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TRANSPORT: Scania Trucks Boost Cape Commerce


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SCANIA SA’s Cape Town dealer recently handed over no less than seven new Scania R-Series tractors to four eager operators. Five new Scania R470 tractors and two Scania R380 tractors were handed over on the same day.

Joos Oberholzer owns Obie Transport, based in Upington and operating from Namibia, took delivery of the two R380 6x4 trucks. Although Joos’s background is farming, his 14-year-old transport business specialises in moving perishable foodstuffs like sheep and beef carcasses on contract from Namibia to Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. On the return legs his trucks carry various types of dry cargo for clients in Namibia.

“I bought my first Scania 143 in 1994 and my second one a year later,” says Joos. “Now I have 21 Scania trucks.” Obie Transport also owns 18 cooler trailers which are used to keep cargo at the correct temperatures during long hours on the road.

Each Scania tractor hauls a cooler trailer loaded with up to 24 tons of chilled beef and mutton at 0°C or frozen fish at -25°C, destined for seafood wholesalers and restaurants in South Africa. Joos’s Scanias also truck chilled snoek to the cargo terminal at OR Tambo international airport for export to Portugal by cargo jet.

Joos has good reason to trust his Scania fleet’s reliability and economy. In May last year he took over the running of the Scania service depot in Upington. It’s now a fully fledged Approved Scania Workshop.

Peter Aspeling and business partner Pollie Human, owners of Southend Trucking in Paarl, Western Cape, took delivery of three brand new R470 6x4 tractors for their general goods transport business. The company was launched in 1996 and currently operates 8 Scanias in its fleet of 33 vehicles. Of these, only one is not Swedish-made.

“We transport different kinds of general goods all over the country and also to Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland,” says Peter. Southend Trucking also owns a fleet of assorted trailers to suit all of its clients’ needs.

The Scania 470 engine is unique in the trucking world as it features an additional turbine in the exhaust flow, situated downstream of the regular turbocharger and exhaust brake.

The Turbocompound converts 600°C of exhaust gas temperature into torque energy which is fed back to the crankshaft using a small transmission. This results in up to a 7% increase in power to the drive wheels.

The Scania R470 also made an impression on Rusgenot Transport owner Ryno van Wyk (with a little gentle persuasion from Scania Cape Town sales executive Steven Robertson). Ryno didn’t need much convincing – this latest acquisition brings the total number of Scanias to six in his company’s fleet, with four more still to be delivered.

He’s been in business for eleven years and specialises in general palletised cargo running between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. His 26-truck fleet will soon grow to 30 units when he gets the additional four R470 tractors in January.

Brian Butterson formed his transport company in 2002 by buying his first Scania (a used tractor with 120 000km on the clock) from Scania Cape Town sales executive Deon le Roux. Now he’s added a brand new Scania R470 tractor to his fleet, making a total of 5 Scania trucks, all supplied by le Roux.

Brian offers a variety of haulage solutions to his clients with a varied selection of trailer options to suit his clients’ needs.

Deon le Roux started in the truck sales business in Bloemfontein in 1969 and brought a treasure trove of wisdom and experience to Scania Cape Town when he joined the company in 2000.

“I took over the Obie Transport account early last year and brought Joos Oberholzer back to Scania,” says Deon. “We are still very busy; we will be handing over almost twenty trucks in January.”

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