Our 2016 Winners
Lawrence Matavire employed by Hellman Worldwide Logistics based in Johannesburg was announced as South Africa’s Highway Hero and took home R75,000 in cash and prizes. The two runner-ups, Jansen Msithini from Autobulk (Pty) Ltd, Gauteng, and Jefson Chuma from Kopano Fuel (Pty) Ltd, also based in Gauteng, received cash and prizes worth R40,000 and R20,000 respectively. The fleet owner of the winner also took home R25,000 in prizes.
Carte Blanche’s Derek Watts, DJ and self-confessed ‘petrol-head’ Sasha Martinengo, musician Loyiso Bala, and Expresso presenter Katlego Moboe have lent their voices in support of this annual campaign that recognises and celebrates South Africa’s top truck drivers.
The Highway Heroes campaign was launched in 2015 with the aim to highlight the important role that truck drivers play in the economy – transporting invaluable essential goods to every corner of the country seven days a week, every day of the year.
“The idea behind the Highway Heroes campaign was to create awareness around the challenges truck drivers encounter on our roads and also to encourage good driving behaviour in order to make our roads safer. This year we continue to honour and celebrate the individuals who make daily sacrifices to ensure that the country runs efficiently. I am very proud of the success of this campaign,” says Paul Dangerfield, Highway Heroes campaign manager at Regent Commercial Vehicles (RCV).
The Highway Heroes campaign aims to recognise and award those truck drivers, insured by Regent Insurance, that display the best driver behaviour in their day-to-day duties. For the competition, the top 27 finalists were measured over a 45-day telematics assessment obtained from a Ctrack telematics device installed into their trucks. The device measured elements such as manoeuvring, speed and distances travelled to determine the best and most responsible drivers.
“I am so happy to have won this prize. Never in my life did I expect to win a prize like this and to me, it is a miracle. I want to encourage all truck drivers to drive safely on the roads. Don’t speed, follow the rules of the road and be mindful of others who share the road with you. Most importantly, always listen to your superiors. They know a great deal about the transport industry and if you listen to them and the valuable advice they give you, you can work better as a team and achieve great things,” says Lawrence Matavire, South Africa’s Highway Hero for 2016.
Regent’s philosophy is driver-centric and we believe that a systemic approach improves driver behaviour and saves lives. And combined with advanced technology this will allow for control to be in the hands of the driver and a fleet owner which will lead to successful operation of the business and safety on the roads,” concluded Dangerfield.