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Trucking Industry Mourns as Wardens Cartage Founder Bala Naidoo Dies

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The trucking industry in Durban is reeling from the news of the passing of Mr Bala Naidoo, the owner of Wardens Cartage.

Mr Naidoo’s death, which occurred on Sunday, has left a palpable void in the community.

While the exact cause of his death remains undisclosed, the impact of his absence is keenly felt by all who knew him.

Wardens Cartage, a cornerstone of the transport sector in Durban, traces its origins back to 1977 when the Naidoo family laid its foundation in Sea Cow Lake.

Starting as a driver who took the bold step of acquiring his own vehicle, Mr Naidoo’s tenacity and business acumen propelled Wardens Cartage from a single truck operation to a fleet renowned across South Africa.

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The late Wardens Cartage Founder, Bala Naidoo

Pragasen Govender, the Business Development Manager at Wardens Cartage, reminisced about the company’s journey, noting its evolution from furniture removals to break bulk transport and ultimately, the lucrative domain of tankers.

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“In 1991 and 1992, we broke into tankers,” remarked Govender, underscoring the pivotal moments that cemented Wardens Cartage’s reputation as a premier transporter of liquid bulk.

Over the years, Wardens Cartage has garnered acclaim for its services to medium and large corporate entities not only within South Africa but also in neighbouring countries.

Specializing in the transportation of a diverse array of fuels and petrochemicals, including but not limited to ethanol, acetone, petrol, diesel, white spirits, jet fuel, and mining solvents, the company has earned the trust of clients for its reliability and efficiency.

As the industry mourns the loss of a luminary, plans are underway to bid farewell to Mr. Naidoo.

His funeral service is scheduled for Monday, May 13th, 2024, at Kendra Hall, Greyville, Durban, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Subsequently, the procession will proceed to Clare Estate Crematorium for cremation at 5:45 PM, marking the final journey of a man whose legacy will endure in the annals of Durban’s trucking industry.

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