Cartrack Launches Drive Vision

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John Edmeston, CEO of Cartrack

As fleet owners batten down the hatches in South Africa’s increasingly tumultuous economic environment, effective management of costs become a focal point. The incidence of truck accidents on South African roads have however made headlines in recent months leaving many fleet managers concerned about driver safety and in particular, reducing preventable accident rates and associated repair, downtime and liability costs.

“Driver safety is of huge concern,” says John Edmeston, CEO of Cartrack. “Safety on our roads is important and I would like to urge fleet owners to seriously consider various tools that are available to them to address the issue. An 18-wheeler truck is a potential weapon of mass destruction in the wrong hands and we need to not only hold the driver accountable for their actions, but also motorists who drive recklessly. Unless we are prepared to collectively take ownership of our actions, the current situation on our roads will not improve,” says John.

In answer, Cartrack is launching Drive Vision that firmly places the spotlight on safety by means of on-board audio and visual equipment that is paired with Cartrack’s comprehensive telematics technology. It effectively takes fleet management to the next level, allowing fleet managers to take a virtual ride with their drivers.

The information that is derived from Drive Vision combines vehicle driver behaviour data and video event recording technology to provide a bird’s eye view of any event that may occur, whether it is an incident of harsh braking or a serious accident. “The information may well prove to be invaluable in establishing the cause of accidents by accurately reconstructing events as they happened,” explains John.

Drive Vision is a comprehensive dual camera system that works in conjunction with a competent driving performance program. The on-board visual equipment comprises a primary camera that records video footage with a 120 degree exterior view of the road ahead of the vehicle plus a secondary driver camera that provides a 160 degree view of the vehicle cab with infrared illumination for low light conditions. This is combined with a microphone that records an audio channel that accompanies the visual footage.

The camera system has a built in accelerometer which records events such as speeding, harsh braking and harsh acceleration, among others. When an event is triggered, a trained administrator in the data review centre will review the footage and produce a comprehensive analysis of the event with a driver counselling report.

“The footage spells out exactly what actions led to the event, how it was handled and what the outcome was. It is an invaluable tool for organisations and will greatly assist in risk management efforts and be of great benefit to both the driver and the company,” explains John.

“Drive Vision ultimately translates into predictable and sustainable reductions of a fleet’s operational costs, especially as far as savings on fuel and maintenance are concerned. Central to that, Drive Vision also provides the means for fleet owners to gain unprecedented collision and damage frequency reductions, which is something that is sorely needed on South African roads,” concludes John.

Government to prioritise rural safety in efforts to combat stock theft

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Categories: Business, Farming Insurance

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The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, General Bheki Cele, threw in his weight in support of the farming community and indicated that stock theft must be given the same level of priority and attention as a cash heist in the fight against crime. This follows a meeting he addressed in Queenstown, in the Eastern Cape, where victims of stock theft poured out their frustrations to the Deputy Minister about the brutal and fatal attacks on the farming community in the province.

General Cele was addressing the Eastern Cape Prevention of Stock Theft Forum together with the Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mr Mlibo Qhoboshiyane. The forum was attended by stakeholders in livestock farming, representatives from the traditional leadership, leadership of the SAPS and victims of stock theft in the province.

The issue that was mutually raised by the meeting was cross-border stock theft, involving the neighbouring countries, in particular Lesotho. General Cele made a commitment to elevate the matter and engage with the political leadership of the criminal justice cluster in decisively dealing with the matter that is crippling livestock farming in the country.

Deputy Minister Cele also committed to arrange an urgent meeting with the Lesotho counterparts responsible for agriculture and policing to address the cross-border stock theft challenges. "Police statistics indicate a sudden increase in stock theft over the past few weeks and we strongly suspect that criminals are taking advantage of the political instability in Lesotho to serve their selfish interests. It is therefore imperative for the two countries to join efforts in bringing the stock theft challenge to its knees," said General Cele.

A national Imbizo is planned to address rural safety challenges in the country. "This level of engagement with organised structures in farming must be elevated and bring everybody on board. Community participation must also be encouraged in dealing with rural safety matters. "Stock theft is at an increase because there is a market out there. This must be discouraged and culprits must face the full force of the law. Livestock farming contributes a significant percentage to food security, job creation and economic growth, and therefore, as government, we will ensure that we support the industry accordingly," Cele added.

