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Irma Venter

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Competition Tribunal approves Imperial’s acquisition of J&J, Greendoor groups 

28th September 2021 The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved a deal whereby Imperial Logistics, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Imperial Capital, will acquire Lift Logistics (J&J Group) and its subsidiary, Greendoor Group. Post-acquisition, Imperial will control J&J Group and Greendoor.   The... 

Toyota Gazoo Racing announces four-car team and new vehicle for Dakar 2022

28th September 2021 Toyota Gazoo Racing will enter a four-car team in the upcoming Dakar Rally, set to start in Saudi Arabia on January 2, 2022.  As was the case this year, the team will be spear-headed by Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel.  

Engling to depart Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Brand to take over

28th September 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has announced that its CEO and manufacturing executive director, Andreas Engling, will retire on May 1, next year. Engling has been with Mercedes-Benz since 1987, and with MBSA since 2017. 

Peugeot 2008 clinches Car of the Year title

27th September 2021 The Peugeot 2008 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) has been named as the 2021 Car of the Year by the South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ). The Toyota Hilux double-cab bakkie came in second, while the BMW 4 Series took the bronze medal. 

Payabill launches online international payment solution for SMEs

27th September 2021 Local fintech startup Payabill has developed a product where it takes the risk of settling the bills of international suppliers directly for qualifying small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which apply for the finance solution “using a simple and quick digital process”.   “Small businesses... 

Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa executive management restructured

24th September 2021 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has named Ziyad Gaba as customer service, parts and downstream VP, and Maretha Gerber as sales and marketing VP.  Gaba was previously at the helm of Fuso Trucks Southern Africa, while Gerber was head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks Southern Africa. 

Record 54 520 vehicles exported through Durban Car Terminal in August

24th September 2021 Growing transshipments and improving new-vehicle exports from South Africa saw the Durban Car Terminal set a new record in August, with the facility handling 54 520 fully built units that month.  This followed the previous handling record of 51 407 fully built units, set in June this year.  

1 200 jobs created as Ford prepares for new Ranger production at Silverton plant

24th September 2021 Ford South Africa (Ford SA) has created about 1 200 incremental jobs by reintroducing a third shift to its operations at the Silverton assembly plant. The additional shift forms part of the US automaker’s $1.05-billion investment in the Pretoria plant to produce the next-generation Ranger bakkie,... 

First electric truck from China’s JAC Motors starts operations in South Africa

24th September 2021 The first electric truck from Chinese auto maker JAC Motors has started operations in South Africa. The arrival of the electric N-series truck marks the start of JAC Motors South Africa's (JMSA’s) local electric vehicle (EV) programme, says public relations manager Braam Faul. 

Promotion of e-mobility key before SA starts producing batteries for EVs and hybrids

24th September 2021 One of the first steps for South Africa to participate in the global battery supply chain for battery electric or hybrid vehicles would be the promotion of electromobility in the local market, proposes Mercedes-Benz production and supply chain management board member Dr Jörg Burzer. “This is one... 

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