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Closing date looms for #ThankYouTrucker competition

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Companies wishing to nominate their exceptional truck drivers for #ThankYouTrucker have only days to make their nominations for this year’s competition. With entries closing on Saturday 3 September, the competition organisers IVECO SA and the Road Freight Association are urging transporters to submit their nominations soon.

National recognition and a financial reward of R50 000 awaits the top trucker! “What better way is there to thank your top talent and show appreciation for their commitment and hard work,” says Martin Liebenberg, Managing Director of IVECO SA. “We are calling on all fleet managers and transport operators to nominate inspiring drivers. Our winner will be an exceptional individual: someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty and who inspires other drivers,” he explains.

Attracting top talent

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Liebenberg says that #ThankYouTrucker is good for truck drivers – and good for business too! “Recognising the efforts of your top drivers boosts the morale and productivity of your team, which helps attract other top talent to your company,” he explains. “It also shows that you are a caring, appreciative and committed employer.”

With entries streaming in from all provinces, the free to enter competition for this top award is heating up. Nominators are sharing incredible stories of exceptional achievement, dedication and determination.

The people’s choice

With nominees being described with words such as ‘trailblazer’, ‘professional’, ‘passionate’, ‘a force of nature’, ‘remarkable’, ‘my role model’, and, ‘a legend’, the competition is tough. “It is going to be difficult to select the finalists,” says Liebenberg, “but the ultimate winner will be decided on by the public – it is their vote that counts!”

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The five finalists will be announced on 12 September 2022. The public will then be able to vote for their favourite driver – until 28 September. The driver who receives the most votes wins and the winner will be announced on www.thankyoutrucker.co.za and other media.

The winner will receive R50 000. The driver in second place will win R10 000, with the third placed driver receiving R5 000.

Liebenberg concludes that South Africa’s culture of resilience in tough times is reflected in the calibre of the country’s truck drivers: “Our truck drivers continue to show their resilience in our rapidly-changing transport environment – we acknowledge and respect that. #ThankYouTrucker celebrates and recognises their contribution”, he says.

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