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Former Mahindra SA boss returns as KLT Automotive SA CEO

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2021 Former Mahindra South Africa (Mahindra SA) boss Ashok Thakur has been appointed as the CEO of KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa (KLT Automotive SA). Thakur (60) has been involved in international business in Africa for the past 25 years.  

EU’s Green Deal will have wide-ranging impact on SA exports, cautions Van Zyl  

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2021 Europe’s Green Deal is not just a vision or an idea, but a well-funded policy that is being implemented, and that is set to have a wide-ranging impact on South African exports, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) executive chairperson Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl stepped down earlier this year as... 

Johan Van Zyl
Johan Van Zyl

First-quarter GDP up 4.6% 

By: Donna Slater     8th June 2021 South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased at a yearly rate of 4.6% during the first quarter of 2021, reports Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). The mining and quarrying sectors combined grew by 18.1%, contributing 1.2 percentage points to the overall GDP figure, while the... 

First-quarter GDP up 4.6%

SAHPRA registers Janssen Covid-19 vaccine with conditions

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th June 2021 The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) announced on Monday the registration of the Janssen Covid-19 vaccine on March 31, with conditions. SAHPRA CEO Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela explained that one of the conditions is that the vaccine be manufactured under conditions... 

SAHPRA registers Janssen Covid-19 vaccine with conditions

Nissan SA kicks off Navara production, exports to start in Q3 

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2021 Nissan South Africa has started production of the new Navara pickup at its Rosslyn plant, with the first local customers to receive their double-cab units this month. The plant is currently operating at one shift, producing 134 units a shift, excluding overtime, and including Navara, NP200 and... 

Shafick Solomons
Shafick Solomons

Industry-aligned curricula, work readiness needed to close skills gap in automotive components sector

By: Schalk Burger     4th June 2021 A research study on skills in the automotive components sector shows that technical vocational education and training (TVET) institutions and technical universities must develop industry-aligned curricula and must produce work-ready candidates to close the skills gap in the sector. More than 70%... 

Nissan SA trains technicians for new Ghana plant

By: Irma Venter     4th June 2021 Twelve Ghanaian technicians have wrapped up their three-month training course at the Nissan Rosslyn plant on the assembly of the new Navara pick-up, in anticipation of the opening of a Nissan plant in their home country next year. The first Navara pick-ups for customers are expected to start... 

Nissan SA trains technicians for new Ghana plant

Beware warranty pitfalls as aftermarket guidelines come into effect, cautions Nada 

By: Irma Venter     4th June 2021 Consumers have to be aware that taking their vehicle to an independent service provider (ISP) while it is still under warranty may result in some segments of that warranty being voided, should the work, or part fitted, not be up to standard, cautions National Automobile Dealers’ Association... 

Mark Dommisse
Mark Dommisse

Vehicle exports decline by R26bn, but component makers post a new high

By: Irma Venter     4th June 2021 The value of total automotive exports from South African declined by R26-billion, or 12.9%, from the record R201.7-billion reported in 2019, to R175.7-billion in 2020.  This is according to the Automotive Industry Export Council’s newly released 2021 Automotive Export Manual. 

Auto-sector readiness to implement new aftermarket guidelines under scrutiny

By: Irma Venter     4th June 2021 Naamsa | the Automotive Business Council says the local automotive industry is assessing its state of readiness to implement the Automotive Aftermarket Guidelines on July 1. These guidelines were published by the Competition Commission of South Africa on December 10 and aim to provide improved... 

Metair subsidiary signs MoU with Ghana-based auto components maker

By: Irma Venter     4th June 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has welcomed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Supreme Spring, a subsidiary of JSE-listed group Metair, and Springs and Bolts, based in Ghana. Supreme Spring MD Mark Barley and Springs and Bolts CEO Derrick... 

Motus takes on 355 young people for YES working experience

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd June 2021 Automotive group Motus has come on board to support the Youth Employment Service (YES) by providing 355 young people with work experience. YES was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2018 and encourages the private sector to create critical work experience opportunities for young people... 

