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The Tribal Transport team has extensive experience in managing top level distribution services to remote destinations (Mining, Construction and Industrial industries) and local areas. This allows Tribal Transport to provide unrivalled distribution services to actual mine sites and/or local destinations. We provide the following vehicles to local and cross border destinations: 1 Ton – Hyundai – 4 Ton – 8 Ton – 12 Ton – 12M – Superlink, abnormal loads and part loads. [more-button link=""]READ MORE[/more-button]

Our Expertise

- Comprehensive knowledge of remote and local locations - Compliance with mining and industrial safety regulations - Compliance with delivery and collection procedures - Mine store closing times - Shaft shift changes - POD control [more-button link=""]READ MORE[/more-button]

Where do we operate?

We provide dedicated vehicles ranging from 1-34 Tons and abnormal loads including crane trucks from/to Johannesburg to/from anywhere within South Africa and also cross border at extremely competitive rates. Our team consists mainly of owner drivers. We would normally require enough lead time to arrange the vehicle of your choice, but are able to dispatch emergency vehicles as per your request. [more-button link=""]READ MORE[/more-button]

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Standard Bank pushes for Best Practice standards – FleetWatch – The Definitive Online Trucking Magazine

Kathy Bell

Standard Bank pushes for Best Practice standards – FleetWatch – The Definitive Online Trucking Magazine.

Standard Bank has joined forces with the South African road transport industry in a concerted industry led initiative supported by government to promote best practice and standards.

This initiative is based on an ISO 9000 standard, known as the Road Transport Management System (RTMS). RTMS compliance requires that companies give due consideration to road safety and compliance, while ensuring that vehicles pose a minimal risk to road infrastructure, the environment, other road users – and their own drivers.

This comes as fleet managers face an enduring round of fuel price adjustments, the recent interest rate rise and the escalating cost of imported vehicles and components due to the weakening Rand.

Kathy Bell, Senior Specialist: Transport Solutions for Standard Bank, says that implementing the RTMS system will enable fleet operators to become more efficient and to plan their routes and payloads effectively, without overloading or compromising on vehicle durability or safety.

“We place a huge reliance on road transport in South Africa given that the capacity of our rail network is not sufficient to handle the amount of goods traffic,” says Bell.

“About 5 500 trucks and buses currently operating on our roads are RMTS-certified. Transport operators who have implemented these transport best practice guidelines have experienced significant reductions in fuel costs, increased productivity and a reduction in kilometres travelled. Furthermore, efficient transport operators who have the appropriate clauses for statutory adjustments included in contracts with their customers, are better placed to manage fuel price increases. Diesel is not regulated and thus not a statutory cost. Diesel cost adjustment clauses need to be incorporated in all agreements.”

Bell says that the underlying principle is to have a well-structured contract. “Transport operators should ensure that they deliver on the back of a service level agreement, with escalation clauses in place, so that they can continue to render good service, while consignors know that goods are transported in a vehicle that is roadworthy, well-maintained and with a well-trained driver.”

She points out that whereas smaller operators can make use of various fleet management offerings for local fleet distribution – specifically fleet cards issued by banking institutions – professional hauliers or operators in the 56-ton capacity range will need to use an “operating benchmark,” based on the types of routes driven and cargoes transported.

This calls for strict monitoring of kilometres clocked up and litres of diesel used, with drivers paying cash or using a pre-approved funding instrument at the fuel loading point.

“It is all about effective fleet and fuel management with professional hauliers typically making use of dedicated teams of logistics controllers, while diesel consumption monitors match up fuel consumption to the distances travelled by vehicles.

“All parties concerned, the consignors (goods producers), consignees (customer buying goods) and the operator need to be aware of their obligations and duties. This is essential in order to implement a best practice operation.

“Given that about 47 cents in every Rand spent on operating costs goes to diesel, makes fuel the single largest transport operational cost. In what is a highly-competitive operating environment, transport operators who fail to run an efficient operation will face challenges around business profitability. Becoming a best practice transport operator is therefore a business imperative,” says Bell.

Published: February 22, 2014 | Comments: 0

SA transport union says rail strike yet to start


A strike at South Africa’s Transnet Freight Rail has yet to start as the union was still in talks with the company, a spokesperson for the transport union said on Friday.

The state-owned company told customers on Thursday it had received notice of a possible strike. The walk-out had been expected to start at midnight on Thursday and was seen affecting delivery of coal to the Richard’s Bay coal terminal, the world’s largest by export capacity.

But Transport and Allied Workers Union spokesman Vincent Masoga said the strike was “pending certain discussions and possible interventions by management.”

He did not give a reason for the planned strike. Transnet was not available for comment.

Coal producers in South Africa include Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Exxaro, Optimum Coal and Glencore Xstrata.

via SA transport union says rail strike yet to start.

Published: November 5, 2013 | Comments: 0

Government Thanks Society and the Media for Transport Month Support


Government wishes to thank all South Africans, the transport industry at large and the media for their support and continuously carrying the positive messages of development during the October Transport Month.

South Africa’s urban landscape has significantly changed over the last 19 years with the transport infrastructure at the centre of this makeover. Today its main cities are characterised by better roads, rapid bus services, dedicated transit lanes, luxury commuter and business express trains.

Many of the freeways have been upgraded with extra lanes and new interchanges have been built to alleviate traffic congestion. These changes are a result of an intensive effort by government to develop and improve the infrastructure of the country’s transport system.

The transport investments have been transforming the way in which South Africans live and interact with each other. For many South Africans it has meant an improvement in the quality of life as services, places of work, study and entertainment have become more accessible.

The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Rustenburg and Port Elizabeth is a prime example of linking thousands of commuters with their place of work through a fast, safe and cost-effective daily service. South Africa: Government Thanks Society and the Media for Transport Month Support.

Published: November 5, 2013 | Comments: 0

Durban unveils ambitious transport plan – Independent on Saturday |News |


Expect major traffic jams in Durban over the next two years. But the eThekwini Municipality said the short-term pain will be replaced by long-term gain as it unveiled a multibillion-rand transport strategy aimed at reaching 85 percent of Durban residents.

Unveiled at the Durban Exhibition Centre on Friday were plans to offer Durban commuters a R22 billion integrated transport system that would use taxis, buses and trains at a cheaper rate than existing modes of transportation.

But to achieve this, the city will have to increase the number of lanes on many routes.

The first areas to benefit from the integrated rapid public transport network will be Pinetown, Umhlanga, Isipingo, Umlazi and KwaMashu.

The city would foot R20bn of the bill, while the Passenger Rail Agency of SA would cover the rest, said eThekwini Transport Authority head Thami Manyathi.

Half of the budget will go towards phase one which is expected to be completed by 2016.

via Durban unveils ambitious transport plan – Independent on Saturday |News |

Published: November 5, 2013 | Comments: 0

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