Popular Mechanics South Africa|May/June 2020
IT’S THE FURTHEST thing from a regular Thursday at work for me. I’m behind the wheel of a MAX 9 armoured personnel carrier (APC), taking it for a spin through the bush outside Pretoria. It’s by far the most formidable and toughest vehicle I’ve ever driven. It’s not only capable of overcoming extreme off-road obstacles, dongas and ditches with its 6.7-litre turbocharged diesel engine and colossal 380 mm of ground clearance, but it can also withstand high-velocity rifle fire and offers blast protection from mines or grenades to all eight of its occupants. Yes, invincible is how I’m feeling right now.
‘We’ve seen a steady increase in the numbers of everyday people who want to add an extra element of protection to their cars,’ says Jaco de Kock, CEO of SVI. ‘They already have ABS and airbags, but living in South Africa unfortunately presents other challenges – we have to deal with a higher risk of crime than many other countries.’ And that’s where SVI’s work can be a mitigating factor, providing customers with a higher degree of control over the impact crime could have on their lives.
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