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Festival of Motoring rescheduled for August, 2021

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2020 Following its cancellation this year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Festival of Motoring will now return to the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from August 26 to 29, 2021. Event organiser, Messe Frankfurt South Africa, says next year’s event will be the fifth edition of the yearly motoring... 

Audi South Africa CEO departs for Germany, no successor announced yet

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2020 Audi South Africa CEO Trevor Hill has departed the company after his contract came to an end on August 31. Hill, who was born in South Africa, left the country in 1997, returning in 2017 to head up the Audi brand within the local Volkswagen group. 

Audi South Africa CEO departs for Germany, no successor announced yet
Trevor Hill

GDDA prioritises the roll-out of three Gauteng SEZs 

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2020 The Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GDDA) has prioritised three special economic zone (SEZ) developments for roll-out in Gauteng, says GDDA CEO Mosa Tshabalala. The first is a high-tech SEZ in the northern corridor of Gauteng, in Bronkhorstspruit, 50 km from Pretoria. 

GDDA prioritises the roll-out of three Gauteng SEZs
The groundbreaking ceremony at the Tshwane automotive SEZ in 2019

Dekra, AIH partner in project to provide Covid-19 safety seal

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2020 German testing, inspection and certification group Dekra and Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) have partnered to provide a range of business sectors with a Covid-19 safety seal. The Covid-19 Dekra Standard Trusted Facility Seal is available to the automotive; retail; supply and manufacturing;... 

Dekra, AIH partner in project to provide Covid-19 safety seal

August new-vehicle sales decline by a disappointing 30% 

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined by 26.3% in August, to 33 515 units, compared with the 45 484 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 32.6%, to 19 545 units. 

August new-vehicle sales decline by a disappointing 30%

Volkswagen’s Lionesses Den announces winners

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA), in partnership with Lionesses of Africa, have announced the winners of the Volkswagen’s Lionesses Den competition.   The panel of judges selected the top three pitches after calling on female-owned businesses in South Africa to share a two-minute pitch to win... 

Volkswagen’s Lionesses Den announces winners

E-commerce has finally arrived in South Africa, says Dawn Wing  

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2020 Despite going through a rough patch during the initial hard lockdown in South Africa, Dawn Wing couriers says it has since seen a significant surge in e-commerce.  “The lockdown period business was really tough as volumes were low, but we made a decision to stay open to support our healthcare... 

E-commerce has finally arrived in South Africa, says Dawn Wing

Supporting policy must embrace EVs, says uYilo 

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2020 The supporting policy driving vehicle manufacturing in South Africa needs to “evolve and embrace electric vehicles (EVs)” in order for the country to fully adopt the technology, says uYilo eMobility Programme director Hiten Parmar. “It should be clearly defined, incentivising multinational... 

Supporting policy must embrace EVs, says uYilo
Hiten Parmar

Regulations, pricing a challenge for local LNG uptake

By: Theresa Bhowan     28th August 2020 Despite there being vast benefits to using liquefied natural gas (LNG) locally, natural gas producer Renergen tells Engineering News that regulations and pricing are impeding the growth of the LNG sector. 

Regulations, pricing a challenge  for local LNG uptake
RENEWING ENERGY Renewable energy is fast becoming more affordable

Laser tech key to developing economy

By: Tracy Hancock     28th August 2020 It is vital that South Africa has an in-depth understanding of the impact photonics-based technologies will have on its economic development, as they underpin the communication systems and sensors needed to drive the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The country also needs to ensure that it can... 

Laser tech key to developing economy
LASER FOCUS The present focus of the Rental Pool Programme is to improve the commercialisation of research done by research groups

Increased demand for laser marking

By: Tracy Hancock     28th August 2020 Identification and traceability company Traceability Solutions has seen an increase in enquiries for laser-marking systems despite the national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, says MD Kelby Parker. “Many sectors, such as fast-moving consumer goods, did not have a loss of production from... 

Increased demand for laser marking
iZONIT VISION SYSTEM The product enables the user to establish view mark positioning accurately and easily before firing a laser

National Automobile Dealers Association appoints Marcia Mayaba as VP

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2020 Barloworld Motor Retail franchise executive Marcia Mayaba has been elected the National Automobile Dealers Association (Nada) VP. “We are extremely excited to have Marcia on board,” says Nada chairperson Mark Dommisse. “We look forward to working closely with her on various matters impacting... 

