Published on : Tuesday, January 24, 2017
South African Airways Cargo (SAA Cargo) is the proud air freight partner of the Toyota Gazoo South Africa team for the Dakar Rally 2017 which took place in South America from 2 to 14 January 2017.
The cargo division of SAA successfully transported three racing vehicles including spares to São Paulo, Brazil en route to Argentina.
Viewed as the ultimate test of vehicle durability, the 39th edition of the Dakar Rally, took place over 13 days in Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. The race ended on Saturday, 14 January in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires after 12 stages.
Team SA demonstrated a high level of endurance and navigational skills in gruelling off-road conditions. They also faced high altitude mountains, treacherous dunes, rocks, holes, dust, and mud. From scorching heat to temperatures close to freezing point including heavy rainfall, which forced cancellation of one stage of the race, team SA demonstrated a high level of endurance and navigational skills to thrive in these gruelling off-road conditions.
SAA Cargo’s General Manager, Tleli Makhetha said, “We are very proud of our association with this team who achieved a top ten finish at the most gruelling international motorsport race. The Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa Team has lived up to expectations and represented our country with pride despite the many challenges faced in the early stages of the race of the Dakar Rally 2017.
“We are very pleased about the partnership as it does not only demonstrate our commitment to promoting South Africa through sport but also promotes our cargo services during this global event”.
Source:- South African Airways Cargo