A successful community-based enterprise development project (EDP) has taken shape at Key Durban through two local truck driver training schools. An effective EDP is definitely not about cash handouts, but rather a process of developing skills and growing enterprises at a ‘grass roots’ level – that’s where Isuzu trucks provide an activity cornerstone.

It is a ‘win-win’ for all concerned - both Xolani’s and Linda’s Driver Training schools with Key Durban in support. Xolani and Linda each have the use of a new Isuzu NLR 150 dropside-bodied truck which at a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 4200kg provides a driver with a Code C1 (old Code 10) licence. A C1 licence allows a driver to operate any truck with GVM from 3500kg up to 16000kg – approximately 1,5 t to 8t payload depending upon cargo body mass. The driver training schools must provide fuel and insurance cover.

What makes this a ‘win’ for Key Durban? Both Xolani and Linda driver training schools use the Isuzu NLR 150 for anywhere from 6 to 12 months. When the vehicle is returned it goes into Key Durban used vehicle stock. There is a waiting list to purchase these excellent units that have only seen light duty operations. Within one year the two trucks have now been replaced three times with new replacements – this keeps maintenance costs at a minimum and the driver training schools have a smart new image. Finally, Key Durban also cover the depreciated value of the training unit in the sale of as good used unit that at least allows Key Durban to break even on the EDP cost.

The EDP focus is on the local community. Xolani and Linda driver training schools operate in Umlazi, Lamontville, Isipingo, Mobeni, Durban South and as far afield as Amanzimtoti. These two driver training schools also offer driver training to Key Durban fleet customers – Linda is also training Key Durban staff to obtain Code C1 heavy-duty licences.

A truck is a business. Every truck on the road represents a business opportunity, not only for a driver but also for the logistical chain and support staff that surround the truck that he/she drives. And a new Isuzu NLR 150 enhances the vision of operating a modern successful business – it sets the standard and promotes the concept of safety, efficient service and the possibility of becoming an owner driver.

The Isuzu NLR 150 presents the highest standard of safety for an aspirant truck driver. An Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) is accompanied by a standard engine exhaust brake – all of this in addition to the dual-circuit protected footbrake. Included in the specification is power-steering and electric powered side-windows. This will also attract women drivers.

A major challenge to driver training is securing an appointment date for the official driver test. This must be made at least 3 months in advance.

Xolani Mgobhozi and Sthenbile Mkhize who received the new Isuzu trucks are most appreciative of the way that Key Durban is handling the project – it’s a win-win for all involved.