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For 11 years, Ever Star Industries (ESI) has been in the business of assembling trucks and yellow equipment, as well the provision of parts and service.
It is always amazing to recognise staff service that is as old as the existence of our business, or even older. For many that wonder how that is possible, it’s because the business was bought as a going concern in 2010 and past service (prior to purchase) is recognised as well.
Ballito-based Win Express is highly satisfied with their trio of Powerstar V3 2646 extra-heavy truck tractors. “The reason we acquired the V3’s initially was down to the excellent coverage Ever Star Industries (ESI) has in Southern Africa,” explains the company’s director, Craig Trickett. “ESI has the necessary service centres and dealer network in the three countries in which we operate – Botswana, Eswatini and Zambia – and they are able to support our cross-border business. This fact convinced us to go ahead with the transactions,” he continues. Apart from these three countries, ESI also has a presence in Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Win Express opened its doors in 2011 as a courier company, transporting parcels across the country daily with a quartet of Peugeot delivery vans. Faltering, the business was taken over in 2018 by Mr. Trickett. Not long thereafter, a number of trucks, from various manufacturers, replaced the modest French van fleet. Today the company operates a mixed fleet of 16 heavy and extra-heavy trucks. And, while most of these trucks were obtained through rent-to-own deals, two of the three Power Star trucks were the very first new heavy vehicles the company ever bought. The third Powerstar V3 in the Win Express fleet is a demo unit, which was sold to Mr. Trickett with an optional service plan. All three V3s were purchased from Truck Centre Durban, which provides sales, service and parts to Powerstar customers in Kwazulu-Natal (KZN). Win Express uses the V3’s to transport various loads – containers, break bulk, steel coils, pallets and beverage coolers, from KZN to Gauteng, the Western Cape and across the country’s borders. The long-haul trucks, which are fitted with Euro 3 Weichai engines and the choice of either manual or AMT transmissions, each do between 12 000km and 15 000km a month. With 20 000km service intervals, maintenance costs are kept low. All of these factors have led Mr. Trickett to believe the 6×4 V3 to be a highly underrated truck tractor in the local market. “These are good trucks. Our drivers are happy with them and we get good fuel consumption from them. Spare parts are available and the price of a basic service (around R9 000, including VAT) is very reasonable indeed,” he affirms. Mr. Trickett is also impressed with the after-sales support he has received from ESI, which was recently put to the ultimate test. “We had an unfortunate incident where one of our V3’s was attacked in Krugersdorp one Friday morning. The damaged truck was driven to the nearest dealership – in Centurion – while two replacement side windows, a windscreen and an intarder stalk were sourced and transported from Powerstar Pietermaritzburg via Truck Centre DBN. The parts arrived quickly and our truck was fully repaired. We were back on the road the same evening,” Mr. Trickett says. Incidentally, the ESI on-call roadside service is available for all ESI’s vehicle brands, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This service is provided free, so long as the original warranty is still valid. Mr. Trickett likens the Powerstar V3’s he operates to another legend in the South African truck industry – the International Eagle 9800i – albeit more comfortable to drive and more modern in design. He believes the V3 will one day enjoy similar stature among South African transport operators. He concludes that, while business was a bit sluggish during the first three months of the year, April saw an increase in transport volumes. He is optimistic this upward trend will continue, which will encourage him to buy more long-distance trucks that are emblazoned with the Powerstar badge.
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“The reason we acquired the V3’s initially was down to the excellent coverage Ever Star Industries (ESI) has in Southern Africa,” explains the company’s director, Craig Trickett.
“ESI has the necessary service centres and dealer network in the three countries in which we operate - Botswana, Eswatini and Zambia - and they are able to support our cross-border business. This fact convinced us to go ahead with the transactions,” he continues.
Sales executive Steyn Roode proudly congratulates Vertical Engineering on partnering up with Powerstar Paarl.
"Right price and great quality vehicle. We look forward to working with Powerstar in the future."
Director Ms Bongi of Deltra Base Cc, based in Middelburg bought herself our down to earth VX 2628 , LWB Water Tanker.
"I am ecstatic about my first purchase and look forward to working with Mmboniseni Gavhi, from Powerstar Middelburg."
