Based in Brackenfell Cape Town, Siyabonwa Logistix was started by Sidwell Pharela and his wife Nopinkie as a fully black owned entity in May 2009 and to date remains a majority black owned business, commanding a significant fleet and client portfolio.
During January 2015, as part of the company`s growth and expansion plans, Pieter Visser of Tip Trans came on board as both shareholder and director. His vast experience in building up the Tip Trans Group to a significant role player in the Western Cape assisted Siyabonwa to grow both in fleet size and client base and being a sister company to Tip Trans, paved the way for future expansion.
Our mission and vision is to consistently grow in our particular niche market and to become the first choice transporter of local and long-distance bulk and general goods.
We will achieve this through the sustainable growth of the company and its people by way of nurturing an efficient, profitable and service driven environment. We will provide fair and equitable employment across the board; empowering our people to grow the business with us and to become an excellent service provider to our valued clients and partners in the transport business.
We have a fully fitted workshop and onsite mechanic, even though all our vehicles are under maintenance contracts with the various truck manufacturers. All our vehicles are linked to on-road support via major cities and larger towns throughout Southern Africa. All our vehicles are fitted with Digicore SA C-Track tracking units which provides access to live 24-hour satellite tracking of vehicles and their locations.
Currently, our major clients include Coca-Cola Canners, Peninsula Beverage Co., Pioneer Foods, SA Breweries, Donaldson Filtration, Permoseal, Olympia Paints, Peri Wiehahn, Expeditors and RNA Distributors.
Our BBBEE Success Story
As a level 2 BBBEE value added contributor, we are committed to the principles of empowerment and we consider it as an opportunity to provide excellent value to our client base. We are conscious of the fact that long term sustainability is achieved through improved service levels and maintaining a strong company ethic.
As a responsible BEE Compliant company, we are committed to the continued provisions of black empowerment programs in South Africa. Mr Pharela understands the importance of continued empowerment of previously disadvantaged individuals and communities. In terms of this commitment, Siyabonwa Logistix continuously strives to improve the lives of all stakeholders, inclusive of its own personnel, clients and the broader general community it interacts with.
From an original 2 truck & trailer combinations fleet, we have grown to a fleet of 26 combinations, consisting of Volvo’s, Scania’s and International Eagles and MAN trucks combining 6/12m tautliner and 6/12m flat deck trailer combinations.
We transport goods between all major centres in South Africa as well as cross-border to Namibia and Botswana.
We also offer part-loads upon request, providing long distance transport solutions to clients that might want to transport a smaller load.
In addition to this we outsource some work to a pre-approved and carefully selected group of subcontractors whose vehicles are branded in Siyabonwa’s logo’s and colours.
Our aim, as a responsible organisation, is to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations to reflect the present sensitivity surrounding environmental issues. This includes, but is not limited to, more fuel-efficient vehicles such as Euro III (European Emission Standards) specifications and better route planning to reduce the kilometre distances travelled. We aim to achieve Euro V requirements and we are continuously developing and refining the load capacity of our vehicles to optimise space and travel times.
We are also extremely conscious of security and safety issues; all our vehicles are therefore fitted with the latest live feed four-way camera system that provide us with a combination of ‘sight and sound’ video technology and ongoing web-based reporting via DriveCam Online. This has resulted in our drivers being more disciplined and responsible and has enabled us to implement corrective steps if required.
There are 5 flat decks in the fleet, consisting of 6/12 interlink combinations as well as tri-axle units. These units are utilised to transport steel, related products and machinery. We are also able to transport ocean freight to and from Cape Town harbour with our fleet of containerized trailers.
We have 26 side curtain tautliner interlinks in the fleet, typically for fast-moving consumer goods such as beverages, sugar, packaging materials and cereal but also chemicals and filtration auto parts.
Our super links are “dangerous goods” graded and can transport cross border into Botswana and Namibia.
We also have a 1200m square warehouse facility available, conveniently located near our head office. This facility provides long or short term storage solutions to our clients. This space can be rented independently or in conjunction with our transport services.
We Are An Accredited Transporter of Dangerous Goods
All Siyabonwa vehicles are fully equipped to transport dangerous goods. We have a safety and quality accreditation issued in terms of the Safety and Quality Assessment System, which is recognized by the Chemical and Allied Industries Association.
The system ensures that when dangerous goods are transported, there are adequate safety measures in place which will protect the environment as well as anyone who may come into contact with such goods. Our clients are assured that we transport dangerous goods in a safe, responsible manner with utmost care to the environment and we constantly strive to further improve our safety standards.
The Siyabonwa Team currently consist of 28 permanent Code 14 drivers, 2 logistics Controllers, an Admin Manager, Debtors Clerk, Creditors Clerk, Financial Manager and 6 general administrative personnel.