Goodyear reports second quarter, first half 2022 results
Aug 08, 2022 Buzz

Goodyear reports second quarter, first half 2022 results

Net sales growth of 31% compared with the second quarter of 2021, over 15% growth excluding the Cooper Tire transaction Second quarter Goodyear net income of $166 million; adjusted net income of $131 million Merger-adjusted segment operating income…
Vusi Fele, Chief Procurement Officer, Absa
Aug 08, 2022 Buzz

New approach to ESD needed for localisation success

Localisation and the development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) are key to the growth of African economies, including South Africa’s. President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that the country's post-COVID economic reconstruction plan…
Government’s assault on the unemployed
Aug 05, 2022 Buzz

Government’s assault on the unemployed

By Eustace Davie is a director of the Free Market Foundation and author of Unchain the child. Is it a game the Government and its Department of Labour and Employment are playing with the lives of unemployed citizens of South Africa? If it is a game,…
First in synthetic lubricants Habot still races ahead
Aug 05, 2022 Buzz

First in synthetic lubricants Habot still races ahead

Established in the early 1980’s, West Rand lubricant blender and supplier, Habot Oil, introduced its Synergy range of synthetic lubricants in the early 1990s. Designed to make vehicles operate more efficiently with minimum mechanical wear and longer…
Aug 05, 2022 Mobility

What Procurement Teams Are Looking For!

SAPICS Small Business Hub Webinar Topic: What procurement teams are looking for and how we deploy a strategy to meet the Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) requirements? Online via Zoom Thursday, 01 September 2022 14h00 - 15h00 SAST, CAT, GMT+2…
Aug 05, 2022 Buzz

BMW 1, 2 Series receive Mzansi Edition touch

BMW South Africa’s Mzansi Editions, renowned for adding a touch of local flavour to some of the country’s favourite models, are now available for the desirable BMW 1 Series and 2 Series Gran Coupé. BMW South Africa’s Mzansi Editions, renowned for…
Aug 05, 2022 Buzz

Fake fuel hacks

Recently MasterDrive debunked the trend where motorists were using fuel pills to save fuel. In August, 93 and 95 octane petrol decreased by R1.32 per litre while diesel decreased by 88c a litre. While a decrease is very welcome, the fuel price…
Aug 04, 2022 Buzz

Isuzu Trucks Drive Rural Wild Coast Economy

Since the introduction of the first Isuzu truck in 1975, Isuzu Trucks have become a familiar feature on South African roads. Isuzu boasts an enviable record of being the top truck brand by sales in South African for the past nine in a row in the…
Aug 04, 2022 Buzz

Leisure Finance gives you the freedom to keep moving

The lifting of the last of the COVID-19 restrictions is the key to freedom of movement that we have all been waiting for, after two years of lockdown. We can enjoy the freedom from face masks, from restricted numbers attending events and, best of…
Aug 04, 2022 Buzz

COSATU Cape Town Protest Action: 4 August 2022

There has been a number of media reports that Cosatu will be embarking on protest action in Cape Town on 4 August 2022. The protest action is in response to rising crime rates and has been approved by NEDLAC and is consequently protected. Therefore,…
Aug 04, 2022 Mobility

What is the fear of driving?

A fear of driving is a phobia that’s been given many different names: amaxophobia, octophobia, or motorphobia. It is the persistent and intense fear of driving or riding in a car. “People experience the fear differently. Some people fear driving in…
Aug 04, 2022 Buzz

Multi-vehicle pile-ups: Who’s to blame? And who pays?

Multi-vehicle pile-ups are an all-too frequent occurrence on South Africa’s roads. But once the smoke clears and the scene is cleaned up, the question invariably arises: Who’s to blame? And will my insurance pay? When it comes to multi-vehicle…
Aug 04, 2022 Motoring

Pole Position for the 2022 Festival of Motoring!