The Burgers family of EMT Holdings, based in Delmas ,Mpumalanga have just purchased their first Powerstar VX2642s Truck Tractor from Marc Mynhardt of Powerstar Centurian.
"We are very happy with the purchase and service thus far and will be using a side tipper application to load coal, which will be running all over South Africa."
Director of Zalopath, Stuart Scharnick has been in the construction business since 2005 and headed up the company since 2012. His hands-on approach to his business as well as the experience he has gained over the years has resulted in the company obtaining a Level 6GB CIDB grading in Construction, 5CE in Civil and 3EB & 5EP in Electrical works.
No better vehicles to grow the business ever more than the additional of 2 x Powerstar VX 2628 10m3 Tippers, handed over my Lukas Meyer of Powerstar Empangeni.
North Star Logistics
NSL know when they can rely on a truck company to provide them the best vehicles and after sales service for their fleet.
That's why Kerry Hu of Powerstar Centurion could proudly hand over 200 x Powerstar V3 2646 6x4 Truck Tractors! Thank you to NSL for the incredible support!
MSC Logistics (Pty) Ltd / National Adhesive Products / Spice Importers and Millers cc
Everyone wants their hands on a Powerstar FT Series truck because you get more loads, more value! Thank you MSC Logistics (Pty) Ltd for adding 5 x Powerstar FT8 Chassis Cabs to their fleet from sales person Kevin Vadivaloo of Powerstar Pietermaritzburg. Deepesh Ghela of National Adhesive Products took ownership of 2 x Powerstar FT5 Van Bodies from Truck Centre Durban.
Sales person Irvin Mabe of Powerstar Jetpark handed over a FT5 Van Body to Spice Importers and Millers cc.
"Great value for money!" That's what Loyiso Ranuga of I.R.
Projects had to say about his recent purchase of a Powerstar VX 2527 Dropside which will be used to transport TLB's, concrete slabs and pavers.
Legare Mining / Mbokolwane Traders / EMFN Projects
It's no wonder our Powerstar VX2628 6x4 Water Tankers are some of the best selling in SA with their affordability and robust nature! Thank you to Mr Ngwediotswele Mabilo of Legare Mining, Mr Oupa Khumalo of Mbokolwane Traders and Mr Tshepo France Lekota of EMFN Projects for partnering up with Powerstar and trusting the brand to progress their businesses. They have just taken ownership of their 16,000L Water Tankers from the Sales Executive, Mmboniseni Gavhi from Middelburg, and are ecstatic about their purchase.
"The future looks bright from where we are standing."
Sales Executive, Mmboniseni Gavhi from our Middelburg dealership, was proud to handover a new VX2628 10m3 Tipper to Mr Jacob Nkhambule of UKT Aggregate. Mr Nkhambule can't wait to put this vehicle to work in a demanding 12 hour per day shift pattern because he knows how robust and durable these Powerstar trucks are!
"Great service and great truck. Who better to partner with than the leaders in the tipper range."
TCB Engineering was established in 2013 by Bertram Soloma, Jeffrey Morolong and Gadijah Morolong. Since then, they have been distributing coal and various construction materials throughout the mines within Kimberley. They were recently introduced to the Powerstar range by a friend, tested the vehicle and decided that the Powerstar products, suits their needs best. "Due to us working on the mines, we cannot afford to have downtime, as time is money. We then looked for a product in the market that was cost effective, reliable and could be easily repaired when it came to breakdowns", says Bertram Soloma.
"We then went out to the market and started doing our comparisons and met Irvin Mabe, who sold us our first Powerstar VX 2628 Water Tanker. We are very happy with our purchase and looking forward to our future partnership with Powerstar", added Jeffrey Morolong.
Purple Rain Game Breeding
Proving that Powerstar trucks can handle Africa's harshest conditions, Colin George Lombard of Purple Rain Game Breeding has just taken ownership of his new Powerstar VX 2628 10m3 Tipper, seen here with sales executive Bradley van Onslen. His plan is to use the truck for removal of rubble and debris when clearing new areas of bush and road on the farm that breeds and rehabilitates game for non-hunting reserves in SA.
