tale of tolls
December 8, 2017

A tale of tolls

At the Bakwena N1N4 toll concession, a mere 18 staff members are responsible for 385 km of the N1 north and N4 west highways....

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Chaos for hauliers at Zim borders
December 8, 2017

Chaos for hauliers at Zim borders

Transporting goods to, or through, Zimbabwe has become more expensive, time consuming and dangerous for transporters since the amendment to the Zimbabwean Customs and...

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Making an impact through pragmatism and positivity
December 8, 2017

Making an impact through pragmatism and positivity

In his previous position as MD at Mercedes-Benz Trucks in the Netherlands, Jasper Hafkamp almost doubled the brand’s market share. GAVIN MYERS finds out...

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Offering tonnes of choice
December 8, 2017

Offering tonnes of choice

As BPW in Germany heads to its 120th anniversary, its tagline “We Think Transport” is more pertinent than it has ever been. GAVIN MYERS...

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A chance meeting between an Italian and South Africa
December 8, 2017

A chance meeting between an Italian and South Africa

Carmelo impelluso, MD of Iveco South Africa, is not a stranger to managing a business during an economic downturn and is now face-to-face with...

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In the long term, relationships matter most
December 8, 2017

In the long term, relationships matter most

A career in transport that happened by chance has not kept Ernie Trautmann, vice president of Hino South Africa, from achieving greatness. With a...

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Moving South Africa forward - together
December 8, 2017

Moving South Africa forward – together

Cargo Carriers helps develop a world-class South African transport industry

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Turning the wheels of the economy and the transport industry
December 8, 2017

Turning the wheels of the economy and the transport industry

Joe Mahlo, general manager of commercial at Engen, has spent more than three decades keeping the transport industry fuelled. FOCUS chats to him.

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A new winner for SA!
December 8, 2017

A new winner for SA!

Iveco has brought (one of) its Truck of the Year winners to South Africa – the all-new Eurocargo!

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Mercedes-Benz “reveals” new Sprinter (well, almost)
December 7, 2017

Mercedes-Benz “reveals” new Sprinter (well, almost)

FOCUS jetted off to Stuttgart this week, for the Sprinter Innovation Campus. During this event, the company gave us a sneak preview of its...

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Hino the CIT vehicle of choice
December 7, 2017

Hino the CIT vehicle of choice

SBV, a leading cash solutions and services company in South Africa, recently took delivery of its 300th cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle based on a Hino...

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Altech Netstar and Mobileye drive road safety
December 7, 2017

Altech Netstar and Mobileye drive road safety

Altech Netstar and Mobileye, an Intel Company, have joined forces in South Africa to include the integration of Mobileye’s vision-based Advanced Driver Assist System...

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Shell distributor drivers shine
December 7, 2017

Shell distributor drivers shine

Shell Commercial Fuels South Africa announced the winners of its 2017 Trucker of the Year competition at an event held at the Riverside Sun...

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North West eager for new transport system
December 7, 2017

North West eager for new transport system

In February this year, the Rustenburg municipality began road construction in the CBD to prepare for the area’s new bus rapid transit system. WILLIAM...

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Redefining “entry level”
December 7, 2017

Redefining “entry level”

Mercedes-Benz has the ambition to be the number one manufacturer in the South African bus market. To do so, it is boosting the structure...

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Thermo King launches hybrid refrigerated trailer unit
November 30, 2017

Thermo King launches hybrid refrigerated trailer unit

Thermo King launched the SLXi Hybrid refrigerated trailer unit at Solutrans. The new SLXi Hybrid was designed for semi-trailer applications. It improves customers’ environmental footprints...

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Renault reveals electric truck
November 30, 2017

Renault reveals an electric truck

Renault Trucks and Groupe Delanchy have developed an all-electric truck equipped with a refrigerated box for fresh produce deliveries, which was on display at Solutrans.

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Kögel launches new trailer telematics module
November 30, 2017

Kögel launches new trailer telematics module

Kögel launched a new trailer telematics module with automatic tyre detection at Solutrans. This globally unique system automatically localises the tyre-pressure monitoring sensors in each...

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Lamberet displays world first!
November 30, 2017

Lamberet displays world first!

Lamberet displayed the world’s first hydrogen refrigerated industrial vehicle at Solutrans. 

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Removing the risk from logistics
November 27, 2017

Removing the risk from logistics

There are two primary ways in which logistics users, and their service providers, can manage their risk

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An exchange rate in flux
November 27, 2017

An exchange rate in flux

Drawing a link between exchange-rate movements and the price of new vehicles is essential to ensure that exchange-rate risk is minimised

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Having to contain frustration
November 27, 2017

Having to contain frustration

As the shift to high-cube (HC) containers continues, South Africa will be left behind by the end of 2018 if its legislation is not...

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Forgetting K53
November 27, 2017

Forgetting K53

Know what S.I.P.D.E. stands for? No? Well, read on to find out…

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Hino 500 trucks go into local production in South Africa
November 23, 2017

New Hino 500 enters local production

The latest range of Hino 500 Wide Cab trucks has gone into production at Hino South Africa’s plant in Prospecton, Durban.

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The best UD driver in the world is from SA!
November 23, 2017

The best UD driver in the world is from SA!

South African Lafras Kruger was named the best driver at the finals of the UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge fleet driver competition in Japan....

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Fuso and Kempston hit 100
November 23, 2017

Fuso and Kempston Truck Hire hit 100

Kempston Truck Hire and Fuso Trucks recently celebrated the 100th Fuso Truck to enter the Kempston fleet this year. The company’s fleet boasts in...

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ID Logistics SA reduces carbon footprint
November 23, 2017

ID Logistics SA reduces carbon footprint

ID Logistics SA – part the global contracts logistics group – has embarked on a national initiative to reduce its carbon footprint, starting with...

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November 21, 2017

FOCUS Issue 11 2017

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The used market gets tougher
November 19, 2017

The used market gets tougher

While used vehicles remain a popular option for buyers, it is becoming more difficult for the dealers to profit 

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Advice for the auditors
November 19, 2017

Advice for the auditors

The KPMG saga has stirred up a hornet’s nest, which gives me the opportunity to bring public transport into the debate 

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Calling all power producers
November 16, 2017

Electra Mining Africa digs deep

With 46 years behind it, Electra Mining Africa is gearing up for another successful event in 2018. More than 80 percent of exhibition space...

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The power to keep things cool
November 16, 2017

The power to keep things cool

For almost 40 years, Transfrig has supplied world-class transport refrigeration equipment to a wide range of customers from South Africa, Hong Kong and Australia,...

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Unlocking the benefits of new urban transport models and technologies
November 16, 2017

Unlocking the benefits of new urban transport models and technologies

New mobility services could improve the lives of all urban inhabitants, according to research conducted by the Coalition for Urban Transitions.

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tractors web 3
November 16, 2017

This tractor will not twist your neck

While it might not be the tractor readers of FOCUS are generally used to, we thought the innovation behind this particular model was too...

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Volvo Financial Services now in South Africa
November 9, 2017

Volvo Financial Services now in South Africa

Volvo Group will now be providing financial services to customers from all Volvo Group brands in South Africa, which include Volvo Bus, Volvo Truck,...

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Connected to fleet consulting
November 9, 2017

Connected to fleet consulting

Global car-fleet consulting company Connector, based in Japan, has launched its services in South Africa. With this latest addition, Connector is now delivering fleet...

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About an interlocking logistics world
November 9, 2017

About an interlocking logistics world

Detlev Duve, the MD of Dachser South Africa, discusses how interlocking capabilities can raise the bar of logistics delivery.

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Calling all power producers
November 9, 2017

Calling all power producers

With power and energy production a top consideration for the future development of the African continent, independent power producers (IPPs) have become an important...

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Electric booms as diesel is banned
November 8, 2017

Electric booms as diesel is banned

Beijing, the capital of China, plans to ban older diesel trucks from the city in 2019 – and that’s only the beginning. MARISKA MORRIS...

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MAN’s latest range: all things to all people!
November 8, 2017

MAN’s latest range: all things to all people!

MAN recently presented its new van and truck products for 2018 at a special event in Barcelona. Dubbed the “MAN Full Range Days”, the...

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Box of tricks
November 8, 2017

Box of tricks

A rather voluminous van that requires only a code-B licence to drive, the Peugeot Boxer X250 L2H1 holds many charms, writes GAVIN MYERS

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A commitment to safe chemical transportation
November 8, 2017

A commitment to safe chemical transportation

The transportation of hazardous fuels and chemicals requires careful attention to detail and specialised supply chain and transport logistics services that adhere to safety,...

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Next moves for EHCV suppliers
November 8, 2017

Next moves for EHCV suppliers

More and more extra-heavy commercial vehicles (EHCVs) are being introduced into the South African market. WILLIAM GEORGE speaks to some local companies to find...

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Hassle-free tyre solutions
November 8, 2017

Hassle-free tyre solutions

With so many tyre support solutions available, choosing the most suitable one can be difficult. WILLIAM GEORGE speaks to some companies about the latest...

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Monitoring, maintaining and maximising fleet operations
November 8, 2017

Monitoring, maintaining and maximising fleet operations

Optimising operations and reducing costs is the only way to survive in the competitive transport industry. MARISKA MORRIS looks at technology that could assist...

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Daimler KAMAZ Rus and KAMAZ enjoyed pride of place at Comtrans.
November 8, 2017

Comtrans echoes a market on the boil!

The Russian market is on the boil and this was reflected in the number of launches and Russian premieres at Comtrans 2017

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Russia rising!
November 8, 2017

Russia rising!

Russia is undoubtedly one of the most interesting – and challenging – commercial vehicle markets in the world. Home to over eight-million commercial vehicles,...

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Hitting the highway
November 8, 2017

Hitting the highway

Traditionally better known in the rough-and-tough mining and construction industries, Powerstar has officially launched its assault on the long-haul market. GAVIN MYERS reports

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Getting hyper over future transportation
November 8, 2017

Getting hyper over future transportation, Small vans, big impact and Aiming for no black marks

The Hyperloop has been mooted as the future of mobility; it will allow people and goods to be moved safely, efficiently and sustainably at...

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Scania goes soot free
November 7, 2017

Scania goes soot free

Scania has joined the Global Industry Partnership on Soot-Free Clean Bus Fleets! CHARLEEN CLARKE asked Alan Hugo, general manager bus and coach at Scania...

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Chasing a record at 200 mph
November 2, 2017

Chasing a record at 300 km/h

As the Bloodhound team gears up for its world land-speed record attempt at South Africa’s Hakskeen Pan, the team recently conducted its first public...

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Cummins is here to stay!
November 2, 2017

Cummins is here to stay!

In a tangible sign of its commitment to the South African market, Cummins Southern Africa has invested in spectacular new premises for its distribution...

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Discounts and deals from Fuso
November 2, 2017

Discounts and deals from Fuso

Fuso Trucks South Africa and Fuso Finance (a brand within Mercedes-Benz Financial Services) are offering attractive deals on the Fuso FE7-136, valid until December...

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Trailer business up for Serco
November 2, 2017

Trailer business up for Serco

While sales volumes were down 6,5 percent by August, compared to the same period last year, trailer manufacturer and bodybuilding company Serco has enjoyed...

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Maritime casualties and the risks of uninsured cargo
October 27, 2017

Maritime casualties and the risks of uninsured cargo

If a vessel experiences a maritime casualty, cargo owners may have to contribute to the expenses incurred by ship owners, in addition to any...

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Waiting for the other shoe to drop
October 27, 2017

Waiting for the other shoe to drop

Both the government and the public breathed a sigh of relief when the second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) results showed an exit from the...

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Delays and death at SADC borders
October 27, 2017

Delays and death at SADC borders

Hundreds of vehicles carrying fuel and fertilizer – which are among those in a ten-kilometre-long queue of vehicles – make the Forbes-Machipanda border post...

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Show the passion
October 27, 2017

Show the passion

When business is tough, is attending an expo a superfluous waste of time, or exactly what one should be doing?

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Waiting for the other shoe to drop
October 27, 2017

Waiting for the other shoe to drop

Both the government and the public breathed a sigh of relief when the second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) results showed an exit from the...

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ZF drives electric buses
October 26, 2017

ZF drives electric buses

Having been unveiled at the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show, the ZF CeTrax electric central-drive unit for both low- and high-floor bus applications has...

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MAN Lion’s Coach wins big
October 26, 2017

MAN Lion’s Coach wins big

The MAN Lion’s Coach won three of six categories at the Busworld Awards Competition in the run-up to the Busworld bus and coach exhibition,...

