Finally the day arrived when the trucks would be commissioned. The invited client arrived at the workshop and joined the company's management and staff.
Grant welcomed everyone, then Johan explained the afternoon's proceedings
Johan attached a bottle of champagne to the boom of a crane while the driver lifted it to the required height
We watched ...
...and eventually the bottle was exactly as Johan wanted it!
Johan asked me and Arlen (the client GM) to christen the truck
Marita wanted to pose on the truck. I joined her
Arlen, Johan, Ayoop and Grant
Grant laid on sodas for the workshop staff
Then I lined them up in front of a truck and photographed them
The next morning at 7.45 Johan and crew drove the trucks out of the workshop yard and onto the mine. Once again the Client was invited. Arlen rode in the first truck with Johan; Marita traveled with Poena and three drivers brought the other machines up in the rear. Grant and I awaited them on the mine haul road so that I could video the excursion!
We followed them into the mine
Five brand-new trucks ready to be handed over to the drivers
While waiting for the handover, Marita and I posed at the trucks - now on the mine!
Grant's production supervisor, Touro (center), gives a speech before handing over the keys to the first five drivers doing the first shift
Grant, Johan and the team pose in front of the trucks
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