An established highlight on the annual South African motoring calendar, the Festival of Motoring returns in 2022 to offer visitors of all ages an engaging, fully interactive celebration of modern mobility. Hosted at the home of South African…
Aug 04, 2022 Mobility

New vehicle sales climb despite local economic hardships

Passenger vehicles yield growth, Crossover continues to lead New vehicle sales in May 2022 (39 063 units) were 1.8% up on May 2021, according to naamsa. This may be indicative of pent up demand created by unfavourable conditions over the last two…
Aug 04, 2022 Buzz

Suzuki hits new all-time record

New overall sales record for Suzuki Auto Dealers break sales record for third month in a row Suzuki Swift the brand’s top-seller with 1 521 units sold Suzuki Auto is moving ever closer to the magical 5 000-unit a month sales figure, breaking every…
Aug 03, 2022 Buzz

The ins and outs of vehicle under-insurance

How to protect yourself from the financial ramifications of not having sufficient cover for the full cost of a claim Rocketing used car prices, inflation and parts shortages could mean that vehicle owners are significantly underinsured if they do…
Aug 03, 2022 Buzz

Profit versus prosperity

By Trevor Watkins is the founder of the Individualist Movement, the author of two books, and a contributing author for the Free Market Foundation. He publishes on a blog at libertarian.org.za. “Show me the incentives and I will show you the…
Aug 03, 2022 Mobility

Customers still rate Hino top in customer satisfaction

Hino South Africa continued to top the overall rankings in the DataTrack comparative customer experience survey for the second quarter of 2022 despite losing production when the flood damage in KwaZulu Natal caused the enforced shutdown of its…
Aug 03, 2022 Buzz

Toyota leads local automotive sales in July

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) continues to top the sales charts despite experiencing stock shortages attributable to production disruption at the Prospecton Plant in Durban. With an aggregate of 7,110 units sold – out of the industry total of…
Aug 03, 2022 Motorsport

Iconic Rust De Winter 4x4 Jamboree returns this weekend

The iconic Rust de Winter 4x4 Jamboree, which last took place in 2019, will make its return this weekend for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which triggered a national lockdown in March 2020, as well as the cancellation of…
Aug 03, 2022 Buzz

Slow but steady recovery in new vehicle sales

The country reeled in the face of rising fuel prices and interest rates during July, but seemingly without effect on new vehicle sales. “It would be easy to get over-excited about July sales when looking just at the numbers,” said Lebogang…
Aug 02, 2022 Motorsport

Nothing between it in SA's top title chases

With most of Dunlop’s South African racing championships just into their second halves, there’s much ado among the various contenders in the various categories. None of which are anywhere near resolved. The Global Touring Cars for instance head to…
Aug 02, 2022 Buzz

August is National TVET Month : Earn While you learn

August is National Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) month and the spotlight is on the multitude of opportunities that exist for young people wanting to follow a trade route. We need young people with skills and jobs. And they need…
Aug 02, 2022 Buzz

Toyota drives equestrian sport with new FEI qualifier

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is partnering with Highway Shows Shongweni to host an FEI World Cup Qualifier Event at the Toyota Shongweni Festival this year. Riders will get the opportunity to compete to gain points for their FEI rankings,…
Aug 02, 2022 Buzz

How to use PoPIA compliance to benefit your business

The Protection of Public Information Act (PoPIA) came into force in July last year. The Information Regulator, who oversees all PoPIA compliance in South Africa, gave organisations a 12-month grace period to get everything in order and implement the…
Aug 01, 2022 Buzz

Women with Drive at the Festival of Motoring

MasterDrive is hosting their trademark Women with Drive event again this year. Traditionally, this is hosted in October to pay recognition to Transport Month and all female leaders and influential figures within this industry. This year, it will now…
Aug 01, 2022 Buzz

Thulasizwe Primary gets brand-new library from Hyundai

The Thulasizwe Primary School in Boksburg celebrated the opening of a brand-new library and information centre this week which was donated by Hyundai Automotive South Africa and the Hyundai Motor Company, in collaboration with the Imperial and Motus…
Jul 29, 2022 Buzz

Toyota opens its R365-million parts warehouse

The expanded warehouse measures 80,000m² - making the largest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere The facility services to 277 Toyota, Lexus and Hino dealerships in SA (BLNE countries), 36 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as a further 6…
Jul 29, 2022 Buzz

Did you know? Carpooling and insurance

With current fuel prices, drivers are finding ways to reduce their consumption as much as possible and one of those ways might be to carpool. Yet, have you read your insurance policy - better still check with your broker - to determine what is…
Jul 29, 2022 Buzz

