Dunlop celebrates rich heritage in South Africa

As South Africans observe Heritage Month in September, Dunlop, one of the most iconic and recognisable tyre brands in the world, is reflecting on its history as the country’s oldest tyre brand and longest serving tyre manufacturer on South African soil. Eight years after John Boyd Dunlop’s invention of the first practical pneumatic tyre in 1888, the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company (SA) Limited was established in 1896 as the first tyre distribution depot in Cape Town, distributing imported tyres. This laid the foundation for the brand’s legacy of quality and…

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SUBARU SA TEAMS UP WITH TIMCA TO IMPROVE NUMERACY AROUND THE SOUTH AFRICA

Johannesburg, 13 September 2021 – Subaru Southern Africa has teamed up with South African NGO The International Math Club Alliance (TIMCA) to improve numeracy and mathematical competence in under-privileged communities around the country. TIMCA is an organisation that runs and co-ordinates maths clubs and workshops throughout the country. They empower children by teaching them mathematics, which improves their overall confidence, ability and agency to think for themselves. These clubs are predominantly run in under-privileged areas in partnership with schools, orphanages and for children with disabilities. Subaru Southern Africa has donated…

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Are multinational companies in the automotive industry in South Africa stifling growth?

The Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket need to be applauded and its implementation carefully monitored, particularly at a time when the economy is experiencing an unprecedented unemployment crisis.  Kate Elliott. Kate Elliott, CEO of Right to Repair SA, and a strong proponent for advocating for consumer choice and a free market which encourages fair competition, said the reality is that under certain conditions, totally free markets often fail to deliver optimal results. One reason for this is harmful conduct by firms that have grown too big…

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Hyundai Motor Group sets out vision for hydrogen energy

The Hyundai Motor Group has set out its vision for hydrogen energy and a global hydrogen society, and its plans to popularize hydrogen by 2040 through the introduction of new technologies and mobility solutions in transportation and other industrial sectors. At its Hydrogen Wave global online forum held this week, the Hyundai Motor Group (Group) unveiled unprecedented plans that will see the electrification of all new commercial vehicle models – featuring fuel cell electric or battery electric powertrains, as well as the application of fuel cell systems – by 2028.…

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THE ALL NEW RENAULT KIGER: DESIGNED TO TURN HEADS

The all new Renault Kiger has made its début in SA. This compact SUV is destined to change the face of the local SUV market, with its resolutely modern and dynamic design, and a suite of features to match. The all new Renault Kiger strongly represents the latest design evolution pioneered by the Head of Group Design, Laurens Van Den Acker. In the words of Laurens: ‘’True to the promise of the show-car, Renault Kiger is a robust, dynamic and generous SUV. Armed for travel in the urban jungle we…

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A look at Ford’s upgraded factory in South Africa – which can make a Ranger every 2 minutes

Ford South Africa has created around 1,200 incremental jobs by adding a third shift as part of the $1.05-billion (R15 billion) investment in its Silverton Assembly Plant. The automotive group said that its local workforce has increased from the current 4,200 employees to approximately 5,000, along with an additional 440 jobs at the plant’s on-site service provider. This takes the total Ford employees at the Silverton facility to over 4,100, with 850 people employed at Ford’s Struandale Engine Plant in Gqeberha, it said. The reintroduction of the third shift will…

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INITIATIVE TO BETTER LEVERAGE SETA FUNDING AND CURB SKILLSSHORTAGE IN AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR

The rapid pace of technological change within the automotive sector is requiring suppliers to speedily identify and embed critical skills to secure global competitiveness.   In addition, the realisation of the objectives of the South African Automotive Masterplan 2035 is dependent on a sound skills base within the sector. Currently, the presence of numerous skills and occupation gaps across the country’s automotive sector are proving to be a cross-cutting barrier to localisation. Without adequate skills, companies are unable to embed technology, raw material and testing infrastructure which prevents greater localisation.…

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Hytec South Africa Donates Truck to TT Thermal Suppliers

In December 2020, Hytec South Africa donated a TATA three-ton truck to TT Thermal Suppliers, Bosch Rexroth South Africa’s Lephalale-based reseller.   “We can now get to our customers quicker with the new truck. The donation also has financial benefit as we no longer need to hire trucks to deliver to our customers,” says TT Thermal Owner, Alfred Masekoameng. A pleased TT Thermal Owner, Alfred Masekoameng, in the company’s newly acquired truck.     The handover ceremony took place at the Bosch Rexroth SA offices in Kempton Park, where Masekoameng…

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DEDICATED DEALER AND SERVICE NETWORK FORMS THE BACKBONE OF FAW TRUCKS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

Strategically placed dealerships and service centres ensure that FAW Trucks is well represented in Southern Africa More than 20 dedicated local facilities and another seven in neighbouring countries maintain the highest level of customer care Quality service and consistent parts supply complement reliable product offerings Johannesburg – 27 August 2021 – For the past 27 years FAW Trucks has boldly shown its commitment to local customers by steadily growing its product offering and establishing its own assembly plant in Gqeberha in 2014, while also strengthening its presence across Southern Africa.…

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Even more value from the Value Champion

Mahindra introduces Value Fit range of service parts Pik Up, Bolero and Scorpio first model ranges to benefit Focused on affordable servicing after service plan and warranty August 30, 2021, Centurion. South Africa’s Value Champion – Mahindra – has introduced a value-focused solution for owners with older commercial vehicles. Called Value Fit, the solution comprises of a comprehensive range of service parts that meet all the standards set by the global Mahindra group for its vehicles but are made available at a more affordable price. The Value Fit parts are…

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