The founding director, Colin Lewitte started Elite Truck Hire in June 1982. This fleet soon grew over the 100 vehicle mark with the acquisition of our key account customer at the time, UTI Sun Couriers (now DSV).
In 1994, Les Tomsett took over as the managing director of Elite Truck Hire, where the business thrived under his leadership and enjoyed steady growth. The strategic decision to explore the refrigerated truck industry was made and was later added to the fleet which grew to over 200 refridgerated vehicles.
In 2009, Jean du Preez joined the group and Elite Forklift Rental was formed as a subsidiary of Elite Truck Hire. Around the same time, UTI Sun Couriers approached Elite Truck Hire to consider an acquisition of Denver Transport, one of their line haul transporters. With the successful takeover, we created another subsidiary known as Elite Line Haul.
Medu Capital, a black-owned private equity firm, acquired 27% of Elite Truck Hire during December 2007. Seven years later, Les Tomsett decided to consider retirement. Les and the Astra Group agreed to put their shares up for sale. Medu Capital decided to buy these shares and look for a new shareholder and CEO.
The arrival of Byron Corcoran in February 2016, as a CEO and shareholder, saw the business move focus to a full maintenance lease fleet (now referred to as Long Term Rental). During this time, Medu Capital sold it's orginal 27% share to Thesele, the black-owned private equity firm. This shareholding has postioned the group well with good BBBEE credentials. Elite is currently 83.8% black-owned with a level 2 rating.
Elite Group has approximately 500 employees and more than 2000 owned vehicles to service the needs of our customers.
The expansion into Durban during April 2017 for Elite Truck Hire has proved to be a very successful venture and we are now already looking for larger premises to cater for our growing needs.
We have recently opened a branch in Nelspruit, we are also exploring a possible new branch in Polokwane.
In addition, we now offer Forklift Rental via our Durban and Cape Town operations.
We have recently created a film industry division, which we believe will flourish over time particularly in the Western Cape region. The company continues to expand into the Refrigeration and Construction Industries with Truck Mounted Cranes and refrigeration equipment.
Most importantly, we invest consistently into the training and development of our staff and systems to ensure better service delivery to our customers.
Elite offers a comprehensive range of services, customizing solutions for customer specific requirements. Should Elite be chosen as a potential service provider, we will provide the most efficient transport solution to fulfil the client's needs.
Our company believes in adding value, reducing costs, understanding our customers' businesses and meeting their individual requirements.