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500 benefits of LNG
October 26, 2017

500 benefits of LNG

Jost Group – one of the largest pan-European transport and logistics specialists – is heading for a 35-percent conversion of its fleet to liquified...

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An engine oil for economy
October 26, 2017

An engine oil for economy

Van owners now have another engine-oil option for their fleets, as Fuchs Lubricants South Africa has announced the extension of the profile of the...

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There are only pros to regular maintenance
October 24, 2017

There are only pros to regular maintenance

Regular vehicle maintenance and the use of genuine or approved parts will lower operating costs and improve profits

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October 21, 2017

FOCUS Issue 10 2017

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Rail set to save the day in Brazil
October 20, 2017

Rail set to save the day in Brazil

Cargo thefts cost Brazil around R2,6 billion in 2016 and have left transporters exasperated. However, the country hopes to turn its infrastructure crisis around...

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When the board takes a summer escape
October 20, 2017

When the board takes a summer escape

FLORIAN ENGEL, from Austria’s 1TRUCK magazine, heads to the Austrian Alps with two distant cousins for a very different comparative test – the Scania...

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More to these little bits of support
October 20, 2017

More to these little bits of support

While a vehicle’s suspension bushes cannot be seen, they are important to its stability, comfort and safety. WILLIAM GEORGE explores the latest developments behind...

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Moving to the future
October 20, 2017

Moving to the future

The Professional Movers’ Association (PMA) congress 2017 proved to be a great success and was indicative of a positive trend in the removals industry

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One for the loyalists
October 20, 2017

One for the loyalists

The all-new Nissan Navara finally landed in South Africa earlier this year. Was it worth the wait? GAVIN MYERS finds out in the 4×4...

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Food transport whipped into shape
October 20, 2017

Food transport whipped into shape

Maintaining the quality of products is essential in the transportation of food, especially with the introduction of the new Notice R364 draft regulation. MARISKA...

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Mahindra Piks Up the pace
October 20, 2017

Mahindra Piks Up the pace

Mahindra South Africa has launched the updated version of the next-generation Mahindra Pik Up – which the company says is an “all-rounder with new-age,...

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From horse shoes to trailer big boots
October 20, 2017

From horse shoes to trailer big boots

Schmitz Cargobull, one of the biggest trailer companies in the world, made big news in this country earlier this year when it acquired 33...

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Cool Technology for refrigerated trailers
October 20, 2017

Cool Technology for refrigerated trailers

Technology drives the refrigerated trailer sector by providing the latest cooling solutions to ensure the safety of goods and the sustainability of refrigeration fleet...

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A glimpse of what the future holds for SA transport
October 20, 2017

A glimpse of what the future holds for SA transport

The Road Freight Association (RFA) Operations Conference took place at Futuroad 2017. It offered delegates insight into improving transport operations and a glimpse into...

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DHL Africa’s top employer
October 20, 2017

DHL is Africa’s top employer

DHL Express has been certified as a Top Employer in Africa for the fourth consecutive year at the prestigious Top Employer Africa 2018 certification...

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Clutching at Straws
October 20, 2017

Clutching at straws

As 2017 draws to a close, there is good reason for concern in the South African Development Community (SADC) regional road-transport industry, writes MIKE...

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Volvo Trucks top in sales, service and parts
October 20, 2017

Volvo Trucks top in sales, service and parts

The independent Scott Byers report has revealed that Volvo Trucks Southern Africa has managed to take the top spot for the third quarter of...

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Tiaan van Wyk (SAC graphic designer) and Andre Walters (marketing manager) show off the exhibit.
October 20, 2017

SAC soars!

SAC Trucks has been renamed SAC Commercial Parts. CHARLEEN CLARKE caught up with the company’s CEO, Heinrich Lategan, at Automechanika, to ask him about...

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The mirror-finish components displayed by Maxe at Futuroad attracted a lot of attention.
October 20, 2017

As strong as steel

South African supplier of automotive accessories, Maxe, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. We visited the company’s stand at the Futuroad 2017 expo to...

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Sustainability and connectivity to the fore!
October 20, 2017

Sustainability and connectivity to the fore!

Scania’s stand at Futuroad centred around the complete sustainable transport solution that the company offers. CHARLEEN CLARKE caught up with three men at the...

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Tata stars at Futuroad!
October 20, 2017

Tata stars at Futuroad!

Tata was undoubtedly the star of the show at Futuroad 2017, with the launch of a new business utility vehicle, a visit from the...

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The new CV show in town
October 20, 2017

The new CV show in town

For the past four years, South African commercial vehicle owners and enthusiasts have lacked any large-scale trade shows that speak to their interests. The...

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OTM, what’s all the fuss about?
October 20, 2017

OTM, what’s all the fuss about?

October is Transport Month during which the Department of Transport (DoT) will remind us about road safety and boast about some of its achievements...

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Joburg’s commuters and ineffective Public transport
October 19, 2017

Joburg’s commuters and ineffective Public transport

How do the people of Johannesburg view the city’s public transport system? FOCUS reports on a study conducted by researchers Gert Heyns and Rose...

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Of change, charging and challenges
October 19, 2017

Of change, charging and challenges

Let’s couple congestion with so-called technological progress (read: hybrid buses) that is now the rage in many developed countries

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Aiding driver wellness in October Transport Month
October 12, 2017

Aiding driver wellness in October Transport Month

In celebration of Transport Month this October, Engen Petroleum will be offering free health screenings for truck drivers at two Engen Truck Stops in...

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SA logistics tech startup heads overseas
October 12, 2017

SA logistics tech startup heads overseas

Load matching solutions are becoming more and more prevalent and the software created by a South African tech startup company, EmptyTrips, could soon be...

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Handling heavy rain and flooding on the road
October 12, 2017

Handling heavy rain and flooding

Heavy storms and rain in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal earlier this week caught many citizens by surprise, as well as causing widespread flood and hail...

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Training a hot topic in Europe
October 12, 2017

Training a hot topic in Europe

The 14th edition of Solutrans – the European road transport and haulage solutions show – is just over a month away. Taking place between...

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OneLogix keeps on trucking with DAF Trucks
October 5, 2017

OneLogix keeps on trucking with DAF

Having originally bought six DAF trucks in 2012, OneLogix Projex has continued to return to the brand and recently purchased a further 12 DAF...

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NitraLife turns 21
October 5, 2017

NitraLife celebrates 21 years of keeping fleets rolling

In 1996 NitraLife became the first supplier of generators for nitrogen tyre inflation to the commercial transport sector.

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Vans, drones and e-commerce take flight
October 5, 2017

Vans, drones and e-commerce take flight

Mercedes-Benz Vans, United States drone systems developer Matternet and Swiss online marketplace Siroop have started a pilot project in Zurich, Switzerland, to test an...

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Keeping a close eye on temperature
October 5, 2017

Keeping a close eye on temperature

Keeping track of temperature data in refrigerated transport operations has been made easier by Oceasoft, which has developed the Cobalt ML3 mobile temperature data...

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All the latest and greatest at Futuroad
September 28, 2017

All the latest and greatest at Futuroad

Automechanika Johannesburg 2017 is well underway, at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, as are its co-located events Futuroad Expo and Scalex Johannesburg.

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Uber launches traffic data website
September 28, 2017

Uber launches traffic data website

Uber is a surprising and enterprising company. In the middle of the furore surrounding the non-renewal of its operating licence in London, the company...

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One-stop shop for heavy-duty repairs
September 28, 2017

One-stop shop for heavy-duty repairs

ExxonMobil and its authorised distributor in South Africa, Centlube, have joined forces with Michelin Truck Service Centre (MTSC) and Laser Fast Truck & Trailer...

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New Sprinter set to stun
September 28, 2017

New Sprinter set to stun

Mercedes-Benz Vans has released the first details of the new Sprinter – and a design sketch that will leave van enthusiasts drooling. The brand...

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Understanding the great technology debate
September 27, 2017

Understanding the great technology debate

In the transport industry, the logistics sector has been found to be the most enthusiastic about investment in new technology and, together with the...

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Beware the downgrade?
September 27, 2017

Beware the downgrade?

Should a downgrade occur, what will be the impact on costs and financing for the transport and logistics sector?

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Enhancing the Transport Industry Through Training
September 27, 2017

Enhancing the Transport Industry Through Training

Trucking forms an integral part of the African economy and the development of the continent’s infrastructure, business and, ultimately, its people. Africa’s developing economy...

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Focus on the future
September 27, 2017

Focus on the future

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the futureJohn F. Kennedy

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Fuelling the fire
September 24, 2017

Fuelling the fire

The transportation of fuel is a sensitive topic to which we must pay close attention

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Strengthening the case for electric trucks
September 21, 2017

Strengthening the case for electric trucks

You may have already read that the world’s first all-electric truck to enter series production – the Fuso eCanter – has been launched to...

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Ferodo turns 120
September 21, 2017

Ferodo turns 120

Chances are that at some stage a vehicle in your fleet, car park, or personal garage, has been fitted with Ferodo brake pads. Acquired...

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Fuso eCanter officially hits the streets
September 21, 2017

Fuso eCanter officially hits the streets

Friday September 15 will go down in history as the day the first series-produced, all-electric light-duty truck arrived on the market.

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Border chaos claims child’s life
September 21, 2017

Border chaos claims child’s life

Mike Fitzmaurice, CEO of the Federation of East and Southern African Road Transport Associations (Fesarta) comments that the situation at Machipanda border post, between...

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Think globally, serve your customers locally
September 20, 2017

Think globally, serve your customers locally

Dutch truck manufacturer DAF Trucks is spreading its wings. It launched the new XF and CF series in the second quarter; it is expanding...

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The keyword is connectivity
September 20, 2017

The keyword is connectivity

Transport and logistics companies around the world are turning to technology to remain competitive and meet demand. MARISKA MORRIS looks at the new developments...

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Opportunity knocking
September 20, 2017

Opportunity knocking

“FUSO is on a very clear and ambitious growth path,” says Ziyad Gaba, the new head of FUSO Trucks Southern Africa. We find out...

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Outwit the wind
September 20, 2017

Outwit the wind

Aerodynamic devices are designed to allow air to move swiftly around moving objects. WILLIAM GEORGE learns more about the effectiveness of aerodynamic devices on...

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Rising Star
September 20, 2017

Rising Star

JMC South Africa recently launched what GAVIN MYERS reckons could now be the best range of mini trucks and vans available in South Africa

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The X factor!
September 20, 2017

The X factor!

“Pah. It’s a Datsun with a radio,” a mate of charleen clarke commented, when she told him she was attending the world premiere of...

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Fleet fit LCVs
September 20, 2017

Fleet fit LCVs

WILLIAM GEORGE speaks to some South African companies that make use of some of the best-selling light commercial vehicles (LCV) in their fleets

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Imperial Logistics goes the extra mile
September 20, 2017

Imperial Logistics goes the extra mile

With the renewal of its transport contract with Italtile, Imperial Logistics has revamped its offering to match its long-standing client’s new corporate identity

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Charleen Clarke checks out the Model TGE-A truck, which was produced in 1917.
September 20, 2017

Captivating history!

The Hino Auto Plaza is home to the company’s training facilities and its museum. CHARLEEN CLARKE found the latter quite fascinating

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Hino eyes even greater success in SA
September 20, 2017

Hino eyes even greater success in SA

South Africa is currently number nine in the Hino world. Toshiaki Yasuda, managing officer overseas sales and marketing at Hino Motors, tells CHARLEEN CLARKE...

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Widening its appeal
September 20, 2017

Widening its appeal

You’ve already read Charleen Clarke’s driving impression of the new Hino 500 Series Wide Cab on page 22, now GAVIN MYERS reports on the...

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Tokyo tête-à-tête
September 20, 2017

Tokyo tête-à-tête

Shortly before the new model’s local media reveal, CHARLEEN CLARKE had the exclusive privilege of being the only journalist to get behind the wheel...

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In the driver’s seat of used-vehicle sales
September 20, 2017

In the driver’s seat of used-vehicle sales

As most of the transport industry scrambles to save money during the recession, the used-vehicle industry is reaping the benefits of cost saving. MARISKA...

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Grease up for smooth operation
September 20, 2017

Grease up for smooth operation

Regular lubrication forms part of a comprehensive maintenance programme and ensures that vehicles keep rolling smoothly. WILLIAM GEORGE finds out how important lubrication is...

