Lo­cal is lekker for ve­hi­cle fleet firm

Lesotho Times - - Business - Bereng Mpaki

THE man­age­ment of Bashoeshoe Pele Ve­hi­cle Fleet say they are de­ter­mined to cater for all the coun­try’s trans­port needs to en­sure the ser­vice is not out­sourced.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Pop­pie Madon­sela, the pro­vi­sion of trans­port ser­vices by a lo­cal firm em­pow­ers Ba­sotho and en­ables them to ben­e­fit from a sec­tor mostly dom­i­nated by for­eign busi­nesses.

The wholly Ba­sotho-owned Bashoeshoe Pele Ve­hi­cle Fleet was founded in 2015 and pro­vides a wide range of trans­port ser­vices for the lo­cal mar­ket.

Ms Madon­sela said they hire dif­fer­ent types of ve­hi­cles from Ba­sotho across the coun­try’s 10 dis­tricts.

The pooled ve­hi­cles, which in­clude sedans, bakkies, mini buses, lor­ries, mo­tor bikes and plant ma­chin­ery among oth­ers, are then hired out to or­gan­i­sa­tions or in­di­vid­u­als.

“Our aim is to make car rentals, hir­ing, chauf­feur ser­vices, tour guide ser­vices, or­gan­ised group trav­els, school trans­port and gen­eral pur­pose trans­port-re­lated ser­vices more ac­ces­si­ble and con­ve­nient to all sec­tors of busi­ness such as gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOS), pri­vate busi­nesses, co­op­er­a­tives and in­di­vid­u­als.”

She said the com­pany aimed to ca­pac­i­tate Ba­sotho by help­ing them make a liv­ing from the trans­port sec­tor.

“We hire ve­hi­cles from in­di­vid­u­als and the gen­eral pub­lic seek­ing to make a liv­ing in the trans­port in­dus­try. We only hire ve­hi­cles that be­long to Ba­sotho as stated in our com­pany name,” said Ms Madon­sela.

“Our aim is to em­power Ba­sotho so they can ben­e­fit from the op­por­tu­ni­ties that are avail­able in Le­sotho.”

She said the re­sponse by Ba­sotho to the com­pany since its found­ing had been “phe­nom­e­nal”.

“The sup­port from Ba­sotho has been quite phe­nom­e­nal so far, be­cause we have many mem­bers from the 10 dis­tricts of the coun­try reg­is­tered with us. At the mo­ment, we have reg­is­tered about 900 ve­hi­cles that are ready to start work,” Ms Madon­sela said.

“Over and above that, we have many reg­is­tered mem­bers who are ready to buy the types of ve­hi­cles needed by the mar­ket. That means we have more than 900 ve­hi­cles to sup­ply so far.”

The com­pany has al­ready se­cured con­tracts to sup­ply ve­hi­cles to a num­ber of gov­ern­ment min­istries in­clud­ing the Min­istry of De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning dur­ing the 2016 Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing Cen­sus which needed over 200 ve­hi­cles ear­lier this year. It sup­plied ve­hi­cles to the For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions as well as Pub­lic Works and Trans­port min­istries

Bashoeshoe Pele has also sup­plied ve­hi­cles to NGOS such as Pop­u­la­tion Ser­vices In­ter­na­tional and Le­sotho Planned Par­ent­hood As­so­ci­a­tion among oth­ers.

Ms Madon­sela also stressed that Bashoeshoe Pele made sure all ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered with the firm were in­sured and un­der con­stant sur­veil­lance through track­ing de­vices to pro­tect both the ve­hi­cles and their pas­sen­gers.

She said Bashoeshoe Pele was ready to cater for the gov­ern­ment’s ve­hi­cle fleet needs.

“We be­lieve that we have what it takes to sup­ply the 1 200 ve­hi­cles the gov­ern­ment re­quires. We can eas­ily meet that fig­ure since I have al­ready in­di­cated we have mem­bers who have not yet bought ve­hi­cles only be­cause they don’t know the types of cars that are needed,” Ms Madon­sela said.

“As soon as we get a con­tract de­tail­ing the cars needed, our peo­ple can buy and sup­ply enough ve­hi­cles for the en­tire gov­ern­ment fleet. “Fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions are also ready to as­sist our reg­is­tered mem­bers if they need loans to buy cars.”

She said one of the mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tors for es­tab­lish­ing the com­pany was sup­ply­ing the gov­ern­ment with lo­cally-owned ve­hi­cles.

“The for­ma­tion of this com­pany was greatly in­flu­enced by gov­ern­ment state­ments through Fi­nance Min­is­ter Dr ‘Mam­phono Khaketla urg­ing Ba­sotho to form com­pa­nies to stand a chance of be­ing awarded the ten­der to sup­ply the gov­ern­ment with ve­hi­cles,” said Ms Madon­sela.

“The min­is­ter said this last year after award­ing the gov­ern­ment fleet ten­der to Bid­vest Car Rental for six months. So we are hope­ful of get­ting the chance to pro­vide our fleet man­age­ment ser­vices to the gov­ern­ment in fu­ture.”

Bashoeshoe Pele man­ag­ing Direc­tor Pop­pie madon­sela (right) with some of the com­pany’s mem­bers.

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