Isuzu KB receives cosmetic updates following constructive feedback from loyal Isuzu customers

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Isuzu KB

  • Customer feedback leads to product enhancements
  • Subtle exterior tweaks augment visual appeal
  • New black upholstery elevates driving experience

The locally-engineered and built Isuzu KB has received subtle cosmetic updates, following constructive feedback from loyal Isuzu customers from around South Africa.

Isuzu Brand Manager at General Motors South Africa (GMSA), Mlungisi Nonkonyana, says: “We constantly strive to improve our products and with the added advantage of the sixth-generation Isuzu KB being developed, engineered and built for South Africans in South Africa, we are able to introduce updates with quick turnaround times for maximum effect.

“The subtle new tweaks to the Isuzu KB are all geared at enhancing visual appeal and creating a better driving experience.”

Available from mid-September 2014, the updates include a new overhead storage compartment including a sunglasses holder on LX extended cab and double cab models, and on LE and LX models, new Anthracite Grey upholstery moves the interior ambience more upmarket.

LE models now feature a more striking Anthracite Grey radiator grille and a black rear bumper as well. The LX double cab now features a chrome lockable tailgate handle, and all models now feature a centre-high-mounted stop lamp.

“The changes are now reflected on a streamlined range of 18 Isuzu KB derivatives, all powered by our renowned diesel engines,” concludes Nonkonyana.

All Isuzu KB models are sold with a fully-comprehensive 5-year/ 120 000 km warranty and roadside assistance programme, a 5-year/ unlimited mileage anti-corrosion warranty and a 5-year/ 90 000 km service plan. Service intervals are 15 000 km or twelve months for all derivatives.

Updated Isuzu KB range

Retail price incl. VAT

Single Cab

KB 250 Leed

R208 300

KB 250 Leed Fleetside

R230 800

KB 250 D-TEQ Fleetside (safety)

R257 700

KB 250 D-TEQ LE

R297 000

KB 250 D-TEQ LE 4x4

R342 500

KB 300 D-TEQ LX

R335 400

KB 300 D-TEQ LX 4x4

R389 100

Extended Cab

KB 250 D-TEQ LE

R310 400

KB 300 D-TEQ LX

R374 500

KB 300 D-TEQ LX 4x4

R429,600

                                                                   Double Cab

KB 250 D-TEQ LE

R383 900

KB 250 D-TEQ LE 4x4

R405 900

KB 300 D-TEQ LX

R426 300

KB 300 D-TEQ LX Auto

R440 100

KB 300 D-TEQ LX 4x4

R483 500

KB 300 D-TEQ LX (leather)

R436 300

KB 300 D-TEQ LX Auto (leather)

R450 100

KB 300 D-TEQ LX 4x4 (leather)

R493 500

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JPSA not surprised at SANRAL’s disrespectful attitude towards e-tolls review panel

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Categories: Legal, Life

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JOHANNESBURG – Justice Project South Africa has seen the media release sent out by SANRAL on Thursday 4 September 2014 and wishes to express its lack of any surprise to any and all of the contents contained therein, save for the statement that

“they have been in the public domain for years” when falsely claiming that “all e-toll documents [are] publicly available”.

 

 

It is not in the least bit atypical for SANRAL to disrespect the public, any form of legitimate process and to actively seek ways to continue to outwardly mislead the public, or anyone else for that matter. It is very accomplished in that regard and it would be unreasonable of anyone to expect SANRAL to participate in an open and fair assessment of the socio-economic impact e-tolling is having on the citizens of Gauteng without it being legally compelled to do so. After all, it must be remembered that SANRAL is currently still seeking a “secrecy order” over its Cape Winelands e-tolls project which involves one of the colluding construction companies from the GFIP despite its application for one having been dismissed by the Western Cape High Court.

It’s doubtful whether the Premier of Gauteng’s review panel on the socio-economic impact of e-tolling would accept, much less take cognisance of reams of blacked out papers from SANRAL in any event – not that its mandate has anything to do with investigating why e-tolling was chosen above the fuel levy and was implemented despite mass public disapproval plus the fact that it has already been demonstrated as being and inefficient and costly exercise in futility.

For SANRAL to say “All documents regarding the whole process around the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project are publicly available should the Gauteng provincial panel reviewing the e-tolls wish to peruse them” actively demonstrates its disrespect for all concerned and the fact that SANRAL simply cannot grasp what the mandate of the panel is – to probe the real socio-economic impact has had on the lives of citizens.  And SANRAL’s spokesperson has the audacity to tell people to raise their IQs?

