Wealth from Waste

Despite the early-summer heat wave, a sense of excitement pervades the parking lot at MAN Truck & Bus headquarters in Isando where twenty black entrepreneurs have gathered to take ownership of brand new, custom-built MAN CLA waste compactors. Down the road at MAN Rosherville, ten more empowerment candidates await the official handover of the keys to their very own CLA ‘dustbin lorry’. By lunchtime, MAN Truck & Bus Africa’s largest CLA customer fleet is on the road and ready for duty, backed by a powerful partnership committed to creating wealth for its customers.

After winning a tender issued by the Ekurhuleni Municipality in 2008 for the supply of waste management services to the townships of Thembisa and Vosloorus, empowerment facilitation organisation, Tedcor, in partnership with BBBEE company, Lehloa, recently took ownership of 30 new MAN CLA waste compactors as part of a Community Based Contractor empowerment project by the Development Contractor known as Hlanzekile Waste, which will serve as a business springboard for 30 black entrepreneurs.

The thirty Community Based Contractors (including nine women) are all residents of the aforementioned townships and will take full ownership of their MAN CLA waste compactors at the end of a five-year contract which will be overseen by the Tedcor-Lehloa joint-venture.

According to Tedcor’s operations director, Clarence Hamman, “Lehloa will manage liaison with the Ekurhuleni municipality and the communities, while Tedcor will direct the day-to-day operations of Hlanzekile Waste, supplying all the necessary business and transport management skills training to ensure each candidate establishes a sustainable enterprise. MAN Truck & Bus Africa will play a pivotal role in the partnership, making sure the trucks run efficiently and reliably for as long as they are in service.”

Powering the Hlanzekile Waste fleet is the MAN CLA 15 220 BB 4x2 rigid truck, fitted with a unique waste compactor body supplied by TFM. “The compactor is sophisticated but simple, with fewer hydraulic components than conventional models and specifically designed for labour intensive application. The CLA is powerful, economical, rugged and comfortable, forming the ideal base for the PTO-driven compactor,” adds Hamman.

Designed specifically for on/off-road applications like construction and waste management (where landfill sites need to be negotiated), the MAN CLA 15 220 BB brings German technology and comfort to the Hlanzekile Waste fleet, qualities much appreciated by the owner-drivers who, along with 14 loading assistants per truck, will collect refuse five days a week in their respective areas.

“I love this truck and so do my assistants,” says Deborah Mnguni, Hlanzekile Waste Community Based Contractor. “My relief-driver and I have been trained by MAN how to drive it properly and my loading assistants know exactly how to work the TFM compactor. This really is the opportunity of a lifetime!”

With the rainy season upon us, the dusty streets of Thembisa and Vosloorus will often turn muddy and not without danger - contingencies the CLA is designed to handle.

“With a 220HP turbo-charged MAN engine delivering 830Nm of torque, plus class-leading ground clearance, steel suspension and hypoid axles, the CLA 15 220 BB has all the elements to safely handle the diverse terrain the Hlanzekile Waste fleet will deal with on a daily basis.

From a safety angle, the CLA is equipped with ABS and an engine-valve brake. The six-speed manual transmission is effortless and an air-sprung driver seat helps to reduce fatigue,” says Johan Cloete, Management Board Member - Truck Sales at MAN Truck & Bus Africa.

Now in its 14th year with an extremely successful track record in launching sustainable Community Based Contractor operations, Tedcor, working with its partner Lehloa, has formed an alliance with MAN, foregoing competitor truck brands in its empowerment fleets.

“We wanted a long-term technical partner to advise on various trucking applications and bring hands-on support to Tedcor fleet operations. MAN has always gone the extra mile, offering trial units, driver training, preferential pricing, swift turnaround times and personal service at executive level, effectively succeeding where others have failed,” says Hamman.

With a growing portfolio of trucks built specifically for African conditions, MAN Truck & Bus Africa has scored something of a coup with the Hlanzekile Waste contract as far as brand-building amongst the public is concerned.

“Clean street are a fundamental human right in any democracy and all of us at MAN are proud that these 30 new CLA compactors will be performing such a vital and visible role in the lives of their owners and the residents of Thembisa and Vosloorus,” concludes Cloete.