Women in Wheels | How Liz Gorbunov made an impact at Nissan SA and what drives her ambition

• Liz Gorbunov joined Nissan South Africa in 2016. • In 2021, she’ll be responsible for commercialising the new Nissan Navara. • Liz believes that women are just as capable as their male counterparts. • For more motoring stories, go to www.Wheels24.co.za Nissan celebrates the production of the 500 000th Leaf Nissan’s all-electric car, the Leaf, saw the 500 000th unit being built. In 2016, Nissan South Africa gained a gem in Liz Gorbunov. The dynamic lady took on the role of the general manager for sales and aftersales operations for Sub-Saharan Africa. While stimulating, Liz…

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South Africa’s auto industry highlights the social and employment cost of innovation

In South Africa, local operations of international motor manufacturing companies must constantly innovate to meet global demands and offer competitive value. The way work is done is constantly changing. The current technologies adopted in the workplace are ever smarter than those that went before. This trend, driven by economic forces, does not always lead to social improvements. Automation and the use of robots in manufacturing, combined with new working methods and systems, can have negative social impacts on workers. Job automation in South Africa There has been an increase in technology in South Africa’s automobile sector since 2003. Most…

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SA’s Covid hit carmakers asks government to cut taxes on new cars

  JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s car makers have asked the government to reduce taxes on new vehicle purchases as part of a proposed stimulus package for the coronavirus-hit sector, according to a presentation from an industry body seen by Reuters. The proposal, aimed at boosting local sales of new cars as rising coronavirus cases threaten demand in key export markets, was presented to the government on Monday by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), its chief executive Mike Mabasa said. NAAMSA represents global car giants like…

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Automotive component suppliers commit R4.3bn to establish operations in Tshwane

    Government is investing R3.5bn in the SEZ, which is set to create thousands of jobs. Ford says 12 of its suppliers and related services companies have made the commitment, while another 10 are showing ‘keen interest’. Image: Supplied More than R4.3 billion is to be invested in the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) by 12 Ford suppliers and related services companies that have committed to establishing operations in the SEZ. Ford’s executive director of government affairs for Africa, Dhiren Vanmali, confirmed this on Tuesday, adding that another…

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R2 MILLION PRODUCT TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR 300 MDANTSANE AUTO MECHANICS RESUMES

R2 MILLION PRODUCT TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR 300 MDANTSANE AUTO MECHANICS RESUMES

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Now this is a bakkie! Bloemfontein-built Brandt BRV could be SA’s best-kept secret

• Brandt BRV has been in business for the last 18 years. • The design of their single cab bakkie takes inspiration from the first-generation Defender. • A 2.8-litre Cummins diesel engine powers this vehicle.     Now this is a bakkie! Bloemfontein-built Brandt BRV could be SA’s best-kept secret dier’. No, the company has no relation to Honda, nor has the name anything to do with Bloemfontein. Instead, it stands for Brandt Radical Vehicles, a family-owned business from our own South African Middle Earth in the Free State Province. Brandt BRV (Ryan…

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Gabriel South Africa Launches ‘Shocks for Life’ for Essential Service Workers

Gabriel South Africa Launches ‘Shocks for Life’ for Essential Service Workers

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Incubating the cause, Nissan and UP’s Faculty of Health Sciences combat COVID-19 with INTUboxes

The innovative product is being produced at Nissan’s Rosslyn plant ROSSLYN, South Africa – The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the production of vehicles during the stringent national lockdown. However, this trying time calls for innovative action to support the nation which is why Nissan and the University of Pretoria have partnered to create and manufacture INTUboxes. The INTUbox is a transparent vessel-box which arose from the necessity to protect health professionals who would have to intubate and treat acutely ill COVID-19 patients. Therefore, the INTUbox avoids viral droplets spreading to…

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Turning challenges in the steel sector into opportunities

Despite the local steel sector currently experiencing tough challenges, some businesses within the steel supply chain have seized the opportunities presented by these challenges to grow their success. One such business is NitraLife, a local pioneer in the manufacture and supply of nitrogen generation equipment since 1996. Of note is that the company supplies various parts of the steel sector supply chain in South Africa with their NitraCut and NitraSpray nitrogen generators, while also manufacturing the generators from local steel components. “We have worked hard to become independent and robust…

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Getting to the core: faster drilling and reduced fuel costs with Rand-Air’s new DrillAir compressors

In a first for Rand-Air, the company has acquired Atlas Copco DrillAir Y1260 variable high pressure (21 to 35 bar) compressors. This new technology – from the world’s leading manufacturer of drilling equipment – has been scientifically designed around pressure and flow for a wide range of high-capacity drilling applications. These two new units are ideally suited for applications such as mineral exploration drilling, geothermal drilling, construction and blast hole drilling; as well as for services such as aerated drilling and the drilling of wells. “At Rand-Air, we constantly strive…

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