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Live Company and Messe Frankfurt SA partner for Cape Town eMobility Festival  

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2021 Live Company Group has announced that it has, via E-Movement Holdings, a 100% subsidiary of Live Company Group, partnered with Messe Frankfurt South Africa for the launch of the eMobility Festival 2021. The eMobility Festival will focus on electric vehicles of all kinds, the future of e-mobility... 

UCT launches open-access, African-centric research platform 

By: Sane Dhlamini     12th January 2021 University of Cape Town Libraries director of research and learning services Dr Reggie Raju revealed on Tuesday, the institute’s newly developed continental platform for open access publishing in Africa. The African research community can now create and share its own scholarly content – open... 

UCT launches open-access, African-centric research platform

Mercedes-Benz integrates its front-of-car technology into one single AI screen  

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2021 From a manual radio, to a single in-car touch screen, to a large, easy to operate, curved 141-cm screen that reaches from one side of the car to the other. Also add to this the fact that the system is willing to learn through the use of artificial intelligence (AI).  This is the evolution of the... 

Digital designer Vera Schmidt with the hyperscreen
Digital designer Vera Schmidt with the hyperscreen

AIH to open sequencing centre in East London in April, Tshwane to follow 

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2021 Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) will open its first sequencing centre (SC) at the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) in April, says group CEO Corrie Kotzé. The 5 300 m2 facility will support new C-Class production at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) plant, set to start in... 

The sequencing centre in East London
The sequencing centre in East London

Zirk Botha nears St Helena island on day 24 of rowing voyage

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th January 2021 The 59-year-old rower Zirk Botha, who is currently making a voyage from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro, was just off the coast of St Helena island on January 11, making his way toward crossing the Greenwich meridian line. January 11 marked the twenty-fourth day of his three-month journey in... 

Row2Rio rower Zirk Botha
Row2Rio rower Zirk Botha

Toyota’s Kirby elected as new Naamsa president

By: Irma Venter     11th January 2021 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has appointed Toyota South Africa Motors CEO Andrew Kirby as president following the retirement of BMW Group South Africa boss Tim Abbott at the end of last year. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa MD Neale Hill... 

Super-rich car brands also felt the Covid-19 pinch in 2020, with the exception of Ferrari

By: Irma Venter     11th January 2021 Luxury and performance car brands in South Africa also felt the pain of the Covid-19 pandemic, with almost all brands showing a decline on 2019 numbers. Luxury brand Bentley saw a 20% drop in sales, from 69 units to 55 units. 

Super-rich car brands also felt the Covid-19 pinch in 2020, with the exception of Ferrari

SVI sees armoured vehicle sales grow as crime increases

By: Irma Venter     11th January 2021 In 2011/12, there were 9 417 carjackings in South Africa. By 2018/19, this number had grown to 16 026 incidents. Crime is on the increase and Covid-19 has not helped, particularly as the pandemic has pushed up unemployment figures. 

SVI sees armoured vehicle sales grow as crime increases

German automotive industry strengthens links with Africa

By: Irma Venter     11th January 2021   The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has joined hands with the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) as part of the ‘PartnerAfrica’ project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.  

VDA president Hildegard Müller
VDA president Hildegard Müller

New-vehicle sales down 29.1% in ‘extraordinary year’, says Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2021 An “extraordinary year” that has brought “unprecedented challenges” to South Africa’s economy has seen new-vehicle sales decline by 29.1%, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). This follows a 2.8% drop in sales in 2019. 

New-vehicle sales down 29.1% in ‘extraordinary year’, says Naamsa

African Association of Automotive Manufacturers applauds AfCFTA launch

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2021 The Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) which was finalised at a virtual African Union (AU) summit in December, is an important milestone for the realisation of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers’ (AAAM’s) vision, says the association in a statement. This vision is... 

Dave Coffey
Dave Coffey

Border PPP needed as truck queues at Lebombo grow, say transport bodies 

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2021 The queues of trucks at the Lebombo border crossing between South Africa and Mozambique are now stretching more than 25 km, in temperatures often exceeding 32 ˚C, says the Federation of East and Southern African Road Transport Associations (Fesarta) and the South African Association of Freight... 

Border PPP needed as truck queues at Lebombo grow, say transport bodies

Hyundai introduces new brand to represent its hydrogen fuel-cell business

By: Irma Venter     6th January 2021 The Hyundai Motor Group has introduced HTWO as a new brand to represent the group’s hydrogen fuel-cell system.  The South Korean car maker says the brand builds on its 20-year-plus experience in hydrogen fuel-cell technology and will aim to present hydrogen as “a positive energy for humanity”.  

