CIT maker’s success story
BULUGAYA: Company has just celebrated its 200th vehicle in Gauteng
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.
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.