AAAM/VDA Lead a Study tour to Morocco

Due to many factors including its proximity to Europe, highly skilled human capital, political stability, and free trade agreements with the USA, EU, and other countries, the Kingdom of Morocco has attracted many global automotive players over the…
Jul 29, 2022 Mobility

AI and defending the future of autonomy

Prof. Ben Azvine, global head of security research and distinguished engineer, BT, says that artificial intelligence and machine learning are key to protecting connected vehicles from malicious threats. Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) are…
Jul 29, 2022 Buzz

SMME master plan to dovetail with energy crisis plan

In the same way that the energy crisis in South Africa has dragged on with no solution in sight, reforms to enable SMME growth through efficient governance has also seen years of draft master plans going nowhere. The National Integrated Small…
Jul 28, 2022 Buzz

Goodyear joins Lockheed Martin to commercialise lunar mobility

Vehicle Tyres Designed for Extreme Temperatures in One Sixth Gravity on Crater-Filled Terrain The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company supplied essential products for NASA’s Apollo program, including the Apollo 11 mission which landed on the Moon 53 years…
Jul 27, 2022 Buzz

August Skills Training Program

NEASA is offering skills training by accredited training providers in the following disciplines: occupational health and safety - R1 050.00 excl. VAT firefighting - R860.00 excl. VAT first aid - R1 100.00 excl. VAT The training will be conducted in…
Jul 27, 2022 Motoring

Toyota GR Yaris - More of this Hot Hatch Icon

Second allocation of acclaimed GR Yaris for South Africa One single grade catering to enthusiasts Addition of reverse camera and rear PDC to boost convenience Continues to offer all the characteristics that have made it an Icon Launched in 2021, the…
Jul 27, 2022 Covid-19

Rethinking leadership in the post-COVID era

Being a good boss is hard. In fact, a study by Gallup revealed that only 10 percent of people have the innate traits required to become good leaders. “Fortunately, these skills can be learned,” says Sarene Nel, Managing Director of Tétris Design and…
Jul 27, 2022 Mobility

Basic car maintenance improves fuel economy

Did you know that keeping your car properly maintained can improve fuel economy by 4%; and fixing a serious issue, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by up to 40%? By now most consumers are adopting fuel-saving strategies such as…
Jul 27, 2022 Motoring

The RX story – “Next Chapter” design

New RX styling advances Lexus “Next Chapter” design to communicate performance and driving enjoyment Design also references RX’s heritage and iconic status for Lexus Elongated bonnet, sculpted door panels, flared wings and larger wheels communicate…
Jul 27, 2022 Buzz

Humanitarian aid for Ukrainian families set in motion

In a joint aid campaign, Clark Material Handling International, Korea, Clark Material Handling Company, USA and Clark Europe, Germany donated baby food worth a total of 100,000 euros to Ukraine. This donation campaign was organised by the Korean…
Jul 26, 2022 Buzz

Igniting your senses on the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit

The Festival of Motoring returns! From 26-28 August exhilarating experiences await festival attendees. Experience zones catering to all needs of the passionate motoring enthusiast ranging from saloon and performance cars, supercars, motorsport and…
Jul 26, 2022 Buzz

Liberalisation offers quickest road to green energy

Martin van Staden sits on the Executive Committee and Rule of Law Board of Advisors of the Free Market Foundation. He is pursuing a doctorate in law at the University of Pretoria. There is much to say about the rigorous scientific debate around…
Jul 26, 2022 Buzz

Bridgestone plant trees of hope in Brits

Bridgestone Southern Africa has today donated 300 fruit trees to 10 schools in the Brits area, where the company’s anchor manufacturing facility is located. Company representatives planted trees at two of the schools; Majakaneng primary school in…
Jul 26, 2022 Motoring

Maserati Project24: radically unique on the track

Maserati presents Project24. A project (referred to by a codename) of a limited series of super sports car - only 62 units - to raise the brand's unlimited performance to a new level of adrenaline on the track. The truly extreme track-only car…
Jul 26, 2022 Buzz

Goodyear SA celebrates Mandela Month

In celebration of Mandela Month, the Goodyear South Africa team rolled up their sleeves and got down to work at the Stephen Nkomo Primary School in Kariega, kwaNobuhle Township. Led by Richard Fourie, Managing Director of Goodyear South Africa, a…
Jul 25, 2022 Buzz

