Full faith in FAW
Mawire Transport and Logistics, based in Pomona, Kempton Park, relies on FAW trucks to deliver heavy loads in challenging environments. The specialist cross-border transporter and sub-contracting company is owned by Jerry Mawire, who operates a fleet of 10 trucks – five of which are FAWs. He currently owns two FAW 8.140 FL five-tonners and three FAW 16.240 FL eight-tonners.
He says he saw other cross-border transporters using FAWs to transport loads into Africa and spoke to them about the brand. Motivated by their endorsements, he decided to buy his first FAW eight-tonner from nearby FAW Isando where his trucks are also serviced.
Mawire says a major factor in his decision to purchase was that FAW South Africa was able to assist him with the deposit required to buy his first truck. “The price of FAW trucks is really very good, and with low operating costs we have been able to pay off our vehicles in just three years,” he says.
Despite their affordable pricing, Mawire says the fitment of the full dual-circuit air-brake system, with ABS, is impressive. He is also delighted with the low fuel consumption figures his drivers are achieving.
Mawire is happy with the vehicles’ service intervals (15 000 km) and service plans. “We know these trucks are serviced correctly by highly trained technicians who fit only genuine parts. This helps me to sleep at night,” he says.
Fitted with Euro-2 diesel engines, Mawire has no fear when it comes to fuel quality for his FAWs on inter-Africa trips. He explains that his company primarily transports mining equipment to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Other destinations include Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Tanzania.
“We deliver loads almost anywhere in Africa,” he says. “We have been as far as Kampala in Uganda, a one-way distance of over 4 000 km.”