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Constitutional amendment only unlikely to deliver success, warns land panel

20th February 2020 South Africa had to put in place a 50- to 100-year food security plan, and then walk backwards to see what it can do to make that happen, says former Afrgri CEO Chris Venter. “However, this is not happening. We are not looking at the areas becoming increasingly drier in our country to see what we... 

VWSA launches e-Golf project, with the aim to sell EVs from 2022

19th February 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has taken the first step in the roll-out of its local electric mobility programme, through the launch of the e-Golf pilot project. The e-Golf pilot project will see six fully electric vehicles (EVs) being tested by motoring and lifestyle media, selected... 

Criticism, praise for Competition Commission’s aftermarket guidelines

18th February 2020 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has slammed the Competition Commission’s draft Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket Industry, published for comment last week. These guidelines will mean, for example, that car owners... 

BMW’s Selumane appointed as CEO of transformation fund

17th February 2020 Jabulani Selumane has been appointed as CEO of the Automotive Industry Transformation Fund (AITF).   Selumane, a mechanical engineer by training, has more than ten years’ experience in the automotive industry. Prior to that he worked at Barloworld. 

New-vehicle sales to decline by 3.5%, says WesBank

13th February 2020 South Africa’s new-vehicle sales are set to decline 3.5% in 2020, predicts vehicle finance provider WesBank. Given the economic and political challenges facing the country, it is likely that business and consumer confidence will remain subdued. 

OneLogix’s Umlaas hub expansion to wrap up at year-end

6th February 2020 Specialist logistics service provider OneLogix should complete the R300-million, phase 3 expansion of its vehicle distribution hub at Umlaas, in KwaZulu-Natal, by the end of the year, says CEO Ian Lourens. Speaking at the company’s results presentation for the six months to end November, 2019, in... 

PRASA administrator appoints technical advisory team

5th February 2020 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo has appointed a panel of technical advisors to assist him during his 12-month tenure. The rail entity says the technical advisory team will provide PRASA with much-needed technical expertise, while also supporting... 

Isuzu SA starts exports of bakkie assembly kits to Kenya

4th February 2020 The Isuzu Motors South Africa (Isuzu SA) plant, in Port Elizabeth, has started supplying knocked-down (KD) D-MAX bakkie kits for assembly at the Isuzu manufacturing facility in Kenya. This represents the first intra-continental regional trade exchange of its kind for the Japanese vehicle... 

Sanral’s new standard contract exposes contractors to higher risks, says MDA

4th February 2020 Amendments to the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) standard contract have made it significantly more difficult for contractors to deal with disruptions related to the construction mafia, warns construction and technology law specialist MDA Attorneys. The term ‘construction... 

New-vehicle sales to drop by 4% in 2020, says Toyota

3rd February 2020 The South African new-vehicle sales market will shrink by 4% in 2020, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. He says Toyota expects the passenger car market to decline by 4%, to 339 900 units, with the light commercial vehicle market (LCV) to drop by 2%, to 150 585... 

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