Beating the Costs

Beating the Costs

There are various reasons why Natural Gas is increasingly becoming the fuel choice for many commercial fleets, top of the list is the economic advantages. When compared to petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas, natural gas is the cheaper transport fuel alternative. “South Africa has witnessed sustained increases in fuel prices for the past few months, which placed a strain on the consumers” Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe NGV Gas, the natural gas provider of commercial fleets and a division of CNG Holdings, is enabling the growth of gas-powered transport in South Africa through a rapidly expanding compressed natural gas distribution network of standalone and in-house fuelling stations in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. In recent years, technology has improved significantly to allow for an increase in Natural Gas vehicles, particularly for fuel-intensive vehicle fleets, such as public transport and commercial vehicles. Why Natural Gas Vehicles? Natural gas, being the cleanest burning alternative transportation fuel available today, offers an opportunity to meet the soon to be established carbon emission restraints of the Carbon Tax Bill. In addition, natural gas is very safe, because it is lighter than air, in the event of an accident it simply dissipates into the air, instead of forming a dangerously flammable pool on the ground like other liquid fuels. This also contributes to the prevention of ground pollution. The chemical compositions of Natural Gas allow CNG vehicles to burn much cleaner than traditionally fuelled vehicles. In addition to the far cheaper per-unit cost of Natural Gas, it is one of the safest transport fuels available. It is much cleaner than petrol and diesel, with up to...
90 MAN Lion’s City buses for Tbilisi

90 MAN Lion’s City buses for Tbilisi

As Mayor of Tbilisi, former professional footballer Kakha Kaladze has committed to modernising local transport in Georgia’s capital city. In order to achieve this goal, he has placed his trust in partner MAN Truck & Bus. Tbilisi orders 90 MAN Lion’s City buses, 50 vehicles already delivered Mayor Kakha Kaladze continues to push through modernisation of city’s bus fleet New buses notable for their safety, comfort, economic efficiency and eco-friendliness When Kakha Kaladze sets himself a goal, he becomes single-minded in its pursuit. It is an approach that has served him well, both in his former life as a professional footballer and his current role as Mayor of Tbilisi. His latest mission is to get local transport in the Georgian capital fit for the future. To this end, he has placed his trust in his partner, MAN Truck & Bus – and the MAN Lion’s City. The city has ordered 90 of these modern city buses over the course of the past year, 50 of which have now been in use for several weeks. The remaining 40 vehicles are due to be delivered in October and November 2019. In order to choose the design, colours and equipment of the city buses and make sure they were perfectly suited to the demands of local transport in Tbilisi, Kakha Kaladze travelled to the MAN Customer Centre in Munich and Starachowice, Poland. “Our centre of expertise there is where our MAN city buses are made – including the vehicles for Tbilisi,” says Helmut Grosshauser, who is responsible for Regional Sales Management in the Center Importer Europe/CIS at MAN Truck & Bus. The...
CUMMINS ANNOUNCES POWER GENERATION LEADER FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA

CUMMINS ANNOUNCES POWER GENERATION LEADER FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA

South Africa, Johannesburg, 13th May 2019: Warrick Gibbens has been appointed as the Power Generation Leader for Cummins Southern Africa Regional Organization as of 1st April 2019. He was previously the Technical Sales Manager for Cummins Africa & Middle East in the Power Systems Business Unit. He has been with the company for six years and is an electrical engineer (Durban University of Technology) and project management professional (Project Management Institute) complemented by an MBA from the University of Reading in the United...
TATA PROVES ITS WORTH

TATA PROVES ITS WORTH

With more than 1,1-million kilometres on its odometer, a Tata 8 tonne dropside that’s used as a maximum-load workhorse is well into its second decade of delivering exceptional service for Meyerton-based animal feedstock manufacturer, Hi-Performance Feeds. When Charles Waller and his father decided in 2007 to buy a Tata 1518 for their business, they didn’t believe that, more than a decade later, the vehicle would still be capable of hauling maximum eight-ton loads on a daily basis across Gauteng, the Free State and Mpumalanga. Sitting in the boardroom in an office complex at the family farm and animal feed factory near Meyerton – the walls adorned by an array of certificates which attest to his achievements as the local Chamber of Commerce’s Businessman of the Year – Waller says that buying the Tata was one of the best return-on-investment decisions he and his dad have ever made. “Without the truck, we wouldn’t have been able to expand the operational capacity of Hi-Performance Feeds as effectively as we have,” he says. “The vehicle has played a vital part in the company’s growth – and, though it’s now covered more than 1,1-million kilometres, it’s still working as hard as it ever did.” On those grounds he and his father have decided that, with the business still expanding, they’ve got good reason to add a second Tata to their delivery fleet – the latest Tata 8 tonne dropside. “It’s an easy decision,” he says. “Before buying our first Tata, my dad and I had tried various brands. Despite being more expensive, none of the vehicles lived up to our expectations. The low...
Mobile Bank

Mobile Bank

Serco has seen growing demand for its custom designed events vehicles with the latest initiative being a mobile bank to be used as a back-up or disaster relief unit in emergencies. The vehicle was ordered by a prominent bank for use in a neighbouring country. The vehicle is part of an initiative to provide added support in the event of a disaster.  Should a branch be impacted for any reason, the mobile unit will be sent and can take over the functions which it is fully equipped to do. The mobile unit built and designed according to the bank specifications in Serco’s Durban factory using state-of-the-art Protec steel panels, has capacity and facilities for two ATM’s and bullet proof booths for three fully functional tellers. The injected foam core panels with steel facings have been increased from the standard to ensure heightened safety and security. Further features on the vehicle include CCTV cameras, ablution facilities, tanks for fresh and grey water, a kitchenette, air conditioning, a generator, and a fold out satellite dish on the roof. Serco Managing Director Clinton Holcroft said the mobile unit built in a relatively short period of three months, considering the complex design work, showcases our ability to design sophisticated vehicles and add custom features, equipment and finishes taking into account the client’s requirements and corporate image”. An exterior and an interior photograph of the Mobile...
TRUCKING INDUSTRY FIRING ON ALL CYCLINDERS

TRUCKING INDUSTRY FIRING ON ALL CYCLINDERS

It seems like the South African commercial vehicle industry is firing on all the cylinders, with another growth month recorded in April 2019. This is according to the latest combined year-to-date results released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) and Amalgamated Automobile Distributors (AAD). “Overall growth of 6.6% and a total of 8 104 units is quite surprising,” said Gert Swanepoel, managing director of UD Trucks Southern Africa. “It will be interesting to see how the market performs at the end of the second quarter, with South Africans going to the polls on the 8th of May.” In a year-on-year comparison, Medium Commercial Vehicle sales are also up by 14.7% to 2 562 units. This is also the case in the Heavy Commercial Vehicle segment, with growth of 6.9% recorded to bring sales to 1 581 units. Extra Heavy Commercial sales increased by 1.6% to 3 691 units during the same period. Bus sales are, however, still on the decline, this time by 6.6% to just 270 units sold so far this year. “We are now moving into a very interesting sales period,” said Swanepoel. “In spite of the fact that many of the major economic indicators are tracking negatively, the truck market has remained very resilient and just keeps on recording growth month after month.” Swanepoel explained that UD Trucks believes that the basics, like fleet replacements, are still happening, although the industries in which sales are still happening have moved away from the traditional segments like construction, mining and manufacturing. “We have seen a lot of growth in the logistics industry, especially...