New-vehicle export revenue declined by R21bn in H1 2020

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2020 Vehicle exports from South Africa declined by 73 419 vehicles, or 40.3%, in the first half of the year, compared with 2019, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) trade, exports and research executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. This decline saw vehicle... 

Covid-19 puts EV sales, carbon emission targets at risk

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2020 Data analytics and consulting company GlobalData says lower oil prices as a result of the Covid-19 crisis could reduce electric vehicle (EV) demand and impair European Union (EU) efforts to significantly reduce average new-vehicle carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the European car market.... 

New-vehicle pricing increasing sharply, TransUnion index shows

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2020 The South African car market experienced record lows in the second quarter of the year, as the combination of minimal trading owing to the Covid-19 lockdown and the depressed economy saw a 71% decline in the number of new and used cars financed over the same period in 2019. This is according to... 

Ford donates 240 engines to support skills development, training in technical schools

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2020 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has launched a far-reaching engine donation programme to support skills development and training at technical high schools across the country. As part of the programme, the vehicle manufacturer is donating 240 engines, valued at R7.8-million, as part... 

Ford donates 240 engines to support skills development, training in technical schools

Fuchs Lubricants to build plant, warehouse in R250m development

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2020 Fuchs Lubricants South Africa, a subsidiary of Fuchs Petrolub SE, in Germany, will invest more than R250-million in South Africa through the purchase of land and the development of an expanded warehouse, office complex and lubricants plant on this site.  The project is expected to be completed in... 

Fuchs Lubricants to build plant, warehouse in R250m development

Electric cars to account for 79% of lithium demand by 2030 - Chile

By: Reuters     27th August 2020 The electric car industry will dominate demand for lithium over the next ten years, Chilean state mining agency Cochilco said on Wednesday, accounting for more than three quarters of the ultralight battery metal's consumption by 2030, up from one third in 2019. Cochilco said demand for lithium... 

Electric Mini to make its debut in South Africa in Q4 

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2020 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will launch South Africa’s fourth electric vehicle (EV) in the fourth quarter of this year, when the Mini SE will make its local debut. The Mini SE follows the new style of EVs, where a known model is turned into an electric car, and the vehicle is not manufactured... 

Electric Mini to make its debut in South Africa in Q4

TSAM provides R15m in Covid-19 aid to eThekwini, KZN governments

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, as well as the eThekwini metropolitan municipality, to support the fight against Covid-19. The MoA, signed by TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby, KwaZulu-Natal Department of... 

TSAM provides R15m in Covid-19 aid to eThekwini, KZN governments

Japanese firm agrees to pay R3.8m penalty

By: Donna Slater     25th August 2020 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed, as an order, a consent agreement between the Competition Commission and Yazaki Corporation, incorporated under the company laws of Japan, in which Yazaki will pay an administrative penalty of R3.8-million. This follows after the commission accused Yazaki... 

Nissan enables customers to check affordability before applying for finance 

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2020 Nissan South Africa has launched what it calls “intuitive digital application technology” to assist customers when applying for vehicle finance online. The Nissan pre-finance tool is powered by WesBank and allows customers to check affordability by completing a pre-approval form before applying... 

Nissan enables customers to check affordability before applying for finance

Suzuki moves to bigger head office, parts warehouse as sales soar

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2020 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) will complete the move to its new head office and warehouse facility in Johannesburg by September 1. The announcement comes shortly after the brand reported 1 213 new vehicle sales in July, with 1 200 of these sold through its dealer network.  

Suzuki moves to bigger head office, parts warehouse as sales soar

Elon Musk is going to have a hard time finding clean nickel

By: Bloomberg     24th August 2020 Elon Musk promises a “giant contract” with the miner that can supply nickel for Tesla Inc. batteries at low cost with minimal environmental impact, yet the industry’s messy track record may make that deal difficult to clinch. Recent accidents such as a diesel spill in Arctic Russia and a burst... 