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In five years’ time...
September 20, 2017

In five years’ time…

Factory-fitted telematics and Uber for trucks are coming, and soon, says business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan in its recently published Global Connected Truck...

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The road to ultimate efficiency
September 20, 2017

The road to ultimate efficiency

Scania South Africa and the 4PL Group are two companies that value concrete relationships as a base for mutual growth. The rapidly rising logistics...

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The people have spoken
September 19, 2017

The people have spoken

What does the public think about the state of public transport in South Africa? The telling answers are in the recently published results of...

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Crazy for VW commercials, a tonne for Ford and Fuso ECanter nears global launch
September 19, 2017

Crazy for VW commercials, a tonne for Ford and Fuso ECanter nears global launch

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has reported the worldwide delivery of 286 800 vehicles thus far this year, representing an increase of 5,3 percent compared with...

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A tale of three cities
September 19, 2017

A tale of three cities

I’ve recently been travelling on public transport in two big cities (London and New York) and a medium-sized one (Charlotte, North Carolina). I’ve picked...

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When 1 500 hp and 26 axles is what it takes
September 14, 2017

When 1 500 hp and 26 axles is what it takes

Transporting a 230-t transformer is not exactly an easy task… Just ask Rontransmar, the largest Romanian specialist transport company, which recently did just that...

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Hauling hydro power
September 14, 2017

Hauling hydro power

Heavy Hauliers Zambia, a subsidiary of Cargo Carriers, has been awarded a five-year contract to provide bulk cement transport to the new Kafue Dam...

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Only two weeks to Automechanika Johannesburg
September 14, 2017

Only two weeks to Automechanika Johannesburg

Now in its fifth installment, the Automechanika Johannesburg aftermarket trade fair will come to the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from September 27 to 30.

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Scania’s new generation begins construction
September 14, 2017

Scania’s new generation begins construction

Scania has launched the all-new XT truck range specifically designed for the construction industry, and it is certainly attracting its share of attention.

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Imperial Logistics delves into driver automation
September 7, 2017

Imperial Logistics delves into driver automation

Imperial Logistics has launched an automated briefing system for drivers, which it says is an African first.

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An app to revolutionise the logistics industry
September 7, 2017

An app set to revolutionise the logistics industry

Imagine a logistics chain where any number of shippers and transporters are connected in real time, allowing them to fill space at lower rates.

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Supporting disaster victims
September 7, 2017

Supporting disaster victims

With the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in the southern part of the United States (US) and the imminent threat of Hurricane Irma pushing through...

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An all-purpose electric car for Africa
September 7, 2017

An all-purpose electric car for Africa

Custom-designed for Africa, specifically for rural passenger and cargo transportation, the aCar will be presented as a prototype to the public at the International...

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September 5, 2017

SA Mover 2017-2018

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Isuzu Motors South Africa leaders for the future
August 31, 2017

Isuzu Motors South Africa’s leaders for the future

Isuzu Motors South Africa has announced a number of key leadership appointments in support of the purchase of the Isuzu-related assets from General Motors...

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Comtrans set to stun visitors next week!
August 31, 2017

Comtrans set to stun visitors next week!

Comtrans 2017, the international commercial vehicle show, takes place in Russia next week. FOCUS will be there – of course. According to Sergey Alexandrov,...

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Bringing the cab to your hand
August 31, 2017

Bringing the cab to your hand

Cabbi, an all-new, proudly South African e-hailing taxi service, is a smartphone application that quickly connects riders with drivers at the tap of a...

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Glenwood boys goes Daily
August 31, 2017

Glenwood Boys High chooses Daily

Glenwood Boys High School, in Durban, recently took delivery of three Iveco Daily 26-seater buses from KwaZulu-Natal Iveco. These will be used to transport...

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Celebrating a legend
August 27, 2017

Celebrating a legend

The “Swiss Army Knife of the automotive industry” turned 70 years old late last year. So, in (rather belated) celebration, we did the only...

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Team South Africa wins International Spirit of Amarok
August 25, 2017

Team SA wins International Spirit of Amarok

Team South Africa has once again claimed the gold medals and defended its title of international amateur 4×4 precision-driving champions in the third Spirit...

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Serco gets frosty at Futureroad
August 25, 2017

Serco to get frosty at Futureroad

Serco’s new refrigerated vehicle body, which is reinforced with Protec steel, will be the highlight of its presence at the Futureroad Expo, which takes...

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Cummins taking Africa by storm
August 25, 2017

Cummins taking Africa by storm

From South Africa to Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Namibia, Cummins is currently doing big things on the African continent. With support from its southern...

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Dunlop voted tops
August 25, 2017

Dunlop voted tops by consumers

Dunlop has emerged as the winner of the tyres category in the 2017/18 Ask Afrika Icon Brands Survey. This is the brand’s fifth win...

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How could rail influence the cost of transport?
August 24, 2017

How could rail influence the cost of transport?

VIC OLIVER discusses why the general cost of transport in South Africa is too high and how government’s plans for rail could influence this

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August 21, 2017

FOCUS Issue 8 2017

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August 21, 2017

FOCUS Issue 9 2017

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Actros versus Actros!
August 20, 2017

Actros versus Actros!

Mercedes-Benz recently organised an utterly fascinating test in Portugal, where it pitted the Actros against itself! The results of this test were astounding. Then...

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Making way for 3D printing
August 20, 2017

Making way for 3D printing

Barloworld Logistics identified 3D printing as a key tool that is changing the world of supply chain management, with the industry possibly servicing garage-sized...

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Dark horse
August 20, 2017

Dark horse

FOCUS was lucky enough to acquire the use of a Mitsubishi Triton 4×4 double cab as a support vehicle for Truck Test 2017 earlier...

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Original aftermarket
August 20, 2017

Original aftermarket

We explore some initiatives by vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to serve the aftermarket needs of their customers

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Eicher goes pro in SA!
August 20, 2017

Eicher goes pro in SA!

Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles (VECV), the joint venture of Volvo Group and Eicher Motors, recently launched Eicher trucks in South Africa; building on a...

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Single Window to make supply chain management more efficient
August 20, 2017

Single Window to make supply chain management more efficient

A single-window information system, which provides one point of reference for all key players in the transport industry, will help to make supply chain...

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Leading ladies of logistics
August 20, 2017

Leading ladies of logistics

Two women, who are leaders at Dachser South Africa, discuss their contribution to the logistics sector

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Head-strong at Altech Netstar
August 20, 2017

Head-strong at Altech Netstar

Gill Jones, general manager of commercial sales, discusses her love for the transport industry, the hard work involved and passing on her knowledge to...

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Thriving in tyres and transport
August 20, 2017

Thriving in tyres and transport

A diverse workplace and a competitive market, coupled with marketing responsibilities, are the order of the day for Yoliswa Nkomo, operations marketing manager for...

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Helping to rebuild Eden
August 20, 2017

Helping to rebuild Eden

The devastation caused by the recent fires that swept through the Eden District Municipality (Knysna and surrounding areas), shall remain etched in the memory...

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Head above water
August 20, 2017

Head above water

The waters are not still in the heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) segment … an encouraging notion indeed

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Tailor-made insurance for transporters
August 20, 2017

Tailor-made insurance for transporters

Since its inception two years ago, the growth experienced by Scania Insurance Solutions can only be described as “quite phenomenal”

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No great shakes
August 20, 2017

No great shakes

GAVIN MYERS speaks to Sam Rolland, transport economist at Econometrix, about the current state of South Africa’s economy, what it means for the transport...

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Croner clocks in
August 20, 2017

Croner clocks in

The name Croner epitomises the concept of saving time (Chronos was the Greek god of time) and, therefore, saving money … that’s music to...

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Let’s have more taxi blockathons!
August 19, 2017

Let’s have more taxi blockathons!

I wish that the taxi people would time their blockades to coincide with a passing VIP convoy. That will be fun to watch

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Year of the Afriway
August 19, 2017

Year of the Afriway

Time flies when you’re having fun… The truth of that statement could not have been more surprising when the realisation dawned on GAVIN MYERS...

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Defining the bus of the future
August 19, 2017

Defining the bus of the future

FOCUS looks into its crystal ball to uncover some innovations that hint at the buses of the future

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Real buses for Kenya
August 19, 2017

Real buses for Kenya, Sightseeing tour bus goes electric and Iveco unleashes the Stralis X-Way

Daimler Buses recently announced an ambitious project to launch two Nairobi-built Mercedes-Benz buses for the highly profitable Kenyan market. The buses are specifically built...

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Labour shortage looms over Japan’s transport industry
August 17, 2017

Labour shortage looms over Japan’s transport industry

A countrywide labour shortage and an older workforce have left the Japanese transport industry with too few truck drivers. MARISKA MORRIS reports

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MAN TGX on the World Rallycross scene
August 17, 2017

MAN TGX on the World Rallycross scene

The reigning World Rallycross Champion and DTM driver, Mattias Ekström, has personally picked up a new, fully equipped MAN TGX 18.580 from the MAN...

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Toyota further supports minibus-taxi operators
August 17, 2017

Toyota further supports minibus-taxi operators

In an effort to support the viability of the minibus-taxi industry and ensure the safety of taxi commuters, Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has...

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UD now in Harrismith
August 17, 2017

UD now in Harrismith

The Free State town of Harrismith is about to become the recipient of the 37th UD Trucks dealership, which will officially open its doors...

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Driving Change in the Transport Infrastructure Sector
August 17, 2017

Driving Change in the Transport Infrastructure Sector

The 11th International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) conference, due to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre between September 2 and 6,...

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Imperial Logistics and Italtile further relationship
August 10, 2017

Imperial Logistics and Italtile further relationship

Imperial Logistics and its client of more than ten years, Italtile, have continued their partnership with the investment in a fleet of branded vehicles...

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In recognition of good performance
August 10, 2017

In recognition of good performance

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) recently acknowledged the performance of its Daimler Trucks & Buses and Mercedes-Benz Vans dealers for 2016 at a Dealer of...

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One day left to apply for fully funded professional training
August 10, 2017

One day left to apply for fully funded professional training

Only one day remains for applicants to take advantage of the fully funded professional training programme for women in transport and logistics, as offered...

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Toyota SA puts R42-million into training
August 10, 2017

Toyota SA puts R42-million into training

On Tuesday (August 8), Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) announced the creation of the Toyota Empowerment Trust (TET), which has been set up to...

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hino web 1
August 3, 2017

EXCLUSIVE! We drive the Hino 500 Series!

FOCUS editorial director Charleen Clarke has just returned from Japan, where she drove the new Hino 500 Series Wide Cab. Although she was part...

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future road web
August 3, 2017

Don’t miss the inaugural Futuroad expo

Since the termination of the former Johannesburg Truck and Bus Show, local commercial vehicle operators and enthusiasts have been left wanting for such a...

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fleetfirst web 1
August 3, 2017

No more sleepless nights over tyres

On Wednesday (August 2) TrenTyre, in partnership with Goodyear South Africa, launched its FleetFirst tyre management solution, which aims to reduce the downtime and...

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shell web
August 3, 2017

Shell SA introduces Dynaflex

Shell South Africa has launched its Dynaflex technology – a new additive for Shell Diesel Extra 50-ppm diesel – designed to aid in enhancing performance,...

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An effort by all
July 27, 2017

An effort by all

The battle for safer roads continues and the transport industry (both the road freight and public sides) has a role to play

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Radical economic transformation mooted at TASA launch
July 25, 2017

Radical economic transformation mooted at TASA launch

Emerging transport operators have lots of challenges. Now, a new association, called the Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (TASA), has been established –...

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Changan’s third-generation Star begins to shine
July 25, 2017

Changan’s third-generation Star begins to shine

JMC South Africa, the distributor of the Changan Star mini truck, has launched to market the third-generation Star with a selection of eight one-tonne...

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Another week, another warranty from MAN
July 25, 2017

Another week, another warranty from MAN

Last week we reported on a special-offer warranty from MAN Automotive on the Volkswagen Constellation range. Now, in celebration of a decade on the...

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Transport-sector cyber security
July 25, 2017

Transport-sector cyber security

Cisco has released the 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report, which, for the first time, includes findings related to the transport sector.  

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Giving the fleet manager his due
July 24, 2017

Giving the fleet manager his due

To run a cost-effective road-transport operation, it is essential that companies give their fleet managers the full authority and responsibility to do their job,...

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July 21, 2017

FOCUS Issue 7 2017

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Driving the fastest truck in the world!
July 20, 2017

Driving the fastest truck in the world!

FABIEN CALVET, from French magazine France Routes, had the exclusive privilege of taking control of the Iron Knight – which recently set two new...

