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Miles of Opportunity: The Courier Guy Delivers Year-long Contract to New Female Driver

By Pulse Communications



In a new collaboration between The Courier Guy, Hollard’s Commercial Transport Academy (CTA) and Mercedes-Benz Commercial division, Nomathemba Selesho has been awarded a one-year contract for the provision of first and last mile services in and around Johannesburg.

 

Joining The Courier Guy’s Johannesburg truck fleet, Nomathemba will be delivering packages to customers in a brand-new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van clad, in The Courier Guy’s famous colours.

 

“Nomathemba has spent time at our operation already to understand our business in depth, as well as the technologies that we use and how we engage with our customers,” says Craig Pitchers, Chief Operating Officer at The Courier Guy. The decision to award her a route in collaboration with the CTA and Mercedes-Benz speaks to the brands’ vision when it comes to assisting and uplifting women.

 

This wonderful opportunity has its roots in the CTA, which specialises in training and upskilling women to drive trucks and other commercial vehicles.

 

“The CTA is responsible for these ladies’ development through various programmes. And when the opportunity arose we started engaging with The Courier Guy and we’re grateful for this opportunity afforded to Nomathemba to develop her business,” says Kas Govender, the Executive Director: HR and Compliance at the CTA.

 

The CTA has been upskilling commercial drivers for the sector since 2015, having developed 563 commercial drivers to date - 431 of whom are women.

 

Candidates were invited to participate in the CTA’s Women Inspiring Women in Logistics Programme, and shortlisted from there. The Courier Guy chose the final candidate, Nomathemba, who now has the opportunity for long-term personal and professional growth working with one of South Africa's leading brands. “And as The Courier Guy expands, those opportunities will present themselves to her to expand her business,” says Pitchers.

 

“This initiative is in line with our Enterprise Development Programme and a significant step towards supporting entrepreneurship and advancing gender equality in business,” adds Robert Hoffmann, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.

 

“With our partners we have taken a significant step towards supporting the growth and success of female entrepreneurs and we look forward to seeing the impact of this initiative in the years to come. Female entrepreneurs and driving go way back considering that it was Bertha Benz who is well known for the first long distance drive in the world in 1888.”

 



Nomathemba is from Ekangala in Bronkhorstspruit. She is one of eight children and is married with two kids of her own. “I am looking forward to growth in the courier industry, a long-term relationship with The Courier Guy and growing my fleet with them. Winning the Mercedes-Benz van is indeed a dream come true for me. I have never won anything in my life and I feel very proud and excited,” she says.

 

Her ambition to grow her business begins in March when her 12-month contract with The Courier Guy starts.

 

“I think what they’ve given me is an opportunity of a lifetime. Thank you to all the stakeholders; I am so grateful and humbled,” she says. “I’m hoping by the time the 12 months ends I’m going to have more vehicles and my business can extend from there.”

 

The Courier Guy currently operates a fleet of 90 trucks around the country. This is split among four ton, eight ton and fourteen ton vehicles. Its depots operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while linehaul services between major cities run Monday to Friday. While Nomathemba will be responsible for deliveries in and around Johannesburg, she joins with an opportunity to renew her contract after a year and to keep growing her business while driving the first Mercedes-Benz van in The Courier Guy fleet.

 

“We look forward to seeing how the next 12 months unfold and the success that Nomathemba will bring to herself as well as The Courier Guy. We wish her all the best,” Pitchers concludes.

 

For more information about The Courier Guy, please visit www.thecourierguy.co.za

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