Elon Musk is going to have a hard time finding clean nickel
Elon Musk

Bridgestone to close PE factory, Brits plant to remain open

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 Bridgestone Southern Africa (BSAF) has started the process to close its bias tyre manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth.  The company says this move is in line with the recently announced mid- to long-term business strategy as set out by the Bridgestone Corporation, which plans to strengthen its... 

It’s full steam ahead for Toyota investments, despite Covid-19, says Kirby

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 Toyota Motors South Africa (TSAM) is going ahead with its three big investment projects, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, says TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby.  “Largely we have been able to protect and secure all of our big projects that were originally planned in 2019, despite the fact that... 

It’s full steam ahead for Toyota investments, despite Covid-19, says Kirby
Andrew Kirby

SAVE-P manufacturing underway, showcases local capabilities

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2020 A successful home-grown ventilator project has delivered a prime example of South African talent and collaboration, as well as a new opportunity to locally produce much-needed medical equipment in Africa for Africa and the world. With deindustrialisation a rising concern for a country reliant on... 

SAVE-P manufacturing underway, showcases local capabilities

July new-vehicle sales decline by 30%

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined 29.6% in July to 32 396 units, compared with the 46 042 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 35.8% to 18 905 units. 

Volkswagen adds Ghana to its list of African assembly plants

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 Volkswagen has cut the ribbon on a new vehicle assembly facility in Accra, the capital of Ghana. This makes Ghana the fifth Volkswagen vehicle assembly location in sub-Saharan Africa, with the other plants in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda. 

Schäfer leaves VWSA to become ŠKODA Auto CEO

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer is leaving the local arm of the German carmaker to join ŠKODA Auto as its new global CEO, effective August 3. The Czech brand has been a member of the Volkswagen group since 1991. 

The time for S Africa to shift to EV production is now, says TIPS report  

By: Irma Venter     20th August 2020 South African policy-makers and automobile manufacturing sector stakeholders need to develop a coherent strategy for the shift to the production of electrical vehicles (EVs), or fall behind global developments and lose their edge in the export market. This emerged as a key message from a report... 

The time for S Africa to shift to EV production is now, says TIPS report

Govt ‘in contact’ with companies that have shelved investment pledges  

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2020 Department of Trade, Industry and Competition director-general Lionel October reported on Wednesday that government would continue to engage with those companies that had withdrawn investment pledges made in 2019 with the intention of reviving the projects should conditions change. Earlier this... 

 Govt ‘in contact’ with companies that have shelved investment pledges
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DTIC director-general Lionel October

Covid-19 hands Metair R250m bill, Loock to oversee recovery as a consultant

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has cost Metair around R250-million, taking into account the measures taken to keep employees safe, as well as the total shutdown of manufacturing, says CFO Sjoerd Douwenga. This number, however, does not include the profit lost, he adds.  

Covid-19 hands Metair R250m bill, Loock to oversee recovery as a consultant
Theo Loock

South Africa should take the lead in adopting TIR system, says IRU

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2020 South Africa should take the lead in adopting the Transport Internationaux Routiers (TIR) system in sub-Saharan Africa, says the International Road Transport Union (IRU). TIR is a United Nations convention and enables goods to be shipped from a country of origin, through transit countries, to a... 

South Africa should take the lead in adopting TIR system, says IRU

Commission welcomes tribunal's approval of settlement with panel beating company

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2020 The Competition Commission has welcomed the Competition Tribunal's decision to confirm a settlement agreement between the commission and a Gauteng-based panel beating company, Eldan Auto Body, for fixing prices, dividing market and collusive tendering. The tribunal's decision was made on August 12. 

DHL’s Saloodo! signs MoU with AfricaPLC  

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2020 Digital road freight platform Saloodo!, a subsidiary of DHL Global Forwarding, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to be the first logistics provider to offer digital road freight solutions on AfricaPLC. AfricaPLC is an industrial e-commerce marketplace and fintech platform, managed by... 

Covid-19 to take 18% bite from global road freight revenue, says the IRU 

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic and corresponding restrictions on movement, and social distancing, have had an enormous impact on commercial road transport operators and those they serve, says International Road Transport Union (IRU) senior adviser Jens Hügel. He says Covid-19-linked disruptions in the... 

Covid-19 to take 18% bite from global road freight revenue, says the IRU
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