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A value workhorse
July 20, 2017

A value workhorse

GAVIN MYERS drives the JMC Boarding 4×2 SC LX Euro 4; a value-for-money single-cab bakkie that just might be worth considering

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Old dog, new tricks
July 20, 2017

Old dog, new tricks

ANLERIE DE WET chats to Treveshan Chetty, owner of Autotec Vehicle Technology Solutions, to find out how vehicle owners can give their old vehicles...

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Not a small spill
July 20, 2017

Not a small spill

A hazchem spill can lead to very severe environmental damage, which can bankrupt a transport company. MARISKA MORRIS investigates ways to minimise harm if...

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Supporting cost efficiency
July 20, 2017

Supporting cost efficiency

What do you get when you combine an efficient vehicle, trained drivers and staff, and a portfolio of solutions for all things cost-related? MAN...

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Trucks now for sale on the FOCUS website
July 20, 2017

Trucks now for sale on the FOCUS website

FOCUS has partnered with Carfind.co.za in order to sell new and used trucks and trailers via the FOCUS website, and both teams are thrilled...

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The era of auction
July 20, 2017

The era of auction

As South Africa struggles to survive rating-agency downgrades and a second recession in eight years, buying on auction may become a fleet owner’s default...

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RTMS compliance has never been simpler
July 20, 2017

RTMS compliance has never been simpler

Altech Netstar’s new Vigil Safety and Compliance (VSAC) system is making it easier for transport and logistics companies to comply with Road Transport Management...

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Hindsight, foresight and insight
July 20, 2017

Hindsight, foresight and insight

Almost unrecognisable from what it was 31 years ago, Ctrack by Inseego’s business of tracking and telematics has evolved to be a total business...

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Big data by the truckload
July 20, 2017

Big data by the truckload

At a recent conference in the United Kingdom (UK), information was given on how the fleet industry is going to change dramatically with the...

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Cheap imports threaten the global tyre market
July 20, 2017

Cheap imports threaten the global tyre market

More countries are considering anti-dumping tariffs on cheap imported tyres, which are threatening tyre markets across the globe. MARISKA MORRIS investigates

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Tribute to a legend
July 20, 2017

Tribute to a legend

It was with extreme sadness that we learnt of the passing of Kobus van Zyl last month. CHARLEEN CLARKE pays tribute to a man...

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Rolling with the punches
July 20, 2017

Rolling with the punches

The annual Road Freight Association (RFA) Convention is never an event to be missed. GAVIN MYERS went along and found that the industry still...

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Eicher trucks come to South Africa!
July 20, 2017

Eicher trucks come to South Africa!

VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV) – a joint venture of the Volvo Group and Eicher Motors – has established a 100-percent wholly owned subsidiary known...

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A jewel in the Iveco crown
July 19, 2017

A jewel in the Iveco crown

Family businesses have been the backbone of entrepreneurship for many years. A key factor is their longevity, which translates to these businesses becoming a...

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Judicial underreach?
July 19, 2017

Judicial underreach?

VAUGHAN MOSTERT presents a transport case study for the judiciary’s role in transport spending

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From left: Volvo’s Carlos Álvaro, Vinesh Rambaran and Marius Botha with the new Volvo B8R chassis.
July 19, 2017

Everything in one

At the 2017 Southern African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) conference, Volvo introduced a new, versatile, environmentally friendly chassis. GAVIN MYERS finds out more

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Scania’s F250 4x2 automatic is tasked with expanding the brand’s product portfolio.
July 19, 2017

Under promise and over deliver

Scania South Africa presented a development of its front-engine bus chassis at the 2017 Southern African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) conference. GAVIN MYERS finds...

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Back to buses
July 19, 2017

Back to buses

GAVIN MYERS attended the 2017 Southern African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) conference, which centred on one particular question…

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Iveco scoops Minibus of the Year award
July 19, 2017

Iveco scoops Minibus of the Year award, MAN Steyr hits 200 000 and Fuso goes global to top Japan

Following the Magelys winning the International coach of the Year 2016 award, Iveco’s Daily Tourys has been crowned International Minibus of the Year 2017,...

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And then there was X!
July 18, 2017

And then there was X!

The concept Mercedes-Benz X-Class, dubbed the first pickup from a premium manufacturer, has created an aura of excitement and anticipation over the last couple...

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MAN Automotive’s maintenance plan offer
July 18, 2017

A special maintenance plan for VW trucks

All Volkswagen (VW) Constellation truck models purchased from MAN Automotive are set to receive a free three-year/180 000 km maintenance plan. This special package...

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Schmitz Cargobull acquires GRW shareholding
July 18, 2017

Schmitz Cargobull acquires GRW shareholding

Schmitz Cargobull, a leading company in the European trailer sector, has acquired a 33-percent share in South African trailer and tanker manufacturer, GRW Holdings.

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NADA awards for Hino and Toyota
July 18, 2017

Hino and Toyota score highly

Hino and Toyota have each received a National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) award for dealer satisfaction in the truck, light commercial vehicle (LCV) and...

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Fuel and cash: big challenges in india
July 17, 2017

Fuel and cash: big challenges in india

Transport and logistics companies in India are battling delays caused by long queues at petrol stations, the cancelation of various bank notes and a...

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Let’s do it for those 18 kids…
July 13, 2017

Let’s do it for those 18 kids…

April 21 was just another day in the lives of millions of public transport users in South Africa, but for the families of 18...

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Eicher Pro Series arrives in SA!
July 12, 2017

Eicher Pro series arrives in SA!

Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles (VECV), the joint venture of Volvo Group and Eicher Motors, launched Eicher trucks in South Africa yesterday – with the...

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Tips to make night driving easier
July 12, 2017

Tips to make night driving easier

About 56 percent of crashes occur between 18:00 and 06:00, according to the Road Transport Management Corporation (RTMC) statistics. For this reason, the Automobile...

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Exit supply chain, enter blockchain
July 12, 2017

Exit supply chain, enter blockchain

KAMOGELO MMUTLANA, CEO of Barloworld Logistics, discusses how blockchain technology can transform global supply chains and logistics.

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Seven-million miles – and not one accident!
July 12, 2017

Seven-million miles – and not one accident!

A North American transport and logistics operator recently proved that there are professional truck drivers out there who could teach everyone else on the...

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Charleen Clarke
July 12, 2017

Future fantastic!

I have seen the future of fleet management – and it looks utterly fabulous

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Johan Cloete passes
July 5, 2017

Johan Cloete passes

South African commercial-vehicle industry stalwart, Johan Cloete, has sadly passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Unitrans turning the wheels for a SA without hunger
July 5, 2017

Unitrans moves FoodForward

With Mandela Day around the corner, it is fitting to share one of his sayings: “What counts in life is not the mere fact...

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Beware the Ts and Cs of your insurance…
July 5, 2017

Beware the Ts and Cs of your insurance…

Having the correct comprehensive insurance in place is a legal requirement for heavy hauliers. However, in the event of a claim, insurers can have...

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How to solve poor maintenance and bad drivers?
July 5, 2017

How to solve poor maintenance and bad drivers?

According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), 36 major crashes involving trucks were investigated during 2016, from which 143 fatalities and 136 injuries...

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Gavin Myers appointed as editor of FOCUS
June 28, 2017

Gavin Myers appointed as editor of FOCUS

It is with huge excitement that we can announce that Gavin Myers has been promoted to editor of FOCUS on Transport and Logistics!

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Kingsmead-web
June 28, 2017

Iveco Afriway transports Kingsmead College

Kingsmead College, a leading girls’ school situated in Rosebank, Johannesburg, has chosen the Iveco Afriway for the transport of its learners.

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VW-web
June 28, 2017

A Bullish expedition

How confident would you be to cover 20 000 km and two continents over three months in a 50-year-old vehicle?

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barlo-web
June 28, 2017

Discussing the future of global supply chains

Kamogelo Mmutlana, chief executive, Barloworld Logistics, discusses two trends that are forcing stakeholders within supply chain management to rethink their strategies, and to integrate...

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Risky business
June 27, 2017

Risky business

If we can practise risk management in the boardroom, we should also be able to do it when driving on the road

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Hino SA does it yet again
June 22, 2017

Hino SA does it yet again

Hino South Africa has clinched both the parts and service category awards in the Hino International Parts and Service Distributor of the Year contest,...

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Market-driven transport solutions
June 22, 2017

Market-driven transport solutions

With its head office in Johannesburg and an assembly plant in Pietermaritzburg, the success of Ever Star Industries – the holding company of Powerstar...

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Celebrating 50 years of Neoplan Skyliner
June 22, 2017

Celebrating 50 years of Neoplan Skyliner

In the 50 years since its launch, the Neoplan Skyliner has inspired many extraordinary conversions, for example, the Roadyacht. Created by Günter Erhart, this...

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Solutrans 2017 set to stun!
June 22, 2017

Solutrans 2017 set to stun!

After visiting the Solutrans expo in 2015, FOCUS editor Charleen Clarke came back utterly fascinated at what the best in Europe had to offer...

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June 21, 2017

FOCUS Issue 6 2017

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Playing its part
June 20, 2017

Playing its part

ANLERIE DE WET looks at how parts manufacturers ensure their products are durable, of good quality and safe

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Today’s technology, tomorrow’s engines
June 20, 2017

Today’s technology, tomorrow’s engines

GAVIN MYERS delves into drivetrain technology predictions to uncover the power behind vehicles of the future

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Mediums getting along well
June 20, 2017

Mediums getting along well

The medium commercial vehicle (MCV) segment has held its own so far this year, returning growth numbers in the first quarter. FOCUS explores the...

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Muscle up
June 20, 2017

Muscle up

It was the only bakkie range to not offer an engine bigger than 2,0 litres, and is now the only one that offers a...

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Let there be light!
June 18, 2017

Let there be light!

What difference does light make to a truck driver – if any? CHARLEEN CLARKE reports on an utterly fascinating research project that recently took...

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The hack truck
June 18, 2017

The hack truck

Reinhard Windbichler makes short work of branches, trunks and tree tops. His mission, says FLORIAN ENGEL from Austria’s leading commercial vehicle magazine, 1Truck, is...

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Terrible loss
June 14, 2017

Farewell Kobus

It is with HUGE sadness that we wish to let you know that Kobus van Zyl, former executive director of Daimler Trucks and Buses,...

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Engen lends support to Knynsa and Plett fire-fighters
June 14, 2017

Supporting firefighters and victims

In response to the devastation caused by fires in and around Knysna and Plettenburg Bay last week, Engen donated diesel to the value of...

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Cape Town traffic management tested to the extreme
June 14, 2017

Cape Town traffic management tested to the extreme

The City of Cape Town’s Freeway Management System (FMS) was put to the test as extreme storms caused 48 hours of havoc last week.

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Ford launched Quick Lane in South Africa
June 14, 2017

Ford launches Quick Lane in South Africa

The first Quick Lane Tyre and Auto Centre in South Africa has opened its doors in Silverton, Pretoria. It will provide convenient access to...

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Smile, you’re on camera
June 12, 2017

Smile, you’re on camera

Spurred on by the need for drivers to prove their innocence in “crash-for-cash” scams, dashcam video footage has become an internet phenomenon, showing (most...

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A first of its kind
June 12, 2017

A first of its kind

Mercedes-Benz is gearing up to launch its very first premium double-cab bakkie and the visitors at Nampo this year couldn’t hide their excitement

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A van-full of versatility
June 12, 2017

A van-full of versatility

A van is not the first vehicle that comes to mind when discussing the needs of the agricultural industry. However, Mercedes-Benz has a van...

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Committed to agriculture
June 12, 2017

Committed to agriculture

Engen, the lifelong brand sponsor of the biggest agricultural expo in Africa, came to the table once again to make this year’s Nampo a...

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MAN’s one-stop shop
June 12, 2017

MAN’s one-stop shop

More than 23 years ago MAN Truck & Bus debuted at Nampo on stand 194 with camping chairs and a few trucks. Throughout the...

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Building relationships on trust
June 12, 2017

Building relationships on trust

Martin Liebenberg, head of sales at Iveco South Africa, says that in the agricultural sector relationships have always been based on trust

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The future: unfolded
June 12, 2017

The future: unfolded

Grain SA pulled out all the stops to meet the expectations of the 2017 Nampo Harvest Day theme: “Unfold the Future”. ANLERIE DE WET...

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Fuso constructs its future
June 12, 2017

Fuso constructs its future

Fuso has an objective to double its market share by 2020. The new FJ 26.280C construction vehicle is the first in a line of...

