Author:charleen-clarke

Private sector to the rescue!

Private sector to the rescue! November 10, 2023 The Western Cape is facing an export crisis, and it needs to bring in the cavalry. “With the good rains we have experienced, our agricultural goods for export are anticipated to increase by 25%. This is a wonderful opportunity to increase exports and to bring in more revenue,” reveals Mireille Wenger, Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities. In direct contrast to this opportunity, there has been significant deterioration at the […]

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MAN makes eBus history

MAN makes eBus history November 16, 2023 History has been made! The first MAN Lion’s Explorer 12 E has been delivered outside Europe. Its destination? None other than South Africa. CHARLEEN CLARKE joined the celebrations as the vehicle was delivered to Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) in Cape Town. An electric bus? But South Africa has insufficient electricity, and there are no government subsidies in place. Electric buses just aren’t viable in this country! That’s what the critics of electric […]

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Japan Mobility Show: A journey of discovery

Japan Mobility Show: A journey of discovery November 17, 2023 The Tokyo Motor Show is now called the Japan Mobility Show, and this year’s theme was “Discover a future you can’t wait to navigate”. CHARLEEN CLARKE joined the 1.1 million visitors who poured through the gate to make that discovery. The 2023 Japan Mobility Show was fascinating – not least because it was the first time in the history of the two companies that Isuzu and UD Trucks shared a […]

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From hero to zero

From hero to zero November 1, 2023 I was so chuffed to take a ride in the incredible Volta Zero at the recent IAA Mobility fair in Munich. Little did I realise how significant that test drive would be… The IAA Mobility exhibition was an absolute blast. There were all sorts of cool vehicles to be seen. Being a truckie, I sought out the trucks, and I found two: a VDL Hydrogen ePower based on a DAF CF Electric and […]

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We’re backing the All Blacks!

We’re backing the All Blacks! September 25, 2023 Relax, dear readers. I’m not referring to the Rugby World Cup. Instead, I am referring to an amazing competition in New Zealand, which aims to make our industry better, cleaner, and more efficient. We’re supporting this initiative and calling for local entries from truck drivers – who could win bundles of cash! The competition is called Trucking Toward a Better Future, and it is being organised by New Zealand Trucking Media and Resilienz, […]

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SaferStops: a driver’s knight in shining armour

SaferStops: a driver’s knight in shining armour August 24, 2023 I’m a huge fan of any initiative to help truck drivers, so the launch of the SaferStops Association has me cheering from the sidelines. I believe that truck drivers have one of the worst jobs on the planet. It is fairly tedious and quite thankless. The hours are long. They spend most of their lives away from their families. In Africa, it’s downright dangerous too. It is thus that the […]

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Logistics and Transnet are wrecking our country’s growth!

Logistics and Transnet are wrecking our country’s growth! July 6, 2023 A fascinating (if depressing) report has revealed that logistics and Transnet are among the factors that are wrecking our country’s growth. Yes, I am well aware that this is hardly breaking news. Our wonderful and incredibly well-informed columnist Nick Porée (who should be our Minister of Transport) writes about this sorry situation in virtually every issue of FOCUS. Indeed, he has even referred to this report in this month’s […]

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Cry our beloved drivers

Cry our beloved drivers June 26, 2023 I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m getting so tired of reading about corruption on our continent. It just never seems to end, and I feel desperately sorry for the drivers who are constantly targeted. Sometimes I think that they have the worst job on the planet. Recently I came across an article about trucking into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It reminded me – once again – why […]

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The Role of Women in Motorsport

The Role of Women in Motorsport June 22, 2023   Women’s World Car of the Year is celebrating International Women Drivers’ Day on June 24th by drawing attention to the role of women in motorsport. According to a recent survey, a total of 17.9% of those interviewed do not know any female drivers and 28.5% approve of separate categories based on gender. Women’s World Car of the Year is celebrating June 24th, International Women Drivers’ Day, by drawing attention to […]

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Battery-electrics, big numbers, bonnets, and bling

Battery-electrics, big numbers, bonnets, and bling June 7, 2023 There were three overriding themes at this year’s Brisbane Truck Show. On the one hand, lots of trucks with internal combustion engines, bonnets, and loads of bling were on display. On the other, there were many battery-electric vehicles on the stands – notably light and medium-duty trucks. In between all this, there was a celebration of significant milestones. CHARLEEN CLARKE attempted to take it all in. Big, beautiful, bonneted trucks were […]

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