Volkswagen plant in Kariega reopens FactoryTours

FactoryTours resumed in June for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic Tours include a closer look at how Volkswagen’s popular Polos and Polo Vivos are built After a hiatus of more than two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic,…
Jul 25, 2022 Covid-19

No masks - with caution

South Africa recently relaxed the majority of coronavirus restrictions including the removal of mask wearing regulation. MasterDrive would like to assure their clients that we will respect the desire to no longer wear a mask and pay the same respect…
Jul 25, 2022 Buzz

Building a competitive advantage

Date: 16 - 18 and 25 August 2022 Venue: TWIMS Campus, Kloof Price: R16000 Products can be easily copied but a supply chain can provide a true competitive advantage." - Dr. Yossi Sheffi, MIT Supply chains are often complex, fragile and inefficient.…
Jul 25, 2022 Buzz

Competition in labour

By Zakhele Mthembu BA Law LLB (Wits) is a legal researcher at the Free Market Foundation. Competition is usually something associated with businesses. In South Africa we even have legislation which mandates competition. The marketplace is made up of…
Jul 25, 2022 Buzz

Why you and your company should love change

Sizwe Lungelo Hadebe, Consultant in Change Management at 21st Century bears all… “Over the past two years, we were all impacted by the unplanned change. Organisations were surely not spared from the necessity to improve structures and engaging in…
Jul 25, 2022 Buzz

PEUGEOT a lion in South Africa

PEUGEOT market share in South Africa at eight-year high Global PEUGEOT sales grew 22% in 2021 Freshest model-range on the market Major focus on access to new product through growing dealer network Constant drive for customer satisfaction Ahead of…
Jul 25, 2022 Buzz

Sharing roads with learners

Every driver has been in a situation where there is a learner driver within your proximity that is either frustrating you or causing concern. Yet, whether you like it or not, learner drivers will always be a part of the road and you should adjust…
Jul 23, 2022 Buzz

Minimum wage won’t save South Africa

By Nicholas Woode-Smith, an author, economic historian and political analyst, is a contributing author for the Free Market Foundation. A new minimum wage is set to be discussed later this year, to be implemented in March 2023. While it may seem both…
Jul 21, 2022 Mobility

Stellantis introduces the offer “Electric As You Go”

Stellantis introduces “Electric As You Go”: the new competitive long-term rental program dedicated to the BEV world starting from € 110 per month plus a cost of use at 7 cents per kilometer (with 500 kms minimum per month*). The program extends the…
Jul 20, 2022 Buzz

Ubiquity of digitisation

Everything and everyone is going digital! Stop for a moment and look around you – digitisation has, and continues to take over and touch our lives at every turn. In the formative years of the online presence era, being online meant having a website.…
Jul 20, 2022 Motoring

Mahindra reveals range of Authentic Bakkies

Pik Up Karoo Dusk upgraded and joined by Karoo Dawn and Karoo Storm All three models available at R614 999 Building on the momentum created by its new “Twin Peak” brand identity and its brand positioning of “Unleash The Explorer In You”, Mahindra…
Jul 19, 2022 Buzz

Automotive Cable Production Assets on Auction

Park Village Auctions will bring to market an enormous store of machinery, equipment, and plenty stock related to automotive and electrical cable manufacturing by way of a simulcast auction. That’s the word from PVA’s Director, Roy Lazarus, who says…
Jul 19, 2022 Covid-19

Now that it is over, what risks remain?

