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Irma Venter

Irma Venter

Irma Venter is a Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Next phase of auto policy to focus on black companies – Zuma

24th May 2016 The next phase of automotive policy development would have a strong focus on creating black-owned suppliers in the automotive value chain, said President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday as he opened Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) new Fortuner and Hilux production lines in Durban. The Department of... 

Toyota SA opens R6.1bn Fortuner, Hilux assembly lines

24th May 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday officially opened Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) new Fortuner and Hilux production lines. The Japanese manufacturer invested R6.1-billion to facilitate production of the two new models at its Prospecton plant, in Durban. 

BMW SA unveils solar carport charging for its electric car range

23rd May 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) has unveiled a purpose-built solar carport that allows its electric vehicle (EV) range to charge using the power of the sun, instead of electricity from power utility Eskom's grid. The carport, an international innovation by Germany's BMW Group, can charge any EV, such... 

Smart vehicle brand relaunched in South Africa

20th May 2016 The relaunch of the Smart brand in South Africa sees luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) venture into some new territory – that of the entry-level buyer. “The new-look Smart will be a game-changer for us,” says MBSA co-CEO and MBSA Cars executive director Florian Seidler. 

New African automotive body to offer support to aspirant manufacturers

20th May 2016 The initial focus of the newly formed African Association of Automobile Manufacturers (AAAM) will be to assist countries wishing to participate in the automotive value chain to implement the appropriate legislation and regulations that will allow the automotive industry to thrive on the... 

Auto sector moving to lay groundwork for less hostile wage talks in 2016

20th May 2016 The South African automotive industry experienced 34 days of labour strikes in 2013 as it negotiated new three-year wage deals within the assembly and component manufacturing sectors, says newly appointed Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. This year will see... 

BMW SA starts construction of new bodyshop

19th May 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) on Thursday marked the start of construction of a new bodyshop at its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane. The group acquired a roughly 33 000 m2 site adjacent to the plant for the new building, said BMW Group SA plant director Stefan Huelsenberg at a sod-turning ceremony at the... 

DTI identifies first five companies in industrialist programme

19th May 2016 Government had identified the first five companies that would benefit from its Black Industrialists (BI) programme, said Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) incentive development and administration division deputy director-general Malebo Mabitje-Thompson on Thursday. Speaking to Engineering... 

VWSA to build new Polo at Uitenhage plant

18th May 2016 The Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) will build the new-generation Polo at its Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape, confirms MD Thomas Schaefer. Production will start at the end of next year. 

Toyota SA to see production, exports dip, recovery expected in 2017

18th May 2016 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will see production at its Durban plant drop from 138 000 units in 2015 to an expected 122 000 units this year, says TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby. Of the 138 000 units assembled at the Prospecton plant last year, 93 500 units were Hilux bakkies, 10 200... 

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