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Our History - Over 80 Years!

MacDonald Transport is a true story of one man’s dream to create a family business that will stand the test of time.

MacDonald’s Transport was established in 1933 by Hermanus Johannes (Mac) MacDonald. The business had humble beginnings, focusing on the transportation of livestock in the Northern Cape.

Mac’s eldest son, Coenrath Frederik (Freddie) MacDonald, has shown keen interest in the business from an early age. Freddie’s interest in transport, especially trucks, became a passion the more time he had spent with his father at their business on the family’s small holding in Upington. Still a school boy, fascinated by the business, he would use every opportunity to join the truck drivers over weekends and holidays during their deliveries. As soon as Freddie finished school, he qualified himself as diesel mechanic and started his career at the family business. Committed to the business, he got involved in all aspects, from servicing the vehicles, marketing the business and even handle deliveries himself if necessary.

In 1972, Mac fell ill and Freddie temporarily took over the day to day operations of running the business. After recovery, Mac returned to the business on a part time basis.

Freddie took over full time control of the business in 1978. He began to expand the business as part of his vision, focusing on customer needs, and implemented the necessary processes and controls to ensure customer’s satisfaction. At this time it was realized that the market requirements changed and MacDonald’s Transport changed from transporting livestock to transporting grain, maize, dried fruit, and building materials.

In time Freddie’s eldest daughter, Eugenie MacDonald, showed her interest in the family business. Like her father, she spend most of her time at the business and worked at the business during school and university holidays. Following her graduation in 1994, she joined the business full time.

Daniel Jacobus (Danie) Janse van Rensburg grew up close to the MacDonald family and like Eugenie, worked at the business during school holidays. Danie shared Freddie’s passion for the transport industry and joined the business as a full time employee in 1995.

Both Eugenie and Danie had to start from the very bottom. They worked in the yard, cleaning trucks, counting parts and painting rims to learn and have a full understanding of what transport entails. Having proved themselves, they became schedulers and learn the new responsibility of planning to ensure client’s goods were received on time. Danie later moved into marketing but still remain interested in operations. Eugenie’s passion was more related to the administrative and financial side of business. She explore this further in 2006 by obtaining her MBA Degree.

During 2007, Danie was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Eugenie as Chief Administrative Officer. Freddie remained Executive Manager and was mentoring Danie and Eugenie in their new roles.

In 2009, history repeated itself, as Freddie became ill and Danie and Eugenie took over the day to day management of the company. Freddie recovered but never returned to the business on a permanent basis but still continued to mentor and assist Danie and Eugenie as the Executive Director.

Over the last couple of years, under Danie’s guidance the business has grown and developed to meet the continuously changing market needs in the country. Today MacDonald’s Transport transports everything except livestock, what we started with, and home contents. MacDonald’s Transport has the capability and infrastructure to offer their clients a diverse range of logistics solutions including; transportation, warehousing, handling, equipment handling, packaging and cranes. Our dedicated consolidation service operating from Cape Town – Upington – Cape Town and Johannesburg – Upington – Johannesburg has guaranteed deliveries within 48 hours.

Danie’s vision for the MacDonald’s Transport is to provide a professional one-stop Transport and Logistics Solution through continuous developments and service excellence, without sacrificing the Company’s values, transparency and integrity.

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