Although certain dominant role players, either as a result of being misinformed, selfish economic interest or fear of embarrassment, persist with their ‘vaccine’-mandate policies, by far the majority of South Africans have seen through this…
Jul 19, 2022 Buzz

Saving on repair costs using automotive DIY adhesives

A range of versatile, high-performance DIY adhesive products for the automotive sector is available from Pratley. The range is ideal for various quick, on-the-spot automotive repairs, especially where well-equipped mechanical workshops are often…
Jul 19, 2022 Buzz

Ntshaveni’s bias against the private sector

By Ivo Vegter, a former technology journalist, and a columnist for the IRR, writes in defence of free markets and individual liberty. This article was commissioned by the Free Market Foundation. The Minister of Communications and Digital Technology,…
Jul 19, 2022 Buzz

RSP-SA looks out for learners

The Road Safety Partnership (RSP-SA) is proud to announce their involvement in the Safe to School - Safe to Home: Scholar Transport Project again in 2022. Along with support from Toyota, NetStar and the City of eThekwini, the project aims to upskill…
Jul 19, 2022 Buzz

The FMF’s solution to loadshedding: Break Eskom’s monopoly

Talk of establishing a second electricity utility owned and operated by the government to “compete with Eskom” is of grave concern, and only stands to exacerbate the power crisis in South Africa. The Free Market Foundation (FMF) believes there is a…
Jul 18, 2022 Mobility

Put people first for AI success, technology expert advises

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic and big buzzword in business today. Infoholic Research predicts that AI in the logistics and supply chain markets will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 42.9% until 2023. According to author, AI and…
Jul 18, 2022 Buzz

VWSA employees make a difference through Show of Hands event

More than 120 employees participated in the volunteer event in KwaNobuhle Mthonjeni Primary School benefits from painting, gardening and waterwise initiatives A group of over 120 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) employees and their loved-ones…
Jul 18, 2022 Motoring

All in for less – the upgraded Suzuki Ertiga

Rationalised line-up now with higher specifications ESP added as standard across the range GLX model removed It is “More For Less” in typical Suzuki fashion as the Ertiga range receives additional safety specifications in a more simplified, but…
Jul 18, 2022 Buzz

Some relief expected at the pumps in August

South Africans can expect some relief at the pumps in August based on current unaudited mid-month data from the Central Energy Fund (CEF), according to the Automobile Association (AA). The current numbers are showing 95ULP petrol down by around…
Jul 18, 2022 Buzz

Is Your Organisation Geared For Africa?

Date: 2 - 4 August 2022 Venue: TWIMS Campus, Kloof Price: R12000 ex VAT Development is more than money, machines or good policy - it's about real people and the lives they lead." - Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda Africa's…
Jul 18, 2022 Motoring

All-new Toyota Crown Premieres

One of Toyota's longest running nameplates transitions to a global model Reimagined for the modern era and evolving customer needs Four new models in four distinct body styles A raft of technological advancements Advanced, high-efficiency hybrid…
Jul 18, 2022 Buzz

VWSA welcomes 2022 group of YES trainees

This is the fourth year VWSA is participating in the YES programme A total of 2 165 opportunities have been created through this partnership since 2019 For the fourth year in a row, Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has created opportunities for…
Jul 18, 2022 Buzz

BI a proud distributor of Cooper split bearings for 85 years

Leading supplier Bearings International (BI) has been distributing Cooper split bearings into the Southern African market for the past 85 years. “We are definitely one of the longest-serving Cooper distributors in the world. It is a fantastic…
Jul 18, 2022 Mobility

Warm-up or not to warm-up

At the height of winter many drivers may feel warming up vehicles is necessary on cold mornings. New technology says the need to do a car warm-up is not necessary in newer cars but older models may still require it, but be careful! The CEO of…
Jul 15, 2022 Buzz

The Fundamentals of Executive Pay – How does it work?

Chris Blair, CEO at 21st Century explains… “Executive pay attracts a lot of attention and usually for contentious reasons. Whether it is an absurd looking quantum being paid out or a bonus that has triggered a payout in a time when the company is…
Jul 15, 2022 Mobility

Maximise efficiency from your FAW truck

While FAW Trucks are fuel efficient, fleet managers can achieve additional savings Driver training is one of the most important elements Tyre pressures play a vital role Fleet and transport operators are under massive pressure to contain operating…
Jul 15, 2022 Buzz

Steel Industry: Wage Increase and the “MAIN” Agreement

In 2021, Seifsa signed a wage agreement with NUMSA and the other trade union parties to the MEIBC. NEASA is not a party to this agreement and there is currently no extended Main Agreement applicable to NEASA members. Consequently, there is no…
Jul 15, 2022 Buzz

