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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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March used-car sales provide a glimmer of hope, says AutoTrader

3rd April 2020 There is little positive news at the moment, but used-car sales in South Africa during March do provide a glimmer of hope, says AutoTrader CEO George Minnie. He says March began well, and used-car sales were on track to sustain this year’s positive performance. 

Local ventilator production could start within a month, says Naacam 

3rd April 2020 Much of the reverse engineering on the Penlon Nuffield 200 ventilator is complete, with prototype production imminent, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers executive director Renai Moothilal. “If things go according to plan, full-scale volume production can... 

SAPS, industry form partnership to combat construction mafia

2nd April 2020 The South African Forum for Engineering (SAFE) has met with the national police commissioner to discuss the increased prevalence of the so-called construction mafia and its effect on the local construction industry. SAFE includes the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE),... 

Volvo Trucks to provide support to essential fleets

2nd April 2020 Volvo Trucks Southern Africa says it will support transport companies that are delivering essential services during the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa.  “We are indeed living in extraordinary times and I want to assure customers that Volvo Trucks, together with our nationwide network, is doing... 

Auto industry faces ‘existential threat’, says GlobalData

2nd April 2020 The automotive sector is facing its biggest existential threat since the 2007 to 2009 financial crisis, with multidimensional challenges at its door, says data analytics and consulting company GlobalData. These include supply-chain restrictions, workforce safety and demand drop off. 

New-vehicle sales plummet by 30%

1st April 2020 New-vehicle sales fell by 30% in March, to 33 545 units, compared with the same month last year. South Africa is in a lockdown since March 27 as it works to curb the spread of Covid-19. 

Road freight in sub-Saharan Africa goes digital with DHL’s Saloodo!

1st April 2020 Digital freight forwarder Saloodo!, a subsidiary of DHL Global Forwarding, has launched a digital logistics platform for shippers and transport providers in South Africa, bringing the first digital road freight solution to the region. An efficient road freight network is a key conduit of trade... 

Volkswagen expands operations in Kenya

1st April 2020 Just more than three years after German car manufacturer Volkswagen ventured into sub-Saharan Africa, the brand’s assembly facility in Kenya has added another model to its line-up. The assembly facility, which was opened in December, 2016, in Thika, Kenya, was the first semi-knockdown operation... 

Clothing, textile industry in project to produce face masks locally

31st March 2020 A project is underway to produce a homegrown mask for use by all South Africans, close to the standard of the FFP2 and N95 facemasks. FF2 and N95 masks are medical standard masks, often provided to hospital staff working on the frontline of infection control. They offer between 94% and 95%... 

WesBank announces payment relief as Covid-19 bites

30th March 2020 In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, WesBank has announced payment relief plans to assist its customers and partners who have been impacted by the pandemic. WesBank provides a range of financial products to the retail and corporate market in South Africa, including vehicle and asset finance,... 

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