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Constructing the perfect vehicle
June 12, 2017

Constructing the perfect vehicle

The South African economy may have been on a rollercoaster ride over the past few years, but that doesn’t mean operators in the construction...

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Charleen Clarke
June 12, 2017

Truck Test 2017: Done and dusted!

Truck Test 2017 was utterly awesome! That’s not just my opinion; it’s shared by the participants in general

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Iveco Madrid takes gold and Cummins and Eaton power up
June 8, 2017

Iveco Madrid takes gold

The Iveco commercial vehicle manufacturing facility in Madrid, Spain, has become the company’s first site to achieve Gold status in the World Class Manufacturing...

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New UD Croner ready to tackle local HCV segment
June 7, 2017

New UD Croner ready to tackle local HCV segment

UD Trucks Southern Africa launched its new Croner range of trucks earlier this week. Specifically developed for the company’s growth markets and aimed at...

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Supporting the entrepreneurial spirit
June 7, 2017

Supporting the entrepreneurial spirit

Babcock International Group, the importer and distributor of DAF Trucks in Southern Africa, has completed an entrepreneurial deal with a relatively new entrant into...

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Inspect the interior of your chosen vehicle before even stepping into the showroom
June 7, 2017

A new way to choose a vehicle

Carfind.co.za has introduced a first to the online buying and selling of vehicles in South Africa, with the 360° interior view. Along with a range...

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Gear up for Comtrans
June 7, 2017

Gear up for Comtrans

Comtrans is the only commercial-vehicle exhibition in Russia and provides the leading global and domestic manufacturers of commercial vehicles an opportunity to present their...

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MAN introduces new parts warranty
May 31, 2017

MAN introduces new parts warranty

As of today, June 1, MAN Automotive (previously MAN Truck & Bus SA) is offering a new two-year warranty on MAN genuine parts.The offer...

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Sisters are doing it for themselves!
May 31, 2017

Sisters are doing it for themselves!

The transport and logistics industry is typically described as a “non-traditional” employment pathway for women, but this male-dominated sector is changing as logistics evolves...

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Don’t risk your child’s life with cheap “car seats”
May 31, 2017

Don’t risk your child’s life with cheap “car seats”

Wheel Well – a registered Section 21 company that strives to be the most visible, audible and effective advocate of road safety for children...

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Driverless trucks: what will happen to drivers?
May 31, 2017

Driverless trucks: what about the drivers?

A new report published by the International Transport Forum (ITF), says that automated road freight will save costs, reduce emissions and make roads safer...

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An air of calm
May 27, 2017

An air of calm

Truck Test 2017 featured one specific prototype vehicle that had everyone intrigued – the bewinged and bespoilered Aero Truck EPS MAN TGS 26.440. I...

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MiX wants you to report dodgy driving
May 23, 2017

MiX wants you to report dodgy driving

Fleet and mobile asset management solutions provider, MiX Telematics, has launched an in-house driver-monitoring service called MiX ReportMyDriving. The service is focused on promoting...

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Embracing change enables fleets to be flexible and efficient
May 23, 2017

Embrace change to be flexible and efficient

Change is inevitable, and, in the fleet management space, expecting and preparing for change is the only way to stay ahead of the game.

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The key to happiness…
May 23, 2017

The key to happiness…

Car keys, like reading glasses, tend to get lost in plain sight … sometimes, though, they get lost for good. When this happens, it...

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Introducing Lion’s Explorer: the next generation
May 23, 2017

Introducing Lion’s Explorer 2: the next generation

MAN Truck & Bus South Africa launched the second-generation Lion’s Explorer bus to operators at the Southern African Bus Operator’s Association (Saboa) conference yesterday....

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Trailer safety is vital!
May 23, 2017

Trailer safety is vital!

FOCUS delved into the problem of poor trailer maintenance in the second issue of the year. This time around, VIC OLIVER offers some practical...

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May 23, 2017

Magazine Advertising

Should you be interested in advertising in our magazine, please click here to download the FOCUS 2017 rate card.

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A convenience card with checks and controls
May 20, 2017

A convenience card with checks and controls

Altech Netstar has launched its on-road fleet expenditure solution designed to simplify transporters’ daily financial requirements. Introducing the Vigil Fleet Card

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Two blinging bakkies
May 20, 2017

Two blinging bakkies

Two of South Africa’s favourite bakkies, the Isuzu KB and Nissan NP200, have recently received an update (Isuzu) and special model addition (Nissan). GAVIN...

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A triumphant success!
May 18, 2017

A triumphant success!

Following a sabbatical in 2016, Truck Test was back with a bang during March 2017. GAVIN MYERS recounts all the action

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Predictive cruise control rocks!
May 18, 2017

Predictive cruise control rocks!

The results of every Truck Test are eagerly awaited, debated and sometimes criticised. MARTIN DAMMANN, director of TruckScience, explains this year’s results and provides...

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The future begins now
May 18, 2017

The future begins now

It’s not a question of whether regulations for greenhouse gas emissions will come, but, rather, when. Two degrees of global warming are enough and...

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Down with logistics costs
May 18, 2017

Down with logistics costs

Despite being a leader in transport and logistics among middle-income countries, South Africa needs to reduce its logistics costs – especially in the agricultural...

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Safety training: a real lifesaver
May 18, 2017

Safety training: a real lifesaver

Something needs to be done to decrease the number of injuries resulting from the increasing number of road transport accidents. ANLERIE DE WET investigates...

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Importance of warranties in a “junk” economy
May 18, 2017

Importance of warranties in a “junk” economy

With ratings agencies Standard & Poor’s and Fitch having downgraded South Africa’s sovereign credit rating to ”junk” status, warranties have become ever more important...

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The right repair
May 18, 2017

The right repair

How can one ensure that vehicles, which have been damaged in accidents, are repaired using quality replacement parts? GAVIN MYERS finds out from the...

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Tankers to outperform any competition
May 18, 2017

Tankers to outperform any competition

Colt Energy will soon receive 20 new tankers, which use state-of-the-art technology to outperform competitors with a shorter offload period

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Oils well that ends well
May 18, 2017

Oils well that ends well

GAVIN MYERS and Mitch Launspach – inland sales manager: commercial, at Fuchs Lubricants South Africa – drop down to molecular level to find out...

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Loadtech’s fancy gadgets
May 18, 2017

Loadtech’s fancy gadgets

Loadtech, a leading South African manufacturer of quality load cells and weighing technology, partnered with Truck Test for the second time and, once again,...

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Quiet confidence
May 18, 2017

Quiet confidence

Following its stellar performance in Truck Test 2015, DAF was back in 2017 with all the enthusiasm that comes with the anticipation of a...

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A good showing by MAN
May 18, 2017

A good showing by MAN

Witnessing a beautiful, early sunrise was a symbol of things to come at Truck Test 2017 for MAN Truck & Bus South Africa. The...

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On to a winner
May 18, 2017

On to a winner

The team from Scania South Africa loves Truck Test! This was certainly evident in 2017 – where it put in a superb showing and...

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Driver? What driver?
May 18, 2017

Driver? What driver? Electric atmosphere at Harrods and Ultimate boy’s toy?

Can you imagine climbing into a bus and noticing that it has no driver? This could soon become commonplace in Japan…

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One week till the big #MANLE2 reveal!
May 17, 2017

One week till the big #MANLE2 reveal!

A big reveal is planned to take place at the 2017 Southern African Bus Operators’ Association (Saboa) Conference, on Wednesday, May 24.

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Isuzu’s bakkie division to join trucks
May 17, 2017

Isuzu bakkies to join truck division

General Motors (GM) and Isuzu Motors have announced their respective future plans for the Isuzu, Chevrolet and Opel brands in South Africa – which...

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Competition Commission puts up yield sign to public transport sector
May 17, 2017

Public transport sector competition in question

Uber, taxis, trains and bus companies will be the focus of a market enquiry into land-based public passenger transport being organised by the Competition...

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Wake up, SA drivers!
May 17, 2017

Wake up, SA drivers!

By their own overwhelming admission (88 percent), South African drivers believe compliance with the laws of the road has worsened over the past two...

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Revised toll laws impact the transport sector
May 17, 2017

Revised toll laws impact the transport sector

The European Commission is embarking on a revision of European road tolling laws this month (May). MARISKA MORRIS investigates how these revised laws will...

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Of tweets, transport and teachers
May 13, 2017

Of tweets, transport and teachers

I need to thank Helen Zille for stirring up a beerhall brawl with her tweet about colonialism

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Charleen Clarke
May 12, 2017

JUNK mail

So, we are now officially junk – which, quite frankly, has a rather nasty ring to it. I’m mighty peeved about the situation, to...

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May 12, 2017

FOCUS Issue 5 2017

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May 10, 2017

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No more bakkies for the school run
May 9, 2017

No more bakkies for the school run

Today, Thursday May 11, marks the implementation of Regulation 250 of the National Road Traffic Act (NRTA), which forbids the transport of children in...

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Cargo Carriers supports the children
May 9, 2017

Cargo Carriers supports Forest Town

JSE-listed supply chain company Cargo Carriers has donated R164 359 to Forest Town School in Johannesburg, to aid fees and new educational equipment for...

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Sava expands light-truck offering
May 9, 2017

Sava expands light-truck offering

Sava, a brand in the Goodyear product portfolio, has brought to market the Trenta 2 range of light-truck tyres.

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter sets new record
May 9, 2017

Sprinter sets new record

Between January and March, approximately 45 000 new units of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter found homes around the globe – making it the most successful first...

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May 8, 2017

Trailer Showroom

Year Back   Reset   Lorem ipsum Brand: Model: Condition: Year: Price: Monthly Repayment: Region: Axles: Braking System: Payload: Sale Type: Suspension Type: Tare:...

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Is MyCiTi unsustainable?
May 4, 2017

Is MyCiTi unsustainable?

In the third instalment of our four-part series on public transport in Cape Town, MARISKA MORRIS investigates the MyCiTi bus rapid transit (BRT) system’s...

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Nampo welcomes back an old name
May 3, 2017

Nampo welcomes back an old name

Visitors to the Nampo Agricultural Show, taking place at Bothaville between May 16 and 19, might be surprised to see a somewhat forgotten name...

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Cummins
May 3, 2017

Cummins and Eaton power up

A new 50/50 joint venture between Cummins and Eaton – Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies – is allowing the two parties to expand their...

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Warehouse
May 3, 2017

Future-proof your warehouse

The rise of e-commerce has precipitated a change in logistics that has massive implications for 3PL warehouses, says John Ramsey Mabe, product manager at...

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Bamboo1
May 3, 2017

Bamboo, the next big automotive material

Did you know that bamboo is one of the world’s strongest natural materials and grows as much as one metre in a day, making...

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An oil for the future
April 27, 2017

An oil for the future

From keeping a truck running today to maintaining efficiency into the future: Shell Rimula R4 L makes it possible

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We’re livin’ on the edge
April 27, 2017

We’re livin’ on the edge

What does rock band Aerosmith have in common with South Africa in 2017? This very song title…

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Easter road fatalities unacceptable
April 25, 2017

Easter road fatalities unacceptable

The Automobile Association (AA) and Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) have denounced the Easter road fatality statistics, released by Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi on...

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Using Bluetooth to improve traffic
April 25, 2017

Using Bluetooth to improve traffic

Aarhus, the second-largest city in Denmark, has been using BlipTrack Bluetooth sensors for several years to collect traffic information based on the movement of...

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Suit up for Solutrans
April 25, 2017

Suit up for Solutrans

Solutrans 2017 is taking place between November 21 and 25 in Lyon, France, and visitors have much to look forward to. The exhibition will...

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Renault takes the desert by storm
April 25, 2017

Renault takes the desert by storm

Renault Trucks dominated the Morocco Desert Challenge last week and proved the brand’s reliability and durability after taking the two top spots on the...

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Keeping up with quality
April 23, 2017

Keeping up with quality

VIC OLIVER discusses the pros and cons of buying and fitting alternative parts to a vehicle

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Gert Fourie says MAN TopUsed vehicles provide proud buyers with peace of mind.
April 20, 2017

Reaching for the stars

MAN’s used-vehicle division, MAN TopUsed, is shooting for the stars and giving each truck it sells the “MAN seal of quality”

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Improving driver skills in Africa
April 20, 2017

Improving driver skills in Africa

Transaid’s programme support manager, Sam Clark, joined a line-up of renowned road safety experts to speak at the International Road Federation’s two-day Regional Road...