Poor Roads and Shortages of New Trucks Boost Repair Business

Vehicles of all descriptions – including trucks and trailers - are suffering damage due to the shocking condition of some roads in South Africa. Added to that, challenges with sourcing new trucks due to global supply chain shortages and delays at…
Jul 15, 2022 Buzz

Unions, violence and inequality before the law

By Zakhele Mthembu BA Law LLB (Wits) is a legal researcher at the Free Market Foundation. South Africa is hailed as the country with the most progressive of labour regimes. We have a constitution that has explicit labour relations rights in section…
Jul 14, 2022 Mobility

5 ways to save on your insurance premiums

July is National Savings Month – but with inflation soaring, and food and petrol prices going through the roof, it’s tough just trying to get through the month, let alone have money to save. FNB estimates it takes the average mid-income consumer…
Jul 14, 2022 Buzz

Glasfit announces expansion with new branch in Namibia

After 33 years of creating a legacy as one of South Africa's most trusted brands, Glasfit is proud to announce its expansion to Namibia, with celebrations over the next few months including a spectacular opening offer to new customers. The doors at…
Jul 12, 2022 Buzz

Happy Dads at Hyde Park corner

Zebra Square Gallery - dealers and traders in classic, future classic & supercars as well as Chopard timepieces, recently staged a spectacular father’s day super race car-themed activation display, held in association with Hyde Park Corner Shopping…
Jul 12, 2022 Buzz

Africa franchise report: A study of franchising in Africa

At FASA’s 2021 Conference, The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), a pan-African multilateral financial institution established in 1993, gave their initial findings on a market study on the franchising sector in Africa, and have now published…
Jul 12, 2022 Buzz

Protect less tech savvy elderly from online fraudsters

Estimates suggest that the elderly worldwide lose more than USD$3 billion (around R48 billion) each year to online fraudsters. In a world focused on communicating with the digital native Generation Z and tech-savvy Millennials, who were born into…
Jul 12, 2022 Mobility

Let foreign truckers drive

By Nicholas Woode-Smith, an author, economic historian and political analyst, is a contributing author for the Free Market Foundation. As of 20 June 2022, 213 foreign truck drivers had been arrested for operating illegally this year. This has been…
Jul 12, 2022 Buzz

Milestone for Mahindra Assembly Facility

10,000th unit rolls off the line Mahindra to expand production to meet demand Mahindra unveiled its new corporate identity last month, as the 10,000th South African assembled Pik Up rolled off the line in KwaZulu-Natal. This significant milestone…
Jul 11, 2022 Buzz

GWM celebrates 15 years in Southern Africa

15 years of success in Southern Africa Innovation and dedication are company cornerstones of Great Wall Motors Firmly entrenched and committed to Mzansi Great Wall Motors (GWM) is celebrating its 15th anniversary in Southern Africa. The Chinese…
Jul 11, 2022 Buzz

Volkswagen records best sales month since October 2021

Volkswagen sold 5 155 vehicles in June 2022; the best sales month since October 2021 Volkswagen sold 30 581 vehicles in the first six months of 2022 The Polo Vivo was Volkswagen’s best-selling derivative in the first half of the year with 9 469 units…
Jul 08, 2022 Motorsport

Surprise leaders, strong local rivals await in J-Bay

The MRF South African Rally Championship shifts to Gqeberha to race on the streets of Jeffreys Bay and on to the fearsome Eastern Cape Longmore Forest special stages for its fifth and sixth rounds on 16-17 July. It’s bound to be a decisive weekend,…
Jul 08, 2022 Buzz

Sema Show project vehicle information at your fingertips

Product information and details for project vehicles displayed at the 2022 SEMA Show will be available at the click of a button. Through the SEMA Show mobile app, visitors will be able to scan QR codes that are on the vehicles and see comprehensive…
Jul 08, 2022 Buzz

How can businesses prepare for civil unrest incidents?

