New con­tainer work­shops

MAN opens first of sev­eral mod­ern mod­u­lar work­shops in Zam­bia, us­ing ship­ping con­tain­ers

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AF­TER six weeks on the road, cross­ing 11 border posts across nine southern African states, the One MAN kann jour­ney rolled into Cape Town to visit the MAN Truck & Bus deal­er­ship in Brack­en­fell.

The crew, led by ad­ven­turer Ri­aan Manser and pro­fes­sional long-haul truck driver Nduna Chari, who are pi­lot­ing the new Euro 5 MAN TGX 26.540 on its maiden voy­age, en­gaged with a crowd of over 100 guests at the com­mem­o­ra­tive event held at the deal­er­ship on 26 Oc­to­ber.

Open­ing pro­ceed­ings was MAN Truck & Bus SA man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ge­off du Plessis, who wel­comed MAN cus­tomers, mem­bers of the me­dia and strate­gic part­ners on the One MAN kann jour­ney (MAN­LINE for loan­ing Chari, VW for use of two Amarok bakkies, Henred Frue­hauf for the trailer, Cas­trol, Goodyear and Roll Back Malaria).

“Cape Town is an im­por­tant cen­tre for MAN with this Brack­en­fell deal­er­ship so strate­gi­cally po­si­tioned along one of South Africa’s busiest lo­gis­tics cor­ri­dors, the N2. Fur­ther­more, Cape Town’s eco­nomic im­pact on the South African econ­omy is sig­nif­i­cant, with tourism, agri­cul­ture, tech­nol­ogy and ed­u­ca­tion each giv­ing the city a unique po­si­tion in both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional are­nas.

“MAN has been a con­trib­u­tor to the de­vel­op­ment of the city in no small way over sev­eral decades and it is a plea­sure to share the One MAN kann jour­ney with all our guests here to­day,” said Du Plessis.

The jour­ney, which com­menced in Pine­town on Septem­ber 8 has pro­vided a plat­form for MAN Truck & Bus to show­case not only the new flag­ship TGX 26.540 6x4 Euro 5 long-haul truck-trac­tor but also a host of new devel­op­ments that are geared to po­si­tion MAN as the lead­ing sup­plier of heavy-duty trucks and buses in the SADC re­gion.

From the so­lar-pow­ered car­bon-neu­tral as­sem­bly plant in Pine­town, to new pri­vate cap­i­tal MAN deal­er­ships open­ing in Ma­puto, Nairobi, Lusaka and Wind­hoek, to new busi­ness so­lu­tions that form part of MAN’s in­te­grated af­ter­sales ser­vice offering, the One MAN kann jour­ney pro­vided the ideal plat­form to show­case MAN’s evo­lu­tion as a lead­ing trans­port so­lu­tions provider to a point where it is now po­si­tioned to pro­vide ex­ist­ing and fu­ture cus­tomers in the re­gion with an un­prece­dented sup­port and ser­vice in­fra­struc­ture.

Pre­sent­ing MAN’s new tech­nol­ogy and busi­ness so­lu­tions, Dave van Graan, head of Truck Di­vi­sion, MAN Truck & Bus SA, said, “The TGX, de­spite be­ing a class-leader, re­quires an in­te­grated suite of ser­vice and sup­port so­lu­tions that pro­vide trans­port op­er­a­tors with a one-stop shop which en­ables them to fo­cus on their core busi­ness. MAN’s Ser­vice Care Pack­age pro­vides cus­tomers of our TGX and TGS Ef­fi­cien­tLine ranges with all the nec­es­sary in­tel­li­gence and sup­port to help im­prove their busi­ness per­for­mance.

“MAN Trucker’s World recog­nises top per­form­ing driv­ers like Nduna and Ri­aan, in our cus­tomer fleets and all TGX driv­ers will gain ac­cess to the club.

“MAN Ser­vice Care is an e-mail and SMS ser­vice alert­ing fleet man­agers to stip­u­lated ve­hi­cle ser­vic­ing re­quire­ments and

“It is a plea­sure … not have to hand over a hun­dred dol­lars ev­ery time we get stopped by a po­lice­man.”

will be of­fered free of charge to all TGX, TGS Ef­fi­cien­tLine and MAN’s re­pair and main­te­nance con­tract cus­tomers,” van Graan ex­plained.

Tak­ing the mi­cro­phone at the event, Manser re­flected on the 14 500 km com­pleted by the One MAN kann jour­ney thus far: “It really is a plea­sure to be back in the land of ‘milk and honey’, to drive on flat roads and to not have to hand over a hun­dred dol­lars ev­ery time we get stopped by a po­lice­man. Also, the jour­ney helped me and our fol­low­ers on so­cial me­dia ap­pre­ci­ate the re­al­i­ties of pro­fes­sional long-haul truck­ing.”

Chari agreed it was great to be back in South Africa: “De­spite all the frus­tra­tions we ex­pe­ri­enced on the trip, from de­lays at border cross­ing to road blocks and close shaves with badly-driven trucks, it was the com­fort and ease-of-driv­ing of the MAN TGX 26.540 that mo­ti­vated us to push on pos­i­tively.” — Sup­plied.


In Zam­bia, MAN trucks has opened a new mod­u­lar work­shop, with four ship­ping con­tain­ers, placed un­der a roof around con­crete slab, host­ing a re­cep­tion of­fice, parts ware­house, ad­min of­fice and an en­gine room. The work­shop floor can ac­com­mo­date four trucks or buses at a time to un­dergo ser­vic­ing and/or re­pair work.

RI­AAN MANSER, Ad­ven­turer and trucker

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