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Parprol, the new name in oil
April 20, 2017

Parprol, the new name in oil

Engen Petroleum is the new proud supplier of a range of virgin process oils under the Parprol name. 

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Putting brakes on for safety
April 20, 2017

Putting brakes on for safety

Knorr-Bremse, an international leader in the manufacturing of braking and control systems for commercial vehicles, was another industry leader that put its weight behind...

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Hino is “most cost effective”
April 20, 2017

Hino is “most cost effective”

Ever wondered which truck is the most cost-effective? The answer is Hino, according to Ravi Moodley, managing director of MK Logistics, a transporter that...

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Carrying made easy
April 20, 2017

Carrying made easy

The JMC Carrying SWB is an affordable workhorse that has a unique selling point – it requires only a standard code B driving licence....

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April 19, 2017

Truck Showroom

Year Back   Reset   Lorem ipsum Brand: Model: Condition: Year: Price: Monthly Repayment: Region: Braking System: Cooling: Driving Configuraion: Engine Size: Fuel: Mileage...

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Heading the automated race
April 18, 2017

Heading the automated race

Australian mining companies are embracing automation despite its challenges. MARISKA MORRIS learns more about the automated mining industry and what it will mean for...

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Israel leads the way
April 18, 2017

Israel leads the way

JARLATH SWEENEY, from the Irish magazine Fleet Transport, attends the Fuel Choices Initiative Summit and reports that Israel’s future looks to be green

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Showing some real faith
April 18, 2017

Showing some real faith

Scania South Africa has a way of “becoming family” with its clients. For up-and-coming operator Tradevest Logistics, Scania is certainly helping it achieve some...

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From motor man to tractor man!
April 18, 2017

From motor man to tractor man!

One of South Africa’s most well-known motor men is now cutting his teeth in the tractor game. Piet Rademeyer, the man who brought the...

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Telematics technology driving the transport industry’s future
April 18, 2017

Telematics technology driving the transport industry’s future

The fleet management industry in South Africa has come a long way since the use of paper-based tachographs. Telematics technology has changed the way...

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More than just a dinky toy
April 18, 2017

More than just a dinky toy

The South African light commercial vehicle (LCV) market is almost as complex as those of far heavier vehicle segments. GAVIN MYERS chats to some...

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Big Yellow Taxi
April 18, 2017

Big Yellow Taxi

UD Trucks has launched its new heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) for global growth markets. It’s called the Croner, and it’s superb. GAVIN MYERS went...

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An experienced hand
April 18, 2017

An experienced hand

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) is no stranger to Truck Test, and this year the company aimed to show how its improved Actros can save...

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Continuously striving for improvement
April 18, 2017

Continuously striving for improvement

Iveco entered two of its key models into Truck Test, with the intention to improve on previous results

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Support grows
April 18, 2017

Support grows

By the time you read this, Truck Test 2017 will be done and dusted. Our full report will be published in the May issue,...

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Sinotruk: set for success!
April 18, 2017

Sinotruk: set for success!

Sinotruk is taking on the South African market with vigour, eager to prove that this “new kid on the block” is well worth consideration....

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-15°C in a black cab
April 18, 2017

-15°C in a black cab, a tyre like never before and Transporter turns 70

London’s iconic black cabs are entering a new era. Yip, you guessed it – the electric era.

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Nampo 2017: Harvest Day excitement building
April 18, 2017

Nampo 2017: Harvest Day excitement building

Nampo 2017 is all set to be the best to date, the organisers report

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Truck market grows despite unrest
April 17, 2017

Truck market grows despite unrest

The South African truck market has showed ongoing resilience despite recent political and economic events.

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Hino leads the way in customer satisfaction
April 17, 2017

Hino leads the way in customer satisfaction

Hino South Africa has kicked-off 2017 in fine style by topping the Comparative Truck Study, conducted by market intelligence company Scott Byers, for the...

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Telematics on the rise
April 17, 2017

Telematics on the rise in South Africa

The number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets across South Africa reached an estimated 1,1 million in quarter four of...

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New toys for South African bakkie fans
April 17, 2017

New toys for South African bakkie fans

Ford and Isuzu are offering South African bakkie lovers a new toys to play with…

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We want your opinion!
April 16, 2017

We want your opinion!

FOCUS is a publication that strives to keep up with the times, and to bring you the type of content YOU want – on...

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Be prepared for anti-Zuma marches
April 16, 2017

Be prepared for anti-Zuma marches

With employees requesting to be released from work for anti-Zuma march action planned for Friday, April 7, Rod Harper and Jayson Kent, of Cowan-Harper...

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A smart solution for Bakers Transport
April 16, 2017

A smart solution for Bakers Transport

Any solution that allows a transporter to minimise downtime and speed up turnaround time is a good one. Serco understands this, and has come...

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VW uplifts youth of Alex
April 16, 2017

VW uplifts youth of Alex

On Saturday April 1, 130 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) employees, together with their friends and families, descended on the Ububele Early Childhood Development...

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Sanity in Sandton?
April 13, 2017

Sanity in Sandton?

Is Sandton the richest square mile in Africa, or a bizarre case study in how not to move people, but rather to perpetuate inequality?

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EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Great Wall
April 12, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Great Wall

FOCUS was recently invited to China by Commercial Vehicle magazine to judge the country’s first Truck of the Year competition, and meet with the...

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April 12, 2017

FOCUS Issue 4 2017

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A case for Minibus taxis
April 4, 2017

A case for Minibus taxis

In the second part of our four-part series on public transport in Cape Town, MARISKA MORRIS takes a look at the minibus-taxi industry and...

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Truck Test once again a great success!
March 30, 2017

Truck Test once again a great success!

Early on Wednesday morning, March 29, truck drivers and observers from various truck manufacturers gathered at the Engen Blockhouse northbound for muffins, coffee and...

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Lots of innovation at Truck Test 2017!
March 30, 2017

Lots of innovation at Truck Test 2017!

The fifth Truck Test was filled with firsts. It was the first time Truck Test was held over one day, the first time AdBlue...

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The science behind Truck Test
March 30, 2017

The science behind Truck Test

So you think that Truck Test 2017 is done and dusted? Perhaps for the participants, but this will not be the case for the...

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Behind the driver’s wheel
March 30, 2017

Behind the driver’s wheel

Although Truck Test aims to test the performance of trucks, drivers are also put to the test. Their skills were especially tested at the...

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Sinotruk comes to South Africa
March 27, 2017

Sinotruk comes to South Africa

Since 2004, Sinotruk has been ranked as the top brand of heavy-duty trucks helping African economic development.

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Scania turning south africa green
March 27, 2017

Scania turning south africa green

Scania Southern Africa is committed to assisting customers and government departments when it comes to the importance of environmental stewardship. It’s also working towards...

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Parade of excellence
March 27, 2017

Parade of excellence

The relationship between a transport operator and its client is one that can never be taken for granted. They both need to speak the...

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Dodgy drivers and foul officials
March 27, 2017

Dodgy drivers and foul officials

Johannesburg’s new mayor, Herman Mashaba, is clamping down on corruption. What can we do to improve our own game?

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The final five metres
March 23, 2017

The final five metres

GIANENRICO GRIFFINI speaks to Dakar 2017 champion, Russian Eduard Nikolaev, from the Kamaz-master team, about the trials and tribulations of his road to the...

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More efficient with better technology
March 23, 2017

More efficient with better technology

Supply chain management is changing faster than ever before! What does the future hold? MARISKA MORRIS asks PricewaterhouseCoopers’s global leader of transport and logistics,...

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Drone technology takes flight
March 23, 2017

Drone technology takes flight

Drone technology is one of numerous technologies impacting the transport and logistics sector. MARISKA MORRIS looks at what is happening in this field

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Retreading is recycling
March 23, 2017

Retreading is recycling

Retreading of tyres is a common practice in the trucking industry worldwide. What are the benefits and how do consumers know that they are...

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Topical tyre news
March 23, 2017

Topical tyre news

The year has started with a bang for South Africa’s major truck-tyre manufacturers

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Getting fleets by in 2017
March 23, 2017

Getting fleets by in 2017

With both fixed and variable operating costs increasing throughout 2016, ANLERIE DE WET explores how fleet managers can make the most of their vehicle...

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At last! Some positivity!
March 23, 2017

At last! Some positivity!

Despite concerns about the future of the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, his annual budget speech for 2017 was remarkably upbeat. GAVIN MYERS reports

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Vehicles arrive at the Engen Lebombo One Stop during Truck Test 2015.
March 23, 2017

Fuelling the trucks of the future

For the fifth consecutive event, Engen is continuing its fuel sponsorship of the Truck Test. Mike Stead, commercial sales manager at Engen, explains why...

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A test for the industry
March 23, 2017

A test for the industry

The number of participants, sponsors and supporters of Truck Test 2017 has increased dramatically over the last few weeks. We find out why it’s...

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Manage your management
March 23, 2017

Manage your management

Heavy-vehicle transport managers have key functions that must not be neglected if they want to ensure the efficient running of their fleets

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Investing in the technicians of tomorrow
March 23, 2017

Investing in the technicians of tomorrow

Iveco and engine manufacturer Fiat Powertrain Technologies (both divisions of CNH Industrial), have launched the second TechPro2 programme in partnership with Don Bosco Educational...

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Smaller engine, more power for Transit Connect
March 23, 2017

Smaller engine, more power for Transit Connect

International Van of the Year winner, the Ford Transit Connect, has received an important update, with the addition of a new 1,5-litre TDCi engine,...

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V-Class keeps on rolling
March 23, 2017

V-Class keeps on rolling

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Vitoria, Spain, produces both the Vito panel van and its related V-Class people carrier – and it is the latter...

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An FAW that’s drilled into its owner’s heart
March 23, 2017

An FAW that’s drilled into its owner’s heart

The FAW 15.180FL is proving its worth in a water-drilling operation based in Howick, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

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The year of the “Transpooks”?
March 20, 2017

The year of the “Transpooks”?

VAUGHAN MOSTERT conjures up a clumsy word to describe the forces behind local public transport: “transpook”

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A tool for Trump’s success
March 17, 2017

A tool for Trump’s success

The international media has cautioned the world to prepare for the “unknown” actions and decisions of the newly elected United States (US) President, Donald...

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Return of an old friend
March 17, 2017

Return of an old friend

After a virtual disappearance from the local market (despite still being on sale) over the last few years, the new Mitsubishi Triton is here...

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UD Southern Africa is tops!
March 16, 2017

UD Southern Africa is tops!

Do you know which is the largest international sales market for UD Trucks? It’s right here in southern Africa!

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CNH partners with WesBank
March 16, 2017

CNH partners with WesBank

CNH Industrial Capital and WesBank have signed a preferred-partnership agreement to further develop vehicle and machine sales in Namibia.

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The supply chain of knowledge
March 16, 2017

The supply chain of knowledge

Supply chain and logistics practitioners interested in learning more about their profession will look forward to the second edition of the best-selling book Sustainable Logistics...

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A view on automatic trucks
March 16, 2017

A view on automatic trucks

“It is claimed that by reducing the momentum lost when changing a large truck’s gears, anything from four to seven seconds may be gained...

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The SA press group at Isuzu’s Hokkaido testing facility.
March 15, 2017

Farewell to Frank!

Frank Beeton, who has been writing for FOCUS since January 2006, is hanging up his hat! We published his last Global Focus last month,...

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March 12, 2017

FOCUS March 2017

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Recovery Assist ready for action
March 9, 2017

Recovery Assist ready for action

Combining their expertise, John Pearson and Associates, Evolutionary Tracking solutions (e-Track) and Peritus have launched a partnership under the name Recovery Assist, to become...

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Proposed laws and Sanral increases… AA comments
March 9, 2017

Proposed laws and Sanral increases … AA comments

Despite what you might read online, speed limits haven’t changed and trucks cannot be pulled off the road during certain hours – says the...

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Gert Swanepoel at the helm of UD
March 9, 2017

Gert Swanepoel at the helm of UD

UD Trucks Southern Africa has announced the appointment of Gert Swanepoel as the company’s new managing director.

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Logistics developments to serve SA
March 9, 2017

Logistics developments to serve SA

The JSE-listed Fortress Income Fund, which focuses on development of prime logistic warehousing, retail centres and strategic offshore investments, has launched the R650-million Louwlardia...

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Saving Cape Town from congestion
March 4, 2017

Saving Cape Town from congestion

Public transport could be the solution to traffic congestion. In this first article in a series of four, MARISKA MORRIS speaks with experts about...

