Cynthia Noneka Thala is a vivacious 40-year-old bulk vehicle operator employed by Unitrans within the Total Alrode Operations. She embarked on her journey with Unitrans in March 2019, breaking barriers as the first female BVO under Total Witbank. Having previously worked in the bus industry, she seamlessly adapted to the shift-based work environment upon joining Unitrans, displaying a keen eagerness to learn.
Cynthia’s fascination with the world of truck driving began as she observed bulk trucks making deliveries during her previous job. Despite discouragement from friends who deemed it an unconventional choice for a woman, her husband stood firmly by her side, encouraging her to pursue her dream.
With her exuberant and magnetic personality, Cynthia has won the hearts of all who know her. She possesses robust administrative skills and derives genuine enjoyment from her role as a truck driver.
Fueling her passion for the trucking industry, Cynthia aspires to co-own a trucking business in the future. In recognition of her outstanding performance, she was named BVO of the Year in 2020. Presently, she is diligently working towards obtaining her National Certificate in Professional Driving, with plans to complete the program by the end of 2023. This course is designed to empower women by enhancing their understanding of the trucking business.
Having dedicated four years to Unitrans, Cynthia is well-versed in her responsibilities and duties as a driver. She meticulously inspects her vehicle before and after trips, prioritizing on-time deliveries while maintaining a steadfast commitment to safety, not only for herself but for those around her as well.
Cynthia’s unwavering dedication and reliability are evident in her track record, which includes:
Delivering 11.4 million liters without incident, with zero cross-overs and spills.
Completing 855 trips and 952 drops.
Achieving 651 days without injury, ensuring her personal safety.
Maintaining 651 days without violating life-saving rules.
Samuel Makgoba, her operational supervisor, lauds Cynthia as one of the finest female BVOs. She consistently executes her duties with efficiency and precision, bringing energy, dependability, and an unwavering commitment to every task. Cynthia ensures client satisfaction through safe deliveries and consistently upholds Unitrans’ reputation.
Beyond her career, Cynthia cherishes her family deeply and finds solace and inspiration in her faith by actively participating in church activities.
Meet Cynthia Thala, a 40-year-old truck driver born and raised in Vaal, where she currently resides. Cynthia embarked on her trucking career in 2019, starting with driving a bus and later working at a filling station. She has a deep appreciation for the open road, transportation, and logistics, which is what drives her passion for being a truck driver.
Throughout her journey, Cynthia has faced challenges, such as handling breakdowns and adverse weather conditions, but her commitment to safety and preparedness shines through. She’s proactive, following safety protocols like positioning warning triangles and notifying supervisors in case of issues.
Off the road, Cynthia is a dedicated family woman with a loving husband and three children. She balances her job by working four days a week, ensuring she spends quality time with her family during her two days off. When not driving, Cynthia enjoys cooking and attending church. She’s also actively involved in her community, supporting an orphaned child by providing shelter and covering her educational expenses.
Cynthia’s dedication to her job earned her recognition as the BVO of the year in 2020. Looking ahead, she aspires to become her own boss in the trucking industry, a testament to her ambition and determination. In her personal thoughts, Cynthia highlights the importance of gender equality in the trucking industry and encourages others not to underestimate their abilities. She sees life as a journey full of opportunities.
If Cynthia wins #ThankYouTrucker 2023, she plans to use the prize money to further her studies and continue her noble work of supporting orphaned children. Her story serves as an inspiration to all, showcasing resilience, compassion, and determination in the world of trucking.
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Eugene has been with us since January 2023. Although he is young, he is very responsible. He is not out of this world but so dedicated to his job for the sake of his family. He goes out of his way to ensure that the truck is safe at all times. We recently had a person steal cables from our trailer and he chased the guy on foot until he was caught and handed to the police. This is proof of trust and his loyalty to the company. He has been driving from Durban to EC every day with no complaints. We meet twice a month halfway to eat and chat.
A young and inspiring person within our industry; every story is encouraging in its own way!
Meet Eugene Thabethe, a 32-year-old father of five from Mpumalanga Malelane, currently residing in Joburg’s Tembisa Winnie. His remarkable journey is a testament to the power of inspiration, unwavering family support, and a commitment to giving back to the community.
Eugene’s journey in the world of trucking was ignited by the memory of his late grandfather, a dedicated truck driver. The stories of his grandfather’s adventures on the open road planted the seeds of ambition in Eugene’s heart, inspiring him to follow in his footsteps.Eugene’s career took a significant turn when he joined a company that recognized his potential. His manager, seeing his determination, encouraged him to obtain a Code 10 license. What makes this remarkable is that his manager not only provided the encouragement but also covered the costs, in return Eugene would gradually reimburse him. Eugene embraced this opportunity, which marked a turning point in his professional life. He later got his code 14 driver’s license in 2021, he ventured into the world of trucking, fuelled by ambition and the desire to honour his late grandfather’s legacy
Behind Eugene’s success stands a strong foundation of family support. His wife, mother, and grandmother, residing back in Mpumalanga, have been unwavering pillars of strength and encouragement throughout his journey. Their support has played a pivotal role in his determination to excel and achieve his dreams.
Eugene’s aspirations don’t stop at being the best truck driver. He envisions owning shares in his current company and becoming a truck owner in the future. His career goals are a testament to his ambition and drive to make a lasting impact in the industry.
His commitment to the community extends beyond his personal journey. He actively participates in a mentorship program that assists future drivers in gaining practical experience. Future drivers become passengers on trips, and through this hands-on approach, they acquire valuable skills and knowledge. What sets Eugene’s mentorship program apart is the implementation of a reward system, recognizing and rewarding the dedication of these aspiring drivers.
Should he win #ThankYouTrucker 2023 he wishes to invest it wisely as he plans to use his winnings to build a house for his beloved wife and children, highlighting the profound importance of family in his life.
Eugene Thabethe’s journey is an inspiring testament to the power of inspiration, family support, and giving back to the community. His story serves as a shining example of what can be achieved through determination and the right support system. Eugene’s journey is not just his own; it’s a source of motivation for all of us to pursue our dreams, support our loved ones, and make a positive impact in our communities.