In our view, the participation of SANRAL in the hearings would be meaningless in any event, since it is quite clear that SANRAL has no knowledge of or desire to know about the financial hardships ordinary citizens face.  All they are interested in is continuing to flog the dead horse of e-tolling “policy”, in the desperate hope that in so doing, people will eventually cave in and SANRAL won’t have to start answering questions as to why it has remained so pig-headed about protecting the ongoing interests of its so-called contractors. After all, the investors in the GFIP will get their money, regardless of whether e-tolling is used to collect it or the fuel levy is. The only real differences lie in the efficiency of the two systems to do the job and the costs that are incurred with the associated profits that contractors make in the process of collection.  That is of course, ignoring the detrimental impact on the household budgets of SANRAL’s perceived cash cow that it is trying so hard to milk until it bleeds and beyond.

It’s not a train smash that SANRAL is refusing to participate in the process.  To the contrary, SANRAL is doing everyone a huge favour by failing to avail itself of yet another opportunity to mislead everyone. In any event, it has already made its views well known by sending in a Trojan horse under the guise of “Consulting Engineers South Africa” to do its bidding and try to mislead the panel but that didn’t pan out too well now did it?

SANRAL: all e-toll documents publicly available

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Pretoria, 04 September 2014 - All documents regarding the whole process around the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project are publicly available should the Gauteng provincial panel reviewing the e-tolls wish to peruse them.

The tolls are on a national road which is a national competency. The roads agency is of the opinion that its participation in the review process would be inappropriate as the matter had been decided in relevant structures - the Cabinet approved the matter in 2007.

Furthermore, the Minister of Transport stated as recently as the 15th July in her Budget Vote speech that there is no review of “neither policy nor the legislation governing urban tolling or any other tolling” that has been undertaken by government. SANRAL is very clear about where it reports. Until the agency is advised otherwise by national government, it will carry on implementing what is government policy.

The documents on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project answer questions as to how it was conceived; the role played by the Gauteng provincial government, why it was decided to go the e-toll route, the advantages of the upgrading of these highways and the pro-active steps to favour the poorer communities.

They have been in the public domain for years.

“The fact that we have exempted public transport – including taxis that are registered – from all toll fees, demonstrates our concerns about the rising cost of living among the poor, who predominantly use public transport,”

says Vusi Mona, SANRAL’s head of communications.

Open-road tolling was only introduced after comprehensive studies by respected economists pointed to the cumulative negative impact of traffic congestion on economic activity. A clear case was made to improve the quality of the highway network in the province and to address the high impact of congestion, wasted fuel, travel times and productivity.

“We took a long term perspective and also considered the consequences for the economy and its ability to create jobs and growth opportunities should the road infrastructure not have been addressed,”

says Mona.

Following a process of consultation – which has since passed the scrutiny of the courts after legal actions brought by opponents – a considered decision was taken to fund the construction of the improved highway through open-road tolling.

Among the reasons why this specific method of funding was chosen it that it provides options that favour poorer communities through exemptions, special discounts and flexible tariffs. A blanket increase in the fuel levy, as favoured by COSATU and other opponents such as OUTA and the Democratic Alliance, would not have provided SANRAL with this flexibility.

SANRAL implements government policy, Mona said, and any change or review of policy is a political process that the agency will not enter.

National task team nabs suspects in possession of Rhino Horns

Rhino horn medicineA South African Police Service (SAPS) special task team, under the leadership of Lieutenant General Vinesh Moonoo, set up to investigate rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park (KNP), yesterday arrested two suspects.

The SAPS team, together with Tracker and KNP Rangers, arrested two South Africans, aged 55 and 40 years, after being found in possession of two rhino horns with a total weight of approximately 4kgs. These horns were removed from an adult rhino with a possible age of 5 years.

The SAPS team was busy conducting crime-scene investigations in the park when they were alerted that employees of a private company in the park were involved in illicit dealing in rhino horns.

Our investigators followed up on the information which led to the initial arrest of the 40 year old suspect and then the subsequent arrest of the 55 year old suspect. The rhino horns were found hidden in nearby bushes and confiscated.

Both suspects were allegedly in negotiations to sell the horns to a Mozambican national. The Mozambican could not be traced but the detectives were able to confiscate his Ford Ranger as well as a Toyota Corolla belonging to the 40 year old suspect. Detectives are working closely with their counterparts from neighbouring Mozambique to trace the third suspect.

