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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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Africa new-vehicle sales to be 28% lower this year as pandemic bites

13th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on new-vehicle sales in Africa, which are expected to drop from 1.16-million units in 2019, to a current forecast of 830 000 units this year, says African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) CEO Dave Coffey. “This is a 28% reduction, which is... 

Ex-Uber South Africa boss appointed chairperson of emergency dispatch platform

12th November 2020 Security and safety platform Aura has appointed Alon Lits as its chairperson with immediate effect. Lits is the former Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM. 

Gibela confident of meeting 2029 deadline

12th November 2020 Train-maker Gibela is confident it can meet the terms of its R51-billion contract to deliver 600 newly-built train sets to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) by 2029, despite the impact of Covid-19, says CEO Hector Danisa. Gibela in 2013 signed a R51-billion contract to supply... 

Metair appoints Sumitomo Rubber boss as new CEO

11th November 2020 Metair has appointed Riaz Haffejee to replace outgoing CEO Theo Loock, with effect from February 1.  Metair is an international manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components. 

Absa considers a combined solar, EV finance package, should domestic market grow

11th November 2020 Absa is mulling the roll-out of a finance mechanism for electric vehicles (EVs) that will incorporate a solar home installation to charge that vehicle, says Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance (AVAF) business analytics and strategy head Henry Botha. However, before that can happen, South Africa’s EV... 

Absa wraps up its taxi assistance programme, leaves door open for affected operators

10th November 2020 The payment relief programme to assist minibus taxi owners with vehicle repayments through the Covid-19 lockdown period has just come to an end, says Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance (AVAF) head of dealer relationships for the Gauteng and Limpopo region, Fulufhelo Mandane, with Absa now considering... 

Motus launches its own digital vehicle marketplace

9th November 2020 The JSE-listed Motus group has launched its own digital vehicle marketplace, called This platform ties together all the Motus business entities in one digital location, with the aim to provide a simplified online shopping experience.  

Tim Abbott to depart BMW, but stay in South Africa; Van Binsbergen new CEO

9th November 2020 South African-born Peter van Binsbergen has been appointed as the new CEO of BMW Group South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa (BMW SA). He replaces outgoing CEO Tim Abbott. Van Binsbergen, who will take up his new position on January 1, started his career 

Suzuki keeps on growing as it breaks through the 2 000-unit-a-month barrier

6th November 2020 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) sales have broken through the 2 000-unit-a-month barrier. The local arm of the Japanese small-car specialist started selling vehicles in South Africa in June, 2008. 

BMW to set up pilot plant as it aims for large-scale battery-cell production 

6th November 2020 The BMW Group will set up a pilot plant to produce lithium-ion battery cells. This comes as the German carmaker seeks to penetrate all aspects of the battery-cell value chain: from selection of materials to battery cell composition and design, all the way to near-standard production and recycling.  

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