New-vehicle sales outpacing forecasts – NADA

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2021 New-vehicle sales are continuing to outpace forecasts as the South African automotive industry recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, says the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA).  According to Naamsa | the Automotive Business Council, 38 337 new vehicles were sold in the domestic... 

Mark Dommisse
Mark Dommisse

Construction of Tshwane SEZ progressing well – October

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2021 Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) chairperson Lionel October says he is satisfied with the progress made on the construction of the roughly R8-billion project.  October visited the TASEZ site, located next to the Ford Ranger assembly plant in Silverton, with a team of officials... 

Michelin introduces decarbonised shipping, recycled material racing tire solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Michelin has presented its two latest solutions to making transportation more efficient, while conserving resources, at the 2021 Movin’On global sustainable mobility summit. The first of the solutions, the Wisamo project, will help to decarbonise maritime... 

Ford appoints new sales, marketing, government affairs directors

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2021 Ford has announced a series of leadership and organisational changes for South Africa, effective from June 1, “which are aimed at accelerating its strategic transformation plan and strengthening its automotive operations”. These changes will see government affairs executive director Dhiren... 

Dhiren Vanmali
Dhiren Vanmali

New-vehicle sales increased by 198% in May, exports up 197%

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2021 New-vehicle sales jumped by 197.8% year-on-year to 38 337 units in May, reports Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. An estimated 33 642 units, or 87.8%, were dealer sales, with 8.2% going to the vehicle rental industry, 2% to government and 2% to industry corporate fleets. 

New-vehicle sales increased by 198% in May, exports up 197%

Mercedes-Benz to introduce green steel in vehicles in 2025

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2021 German car maker Mercedes-Benz has taken an equity stake in Swedish start-up H2 Green Steel (H2GS) as a method to introduce carbon-dioxide-free (CO2-free) steel into series production.  H2GS was founded in 2020 and aims to build a large-scale fossil-free steel production facility in northern... 

Mercedes-Benz to introduce green steel in vehicles in 2025

2021 Car of the Year finalists announced

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2021 The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the 23 finalists for the 2021 South African Car of the Year award.  Besides the overall winner’s crown, the finalists can also win in one of nine categories: budget; compact; family compact; family; premium; performance; new... 

2021 Car of the Year finalists announced

Composer Hans Zimmer partners with BMW M to produce ‘sound portfolio’ for EVs  

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2021 The throaty roar of an eager engine is often one of the main selling points for those who love performance cars, such as the BMW M range. However, this becomes problematic in zero-emission battery electric vehicles that produce no engine noise. BMW is tackling this problem through a collaborative... 

Hans Zimmer
Renzo Vitale and Hans Zimmer discuss how they created driving sounds for the electric BMW M range

Draft Green Paper on electric vehicle production out for public comment

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in South Africa. New-energy vehicles (NEVs) include hybrids, battery electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel-cell vehicles. 

Fleet operators urged to time changeover to EVs ‘correctly’

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2021 There is a “very real danger” that fleet owners may be stuck with stranded assets if they do not time the changeover to battery electric or fuel cell vehicles correctly, says GridCars MD Winstone Jordaan. GridCars is a South African electric vehicle (EV) charging solution specialist. 

Vehicle prices increasing sharply, with trend set to continue

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2021 The latest TransUnion South Africa Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) reveals some bad news for prospective car buyers: new-vehicle prices rose by almost three times the current inflation rate in the first quarter of the year and are expected to continue increasing in coming months.  At the same time,... 

Tata International Africa launches commercial vehicle asset finance solution in SA

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) has expanded its retail finance offering to South Africa, with the product already on offer in countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Zambia. “The financing of heavy commercial vehicles, construction equipment and agricultural machinery presents its... 

Customers returning to showrooms, but new-vehicle stock availability an issue

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2021 The size of the South African new-vehicle market will be determined by the availability of stock this year, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sales and marketing senior VP Leon Theron. “It’s a weird, weird year. The market is quite difficult to call. 

