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Got milk?

Got milk?

The days of the milk man delivering milk to our doors might be long gone, but we still rely on the delivery of fresh milk to our supermarkets, each and every day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.

FOCUS chats to Douglasdale Dairy about maintaining the cold chain and keeping the milk flowing.

 
Shooting at buses

Shooting at buses

After a slow start, Johannesburg’s first phase of bus rapid transit (BRT) finally came online in late August, three months later than originally planned. But the city’s excitement over the new public transport system was to be short lived as BRT buses came under fire – literally.
 
Is Diesel dead?

Is Diesel dead?

Much is said and written about alternative fuels. But, as CHARLEEN CLARKE notes, the diesel engine still has considerable merit.

All over the planet, manufacturers are rushing to introduce hybrids, electrically powered vehicles or vehicles powered by alternative fuels. And yes, these concepts all have considerable merit. However, it would be a mistake to forget about the lowly diesel.

 
Slippery customer

Slippery customer

Oil may just be oil to most, but there’s a lot more to it than that, writes JAKE VENTER

Oil does a lot more than just make contacting surfaces slippery. It also prevents direct contact between surfaces, most of the time, by interposing a tough layer of molecules in-between. This reduces wear by reducing friction. In addition, a flow of oil cools engine parts by carrying the heat away. In many cases, the lubricant will also inhibit corrosion and reduce noise.

   
The future of bus safety

The future of bus safety

Passive safety technology can greatly decrease the severity of road accidents. New active safety technology, however, can assist in preventing accidents altogether.

Consider the following. Traffic on European roads has increased three-fold over the past 30 years, yet the number of road-related fatalities has actually been halved.

 
Flying finish

Flying finish

“We finish whatever we start.” This statement by Stefano Chmielewski, president of Renault Trucks, at the conclusion of Renault Trucks’ incredible Cape to Cape expedition, epitomised the company’s approach to this overland adventure. However, as CHARLEEN CLARKE notes, it also applies to the company’s attitude to the local truck industry.
 
Keeping it real

Keeping it real

Plummeting new vehicle sales have led to a more buoyant second-hand market, as well as a move by operators to keep their trucks on the road for longer, but will this mean a boon for the parts and components industry, or is it as much in danger as the vehicle manufacturing sector? NADINE VON MOLTKE investigates.

   
Agility for the future

Agility for the future

If there is any upside to an economic downturn, it’s that it forces companies to do things more efficiently. And, as delegates to this year’s SAPICS Conference discovered, many supply chain operations are in desperate need of streamlining.

 
Bringing on BRT

Bringing on BRT

August is BRT awareness month, as the City of Johannesburg prepares to launch the Rea Vaya Starter Service on 30 August 2009. The road to bus rapid transit (BRT) implementation in South Africa has been a long one. As the flagship public transport project in the City of Johannesburg’s extensive transportation upgrades currently gets underway, Rea Vaya has received a lot of attention of late, most notably as a result of strong opposition to the system from local taxi associations.

 
Light at the end of the tunnel

Light at the end of the tunnel

It seems as if the global economy is slowly starting to stabilise, but this isn’t having a massive impact on the sad state of heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) sales. When can we expect this to change? GG VAN ROOYEN looks at what the rest of 2009 holds in store for HCV sales.
   

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Frank Beeton Global Focus is compiled exclusively for FOCUS by Frank Beeton of Econometrix.
Vic Oliver One of this country’s most respected commercial vehicle industry authorities.
Vaughan Mostert Through Hopping Off, Mostert leaves readers with some parting food for thought as he continues his push for change in the local public transport industry.
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