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Tribute to Barney Curtis

It is with great sadness that we report the loss of Barney Curtis.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Barney Curtis whose wisdom, courage and personal commitment created Fesarta and guided the Federation for so many years.

The trucking industry owes him a debt of gratitude for his persistent and determined contributions to improving the standards of interstate transport in the southern African region.

The tributes and condolences received from Dar es Salaam, Lusaka, Gaborone, Harare and Johannesburg bear witness the breadth of his influence and the rich legacy of cooperation that he has left to the industry.

To his many friends and admirers in the world of transport Barney was a constant source of informed opinion on most aspects of regional trucking. His extensive personal business experience was reinforced by continual engagement with authorities, donors, truckers and the cargo owners, all of whom have benefited from his vision and influence.

His extended personal commitment, in terms of time and energy, to the cause of regional transport has left a rich legacy of standards and programmes for future improvement. The ultimate tribute that can be paid to Barney will be an equal commitment to completing the work to which he devoted so much time and effort.

Fesarta and FOCUS offer their sincere condolences to his wife Carol and the Curtis family at their time of grieving. We also wish to express grateful thanks for the massive contribution that Barney made to our industry.

Mike Fitzmaurice is the CEO of the Federation of East and Southern Africa Road Transport Associations (Fesarta). He has 42 years of experience in the transport and logistics industry with several major companies in South Africa, as well as overseas exposure with some of the leading transport companies in six European countries. Since 2004 he has established and run Transport Logistics Consultants. In May 2015 he became CEO of Fesarta.

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