This week marks the first anniversary of civil unrest that affected businesses in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Allianz published a press release recently urging businesses to prepare for a rise in civil unrest incidents as the cost-of-living crisis…
Jul 08, 2022 Motoring

VWSA celebrates 500 000th unit of current Polo

The Kariega plant has been building the current Polo since 2018 The Polo is sold locally and exported to 38 countries Less than five years since the launch of the current Polo model, Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) celebrated the half-million…
Jul 08, 2022 Buzz

The international automotive aftermarket restarts

Automechanika Frankfurt with high level of international participation – new technologies and innovations focal point of the industry event Over 2,600 exhibitors – 85 percent of which are from outside Germany – will be bringing their latest products…
Jul 08, 2022 Mobility

What to do if you run out of petrol

Running out of petrol can be a frustrating situation, especially if you’re in a dangerous area or you’re in a rush. If you suspect you might run out of petrol, remember that your safety is a top priority. “Safety is your biggest concern if your…
Jul 07, 2022 Motoring

Start living with the new Kia Sonet turbo

New 1.0 T-GDi EX and EX+ derivatives supplement popular 1.5 LX and EX models Flagship EX+ trim level adds myriad luxury, convenience and safety items Turbocharged petrol engine boasts effortless performance Just more than a year ago, Kia South…
Jul 07, 2022 Buzz

Marc Siemssen joins the MEYLE AG Executive Board

MEYLE AG, the spare parts manufacturer based in Hamburg, appoints Marc Siemssen to the Executive Board on 1 July 2022. Siemssen, 50, has been MEYLE’s Chief Human Resources Officer for five years now. In addition to Human Resources, he will also be…
Jul 07, 2022 Buzz

Protecting your car from fuel theft

Car owners can take steps to help protect the fuel inside their vehicles’ tanks. It follows several incidents that have been reported across South Africa in recent weeks, involving attempts to steal fuel by drilling into a petrol tank or siphoning…
Jul 07, 2022 Mobility

Petrol is an essential good – remove tax on petrol

By Nicholas Woode-Smith, an economic historian, political analyst, and fiction author of the Kat Drummond Series and Warpmancer Saga, has written hundreds of articles on South African politics, economics and history. He writes for the Free Market…
Jul 07, 2022 Mobility

A Festival to delight the senses

With a substantial list of exhibitors, partners and sponsors already on board and more joining each day, the Festival of Motoring 2022 is definitely the highlight of the motoring event calendar for this year. 2022 marks the 5th edition of the…
Jul 07, 2022 Buzz

Toyota Support for the Wild Dog Conservation Yielding Results

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is pleased with the news that a newly formed pack of four African Wild Dogs was released from their temporary holding boma onto the Mabula Private Game Reserve in the southern part of the Waterberg in Limpopo in…
Jul 06, 2022 Buzz

Opinion Piece: Government's skewed focus on education

On 15 May 2022, the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education published the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill for public comment. This Bill seeks to amend a multitude of provisions of both the South African Schools Act (SASA) and the Employment of…
Jul 06, 2022 Buzz

Once lost, good reputations are not easily regained

By Keith Bryer, freelance journalist and communications consultant, is a contributing author for the Free Market Foundation. The views expressed in the article are the author’s and not necessarily shared by the members of the Foundation. June 23rd…
Jul 06, 2022 Buzz

Subaru’s anticipated new WRX launches in SA

All-New Subaru WRX is offered locally in two derivatives. Most refined WRX to date. New 2.4-litre turbocharged, Boxer® engine. New 11.6-inch Starlink tablet interface. Improved rigidity provides better handling and safety credentials. Class-leading…
Jul 06, 2022 Buzz

Toyota sells 64 000 vehicles in the first half of 2022

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has continued to top the sales charts in 2022 despite suffering significant damage to its Prospecton Plant – which produces Hilux, Fortuner, Hiace, Corolla Quest and Corolla Cross – on 12 April 2022. TSAM registered…
Jul 06, 2022 Buzz

POPIA: Information Regulator bares its teeth

On 29 June 2022, the Information Regulator hosted a media breakfast briefing, in which it, in no subtle terms, warned businesses and individuals (responsible parties) who are currently contravening the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA)…
Jul 06, 2022 Mobility

Fuel savings for trucks – part 2

Today the price of 95 unleaded petrol increased by R2.57, 93 unleaded by R2.37 and diesel will increase by R2.30 per litre. Now that the price per litre of almost all grades of fuel in all regions has crossed the dreaded R25/L mark, projections are…
Jul 05, 2022 Buzz

Fuel increases will hit consumers hard

The Automobile Association (AA) says the fuel price adjustments announced by the government today will hit already financially stretched pressed consumers hard and put extra pressure on an already struggling economy. The adjustments announced by the…
Jul 05, 2022 Buzz

