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Lukas Jacobs Retires after 13 years of service at Kobus Duvenhage Bouers
Lukas was one of the first employees appointed in 2003 when Kobus Duvenhage Builders opened for the first time.

He started working as a truck operator and as the company has grown over the years , so did Lukas and after 13 years, he retired on 9 December 2016 as a crane operator.

Lukas was a great asset to the company and his loyal, dedicated service will always be remembered. The team at Kobus Duvenhage Builders wish him all the best for his future.

South Africa: Engen Expands Truck Stop Network
Engen truck stop netweork | Kobus Duvenhage Bouers
Paul Westcott, Engen Regional Sales Manager for Commercial Fuels vividly recalls the first site meeting he had on 25 May 2011 for the Upington site.

“Standing in the scrub and bush in the countryside about five kilometres outside Upington, we were speaking with representatives of the Griqualand West Ko-op (GWK) and the developer, Kobus Duvenhage. We all shared the vision for a big facility, one catering for 80 – 100 trucks; capable of dispensing petrol, diesel and gas: with all the facilities that truckers and the growing local community would need and value.”

Almost five years later, having covered rezoning applications and processes, not to mention the actual building and fitting of tanks and pumps, this dream has become a reality: and it owes – according to Westcott – both to the commitment of the three parties in the venture and to the replication of the Truck Stop template that has worked so successfully for Engen elsewhere.

“The spacious truck port can comfortably cater for 100 overnight stopovers. Along with a restroom and showers, we offer a laundry, an ATM - so folk don’t have to ride all the way into Upington – a Take-Away, Biltong shop and an OK Express Supermarket, packed with grocery and convenience items. It sets a standard that we’d like to see replicated in the future.”

“Engen’s 14th Truck Stop is perfectly placed, well timed and brilliantly equipped to impact the lives of drivers and the local community for the better; as well as to fill a large gap in Engen customers’ route plans and stop-over schedules,” adds Joe Mahlo, Engen’s general manager of sales and marketing. Equally proud will be Kobus Duvenhage, the site owner and developer. After all, whilst it’s been a long time coming, the Engen Upington Truck Stop has been well worth waiting for. As part of the launch of Upington Truck Stop, Engen will also be holding a one day Engen Driver Wellness event, offering free health screenings for drivers.

Driver Wellness is a mobile health awareness initiative which educates truck drivers about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle whilst on the road. Truck operators work long hours, frequently leading to imbalanced lifestyles and unhealthy choices. Education helps to remind the drivers why their health is important and how life choices impact on their well-being. This ultimately increases their health, safety and productivity.

Five years since its inception, the health awareness initiative aligned to Trucking Wellness, is an initiative by the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry, which is a primary healthcare delivery programme dedicated to the wellness of those employed in the Road Freight and Logistics Industry. PetrolWorld 120416
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