Author:charleen-clarke

Iveco vs Iveco!

Iveco vs Iveco! December 9, 2021 At FOCUS, we’ve become extremely well known for commercial vehicle tests – and we’ve conducted lots over the years. We’re also the one and only independent authority that is evaluating commercial vehicles in South Africa. But recently we undertook a test that was a first for us. Instead of comparing rival products, it was a case of Iveco versus Iveco! CHARLEEN CLARKE and JONATHAN CRAWFORD report The subjects of our road test were two […]

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60 years on, Daimler’s diamond shines bright in East London

60 years on, Daimler’s diamond shines bright in East London December 9, 2021 November 23 represented a significant milestone in the history of Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA), as the diamond anniversary celebrations for the company’s East London assembly plant kicked off. As one of the cornerstones of Daimler’s completely knocked-down (CKD) production and assembly network outside Germany, the DTBSA plant on South Africa’s east coast has been assembling and producing pioneering vehicles ever since it rolled South […]

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Revealed: why this MAN is the world’s best truck

Revealed: why this MAN is the world’s best truck November 16, 2021 MAN’s new Truck Generation (TG) range has arrived in South Africa – and it carries the world’s most important credential: the International Truck of the Year title. CHARLEEN CLARKE explains why the TGX has been named the best truck in the world. There are dozens of reasons why MAN won the trucking industry’s most sought-after accolade – because the new MAN does a lot of things right. For […]

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Scania bucks bus and coach trend

Scania bucks bus and coach trend November 11, 2021 While the bus and coach market has been decimated – not just here in South Africa but all over the world – 2021 has been a success story for Scania South Africa, as Marco Guedes, general manager bus & coach, tells CHARLEEN CLARKE. While the pandemic has affected life in general, the impact on transport has been massive. “As we know, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the global movement of […]

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Terrifying fuel prices: Who is to blame?

Terrifying fuel prices: Who is to blame? November 10, 2021 This year just hasn’t been fun. Quite frankly, we’ve just had too much with which to contend. I am, of course, referring to the pandemic, the riots and violence, the shortage of semiconductors, the chaos at our border posts … and more. As if that wasn’t enough, we’re also now dealing with scary fuel prices. Who is to blame? One of the reasons for our sky-high fuel cost is the […]

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Truck drivers are recognised – finally

Truck drivers are recognised – finally October 20, 2021 For years, CHARLEEN CLARKE has battled to get an answer to this question: why does no one appreciate truck drivers? It’s taken a dire shortage of fuel and other goods in the United Kingdom for people to finally realise their value. “Supply chain woes may mean Christmas is cancelled,” proclaimed UK newspaper The Times recently. “If no solution is found to a shortage of drivers and manpower, this year’s festive season […]

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Should the Minister of Transport be fired?

Should the Minister of Transport be fired? September 16, 2021 For as long as I’ve been writing about transport (many decades), the Department of Transport (DoT) – and its head, the minister at the time – has come under fire. Sometimes rightly. Sometimes wrongly. Now, it’s the turn of Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula who, of late, certainly does appear to be making some daft decisions (or doing nothing at all)… One of the department’s and indeed the minister’s fiercest critics […]

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MJ Schoemaker appointed SAPICS president

MJ Schoemaker appointed SAPICS president August 20, 2021 In a development appropriate to this issue of FOCUS – which, in line with Women’s Day and Women’s Month, celebrates women in our industry – MJ Schoemaker has been appointed SAPICS president. Schoemaker takes over from outgoing SAPICS president Keabetswe Mpane, another remarkable woman. Mpane presided over a well-attended recent AGM and shared with members a summary of the activities undertaken in 2020. SAPICS has been at the forefront of the drive […]

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A MAN for all seasons

A MAN for all seasons August 19, 2021 The Diraro Group, one of the leading suppliers of mine-to-port logistics solutions for the mining industry, has thrown its hat into the MAN ring. CHARLEEN CLARKE finds out why. Marthinus Pretorius, managing director of the Diraro Group, is understandably proud of the company’s achievements. “Today, our service offerings encompass bulk road transportation; bulk rail transportation; bulk mineral storage, packaging and shipping; electrical vehicles; bulk diesel supply and also the supply of commodities. […]

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Let’s hear it for the ladies! Part 5

Let’s hear it for the ladies! Part 5 August 19, 2021 The transport and logistics game never used to be populated by members of the fairer sex. However, this has changed. CHARLEEN CLARKE pays tribute to some of the leading ladies in the transport and logistics industry and the trailblazers in supply chain management. Jeanné Swanepoel-Edwards, executive director of Transvaal Heavy Transport (THT) In her role as executive director, Swanepoel-Edwards is tasked with running the day-to-day operations of the business. This […]

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