Hyundai introduces new brand to represent its hydrogen fuel-cell business

SA’s Rachel Kobo named one of 50 best apprentices at VW

By: Irma Venter     4th January 2021 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) employee Rachel Kobo has been named ‘Best Apprentice’ – a title given to only a handful of top young talent across the Volkswagen group. Kobo was among 50 young men and women worldwide to be chosen to receive this accolade, which recognises outstanding... 

VWSA MD Dr Robert Cisek, Rachel Kobo and Thabo Nkoane
VWSA MD Dr Robert Cisek, Rachel Kobo and Thabo Nkoane

Volkswagen plans to link top executives’ bonuses to ESG targets

By: Bloomberg     18th December 2020 Volkswagen plans to link top executives’ bonuses to environmental, social and governance targets as the German industrial giant seeks to bolster sustainability credentials that are increasingly relevant to investors. VW will seek shareholder approval for the updated remuneration system at its... 

Electric cars closing in on gas guzzlers as battery costs plunge

By: Bloomberg     17th December 2020 Electric vehicles may cost about the same as their gas-guzzling brethren in just three or four years -- and only get cheaper from there, according to a new report from BloombergNEF. Electric cars and buses have long been saddled with bigger up-front costs than those burning gasoline or diesel,... 

Rare earth producers aim to agree global environment standards in 2021

By: Reuters     14th December 2020 Producers of rare earths, under increasing pressure from their industrial buyers over longstanding pollution issues, are hammering out a single set of global environmental standards, the head of the industry association has told Reuters. Manufacturers of products such as electronic goods and... 

Competition Commission publishes final automotive aftermarket guidelines

By: Donna Slater     11th December 2020 The Competition Commission has issued its final Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket, which are now available on the commission’s website and which will take effect from July 1, 2021. The guidelines were prepared in terms of Section 77 of the Competition Act (89... 

PPP creates numerous opportunities

11th December 2020 The innovative new R3.4-billion Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ), which was officially announced in November last year by South African president Cyril Ramaphosa and Gauteng Premier David Makhura, is forging ahead with extensive clearing of the site, groundworks and the... 

Govt use of AI an option for broader growth

11th December 2020 While many might have obscure ideas about what artificial intelligence (AI) is, owing to certain dystopian books and movies, the AI revolution together with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is a long-term process. It will take between 20 and 50 years to reach the heights its most ardent... 

TASEZ a ground-breaking initiative for industry

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     11th December 2020 The development of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) represents a ground-breaking initiative as it aims to create Africa’s first automotive city, with direct economic benefit to the surrounding communities by creating thousands of new jobs. It will also streamline operations at... 

OCKERT BARRY
Having many key suppliers within the TASEZ, in such close proximity to the FMCSA assembly plant, will be instrumental in enhancing and improving efficiency
OCKERT BARRY Having many key suppliers within the TASEZ, in such close proximity to the FMCSA assembly plant, will be instrumental in enhancing and improving efficiency

TASEZ on track, boosts enterprise involvement

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     11th December 2020 Despite the challenges for projects throughout the year, including Covid-19, the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) remains within its timeline and budget. “The project is in the construction phase and we have broken down the project into a number of work streams that are dedicated... 

A GREAT START
The TASEZ project is in the construction phase and has been broken down into a number of work streams
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A GREAT START The TASEZ project is in the construction phase and has been broken down into a number of work streams

Volvo sells UD Trucks to Isuzu as part of alliance deal, but impact in SA unclear

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2020 Sweden’s Volvo Group and Japan’s Isuzu Motors have agreed to form a strategic alliance within the commercial vehicle sector, in accordance with a memorandum of understanding signed in 2019.  The agreement includes Isuzu Motors’ acquisition of UD Trucks from the Volvo Group for ¥243-billion. 

Absa to launch EV financing should critical mass be attained

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2020 Financial services group 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... 

Barloworld to focus on industrial goods, food sector

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2020 Barloworld will, in the medium to long term, focus on two verticals, namely industrial goods and related services, as well as food and food ingredients, says CEO Dominic Sewela. “As we manage the pivoting out of the automotive and logistics business, we are very clear that we don’t want to be a... 

