Will the trucking industry spread its African footprint in 2020?

The South African trucking industry has long been the most advanced in the transport and logistics sector for Southern Africa. Still, just as major trucking role players like FAW manufacturers and distributors have already spread their footprint into the rest of Africa, we believe many others will follow in 2020.

Investors see trucking as a burgeoning industry throughout many parts of Africa, and the new decade will open up many financial opportunities for the key industry role players.

The Financial point of view

In a still relevant PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC) article released a few years ago, Klaus-Dieter Ruske, PwC Transportation & Logistics Global Leader had this to say: “As Africa has risen to prominence as an investment destination over the past few years, so the role of transportation and logistics has taken on greater significance.”

He went on to say in the same report “Whether moving resources off the continent or bringing goods and services into its burgeoning economies, Africa’s future growth and development will depend on the quality of its infrastructure and the efficiency of its transport networks.”

Did we pull it off?

South Africa had to take the lead here, and their input was so vital. Even though we were ranked the “best logistics performer on the continent,” according to the 2013 Logistics Performance Index, we still today reduce the strength of our infrastructural capabilities with generally low projected annual financial growth.

Some other African countries, however, have shown high projected annual growth, and it is based around this that investors and role players have continued to grow this vital industry throughout the continent. 

Has significant change taken place?

Even back then, Ruske warned that “Smart investing in Africa means investors need to understand key regions and local markets. If they decide to expand in Africa, they will need a solid long-term strategy. The continent needs better transport infrastructure, more connectivity across borders and an improved business environment to reach its potential.”

The FAW example

We believe South Africa, in partnership with neighbouring territories, have greatly achieved this and will continue to do so going into 2020 and the next decade.

FAW is committed to ongoing expansion into the emerging markets of Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia and Botswana to entrench FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA (PTY) Ltd as a major distribution hub for trucks and parts on the African subcontinent.

As an industry, we believe we can continue to grow, and FAW will continue to be one of the transport and logistics industry role models in the future. Contact us or visit a dealer near you, whether you are here …or somewhere in Africa, as we keep growing.

Have blessed holidays – and be safe on the roads! We need you all to help us continue to spread our African footprint in 2020 – and beyond!

Truckers beware – it’s the silly season!

People refer to the year-end holiday season as ‘the silly season’ for many reasons, but truckers and trucking companies know that at this time of year people on the roads, as they speed off to their holiday destinations, can be more than just silly – they can be downright dangerous!

The road accident and death toll statistics at the end of every year are alarming and seldom seem to improve despite whatever warnings are repeatedly given prior to this period. ‘Buckle up,’ ‘don’t speed,’ ‘keep a safe following distance’ – all seem to just disappear from the mind as many drivers, impatient to reach their destination, throw caution to the wind.

Sadly truckers, even those who have been well trained and on the roads for many years, sometimes overwhelmed by the sudden influx of vehicles on the road, become a part of these statistics too.

We would like to just give a few prudent points to trucking companies and Drivers alike that just may prevent accidents and keep truckers also looking like professionals amongst all the poor drivers.

Trucking companies

In many cases, trucking accidents are the direct cause of neglect or lack of responsibility on behalf of trucking companies themselves. Certainly, it is more common amongst smaller ‘fly by nights,’ but all could heed a little of this advice…

Don’t just assume your drivers will sail through what is a difficult period for them. They feel they have to meet the same deadlines but are suddenly seriously held back by the volume of traffic. Prepare drivers for what they are likely to face. Ensure that deadlines are reasonable and schedules adjusted according to these extenuating circumstances.

Remember sleep is always the driver’s enemy, so ensure safe shifts are arranged, and it goes without saying, that vehicles need to be in top roadworthy shape, but at this time it is more important than ever.

Perfect brakes for emergency stopping and excellent tyres for swerving out of danger could save many drivers and others lives. This responsibility, including adequate Driver insurance, rests squarely on your shoulders, so always consider that your driver can only represent you well if you have planned well.

The Drivers

Speaking of representing the company well, remember this is part of your duty. Be responsible and courteous on the roads. You are going to have cars full of irritable drivers lining up behind you at times, so pull over only whenever it is safe to do so and let people pass.

Indicate to other drivers when it is safe to pass and be courteous too at loading and offloading depots and even at truck stops. You always represent your company, so do so proudly.

Become a part of the ‘triple A.’ In trucking terms this means be Awake, Alert and Aware. Drive, like everyone else on the road, is a bad driver, always looking out for the worst. Of course, there are plenty of good drivers, but this is a simply safer way to go!

Finally, regardless of deadlines or however, people treat you on the roads, always put safety first. Never drive yourself or your vehicle too hard just to make deadlines. If you drive well the goods will arrive and so will you – safe and sound.

Let us help

At FAW we not only offer an incredible range of some of the best and most affordable new and used trucks on the road, but we offer solid warranties and additional after-sales support like our Driver training for example.

Find a dealer near you – take advantage of our year-end specials and start the new decade as one of the proudest fleet owners in the country. We hope this article has been of some help to you and your Drivers and don’t hesitate to contact us to learn everything you need to know about FAW – Trucks that are “Built in South Africa, for Africa’’. HAPPY HOLIDAYS – drive carefully!