The workshop was hosted by Buscor at its terminal in Bulpin Street, Nelspruit. The workshop was opened by Ms Nora Fakunde, the executive chairperson of Buscor, who delivered a thought provoking address specifically on the application of RTMS at Buscor. It was encouraging to note that RTMS had such a significant safety impact at the company.

The Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety and Security also emphasised the need for self-regulation and its support of RTMS. Paul Nordengen provided compelling evidence of the need for RTMS in the South African context. Oliver Naidoo (JC Auditors) outlined the RTMS auditing requirements and the process. The case studies prove to be the most enthralling for the large and diverse audience. This included a presentation from Exxaro Coal by Cobus Taljaard focusing specifically on the RTMS from a consignor/consignee perspective. Cobus was well qualified to offer an expert view as Exxaro are the first and only company to have achieved RTMS Certification for Consignor/Consignees. Leon Grobelaar (Buscor) provided insights on how a bus operator has implemented the required systems to achieve RTMS certification. Other presentations by Adrian Van Tonder (Barloworld Transport Solutions/Manline) & Louis Tolmay (Ngululu Bulk Carriers) again confirmed the benefits accrued to their company RTMS certification. The effervescent Kathy Bell (Standard Bank Asset Finance) provided a unique insight from a funders perspective whilst Steve Cornelius (although somewhat less effervescentJ) did nonetheless provide a frank perspective of the workings of the Insurance industry and how RTMS was used as a risk mitigation tool.

Paul Nordengen introduced the concept of Smart Trucks/PBS, which offered both safety and productivity benefits. This project is one of the most innovative in the global road transport arena and South Africa is proud to be at the forefront of such cutting edge technology.

At the end of the workshop the delegates showed keen interest by participating in various discussions on the presentation delivered.  Buscor generously provided lunch for all delegates who didn’t waste any time in quickly moving the loads of food off the table – one wouldn’t expect anything less from truckers and bussers!