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.