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Irma Venter

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National Automobile Dealers Association appoints Marcia Mayaba as VP

28th August 2020 Barloworld Motor Retail franchise executive Marcia Mayaba has been elected the National Automobile Dealers Association (Nada) VP. “We are extremely excited to have Marcia on board,” says Nada chairperson Mark Dommisse. “We look forward to working closely with her on various matters impacting... 

New-vehicle pricing increasing sharply, TransUnion index shows

28th August 2020 The South African car market experienced record lows in the second quarter of the year, as the combination of minimal trading owing to the Covid-19 lockdown and the depressed economy saw a 71% decline in the number of new and used cars financed over the same period in 2019. This is according to... 

Fuchs Lubricants to build plant, warehouse in R250m development

27th August 2020 Fuchs Lubricants South Africa, a subsidiary of Fuchs Petrolub SE, in Germany, will invest more than R250-million in South Africa through the purchase of land and the development of an expanded warehouse, office complex and lubricants plant on this site.  The project is expected to be completed in... 

Bulk infrastructure works start at the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway 

27th August 2020 Construction of bulk infrastructure at the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway has started. This development, located on the southern border of the Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni metros, is connected by road and rail corridors between Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni, in Gauteng; Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal;... 

Electric Mini to make its debut in South Africa in Q4

26th August 2020 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will launch South Africa’s fourth electric vehicle (EV) in the fourth quarter of this year, when the Mini SE will make its local debut. The Mini SE follows the new style of EVs, where a known model is turned into an electric car, and the vehicle is not manufactured... 

TSAM provides R15m in Covid-19 aid to eThekwini, KZN governments

26th August 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, as well as the eThekwini metropolitan municipality, to support the fight against Covid-19. The MoA, signed by TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby, KwaZulu-Natal Department of... 

Nissan enables customers to check affordability before applying for finance

25th August 2020 Nissan South Africa has launched what it calls “intuitive digital application technology” to assist customers when applying for vehicle finance online. The Nissan pre-finance tool is powered by WesBank and allows customers to check affordability by completing a pre-approval form before applying... 

Covid-19, lockdowns cost Imperial R1bn in profit, says Akoojee

25th August 2020 Imperial has lost an estimated R4-billion in revenue and R1-billion in operating profit during the peak lockdown period of March to May, says Imperial CEO Mohammed Akoojee. Despite this, the group still managed to report a 5% increase in continuing revenue for the financial year ended June 30, to... 

Suzuki moves to bigger head office, parts warehouse as sales soar

24th August 2020 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) will complete the move to its new head office and warehouse facility in Johannesburg by September 1. The announcement comes shortly after the brand reported 1 213 new vehicle sales in July, with 1 200 of these sold through its dealer network.  

Gautrain set for big loss as ridership falls owing to Covid-19

21st August 2020 Weekday Gautrain rail ridership has fallen to about 14% of pre-Covid-19 levels, to 7 478 passenger trips a day, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) COO Tshepo Kgobe. Bus ridership is at 16% of pre-Covid-19 levels, at 2 974 passenger trips a day. 

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