Author:charleen-clarke

IAA visitors in for a treat

IAA visitors in for a treat August 10, 2022 The focus of the show may have changed but CHARLEEN CLARKE reports that, in typical IAA fashion, a plethora of new equipment and tech will be on show in the latest instalment of this transport exhibition. After a four-year break, the IAA is back! It has been renamed the IAA Transportation 2022 and the focus of the event – which takes place at the Hannover exhibition centre between September 20 and […]

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Extra duties on Chinese tyres: fair or foul play?

Extra duties on Chinese tyres: fair play or foul? August 1, 2022 Well, it seems as though the gloves have come off in the tyre industry. The reason why? New duties that have been mooted on tyres imported from China. The two parties at war are the SA Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) and the Tyre Importers Association of South Africa (TIASA). First off, I need to explain the two parties. The somewhat strangely named SATMC (it’s not actually a conference, […]

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The bus sector is bleeding

The bus sector is bleeding July 6, 2022 One of the highlights of the recent SABOA Conference was a presentation by Bazil Govender, the association’s executive manager. Sadly, this presentation was also a lowlight of the event – because Govender reported back on an industry survey, which reveals that the bus sector is bleeding. Can you imagine the demise of bus operators in South Africa? Sure, we have minibus taxis, but the absence of bus operators would be devastating for […]

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SABOA Conference a treat for bus and coach operators

SABOA Conference a treat for bus and coach operators July 6, 2022 This year’s SABOA Conference was superb – a well-organised event that offered a great deal to the many bus and coach operators who attended. CHARLEEN CLARKE joined the delegates in attendance. Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula’s keynote speech acknowledged the Covid-19 pandemic’s devastating impact on the economy. “The transport sector was not spared. The travel restrictions we introduced during various Alert levels had a direct impact on your […]

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Face-to-face with Scania’s Erik Bergvall

Face-to-face with Scania’s Erik Bergvall July 11, 2022 Towards the end of 2021, Erik Bergvall was appointed managing director of Scania Southern Africa. CHARLEEN CLARKE asks him about his impressions of the South African market and his future aspirations. Bergvall comes to South Africa with an impressive track record within Scania. Most recently, he was managing director of Scania Middle East, where he delivered strong growth in both vehicle sales and after-sales. But he says that it was his time […]

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Hail transport operators!

Hail transport operators! June 20, 2022 I’ve just experienced life as a transport operator… and I have newfound respect for the men and women who do this job. It’s not for the faint-hearted! “My” fleet of trucks – in my new role as a transport operator – was relatively small. It comprised eight utterly exceptional trucks, which were participating in Truck Test 2022. You can read all about the event, the trucks’ specifications, and the results in this issue of […]

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Truck Test 2022: done and dusted!

Truck Test 2022: done and dusted! June 17, 2022 Truck Test 2022 is done and dusted… and now we know which trucks in South Africa are the best of the best! After many months of planning, Truck Test 2022 kicked off on May 31, when the trucks were refuelled at Engen Blockhouse south of Johannesburg. This was the start and end point for the Johannesburg/Durban/Johannesburg test that was to come. On a cold June winter’s morning the following day, the […]

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Expired driver’s licences: know your rights!

Expired driver’s licences: know your rights! May 10, 2022 Are you driving without a valid licence? I would imagine that this situation probably applies to thousands of South Africans. If you’re one of those thousands, read on! I hear about this problem on a daily basis. Lockdowns, faulty equipment, and poor administrative practices have given rise to hundreds of thousands of truck drivers and motorists driving with expired licence cards or Professional Driving Permits (PrDPs). Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has […]

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SABOA and FOCUS join forces

SABOA and FOCUS join forces April 7, 2022 I am delighted to tell you that, with effect from this issue, FOCUS is the official journal of the South African Bus Operators Association (SABOA). Established in 1980, SABOA is a non-profit, member-driven association focused on creating a transformative and sustainable bus and coach industry in South Africa. The association plays a key role in the transport policy formulation process and is an active and credible participant in the consultative platforms of […]

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Tested: the car Idols winner Berry Trytsman drives!

Tested: the car Idols winner Berry Trytsman drives! April 7, 2022 Idols winner and instant millionaire Berry Trytsman has it all: a voice like an angel, four kids, a record deal with Kalawa Jazmee Records … and a Renault Kiger nogal. I have none of the above … well, except the car… more or less. In the interests of factual accuracy, I do need to point out that it was only “mine” for a week. The specific model I tested […]

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