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Port Elizabeth Car Terminal sets new record amid expansion project

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2022 The Port Elizabeth Car Terminal has moved 5 700 export vehicles in a single vessel.  This is the highest volume ever moved through the terminal, including the previous record of 4 500 export units moved in a single vessel, set in September, 2019. 

Motus secures R6.8bn in sustainability-linked finance from Standard Bank

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2022 Automotive group Motus Holdings has secured a syndicated R6-billion sustainability-linked facility, facilitated by financial services firm Standard Bank, as well as an R800-million sustainability-linked working capital facility from Standard Bank. This South African rand-denominated... 

It’s ‘adapt or die’ for SA carmakers

28th June 2022 The future of the SA carmaking industry depends on how fast we can change our auto policy to embrace the change to New Energy Vehicles, writes Mikel Mabasa, CEO of naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. 

TNPA embarks on ambitious R9.1bn seven-year infrastructure development programme 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2022 Further to Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) “reimagined” operational model, launched in November last year, and increased efficiency initiatives that are under way, the State-owned utility has announced it will spend R9.1-billion over the next seven years on capital projects in the... 

AIDC EC, partners roll out Kaizen programme

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2022 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has partnered with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to roll out a Kaizen implementation programme aimed at improving the competitiveness of component suppliers within the province’s automotive industry. Kaizen... 

Testing of electric minibuses in SA conditions to start in Stellenbosch early next year

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2022 GoMetro has convened a project team consisting of companies and researchers to test the first electric minibus in South African conditions by January next year. GoMetro, a global mobility management technology company with its head office in Cape Town, has collected data on taxi operations across... 

Unique Welding – Integrated Gas and Welding Solutions

24th June 2022 Unique Welding imports, supplies and distributes a wide range of welding equipment, welding consumables and industrial gases to the Southern African region. Established in 1968, Unique Welding has grown from strength to strength over the last 50 years by taking advantage of its world-class supply... 

Automotive experts discuss where EV transition leaves ICE manufacturing locally

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2022 Nearly every value-add manufacturing sector in South Africa has been hollowed out by domestic constraints and brutal competition from global players, except for the automotive and components manufacturing sector, consultancy Deloitte emerging markets MD and Deloitte Africa automotive industry... 

Numsa to picket the Japanese embassy on future of Nissan plant; Nissan denies closure rumours 

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it will be picketing the Japanese Embassy in Pretoria on Friday. The union intends to hand over a memorandum of demands regarding a “number of grievances” against Nissan’s management in South Africa.  

IZA Africa Desk raises red flag over steel industry masterplan

23rd June 2022 A lack of proper industry consultation is likely to hamper the effective implementation of the steel and metal fabrication sector masterplan, warns the Africa Desk of the International Zinc Association (IZA). “The plan contains problematic proposals such as a steel levy and the formation of a... 

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