AFRIT is one of the most respected and innovative trailer manufacturers in Africa. Our effective design and manufacturing processes constantly address the balance between strength, mass and durability whilst our fully equipped on-call mobile after sales service teams ensure you have support no matter where the road may take you.
And when you consider our philosophy that has been our foundation since 1968: To deliver the lightest possible trailers with uncompromising quality, you’ll never be in doubt which trailer will keep working day in. Night out.
AFRIT, as we know it today, has been built on the solid foundations of family heritage, sound business principles and an uncompromising commitment to quality.
Arend van de Wetering arrived in SA from the Netherlands in 1955 with his wife and 8 children. He had a remarkable affinity for steel and the ability to fashion it into quality automotive components, a skill he passed onto his sons — Gerrit, Klaas, Johan and Theo van de Wetering. In 1968, Arend and his sons, Gerrit and Klaas, formed Van de Wetering Engineering (PTY) Ltd, and within a short period, they were producing vehicles for the military, as well as conducting general engineering for the motor and building industries.
By the time brothers Theo and Johan joined the family business in the early 70’s, the company had already earned a reputation of operating according to honest business practices and delivering finished products of the highest quality. These business principles and ethics are still very apparent in the AFRIT of the 21st century.
In 1983, the van de Wetering family bought AFRIT (an acronym for Alf Finn Road Industrial Trailers) with expansion and development in mind. By 1992, the company ceased its work for ARMSCOR (SADF) and the government, and by 1994 had transformed into a 100% commercial operation. AFRIT’s sole focus was on becoming the number one choice for customers in the road transport industry. Reflecting back at the past 50 years it is clear that Afrit has played a crucial part in the commercial trailer industry. Its evolution from an engineering and manufacturing company to a leader in commercial trailer industry is testament to its pioneering spirit and its ability to grow from challenges.
Our success story remains incomplete without the support of our clients and customers. We would like to share our gratitude for your continued support over the past 50 years.
Looking to the future, focusing on built quality and innovation, the consistent drive for improvement becomes a powerful force that will drive the next 50 years and beyond. With a clear vision Afrit is in for the long haul and geared towards the future.
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We saw 82 817 visitors stream through the gates to visit and engage with the 746 exhibitors on show, enjoying the farm hospitality and exciting atmosphere on offer at the NAMPO showgrounds just outside Bothaville. This proves, once again, that there is still strong reason for hope and optimism among South African producers.
NAMPO is not only a local crowd that gathers each year. Foreign visitors and exhibitors extract great value from this platform as an opportunity to engage and reach out to South African farmers, as well as farmers across the African continent. Increased interest and foreign investment gives hope that there is still a bright future to explore.
Representatives from Israel, Poland, England, America, India, France, Italy, Denmark, China, Turkey and Russia were among the participants in this year’s Harvest Day.
AFRIT, celebrating 50 years of innovation, showcased 8 of its finest trailer models at this year’s event. A High Volume T6 Tautliner, with its easily-adjustable double-stacking system, was displayed to showcase its lightweight stacking solution for multiple loads, offering optimal volumetric loading capabilities. While the newly upgraded ET8 End Tipper also had rock-and- sand shifters excited about its latest functional design improvements. Also on exhibit, the specialized SD8 Stepdeck trailer showed-off its very noticeable upgrades; such as a lower deck height for a better loading approach angle, wider ramps with improved grip for ease off loading and improved load securing options - to name a few.
Major news for future attendees has emerged, with NAMPO deciding to expand its footprint to the Western Cape! This diverse and dynamic agricultural family can now look forward to NAMPO Cape, which will be presented in collaboration with Grain SA at Bredasdorp in the Western Cape from 12 to 14 September 2018. This trade and stock expo is to become a base and anchor point for the latest agricultural information, market place news, networking opportunities and a gathering place for everyone in the region with an interest in agriculture. More information on NAMPO Cape is available via the www.nampo.co.za website.
AFRIT. LEADING THE WAY FOR FIVE DECADES.
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AFRIT Group recently joined leading transport sector brand SCANIA Trucks in lending its support to an industry training initiative – the Commercial Professional Driver (CPD) Academy, established on the outskirts of Heidelberg in 2017, by one of AFRIT’’s clients, Reinhardt Transport Group (Pty) Ltd.
AFRIT and Reinhardt Transport Group has had a long standing relationship stretching over more than a decade. The first batch of trailers ordered was in February 2008 and the numbers have since grown steadily on an annual basis.
The Afrit Group contributed towards this World-class commercial driver education centre to assist with the needed infrastructure requirements and also through Phuma Finance extended preferential financing terms for the CPD training fleet.
“We have operated in the Southern African transport sector for over four decades, and are happy to be involved in worthwhile initiatives that will benefit our clients and our industry,” says Andre van de Wetering, chief executive officer of the AFRIT Group. “The CPD Academy aims to introduce a new class of commercial driver to our roads – drivers who will be assets to the industry, with the requisite skills to look after commercial vehicles and their cargo, and navigate their routes safely and efficiently.”
The CPD Academy’s first intake of students began their TETA-accredited internship in August 2017. Every two weeks a new intake of five drivers enrols in the first of four internship phases.
In summary, these phases comprise:
The interns hail from the communities in the geographical areas that Reinhardt Transport serves. Once word of the CPD Academy got out, there was a steady stream of applicants. These first undergo interviews and psychometric testing, to ensure that they are suited to the internship, and importantly to a career as a commercial driver, which comes with a lot of responsibility, long hours, and time away from family and home.
Qualifying students receive a bursary including a daily stipend for the first phase. Thus, when they begin their year-long internship, they are already embarking on a career path, that will see them progressing their skills.
Director of the CPD Academy, Rodney Houston-McMillan, says that their aim is to provide the transport market with the best qualified drivers available, and to position CPD as the most reputable ultra-heavy vehicle driving centre in the country. The on-the-job training that commences in Phase Two, provides drivers with invaluable experience in the driving seat – gained over many hours and kilometres driven on Southern African roads. Drivers capture all of their trips in a logbook, which over the years becomes proof of their experience, and a valuable record to give future employers.
“At CPD we are setting the qualification benchmark higher than any other current training provider in South Africa,” says Houston-McMillan. “The structure of our programme was developed following consultation with transport companies, as well as the financing and insurance providers to the industry, who all have their own checklists and experience requirements to consider.”
In addition to bringing the best drivers into the industry and providing refresher training to those already in the industry, the CPD training model is raising the level of employable, skilled South Africans within the transport sector. “Being a professional commercial driver is not an easy career. It is however an honourable one, that is not just about navigating the route – it’s about managing a 100-ton of metal, steel and cargo, from start to finish, and doing so safely, confidently and with due care,” concludes Houston-McMillan.
The Academy’s premises in Heidelberg include offices, classrooms (with state-of-the-art audio-visual teaching technology), workshops for practical sessions, a large yard for introductory training, and a canteen. At the end of a full year cycle, the Academy expects to have qualified at least 150 previously disadvantaged South Africans, as professional commercial drivers.
“The CPD training concept and facility is one that I am sure will garner support from other industry stakeholders, particularly as it produces graduates and matures,” says van de Wetering. “We are looking forward to a continued association and seeing them excel in their endeavour,”
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