Quality stainless steel components supplied during pandemic

28th May 2021 Engineering solutions specialists BMG provided engineering components and support services to all sectors during the Covid-19 pandemic. “The BMG team is committed to making sure industry continues to operate as safely and efficiently as possible during this challenging time. It is absolutely... 

COMPLETE SAFETY 
BMG works closely with its customers in all sectors to ensure that each plant is well-prepared to maintain full production
COMPLETE SAFETY BMG works closely with its customers in all sectors to ensure that each plant is well-prepared to maintain full production

Naamsa cautions domestic market not to lose competitiveness

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2021 naamsa The Automotive Business Council has welcomed the release of the Auto Green Paper on the advancement of so-called new energy vehicles (NEVs), which was published by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) for public comment last week. The organisation notes, however, that... 

Barloworld's Southern African, Eurasian order books strong

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2021 Industrial processing, distribution and services company Barloworld reports that its industrial equipment and services division performed well in the six months ended March 31, despite challenges. Barloworld’s Equipment Southern Africa division delivered a solid performance despite lower mining... 

Barloworld group CEO Dominic Sewela
Barloworld group CEO Dominic Sewela

Naamsa assessing industry readiness to implement Competition Commission’s aftermarket guidelines 

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 Naamsa | the Automotive Business Council says the local automotive industry is assessing its state of readiness to implement the Automotive Aftermarket Guidelines on July 1. These Guidelines were published by the Competition Commission of South Africa on December 10 and aim to provide improved... 

Mikel Mabasa
Mikel Mabasa

Firms pledge R18m to help boost manufacturing in South Africa, rest of the continent

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 The advancement of manufacturing in South Africa and on the rest of the continent has received a boost from four South African manufacturers. JSE-listed groups Illovo Africa, Metair and The Foschini Group (TFG), as well as local vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), have pledged... 

Van Zyl back at TSAM to help plot company’s strategy 

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 Dr Johan van Zyl has stepped down as Toyota Motors Europe president and CEO, and has returned to Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to serve as executive chairperson. Van Zyl was TSAM president and CEO, as well as Africa region CEO, before his departure for Europe six years ago.  

New guidelines to usher more SMMEs, black businesses into aftersales value chain

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 The newly drafted guidelines for the automotive aftermarket sector, set to take effect on July 1, will allow for the increased participation of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), and/or black-owned firms in South Africa’s aftersales value chain, says the Automotive Industry... 

April new-vehicle sales reveal continuing rebound, but supply glitches loom large

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 On paper, the South African new-vehicle market grew by an astounding 6 133.3% in April, compared with the same month last year. However, this is not a fair comparison, as South Africa was in a Covid-19-induced hard lockdown during April last year, with only 574 units sold for the entire month. 

Shoprite to expand solar-powered refrigeration fleet by 39 trucks 

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2021 The Shoprite Group will, by the end of June, have added 39 solar-powered refrigerated rigid trucks to its existing solar-powered fleet of 749 trailers, says group sustainability manager Sanjeev Raghubir. “It’s the first time we are adding solar-power nitrogen refrigerated rigid trucks to our... 

A Shoprite solar-powered refrigerated trailer
A Shoprite solar-powered refrigerated trailer

Glencore, CMOC and ERG to pilot blockchain solution for cobalt tracing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2021 Major metals and mining companies CMOC, Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and Glencore are, in collaboration with battery material supplier Umicore, piloting ReISource – a solution to trace responsibly produced cobalt from the mine to the electric car. Re|Source has been designed to proactively... 

ASM cobalt operations in the DRC
ASM cobalt operations in the DRC

DTIC publishes draft green paper on electric vehicle production 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in South Africa. New-energy vehicles (NEVs) includes hybrids, battery electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel-cell vehicles. 

DTIC publishes draft green paper on electric vehicle production

Ford to help dealers speed up repairs through wearable tech

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2021 Ford South Africa is rolling out a new, high-tech approach to vehicle repairs at its dealerships. The local arm of the US car maker has already conducted a pilot study of the RealWear HMT-1 Hands-free Remote Collaboration Tool, which remotely connects Ford dealership technicians with the... 

Ford to help dealers speed up repairs through wearable tech
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