SA Metal Group is proud of its large vehicle fleet, able to operate short and long haul transport across Southern Africa. Vehicles are used in both our scrap metal and waste operations (see Waste Control).
The Group operates a fleet of over 150 vehicles and 100 trailers nationally. The fleet includes a broad range of vehicles including roll on roll off (“roro”) vehicles. These vehicles are capable of interchanging a range of containers to transport liquids and solids – from light, high volume materials such as light-gauge scrap metal and sawdust to heavy material such as builder’s rubble and cast iron.
Our skip loader fleet has the ability to interchange containers to suit various waste and scrap applications. In addition to these, we operate vehicles fitted with truck-mounted grab-cranes in rigid and articulated configurations.
Where applicable, SA Metal containers are placed at the works of suppliers to be filled with recyclable materials.
The Group also operates container-lifting waste compaction vehicles in the Western Cape. These offer compaction waste collection services for domestic waste to municipalities, as well as to commerce and industry (see Waste Control).
Our fleet is meticulously maintained via the national dealer networks of truck manufacturers in accordance with their recommended service intervals. Our comprehensive in-house technical facilities, staffed by qualified engineers and artisans, are responsible for the maintaining and repairing of our fleet and equipment, as well as the manufacture and repair of containers for our “roro” and skip-loader vehicles. Our facilities include mechanical workshops, hydraulic workshops, precision machine shops and boilermaking shops.
All our vehicles are closely monitored by satellite tracking and drivers are instructed and controlled via two-way radio communication. Tracking information is available to our suppliers on request. In addition, all loads carried, even if not yet paid for, are insured in full at SA Metal Group’s risk.
Our fleet is comprehensively insured and our drivers are fully trained by the Nissan Diesel Driver Training Academy. Additionally, all drivers undergo annual refresher training for the handling of dangerous goods, and all have certification for operating truck-mounted cranes and lifting equipment. The health of our staff is monitored by our on-site Occupational Health Facilities and we subscribe to stringent health and safety and environmental policies (see Health and Safety).
We also subcontract to and have relationships with many transport contractors in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.