CIT maker’s suc­cess story

BULUGAYA: Com­pany has just cel­e­brated its 200th ve­hi­cle in Gaut­eng

Weekend Witness - - Trucks & Trucking -

BULUGAYA En­gi­neer­ing re­cently cel­e­brated the com­ple­tion of the 200th Amakhozi cash-in­tran­sit (CIT) ve­hi­cle at its fa­cil­ity in North Rid­ing, Gaut­eng. At the same time it passed the 100-unit mark in re­fur­bish­ing the sim­i­lar­sized Umkhulu CIT ve­hi­cles that were orig­i­nally built by other man­u­fac­tur­ers.

All of the units are owned by the Protea Coin Group, which has more than 400 CIT ve­hi­cles op­er­at­ing in South Africa. All Protea Coin’s 176 Amakhosi units built by Bulugaya use Hino 300 Se­ries 6-11 (for­merly Toy­ota Dyna 5-103) chas­sis-cabs.

“The cash-in-tran­sit ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try is re­spon­si­ble for the ma­jor­ity of sales of the Hino 6 -11 and there are now more than 1 000 Hino-based CIT ve­hi­cles op­er­at­ing in South Africa,” said the vice pres­i­dent of Hino SA, Dr Casper Kruger.

The man­ag­ing mem­ber of Bulugaya En­gi­neer­ing, James En­gel­brecht, said he is now on the Se­ries 4 Amakhosi as he ap­plies his phi­los­o­phy of con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment to en­sure his ve­hi­cles and their se­cu­rity sys­tems stay sev­eral steps ahead of the crim­i­nals.

The re­fur­bish­ment of the Umkhu­lus by Bulugaya has in­volved the re­place­ment of the pre­vi­ous chas­sis cab units from an­other man­u­fac­turer with Hino 300 Se­ries units, which are very pop­u­lar in this ap­pli­ca­tion.

“We are very pleased with the Hi­nos in our fleet and hence the use of this model when re­fur­bish­ing our Umkhulu,” ex­plained the chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of the Protea Coin Group, Waal de Waal.

The rapid growth of Bulugaya is a true suc­cess story. The com­pany was founded in 2004 when James En­gel­brecht started the new ven­ture with 12 em­ploy­ees af­ter leav­ing Su­per Group, where he had first been in­volved in build­ing CIT ve­hi­cles. The num­ber of em­ploy­ees grew to 46 in six months and these ini­tial team mem­bers be­came share­hold­ers in the closed cor­po­ra­tion.

En­gel­brecht is a stick­ler for qual­ity, and when he was hav­ing dif­fi­culty with get­ting his units painted, he de­cided to set up his own paint and panel shop, which he split off from Bulugaya En­gi­neer­ing and named Bulugaya Auto Body in Novem­ber 2005. He has not looked back since mak­ing this move to in­de­pen­dence, and the Auto Body di­vi­sion now also has 46 em­ploy­ees.

Auto Body’s ser­vices ex­tend from on-site de­sign­ing of liv­ery for busi­ness ve­hi­cles to restor­ing clas­sic cars and mo­tor­cy­cles. In be­tween, the com­pany is able to straighten truck chas­sis and boasts a paint-dry­ing oven that can ac- com­mo­date large ve­hi­cles. The com­pany is also able to re­pair mi­nor body dam­age within 24 hours when re­quired.

James En­gel­brecht and his team are not sit­ting still as they plan to grow their busi­ness with­out sac­ri­fic­ing in­no­va­tion, at­ten­tion to de­tail and their high qual­ity stan­dards.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The 108th Umkhulu cash­tran­sit ve­hi­cle to be re­fur­bished by Bulugaya En­gi­neer­ing. It in­volved mount­ing the re­con­di­tioned body on a Hino chas­sis­cab and fit­ting the lat­est se­cu­rity equip­ment.

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