Nissan, Japan Motors to set up assembly plant in Ghana

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2020 Nissan has appointed Japan Motors Trading as its local partner in setting up a new vehicle assembly facility in Accra, Ghana. The appointment flows from a 2018 memorandum of understanding signed between Nissan and the government of Ghana. 

Toyota Financial Services appoints new CEO

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2020 Toyota Financial Services South Africa (TFSSA) has appointed Thabo Manaka as its new CEO, effective January 1.  Manaka is succeeding Marius Burger, who is retiring at the end of the year, after seven years at the TFSSA helm.  

Thabo Manaka
Thabo Manaka

SA to introduce Web-based Covid-19 screening system  

By: Sane Dhlamini     10th December 2020 The Department of Health on Thursday announced the launch of a pilot programme for a new Web-based travel health questionnaire to increase efforts to strengthen active screening and surveillance at ports of entry into South Africa. The department says with the full resumption of international... 

SA to introduce Web-based Covid-19 screening system

Barloworld signals intent to sell 50% of its motor retail division

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2020 Barloworld has advised shareholders that Barloworld South Africa, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barloworld, has started discussions with NMI Durban South Motors – a joint venture of the Barloworld group in which it holds a 50% interest alongside the Akoo family – to dispose of the Barloworld... 

Dominic Sewela
Dominic Sewela

TransUnion partners with Jeff Osborne as it seeks to expand

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2020 TransUnion Africa has partnered with Jeff Osborne as a business development partner as the company looks to evolve and extend its offering in the local automotive sector. Osborne was the CEO of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) for nearly 14 years before leaving to form online auto... 

Jeff Osborne
Jeff Osborne

AutoZone joins SA Taxi rewards programme 

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2020 SA Taxi has announced that AutoZone is the latest automotive supplier to join its rewards programme.  This partnership sees the SA Taxi Rewards programme, launched in 2018, expand beyond fuel-based rewards for the first time.  

Latest #SaferCarsforAfrica sees GWM’s Steeds 5 score a zero rating 

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2020 Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) and the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) have released the results of the fourth round of crash tests from its #SaferCarsForAfrica initiative. The project is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the FIA Foundation.   

Latest #SaferCarsforAfrica sees GWM’s Steeds 5 score a zero rating

GWM’s P Series bakkie arrives in SA in commercial, passenger guise

By: Irma Venter     7th December 2020 Haval Motors South Africa (HMSA) has finally lifted the veil on the local version of its new Great Wall Motors (GWM) P Series bakkie. According to HMSA the recent introduction of the P Series has seen GWM make rapid gains in the Chinese bakkie market.  

GWM’s P Series bakkie arrives in SA in commercial, passenger guise

Metair still expects lower full-year output, but green shoots are showing 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2020 As automotive component manufacturer Metair anticipates a full-year decline of 30% in South African production volumes this year, the company remains committed to new model launch projects and overall sustainability of models, markets, projects and customers. Planned model launches and... 

New forming line increases global supply capabilities

4th December 2020 Last month, automotive technology and engineering company Benteler International announced it would be investing in a new forming line for processing of airbag tubes at its Schloss Neuhaus plant, in Germany. The company has expanded its value-added depth in airbag and seat belt pretensioner tubes... 

PIPELINE
A new forming line for processing of airbag tubes is being invested in by Benteler International
PIPELINE A new forming line for processing of airbag tubes is being invested in by Benteler International

Parts aftermarket increases despite pandemic

4th December 2020 According to market research company Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis ‘Digital Business Models Mitigating Covid-19 Implications on Global Aftermarket Performance in 2020’, released in September, aftermarket revenue expanded by 4.1% in 2019. This was largely driven by a 3.2% growth in vehicles... 

PART AND PARCEL
The automotive components sector has contracted more than initially forecast owing to the Covid-19 pandemic
PART AND PARCEL The automotive components sector has contracted more than initially forecast owing to the Covid-19 pandemic

Localisation supermarket to showcase products

By: Halima Frost     4th December 2020 Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) business development manager Hoosain Mahomed says the AIDC EC is embarking on Phase 2 of its localisation supermarket. The localisation supermarket is a physical showcase and online catalogue of automotive components that are imported,... 

LAID OUT
The products on offer thought the Locatisation Supermarket are available to view on an online portal available at the AIDC EC's website
LAID OUT The products on offer thought the Locatisation Supermarket are available to view on an online portal available at the AIDC EC's website
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