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.