The two South African suspects are expected to appear in the White River Magistrates court on Friday, 5 September 2014 on charges of unlawful possession of rhino horns and restricted activities (poaching) in the park. This team of detectives is also busy with another incident in which a man and his wife were attacked by intruders at their residence in Sabi Sands on Monday at approximately 2am. Both victims survived the terrible ordeal despite sustaining multiple stab wounds. The motive at this stage is possibly robbery.

No arrests have as yet been made but detectives are following up on strong leads.

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism shares highlights for Tourism Month

Knysna lagoon birds

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism invites you to share and participate in the tourism month activities. Listed below are some of the highlights to participate in during the first week. We will forward an update next week and should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact NMBT on 041 582 2575 or for more events and details visit the events calendar on www.nmbt.co.za

Saturday, 6 September 2014 will be a great opportunity to join in andwalk the Flamingo Trail in the Zwartkops Nature Reserve. The walk starts at 9:00 and should last between 3 to 4 hours. Should the weather not be great the Aloe Trail will be done. The trail is 11 km long, but there are different short cuts so families with children can come and walk as far as they are able

The walk includes wonderful panoramic views of the area and the experience of walking through 3m high Valley Thicket. The Flamingoes are a magnificent sight on the salt pans. If you are interested in attending please meet at the Algoa Brick factory off Grahamstown Rd where there will be guards to look after your cars. Bring a hat, good walking shoes, and a stick for the slippery parts, water, a snack and mosquito repellent.

The South African Police, Mo Jazz and Municipality crime awareness and prevention initiative also takes place on Saturday 6th September at 2 3Nundu Street NU11 Motherwell and starts at 13h00.

Mxhosa Pop Up Exhibition is open to the public on Friday 5th September and Saturday 6th September from 13h00 – 17h00 at Havana Blue next to McArthurs Pools. MaXhosa by Laduma has set its footprint nationally and globally foreseeing more opportunities to grow internationally. Born and bred in the Eastern Cape, Nelson Mandela Bay, brand dedicated and named after the unsung Artisans which are the ancient Xhosa people, the brand can authentically celebrate its birth source home.

Also view:

Road Safety Advice for Foreigners driving in South Africa 

Axis introduces modular miniature camera series with wide dynamic range for high image detail

Axis Fseries camera

Axis Communications, a  leader in network video, will, this month, introduce to South African and African end users a modular camera series that not only gives customers discreet surveillance solutions that provide high image detail, but also great flexibility in choosing the units that are ideal for the installation.

“The Axis F Series enables great flexibility and discreetness with superb video performance, even in high-contrast lighting conditions,” says Jason McGregor, sales manager at Axis Communications. “The series is based on a divided network camera concept, where the camera is split into a lens and image sensor unit, and a main unit – a concept that was first introduced in the Axis P12 Series.”

The divided network camera concept allows a small sensor unit to be installed discreetly in tight places and the bigger main unit to be placed elsewhere and away from public view. Axis F Series consists of units that are all sold separately - including the Axis F41 Main Unit and four compatible Axis F sensor units with different form factors and lens types for different field of views.

The F41 Main Unit houses the processor, network, power, SD card slot and other connections, and can connect to one Axis F sensor unit. Each sensor unit, which consists of a lens and image sensor, comes with the choice of a 3-m or 12-m (10-ft. or 39-ft.) pre-mounted cable for connecting to the main unit.

“The small sensor units can be flush-mounted in walls, ceilings, doorways, elevators and behind sheet metal with only the small lens surface visible—in the case of the pinhole unit, just a tiny hole for the lens,” says McGregor. “Certain F sensor units can also withstand tough conditions such as vibrations, shocks and temperature fluctuations, which make them ideal for use inside and outside of emergency vehicles. The modular concept also gives customers the flexibility to purchase the sensor unit that is ideal for their application.”

The F41 Main Unit supports the following features:

• Axis’ Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) – Forensic Capture, which enables details from both bright and dark areas of a scene to be visible; ideal for scenarios such as at entrances or in front of ATMs where the subject may be dark against a bright background, or in night-time situations where the camera must handle low-light environments together with bright lights from vehicles, street lamps, signage and stores

• HDTV 1080p video at up to 50/60 frames per second, ideal for capturing fast-moving objects and generating smoother video

• Two-way audio

• Input/output ports to external devices for enhanced alarm management

• RS232 port for integration of external data to the video

• Full-sized SD card slot for local storage

• Power over Ethernet, as well as the option of connecting to an external power supply

• Intelligent video capabilities such as video motion detection, active tampering alarm and downloadable applications through the AXIS Camera Application Platform

Casual Day delivers wheelchairs and stationery to one of Soweto’s neediest schools

Casual Day visits Adelaide Tambo School

Adelaide Tambo School principal Mr Lindela Memani, Casual Day ambassadors Simphiwe Mkhize, Nicole Laxton and Bernadette Rigney, with Adelaide Tambo educator Ms Belsie Makhubo.