"Quality of service and price of vehicle. The tough and ready ability of Powerstar Trucks, along with the sales team and support, gave us the peace of mind that we wanted when making the decision to purchase", says Colin on his reasons for choosing Powerstar.
Tiebong Engineering and Projects
Titos Bongani Maphanga and his wife of Tiebong Engineering and Projects were only too thrilled to accept the handover of their brand new Powerstar VX 2628 10m3 Tipper from salesman, Irvin Mabe. They have already requested a quote for an additional Powerstar VX 2628 10m3 Tipper as their business continues to grow.
These trucks will be used for coal transportation from the mines and to power stations around Ogies, Mpumalanga.
"We believe that Powerstar is a great truck and good value for money. We needed a truck that could sustain us when it comes to the line of work that we do on these mines and being a manual vehicle, downtime will be less which means more work done and more money saved. This is the perfect brand for our business. Powerstar is the way." concludes Titos.
It was a confident move by owner, Floyd Nakeng of Kamo Trading to add 5 x VX 2642 Truck Tractors for Side Tipper Application to their fleet to move chrome at Rustenburg Mines.
These machines are so up for the job that they have already ordered yet another 5 x VX 2642's to be delivered soon!
Huge smiles from Irvin Mabe (Powerstar sales executive) with the Mabena's of Ogies Palour. No strangers to the value and reliability of the Powerstar range, Managing Directors, Sibongile Agnes Mabena and Desmond Mabena of Ogies Palour, have just added another VX 2642 Truck Tractor with Side Tippers to their coal carrying fleet in the mines. Already owning a VX 2628 10m3 Tipper and VX 2642 with Side Tipper, Desmond Mabena has this to say "Powerstar is our first and best choice of truck for our business. Irvin has given us fantastic customer service. We are now planning to add another 2 x VX 2642's with Side Tippers to our fleet before the end of the year.
Powerstar is affordable and well recommended by other owners in the field. Our VX 2628 10m3 Tipper moves more loads than the other brands, with less issues, easy on-site maintenance and affordable parts and services. Powerstar, we will be back!" concludes Sibongile Mabena.
CPMS a construction company based in Ballito, is focused on project management and urban planning. After considering similar brands and sizes in its category, Sales Executive, Powerstar Empangeni, Lukas Meyer, placed a FT3 demo vehicle in their fleet. Within a few days of testing, CPMS owner Pooballa Naidoo decided the Powerstar FT3 was without a doubt the best vehicle for their company's needs. "The size of the truck was perfect fit as it is not too big to get into the restricted urban developments and the payload big enough to transport enough materials at a time." says Pooballa.
"Add to that the price and combination of the Cummins Engine, ZF Gearbox, Wabco Air Brake system and all the extras such as Aircon, Cruise Control & Radio there was no better option."
Unyazi Transport Coastal
Unyazi Transport Coastal, a subsidiary Group of MSC, have just added 20 x Powerstar VX 2642 Truck Tractors to their fleet.
Although they own other brands, they chose the Powerstar range for their reliability for medium and short haul operations.
Paul & Mike Zimu
"He ain't heavy, he's my brother" takes on a whole new meaning as brothers Paul and Mike Zimu of Dreads Construction add yet another VX4035 Tipper to their growing Powerstar family.
They both value Powerstar's good reputation with other owners, the affordability and the brand's commitment to go the extra mile.
Sales Manager, Marc Mynhardt, proudly handed over a VX2628B 6m3 Mixer to Aventino Group in Polokwane recently, to deliver concrete within the surrounding areas.
This is their second Powerstar, now joining a VX2642 they purchased last year to pull a flat deck trailer with a crane fitted for transporting bricks. They are excited to be partnered up with Powerstar again and in the future.
According to Leonardo da Vinci, "Water is the driving force of all nature." We tend to agree, but that water has to get to where it's needed first! Oupa Rhayi, owner of Divestec Mining, has just added this second VX2628 LWB 16,000 liter dual-purpose water tanker to his current fleet of 4 Powerstars.
These trucks are working all over, such as Glencore Mines in Ogies, Mpumalanga.