Drechsler - Fleet Manager - Highlands North, Johannesburg, South Africa

Martin Drechsler

Highlands North, Johannesburg, South Africa


Fleet Manager


> Fully knowledgeable about maintenance requirements
> Fully knowledgeable about how to avoid unnecessary maintenance costs>>>>>driver training
> 8 years experience in training drivers about safe and economical driving

Work History


Self employed

From October 2011

Hiring out ½-ton pick up vehicle with me as driver. I do transport jobs mostly within Gauteng, occasionally into neighbouring provinces for private as well as corporate clients such as express collections / deliveries for courier

> Receiving and capturing customer's requirements.
> Quoting on the requested jobs
> Consolidating jobs as far as possible (economizing).
> Carrying out jobs.
> Ensuring clean bill of health of bakkie.
> Keeping record of requests, quotes and pod's.


trading as Xeon Logistics, Pomona

From February 2011

Xeon is a warehousing and distribution company for a wide variety of merchandise. I was head hunted by the owner from my previous employment as he needed someone to consolidate Xeon's transport requirements,
manage the fleet of 10 vehicles / trucks in Johannesburg and 3 each in the branches in Durban, Port Elisabeth and Cape Town, including maintenance planning. I succeeded implementing all within 9 months.

> Receiving dispatch requests from the various merchandise line managers
> Checking compatibility of various merchandise to be loaded on one vehicle.
> Planning and consolidating dispatches as per schedule and compatibility.
> Supervising loading or loading myself with forklift when critical (weight distribution).
> Instructing drivers as to the route / sequence of deliveries.
> Planning maintenance, monitoring, recording of fuel consumption and tracking (Altech Netstar system).

> Testing applicants for driver positions.

Ops Manager

Cape Couriers

From June 2009

Cape Couriers was a high-volume courier company with branches / warehouses in Cape Town, Johannesburg,
Durban, Port Elisabeth, Bloemfontein and George.
> Fuel consumption supervision, implementation of benchmarks.
> Establishing Safety committee.
> Ensuring adherence to safety standards.
> Attending to safety related issues on fleet.
> Truck maintenance.
> Standing in as long distance driver on superlink when needed.


> Picking up guests and their luggage as per list from hotels and airport.
> Conducting scheduled tours using tour operator's vehicles.
> In case of safari tours over up to 3 weeks pre-brief guests to itinerary and rules out in the bush.
> Helping participants in spotting and identifying game.
> Handling of tour funds and, on camping tours, ensuring adequate food stock.
> In charge of game drives as well as getting relaxed and in time from camp to camp.
> In charge of camp sites, meal preparation and functionality of all equipment.
> Vehicle repairs on tour when required.



From January 1991

> Driving long distance on superlinks and rigid / drawbar-trailer rigs for companies with TGWU as representative union.
> Training new drivers assigned to me as co-drivers on the job at those companies.
> Consulting with dispatchers re route planning and possible freight consolidation.

Sound engineer

Rio Digital Arts

August 1988 - February 1989

assisting my father in recording and life recording of classical music and jazz, editing analogue and digital. In order to do this one needs to have a profound knowledge of the music one is working with and excellent personal skills to get the very best out of the musicians one is tasked to record. I do have both, the profound knowledge of music due to the fact that both my parents are musicians / sound masters (German: Tonmeister, a subject of a 5 year university study) and that I sang in the Hannover boys choir (Knabenchor Hannover) for 7 years first as alto, then as bariton, having performed a wide variety of the major classical choir music (Bach various cantatas, Matthaeus- and Johannes passions, b-minor mass, Mozart c minor mass, Magic Flute, Haendel Messiah, Carl Orff inaugurational performance of Carmina Burana, Beethoven 9th symphony and much more. Also played violoncello for maaaaany years, know my stuff thoroughly when it comes to classical music...

dispatcher and HR manager

Hans Schmidt KG

> As from 1983 dispatcher and HR manager.
> Handling of fleet management and procurement- and maintenance contracts.
> Customer liaisons.
Hans Schmidt KG, Berlin, Germany


Marsch Transport

From March 1981

Marsch Transport is a company founded by myself as a result of having found a market in transportation of merchandise requiring smooth and temperature controlled transportation such as fresh fruit, cheese, high quality
wines, fish etc. from Southern Europe to Germany. I established a cooperation with 6 other owners and we started with 8 trucks. During the following 2 years the fleet was expanded to 18 trucks.
> Initially driving own truck on long distance.


Hans Schmidt KG

From May 1977

was a general freight forwarding company operating in Germany and occasionally cross border to Denmark, Holland, Belgium and France. Almost all fleet maintenance, overhaul and repairs were done on site
which taught me a great deal in technical truck knowledge.

> Driving rigid / drawbar-trailer articulated truck, first local, later long distance.
> Assisting in fleet maintenance duties.

Key skills and competencies:
Day to day requirements within a trucking business:
> Excellent heavy duty driver on horse / trailer, superlink and rigid / drawbar-trailer rigs.
> Understanding the complexity and interaction required of all roleplayers in a trucking business.
> Excellent geographical knowledge of Southern Africa ( and Europe)
> Proper route planning and consolidation.
> Comprehensive understanding of fleet management.
> Sharing above mentioned skills with other role players in the business.
> Honest
> Result driven
> Meticulous
> Making the impossible possible (miracles on request only)
> Ability to implement workable procedures

Qualifications & Certifications

competency in Road Freight Management and Legislation

German Chamber of Industry and Commerce

IGS Roderbruch

Tour Guide Institute Cape Town

Maths C

Integrierte Gesamtschule Roderbruch

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