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Making electric more versatile
March 2, 2017

Making electric more versatile

It may only sell in small numbers on local shores, but in Europe the Peugeot Partner rocks!

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A natural fit
February 27, 2017

A natural fit

The newest member to join Scania South Africa’s expanding team is Anders Friberg, general manager: new vehicle sales and exports.

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A refreshing change
February 27, 2017

A refreshing change

I recently attended the annual UD Trucks Southern Africa press conference where some thoughts on how to “reignite” and “kick-start” the South African economy...

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Selling Heavy Commercial vehicles
February 26, 2017

Selling Heavy Commercial vehicles

A career in heavy commercial vehicle sales can be exciting and rewarding if one is prepared to master all the necessary skills, writes VIC...

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Woe is trailer maintenance
February 23, 2017

Woe is trailer maintenance

It is often forgotten that the trailer is just as important a part of the vehicle as the horse. GAVIN MYERS speaks to Hans...

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Clean fuels 2: South Africa’s problem child
February 23, 2017

Clean fuels 2: South Africa’s problem child

A newer, cleaner standard of fuel was to have been introduced to South African motorists in July, but experts say it may only see...

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Sinotruk aims high
February 23, 2017

Sinotruk aims high

With one of the strongest market shares in its home country, success in Africa and partnerships with multiple international organisations, Sinotruk is now ready...

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Truck Test on the horizon
February 23, 2017

Truck Test on the horizon

The final meeting for the preparation of Truck Test 2017 has taken place and excitement is in the air!

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Truck Test on the horizon
February 23, 2017

Truck Test on the horizon

The final meeting for the preparation of Truck Test 2017 has taken place and excitement is in the air!

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Johannesburg scoops award for effective traffic management
February 23, 2017

Johannesburg scoops award for effective traffic management

TomTom has released the results of the TomTom Traffic Index (TTTI) 2017 – the annual report which provides details on the cities around the...

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Serco displays specialised custom building skills
February 23, 2017

Serco displays specialised custom building skills

Two fully equipped trailers, for use in Mpumalanga as mobile testing centres for learner driving licence tests, have been custom built by Serco. The...

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Transport can be a competitive advantage
February 23, 2017

Transport can be a competitive advantage

“Escalating expectations, new competition, a lack of transport infrastructure and warehousing, complex and intertwined market places, as well as a move back to regional...

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An overall positive budget review
February 23, 2017

An overall positive budget review

This morning, FOCUS attended the 2017 budget review, hosted by Econometrix and Grant Thornton, where the overall feeling was that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan...

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Difference of opinion
February 20, 2017

Difference of opinion

VAUGHAN MOSTERT responds to Andrew Marsay’s letter (below)

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Just a little longer
February 17, 2017

Just a little longer

Finally, there is a light at the end of the “bridge” for truck drivers who have spent days on end waiting to cross the...

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Global high five
February 17, 2017

Global high five

As Nissan embarks on a drive to become a global player in the commercial vehicle arena, JARLATH SWEENEY of Irish magazine, Fleet Transport, sends...

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Stopping with confidence
February 17, 2017

Stopping with confidence

Brakes are one component on which no vehicle owner or operator can afford to skimp. How do you know the replacement items you buy...

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Used vehicles gaining favour
February 17, 2017

Used vehicles gaining favour

The used-vehicle market is set to continue the positive sales performance it presented in 2016. Here is what some used-vehicle specialists have to say...

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Time to streamline your meals on wheels
February 17, 2017

Time to streamline your meals on wheels

Companies in the food and beverage industry that have outdated transport systems (think manual logbooks and hastily scribbled addresses) are at risk of falling...

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Bridgestone on a roll
February 17, 2017

Bridgestone on a roll

Bridgestone South Africa is growing its truck and bus radial (TBR) offering with the addition of a 12 R22.5 size in its Firestone FS404...

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Barloworld invests in the youth
February 17, 2017

Barloworld invests in the youth

Barloworld Logistics has pledged its commitment to a long-term partnership with the Love Trust – a local non-profit organisation that seeks to bring hope...

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New head of Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance
February 17, 2017

New head of Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance

Standard Bank has announced the appointment of Simphiwe Nghona as group head for Vehicle and Asset Finance, effective March 1.

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Tomorrow’s trucks, today
February 17, 2017

Tomorrow’s trucks, today

The Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck made its debut last year, and the first (low-volume) production vehicles are about to be delivered to their new custodians.

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We need your details!
February 17, 2017

We need your details!

The FOCUS team welcomes Lindiwe Malinga, who is working tirelessly to confirm the contact and physical address details of our magazine subscribers. This is...

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Going light
February 17, 2017

Going light

GAVIN MYERS samples Suzuki’s first entrant into the local light commercial vehicle arena

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Tough times ahead
February 15, 2017

Tough times ahead

This year is going to be challenging for everyone, but especially for “the little guys”. That’s according to Craig Uren, Isuzu Truck South Africa’s...

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February 12, 2017

FOCUS February 2017

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MiX on the up
February 10, 2017

MiX on the up

MiX Telematics Limited, a solutions provider for management of fleets and mobile assets, has announced the financial results for its third quarter of fiscal...

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How to avoid the silent killers on South African roads
February 10, 2017

How to avoid the silent killers on South African roads

It has been reported by the global organisation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and others, that truck drivers – especially long-haul drivers –...

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Bid rigging leaves removals company in a jam
February 10, 2017

Bid rigging leaves removals company in a jam

The Competition Commission of South Africa has appealed the R450 000 fine imposed by the Competition Tribunal on Stanley’s Removals for bid rigging in...

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Suing the Road Accident Fund
February 4, 2017

Suing the Road Accident Fund

The recent case of Lategan versus Jansen van Vuuren; Intercape Ferreira Main Liner and others, ZAECDHC 2016 September, involved a straightforward-enough matter: Is a...

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Cummins celebrates 70 years in Africa
February 3, 2017

Cummins celebrates 70 years in Africa

On Wednesday, February 1, the Cummins South Africa regional office celebrated 70 years of distribution in Africa.

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FAW celebrates a valiant 2016
February 3, 2017

FAW celebrates a valiant 2016

FAW recently held its annual conference for dealer sales and service representatives in Johannesburg.

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Big data could futureproof public transport
February 3, 2017

Big data could futureproof public transport

Harry van Huyssteen, transport industry subject matter expert, sales and service management, T-Systems South Africa, explains that the unique challenges in the field of...

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February 3, 2017

Transport Manager’s Handbook 2017

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February 3, 2017

Transport Manager’s Handbook 2017

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MAN will spearhead VW’s light-to-medium truck campaign.
February 2, 2017

11 years of fascinating industry development

In his final review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON revisits some of the key issues that have been covered over the...

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Secrets to success
January 27, 2017

Secrets to success

Scania South Africa is THE poster child of this country’s truck and bus industry; no other company has been as successful over the past...

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vics web
January 26, 2017

What will 2017 hold?

In a troubled and financially volatile world, how many new trucks and buses will be sold in South Africa in 2017? VIC OLIVER gives...

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Blame it on the year?
January 26, 2017

Blame it on the year?

Chin up – it can’t go on like this forever…

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Corruption audits must prove successful
January 26, 2017

Corruption audits must prove successful

The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) has welcomed the suspension of 70 officials for corruption at six vehicle testing centres in Gauteng.

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Front and kerb mirrors: redundant!
January 26, 2017

Front and kerb mirrors: redundant!

Dutch company Orlaco, which develops and produces high-quality camera and monitor systems for a wide variety of vehicles and vessels, has negated the need...

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Eqstra introduces the only accredited course in refrigeration units
January 26, 2017

Eqstra introduces accredited course in refrigeration units

A lack of formalised training relating to refrigeration units has prompted Eqstra Flexi Fleet, a division of Eqstra Fleet Management and Logistics, to introduce...

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Shell Lubricants market leader for tenth year in a row
January 25, 2017

Shell Lubricants market leader for tenth year in a row

Shell Lubricants has retained its global market leading position in 2015 with 11,6 percent market share, according to Kline & Company’s Global Lubricants Industry:...

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Russian rule in South America
January 19, 2017

Russians rule in South America

Two Kamaz teams, piloted by Eduard Nikolaev and Dmitry Sotnikov, took the first and second place spots in the truck category of the 2017...

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Mercedes-Benz does the robot dance
January 19, 2017

Mercedes-Benz does the robot dance

Regular readers of FOCUS may remember Charleen Clarke’s report on the future of the van, dubbed adVANce, as seen through the eyes of Mercedes-Benz. One...

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Aiming for united trade
January 19, 2017

Aiming for united trade

As the United Kingdom (UK) figures out how to negotiate the Brexit waters, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has shown support for the prime...

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PTV Group opens its first branch office in Africa
January 19, 2017

PTV Group opens its first branch office in Africa

The well-known software solutions and consulting company, PTV Group, announced on January 18 that it will be expanding its reach into Africa.

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Hilux tops for 44 years
January 12, 2017

Hilux tops for 44 years

A total of 35 428 sales during 2016 allowed the Toyota Hilux to make history by achieving sales leadership in South Africa for the 44th...

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No more lip service!
January 12, 2017

No more lip service!

In the wake of the increased road death toll over the 2016/17 festive season, the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) says that the...

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Ford prioritises electric
January 12, 2017

Ford prioritises electric

Ford has released details on seven of the 13 new global electric vehicles (EVs) it plans to introduce in the next five years, and...

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CILTSA to host Africa Forum 2017
January 12, 2017

CILTSA to host Africa Forum 2017

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa (CILTSA) will host the CILT Africa Forum 2017, which takes place at Montecasino, Johannesburg, from...

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Huge accolade for FOCUS!
December 15, 2016

Huge accolade for FOCUS!

FOCUS has won a number of accolades over the years. Now we have another one to add to our collection! TINA MONTEIRO reports

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Spare a thought for festive-season truckers
December 15, 2016

Spare a thought for festive-season truckers

While most of us will be spending time with family over the festive season – at some nice getaway if we’re lucky enough –...

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The PetLounge takes gold
December 15, 2016

The PetLounge takes gold

The PetLounge, an initiative of BidAir Cargo, has received the Gold Medal at the 28th annual Logistics Achiever Awards. What does it do? It...

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Graduate does VWSA proud
December 15, 2016

Graduate does VWSA proud

Twenty-five-year-old Cuan George has been honoured as the 2016 South African recipient of the Volkswagen “Best Trainee Award”, joining 45 of his peers from...

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Volvo reveals world’s longest bus
December 15, 2016

Volvo reveals world’s longest bus

Imagine it: a bi-articulated bus of 30-m long with capacity for up to 300 people. Those are the specs of the new Volvo Gran...

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Be part of the manufacturing solution at KITE 2017
December 15, 2016

Be part of the manufacturing solution at KITE 2017

The 2017 KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (KITE) is planned to once again be held at the Durban Exhibition Centre, from July 26 to 28,...

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Barloworld showcasing SA through truckers’ eyes
December 12, 2016

Barloworld showcasing SA through truckers’ eyes

Barloworld Transport’s #viewfromtheroad campaign has grabbed the attention of thousands of open road and truck lovers in South Africa. The campaign has helped tell...

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December 12, 2016

FOCUS December 2016

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Ranger sets new sales record
December 8, 2016

Ranger sets new sales record

While new vehicle sales remain on a downward slope, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) continues to defy the general industry trend and...

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Local UD driver does SA proud
December 8, 2016

Local UD driver does SA proud

UD fleet driver, Alfred Ngilo from Clover in KwaZulu-Natal, was named the Best Skilled Driver at the finals of the UD Extra Mile Challenge...

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Hino is the entrepreneur’s choice
December 8, 2016

Hino is the entrepreneur’s choice

Pieter Hamman, MD of Freightcor Logistic Solutions, is an entrepreneur who can be justifiably proud of his success in the fuel transport business – starting...

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Wow! No driver needed!
December 8, 2016

Wow! No driver needed!

Nissan Motor Company has come up with a fabulous concept with a rather dull-sounding name. It’s called Intelligent Vehicle Towing (IVT) – and it...

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If it looks like a bus…
December 4, 2016

If it looks like a bus…

FRANK BEETON reports on a very different type of “bus”…

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Looking ahead
December 4, 2016

Looking ahead

What might the future hold for the transport sector in South Africa?

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Four-step programme
December 4, 2016

Four-step programme

It’s often said that any type of successful relationship in the transport industry needs to be based on mutual trust and confidence. The recent...

