FOCUS on Transport and Logistics
FOCUS on Transport and Logistics is South Africa’s leading commercial vehicle magazine. Established more than 30 years ago, it is by far the most widely read magazine in its sector.
Charleen Clarke has worked as a writer, editor, photographer, publisher, MC, public speaker and television presenter since 1984. She cut her teeth in journalism in Port Elizabeth, working on the newspaper in that city. She moved to Johannesburg in 1986, where she joined Caxton as a journalist. She was promoted to editor of the Randburg Sun within two years.
In 1988 she joined National Publishing as a journalist. She was promoted to executive editor of five magazines within two years. Seven years later, she was appointed editor of FOCUS. She went on to buy the magazine from the Road Freight Association and start Charmont Media Global.
Charleen has won numerous awards, including South African Motoring Journalist of the Year and South African Commercial Vehicle Journalist of the Year. She judges the World Car Awards, the South African Car of the Year, the international Truck Innovation Award, the Women’s World Car of the Year and she’s an associate member of the International Truck of the Year jury.
Meet the team
Jaco de Klerk
Jaco’s university days unfolded at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom campus from 2007 till 2011, with the study of law marking the beginning of his wondrous time. He completed his BA Communication degree in two years – leaving Miss Law behind. Journalism is his life and writing his passion.
Barend van Wyk
Barend van Wyk has been a sales professional for over 13 years (he’s been in the sales game since the tender age of 19). While he’s worked in numerous industries, he’s really come into his own within the field of SHEQ management, where he has earned a reputation for always putting his customers first.
Meet the contributors
Vaughan Mostert lectured on public transport issues at the University of Johannesburg for nearly 30 years. Through Hopping Off, Mostert leaves readers with some parting food for thought.
SAM Rolland is an independent economist. He has previously covered automotive and transport at Econometrix, and worked in Economic Policy at the National Treasury of South Africa.
Mike Fitzmaurice is the CEO of the Federation of East and Southern Africa Road Transport Associations (Fesarta). He has 42 years of experience in the transport and logistics industry.
Peter Lamb is a director in the Norton Rose Fulbright admiralty and shipping team, based in Durban. He focuses on shipping, logistics and marine insurance law.
Malcolm Hartwell is a director based in Durban. He is the team leader for transport and has been with Norton Rose Fulbright since 1994.
Carol Holness is a senior associate in the Norton Rose Fulbright admiralty and transport team based in Durban. She focuses on shipping, admiralty and international trade issues as well as marine, transport and logistics insurance.
Vanil Bagwandeen is a senior associate in the transport team based in the Norton Rose Fulbright Durban office. He is a transport lawyer and specialises in admiralty, logistics and international trade law.
Andrew Robinson is a director at Norton Rose Fulbright and head of Transport for Africa and practice group leader for Disputes.
Kirsten Mullins is a corporate and commercial lawyer based at Norton Rose Fulbright in Cape Town. She focuses on mergers and acquisitions and related work, commercial agreements and admiralty matters.
Abongile Swana is an Associate based in Durban. She is primarily a transport lawyer who deals with the litigation aspects of international trade, shipping, admiralty, marine insurance, transport, logistics and marine environmental law.
Richard Steinbach is an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa based in Cape Town. He specialises in dispute resolution for commercial, insurance and transport related matters.
Associate designate Yasmine Wilson is a shipping and logistics lawyer based in Durban. Her areas of expertise include international trade, admiralty litigation, customs and excise, as well as advising on charter parties, bulk cargo purchase and sale agreements.
Tegan Lambert is a candidate attorney in Norton Rose Fulbright's admiralty and transport team based in Durban. She is currently assisting the shipping team on many matters, including general average claims, marine insurance matters and general maritime casualty matters.
QuoteNick Porée is a transport economist and freight transport consultant; he has more than 30 years of experience as a consultant in freight operations management, systems development, training and transport research. His company, NP&A, has for the past four years been the lead consultant engaged in cross-border and corridor studies in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Retail logistics expert Dr Michael Schedlbauer works as industry manager for grocery retail at the corporate headquarters of TGW Logistics Group in Marchtrenk, Austria. After working in a variety of operational and strategic roles at Siemens AG for eight years, Schedlbauer joined TGW in 2016.
Patrik Glas Crommert is currently MD of Scania Finance Southern and Eastern Africa. He has spent the last 20 years in finance and general management positions in large corporates, of which the last 10 were in Africa.