Casual Day has teamed up with LeadSA to help an anonymous good Samaritan realise his birthday wish to hand out 50 wheelchairs to 50 people, rather than have a 50th birthday party, to honour his wonderful grandmother.

The Casual Day team decided to reach out a hand of friendship to the Adelaide Tambo School for children with disabilities in White City, Jabavu, in Soweto. This school, which has 320 learners with physical and learning disabilities and has not participated in Casual Day before.

Casual Day sponsored each of the children with an official Casual Day T-shirt and the school with R2 000 worth of stationery. On top of that, the team handed over five of the 50 wheelchairs to the school. Casual Day ambassadors Nicole Laxton, Simphiwe Mkhize and Bernadette Rigney were there to hand over the goodies.

The Principal Mr Lindela Memani said:  ‘A big thank you to Casual Day and the anonymous donor, Mr 50. We are so humbled and amazed that people would reach out to us out here. To the anonymous donor somewhere out there, we hope he gets the message of thanks from the school and may God bless him.’

Nicole said: ‘I am extremely humbled that there are facilities of this nature for children with disabilities. These children stole my heart.’

Simphiwe said: ‘Wow, this school is amazing and how wonderful to experience seeing these children in this environment in the area from where I come.’

Bernadette said:  ‘I visited the school two years ago and it was so wonderful to see such a big improvement. There is always a need and at least 30 children here still need funding for wheelchairs.’

Casual Day is South Africa’s most successful fundraising project for persons with disabilities – and the amount raised for last year has climbed to R24.8 million. Sponsored by The Edcon Group, Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA), which this year celebrates 75 years of service to the community of persons with disabilities.

According to Project Leader Celeste Vinassa, who was unable to attend the handover: ‘We want all schools serving learners with disabilities to be able to participate in Casual Day. So far Adelaide Tambo has been unable to participate in Casual Day and this is our way of including them. Although the school can raise funds for itself via the project, they do not have the resources to do so. I am told that most of the learners come from disadvantaged families, others are orphans raised by grandparents, and their social grants maintain families.

‘We therefore appeal to all the businesses in the area to bring out the bling and help the school join the extended Casual Day family.’

The school provides education to learners and learning starts from Grade 1 – 12 for day scholars and boarders. The school caters for learners with learning barriers on a wide spectrum physically challenged and slow learners but following the normal curriculum. The school has 150 learners residing at the hostel and has five vehicles transporting other learners to and from school. These buses operate within Soweto locations on different routes.

Says Vinassa ‘The school has huge needs and we need the community here to help us make life easier for the teachers and carers.

Casual Day provides the country with the opportunity to show their solidarity with persons with disabilities, at the same time enjoying teambuilding and camaraderie with their fellow participants. It gives South Africans the opportunity to be creative and have fun while contributing to the betterment of society. It is community spirit in action.

So Bring out the Bling on Friday 5 September.

If you would like to assist Adelaide Tambo School become a Casual Day participant and raise funds through this nationally recognised brand.

You can contact the organisers of the project on 011 609 7006 or visit our website at www.casualday.co.za

The funds are raised as a result of a R10 donation for a Casual Day sticker.

Stickers are available from:
Edgars, Jet, JetMart, Boardmans, CNA, Red Square and Legit;
Absa outlets;
Game and DionWired stores;
Shoprite and Checkers stores; and
You can also donate online.

Keep abreast of activities at Casual Day on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CasualDaySA

Twitter: @CasualDay_SA

#BringouttheBling

#CasualDay

 

What you drive may reveal wealth…How you drive reveals intelligence!!

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Categories: Car Insurance, Vehicle

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Safe driving requires thoughtfulness and the making of informed decisions. The safe driver will not speed in a residential area. He will obey the rules of the road and be alert to the possibility of others entering the roads without the required caution. He will also know where and when to overtake safely and avoid doing so across a barrier line.

More importantly, he will be aware that with a pedestrian fatality rate of 35-40% in South Africa even more caution is required when driving in residential areas!

The driver in the above video sadly does not seem to possess this knowledge or the ability to adjust his driving to be safer.

Also view:

Defensive Driving and Road Safety

Safe Overtaking and Road Safety