SA truck technician shines in global contest
Swanepoel beats scores of Isuzu mechanics to end fourth in international contest after Japan, Indonesia and Australia take top-three positions
Thinking on your feet, staying calm under pressure and applying months of training and practice. This was what Isuzu truck technician Miles Swanepoel had to do, to beat 64 other technicians from across the world in the recent Isuzu World Technical Competition in Japan. Swanepoel ended in fourth place overall in the individual I-1 Grand Prix’s Commercial Vehicle division of the competition. The top three positions were taken by technicians from Japan, Indonesia and Australia, respectively. The competition, which was hosted over two days, consisted of individual and team divisions with representatives from 32 countries. Swanepoel, from Isuzu Truck Centre in Cape Town, said despite hoping for a good position in the individual competition, he was unsure where he would end up since the level of the competition is very high and every year it is raised to a higher level. “As a team, we had to work on a power steering box and individually we had to solve problems on a stationary truck, each...