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SAA Cargo Supports Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa Team at the Dakar Rally 2017

Johannesburg, 4 January 2017. South African Airways Cargo (SAA Cargo) is proud to be the airfreight partner of the Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa Team for the 2017 Dakar Rally, which takes place from January 2 to 14 in three countries in South America namely; Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina. The race is often billed as the second biggest motorsport event in the world and viewed as the ultimate test of vehicle durability. 

The partnership has been in place since 2012 and involves transportation of the racing vehicles to São Paulo, Brazil en route to Argentina. The shipment consists of three vehicles and spares which weigh about 7 941 kgs. 

It takes about 16 hours for the shipment to reach its destination with 11 hours spent on the aircraft. “Our association with such a huge international motor sport event provides us with an opportunity to showcase SAA Cargo’s capability and our country. Before the vehicles are transported, there is a lot of preparatory work done to ensure smooth transportation. We are proud of our team and the manner in which they ensure that the client’s expectations are fully met,” said Tleli Makhetha, SAA Cargo’s General Manager.

The 39th edition of the Dakar Rally will start in Asuncion, Paraguay; proceed to La Paz, Bolivia; and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday 14 January 2017. The event takes place over a period of gruelling 13 days and 12 racing stages and the 450 cars, trucks, motorcycles and quads will cover a total distance of some 9 500 kilometres of which 5 000 are against the clock.

“The team has over the years continued to impress by achieving podium finish at all races. We have no doubt that they will do us proud in their endeavour to achieve great results,” said Makhetha.

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team will be represented by veteran Giniel de Villiers, Dirk von Zitzewitz and new comers to the team Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel.

Interesting facts
•    The racing vehicles are designed in line with size restrictions for commercial cargo holds and thus built in such a way they can be disassembled to the size of the pallet and container to be used.
•    It takes about three hours to disassemble each car and six hours to reassemble.
•    Each car weighs approximately 2 000kgs.


About SAA Cargo:
SAA Cargo is a division of South African Airways focusing on airfreight movement worldwide. The division uses dedicated cargo aircraft as well as belly space on SAA’s passenger flights for cargo carriage. SAA Cargo prides itself for providing effective and time-sensitive airfreight solutions for its varied customers. In addition to offering an ad hoc charter service for more urgent deliveries; SAA Cargo reliably transports, among others, general cargo, perishables, mail, livestock, vulnerable and valuable cargo across the world.


About South African Airways Cargo (SAAC)
SAAC is a specialist division of South African Airways (SAA), South Africa's flag carrier and largest domestic and international airline company, focusing on freight movement worldwide. It makes use of the belly space of SAA's passenger aircraft and its dedicated Boeing 737-300 freighters. SAAC has devoted considerable resources to the improvement and installation of facilities to handle all types of cargo and its vision is to be the leader in air cargo services between Africa and the world. It has received various prestigious awards for service and innovation. These include “African Cargo Airline of the year” twice in STAT Times International Awards for Excellence in Air Cargo and “Best Airline in Africa” at the Skytrax awards, the independent, global airline rating organization, for the 13th year in a row. SAA Cargo was also named among the top three African Cargo Airlines at Cargo Airline of Year 2016 organised by Air Cargo News.


For more information, contact:

Thola Nzuza
SAA Cargo Communications
Tel: +27 11 978-5943
Mobile: +27 83 376-9297
Email: TholaNzuza@flysaa.com

For media information, please contact:

SAA Spokesperson
Tlali Tlali (Mr)
Email: TlaliTlali@flysaa.com
Mobile: +27 82 333-3882
Office: +27 11 978-2298
Switchboard: +27 11 978-1000


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