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Ten truck driving safety tips
December 3, 2016

Ten truck driving safety tips

It’s just the nature of the beast that the trucking industry has a tendency to be in a really big rush. Driving a truck...

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Charged up and ready
December 3, 2016

Charged up and ready

Ensuring your vehicle’s battery is in top condition is paramount to keeping other components in good working order and reducing downtime

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Treating customers like kings!
December 3, 2016

Treating customers like kings!

Scania pulled out all the stops when the company hosted its recent customer day at Gerotek. A total of 35 vehicles were available for...

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It’s the law…
December 3, 2016

It’s the law…

VIC OLIVER highlights some proposed amendments to the National Road Traffic Act, which could well come into effect during 2017

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Fuelled for success
December 3, 2016

Fuelled for success

Bongani Motloung, sale manager, retail commercial fleet SA, at Shell South Africa, talks about his role in providing the fuel that keeps industry going

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An engineer through and through
December 3, 2016

An engineer through and through

Andre Cilliers, managing director at BPW Axles, shares the tale of his rise to success

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A diamond anniversary
December 3, 2016

A diamond anniversary

Logistics provider Cargo Carriers moves forward in pursuit of innovation and excellence

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The Van de Wetering brothers (from left): Klaas, Johan, Gerrit and Theo.
December 3, 2016

Farewell to a legend

In November, the transport community said a sad, but fond, farewell to Gerrit van de Wetering (75), the founder and co-owner of Afrit

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What a picture is worth
December 3, 2016

What a picture is worth

Raimo Lehtiö has been at the helm of Scania South Africa for five months now. GAVIN MYERS hears his story

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On track for a terrific test
December 3, 2016

On track for a terrific test

With Truck Test 2017 just around the corner, final preparations are being made and details ironed out to ensure that the event runs smoothly

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On track for a terrific test
December 3, 2016

On track for a terrific test

With Truck Test 2017 just around the corner, final preparations are being made and details ironed out to ensure that the event runs smoothly

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Brexit: hurry up and wait
December 2, 2016

Brexit: hurry up and wait

It’s been several months since the infamous Brexit vote and, so far, it’s still business as usual. The United Kingdom transport industry remains in...

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No, it’s not an Isuzu, its JMC’s new Conquer truck from China.
December 2, 2016

Culture of cloning

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON ponders on the Chinese obsession with Isuzu’s cab design, reports on new...

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Tata upgrades workhorse bakkie
December 1, 2016

Tata upgrades workhorse bakkie

Tata’s 207DI EX2 single-cab, one-tonne bakkie has been refined with several visual and practical improvements.

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Toyota introduces fuel-cell buses
December 1, 2016

Toyota introduces fuel-cell buses

Toyota Motor Corporation will begin to sell fuel-cell buses (FC buses) under the Toyota brand from early 2017. Having already undergone repeated field tests...

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The holidays loom – be prepared
December 1, 2016

The holidays loom – be prepared

December has finally landed and hundreds of thousands of people will soon be on the country’s roads heading to their holiday destinations. The Automobile...

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Cummins welcomes new MD, Thierry Pimi
December 1, 2016

Cummins welcomes new MD, Thierry Pimi

Cummins Southern Africa is under the leadership of a new MD, Thierry Pimi, who will be responsible for the Cummins distribution business in South...

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Of Glasgow and glaciers
December 1, 2016

Of Glasgow and glaciers

Most South Africans are looking ahead at 2017 with some trepidation. Added to state capture, downgrades, inequality and university fees, the lack of adequate...

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November 25, 2016

FOCUS November 2016

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FOCUS editor is SAGMJ Hino Commercial Vehicle Journalist of the Year
November 24, 2016

FOCUS editor is Commercial Vehicle Journalist of the Year

Editor of FOCUS on Transport, Charleen Clarke, has been recognised as South Africa’s top commercial vehicle journalist at the recent SA Guild of Motoring...

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Boosting local entrepreneurship
November 24, 2016

Boosting local entrepreneurship

Nissan South Africa donated eight vehicles to dynamic South African entrepreneurs, to support and help grow their businesses, in partnership with the National Empowerment...

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Saving by monitoring speed
November 24, 2016

Saving by monitoring speed

Loubser Bulk Services – a leading bulk-freight transporter in the South African Development Community (SADC) area – has experienced a four-percent saving on fuel...

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A coach that could save lives
November 24, 2016

A coach that could save lives

An idea of a student at Offenbach University of Art and Design, Johannes Schmutzler, known as the flexHVC – or Flexible Humanitarian Vehicle Concept...

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Immediate amendments to the Road Traffic Act
November 17, 2016

Immediate amendments to the Road Traffic Act

On Friday, November 11, the Minister of Transport promulgated amendments to the National Road Traffic Regulations that are particularly pertinent to those who operate...

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MAN brings open-top sightseeing to Seoul
November 17, 2016

MAN brings open-top sightseeing to Seoul

Heading to Korea for the holidays? Then you’d be well advised to take a panorama sightseeing tour of Seoul with Honeymoon Tour and its...

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AMI expands at Cape Town Interational
November 17, 2016

AMI expands at Cape Town Interational

The Cape Town base of Air Menzies International (AMI) – the world’s largest trade-only airfreight and express wholesaler – has doubled the size of...

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Nadia Trimmel to head up Mercedes-Benz Vans Southern Africa
November 17, 2016

Nadia Trimmel to head up Mercedes-Benz Vans Southern Africa

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has appointed Nadia Trimmel as the vice president of Mercedes-Benz Vans Southern Africa. She will succeed Nicolette Lambrechts, who will...

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Deutsche Post DHL acquired StreetScooter in 2014, and the company is replacing 30 000 of its conventional delivery vans with these electric vehicles.
November 15, 2016

Too little, too late?

Electric was the name of the game at this year’s IAA … but is it a case of too little, too late?

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E: the letter to define a generation?
November 15, 2016

E: the letter to define a generation?

E-mobility; I’m becoming obsessed by it – and you probably should too…

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Cargo Carriers and Ezethu Logistics tackle Eastern Cape
November 10, 2016

Cargo Carriers and Ezethu Logistics tackle Eastern Cape

Ezethu Logistics – the empowerment partner of JSE-listed supply chain specialist Cargo Carriers – has announced the official opening of its Queenstown satellite depot;...

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Imperial honours customer care champions
November 10, 2016

Imperial honours customer care champions

At the Imperial Logistics annual customer care awards, Sarah Krüger of Imperial Health Sciences was named the group’s 2016 Customer Care Champion, in recognition...

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Continental’s got you covered
November 10, 2016

Continental’s got you covered

Owners of light commercial vehicles, 4x4s and passenger cars can now benefit from Continental’s free ContiSure Warranty on all Continental-branded tyres for these vehicles.

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Dealing with flash floods
November 10, 2016

Dealing with flash floods

Given the frightening, and devastating, downpour across Johannesburg yesterday, Wednesday, November 9 – and the fact that the city is in for more of...

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Brazilian buses and South African befuddlement
November 4, 2016

Brazilian buses and South African befuddlement

FRANK BEETON reports on Brazil’s ailing bus industry and the possible implications for South Africa

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Crowd Mapping – making sense of the chaos
November 4, 2016

Crowd Mapping – making sense of the chaos

Public transport in most developing countries is an ever-changing mix of independent operators all following their own rules, routes, schedules and rate hikes. The...

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No easy mission
November 3, 2016

No easy mission

Designed and built for heavy-duty operations, the Astra HD 9 86.56 8×6, with a gross vehicle weight of 60 t, can replace a dumper...

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What Africa has to offer
November 3, 2016

What Africa has to offer

Electra Mining Africa 2016 was one of the biggest and best thus far, attracting a multitude of suppliers and buyers. We went along to...

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When is a van not (just) a van?
November 3, 2016

When is a van not (just) a van?

The humble van is about to become so much more. CHARLEEN CLARKE attends the Van Innovation Campus, hosted by Mercedes-Benz, and discovers that the...

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Forging a path
November 3, 2016

Forging a path

Grain Carriers, the country’s largest haulier of grain and related produce, recently celebrated 25 years on the road in grand style … GAVIN MYERS...

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Future-proofed fleets use Big Data
November 3, 2016

Future-proofed fleets use Big Data

In many respects, fleet managers today work at the cutting-edge of information and communication technology convergence, where myriad hardware and software elements combine to...

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Fleet manager or bean counter?
November 3, 2016

Fleet manager or bean counter?

While some economists feel that the South African economy has reached the lowest point of its contraction, the remaining question is: at what point...

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Don’t tire of tyres
November 3, 2016

Don’t tire of tyres

As the second-highest variable cost factor in a long-distance trucking operation, truck owners and fleet managers cannot afford to ignore the management and control...

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Don’t tire of tyres
November 3, 2016

Don’t tire of tyres

As the second-highest variable cost factor in a long-distance trucking operation, truck owners and fleet managers cannot afford to ignore the management and control...

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Electric is everything!
November 3, 2016

Electric is everything!

E-mobility was the overriding theme at this year’s IAA in Hannover, in Germany; virtually all the major manufacturers wowed the crowds with vehicles boasting...

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New kid on the cement block shakes up the industry
November 3, 2016

New kid on the cement block shakes up the industry

A new name to the Truck Test game, Sephaku Cement has partnered as a load supplier for 2017. ASTRID DE LA REY finds out...

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Trailers and tracking for Truck Test
November 3, 2016

Trailers and tracking for Truck Test

Two long-standing Truck Test partners – trailer manufacturer, Afrit, and fleet-management services provider, Ctrack – are once again throwing their weight behind the event

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A world debut right here in SA!
November 3, 2016

A world debut right here in SA!

The brand new Futuroad Expo will make its global debut in South Africa in September next year. CHARLEEN CLARKE finds out what it’s all...

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Trailers and tracking for Truck Test
November 3, 2016

Trailers and tracking for Truck Test

Two long-standing Truck Test partners – trailer manufacturer, Afrit, and fleet-management services provider, Ctrack – are once again throwing their weight behind the event

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Hellberg Transport Management is renamed to TruckScience
November 3, 2016

Hellberg Transport Management renamed TruckScience

With humble beginnings in a garage in Amanzimtoti, Hellberg Transport Management (HTM) was established in 1978. HTM was the brainchild of the late Fritz Hellberg,...

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Mitsubishi teases new Triton
November 3, 2016

Mitsubishi teases new Triton

February 2017 is when you will be able to buy the new Mitsubishi Triton from South African dealerships. While it might be related to...

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Tracker placed road quality in the spotlight
November 3, 2016

Tracker places road quality in the spotlight

Over the last three years, Tracker has collaborated with specialists from the Civil Engineering Department in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information...

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Let’s get talking
November 3, 2016

Let’s get talking

As the debate of road versus rail continues, Anton Niemann, general manager sales: commercial lubricants at Shell, suggests that South Africa needs a “Transport...

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Getting around China
November 2, 2016

Getting around China

Transport in China has experienced major growth and expansion in recent years. Airports, roads and railway construction ought to provide a massive employment boost...

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The association with Navistar International will give Volkswagen a solid base for participation in the North American truck market.
November 2, 2016

Volkswagen and Navistar: The deal is ON!

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON confirms that the much-rumoured relationship between Volkswagen (VW) and Navistar is finally...

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Win-win situation
November 2, 2016

Win-win situation

Mastering a robust selection process meant that the Scania G460 was the ideal choice for Nugulu Bulk Carriers

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Value of a good name
November 2, 2016

Value of a good name

Volkswagen’s sixth-generation T-Series (T6) shows why the Kombi name continues to be so enduring, says GAVIN MYERS

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October talk-shop month
November 1, 2016

October talk-shop month

While formal public transport agencies in the developed world are proposing partnerships with the likes of Uber, in South Africa the focus is not...

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Merc’s new bakkie: the first details
October 27, 2016

Merc’s new bakkie: the first details

What you see here is the Concept X-CLASS; two design variants of the concept that previews the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz bakkie.

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Future looks good for Mitsubishi Motors
October 27, 2016

Future looks good for Mitsubishi Motors

Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA) has announced and welcomed the recent international announcement that Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will be incorporated into the Nissan-Renault...

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Built in Europe, customised for South Africa
October 27, 2016

Built in Europe, customised for South Africa

The Transport Solutions division of Babcock – the sole importer and distributor of DAF Trucks in southern Africa since 2011 – is giving cutting-edge European engineering...

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Cool as ICE
October 27, 2016

Cool as ICE

The “coolest” bakkie from Nissan South Africa has been launched – the NP200 ICE.

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