Still Going Strong


The term ‘built for the long haul’ could not ring more true for Sastri Rapiti, owner of Orlens Transport, who has built a successful logistics business that has increased in turnover ten-fold in a mere five years.

Sastri’s inspirational success story started with a few second-hand DAF Trucks that quickly grew to comprise 90% of his fleet as his logistics service spread across sub-Saharan Africa and new DAF Trucks were purchased for his growing operations.

Mark Gavin, Sales Director of Transport Solutions for Babcock, the sole importer and distributor of DAF Trucks in southern Africa, says that the beauty of these trucks lies in their outstanding and uncompromised quality that is then customised to ideally suit African environmental and road conditions.


Sasti says that he is no newcomer to the transport industry, having been involved in the sector for many years and working with all the major truck brands, but he maintains that there is no better truck than DAF.

In fact, the first second-hand DAF Truck that Sastri purchased is still running, as are all the other DAF Trucks in his fleet. Mark, who has worked closely with Sastri since his time with the brand, puts this down to the truck’s engineering that delivers driveability and productivity that is built to last. In addition, used trucks come with comprehensive service records and are subject to rigorous checks by Babcock.

Personal service

“Although there are bigger, more established truck brands available in South Africa, you are just a number, whereas with Babcock you get personal service. If you have a problem, you can call Mark or one of the salespeople and they will immediately try to help you, instead of having to contact a call centre for assistance,” says Sastri.

As a result of perseverance and hard work, Orlens Transport has built up long-term contracts with a number of blue chip customers in the packaging, beverages and other transport sectors, and operates throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Babcock delivers added value to southern African customers with a choice of DAF vehicles including the XF series for heavy, long-distance haulage and the versatile CF series suited to a variety of applications, including regional routes and construction.

Babcock, Mark Gavin