'We don't want a truck standing still, because that's your biggest sitting duck'

Just this week six trucks across South Africa come under attack by people throwing stones at their windows and raiding their cargo.

Read: Listener warns of Western Cape truck attack hotspots

Most of the drivers were able to maintain control of their trucks, but not Christopher Kgomo of TimeLink, whose vehicle overturned after being stoned, killing him.

Read: W Cape Traffic and Saps to patrol De Doorns N1 as more trucks stoned and looted

A dedicated security and assistance service was recently created with truckers in mind, and already they have had to help out.

Claudia Carvalho, owner, and director of Hawkeye Trucker Assist speaks to CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson about the service on offer.

We started seeing that there was a gap in the market. There was no one dedicated to offering help to truck drivers.

Claudia Carvalho, Owner, and director - Hawkeye Trucker Assist

Carvalho says it offers security assistance to truckers.

Should a driver feel he is coming up to an unsafe area, he then informs us and we then arrange the escort through the area until he then feels safe.

Claudia Carvalho, Owner, and director - Hawkeye Trucker Assist

Drivers would have to notify the company about expected times of arrival in hotspots as it does require preparation, she says.

We would then be there quite a bit before so that we can find out what is going on around there.

Claudia Carvalho, Owner, and director - Hawkeye Trucker Assist

In the event of a breakdown, Hawkeye Trucker dispatches a team to the truck and driver to ensure no looting takes place.

We don't want a truck standing still, because that's your biggest sitting duck.

Claudia Carvalho, Owner, and director - Hawkeye Trucker Assist

She says the company does have a nationwide footprint which enables them to get to breakdown incidents quickly.

The company has been operating for a few months and says it has had a number of call-outs that have been successfully resolved.

The company says it is planning a visit to the De Doorns area to help come up with a plan to assist drivers.

We cannot just leave things as they are.

Claudia Carvalho, Owner, and director - Hawkeye Trucker Assist

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