NHI not conducive to quality health outcomes

Chris Hattingh is a member of the Board of the Free Market Foundation. He has an MPhil in Business Ethics from Stellenbosch University. There is resounding societal support for universal healthcare in South Africa, in which the entire population…
Jul 05, 2022 Buzz

Top three and new record for Suzuki Auto

Suzuki Auto sets new record – firms up Top 3 position Suzuki Swift South Africa’s top-selling passenger car New overall dealer sales record It was another stellar month for Suzuki Auto as it closed in on 5 000-sales in a single month. In June,…
Jul 04, 2022 Buzz

Fuel pills: serious or scam

As fuel prices are rapidly increasing with no definite answer about when this will slow down or prices will decrease, if at all, motorists are looking for alternate means to save fuel. One of these means is by adding a ‘fuel pill’ to the petrol…
Jul 04, 2022 Buzz

Toyota sells 64 000 vehicles in the first half of 2022

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has continued to top the sales charts in 2022 despite suffering significant damage to its Prospecton Plant – which produces Hilux, Fortuner, Hiace, Corolla Quest and Corolla Cross – on 12 April 2022. TSAM registered…
Jul 04, 2022 Buzz

Employment Equity Act Amendments

The upcoming Employment Equity Amendment Bill will have a profound impact on employers throughout South Africa. Possibly the biggest impact is that the Minister of Employment and Labour will now be able to determine sectoral numerical targets for…
Jul 04, 2022 Buzz

Health system reform – the other path

By Johan Biermann, the author of South Africa’s Health Care Under Threat and Undermining Mineral Rights – An International Comparison, both published by the Free Market Foundation. There are two paths to reforming healthcare provision in South…
Jul 04, 2022 Motoring

New Volkswagen T-Roc to retail from the first week of July

The new Volkswagen T-Roc will go on sale from Volkswagen dealers on 5 July 2022 The starting price of the Volkswagen T-Roc range is R563 800 Volkswagen’s new T-Roc will retail from Volkswagen dealers on 5 July 2022. The T-Roc is positioned between…
Jul 04, 2022 Motoring

XUV700 unleashes new era for Mahindra

Authentic global SUV, designed to refine the segment, confirmed for SA First units in country for final testing and homologation XUV700 to proudly carry the new Mahindra “Twin Peaks” logo South African introduction scheduled for Q4, 2022 The first…
Jul 04, 2022 Buzz

First half sales buoyed by June performance

South African new vehicle sales have returned to first quarter levels with June sales once again moving above the 40,000-unit threshold. The result will have brought some reassurance to the market after more-depressed April and May sales, providing…
Jul 04, 2022 Buzz

New Speed Record for Continental Sports Tyres

Lamborghini from Klasen tuners sprints 3,000 metres at 384 km/h Record speed in Papenburg in cooperation between Continental, AutoBild sportscars and six tuning partners All cars fitted with the new Continental SportContact 7 During the record…
Jul 04, 2022 Motoring

New Renault Triber Express makes its debut

To think that the popular Renault TRIBER has been in the marketplace for over 2 years. The spacious and versatile TRIBER passenger model has proven to be an appealing offering with exceptional value-for-money cementing a strong foothold as a top…
Jul 02, 2022 Motoring

Hyundai reveals IONIQ 6 – an Electrified Streamliner

Hyundai Motor Company has revealed the streamlined and timeless design of the highly anticipated IONIQ 6, the second model in its IONIQ dedicated all-electric-vehicle line-up brand. The IONIQ 6, which Hyundai describes as an Electrified Streamliner,…
Jul 02, 2022 Buzz

Jump into the Johannesburg Festival of Motoring 2022

We are thrilled to announce that the Festival of Motoring will take place at the popular Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from 26 – 28 August 2022. You’re part of our Festival of Motoring community and we want to keep you informed on the latest…
Jul 02, 2022 Buzz

Great news from the Short Term Insurance Ombudsman

By Dr Gerrit Sandrock, FCII, a Chartered Insurance Practitioner. Having served on several Boards as a Director and Chairman, Dr Sandrock provides financial management consulting services to the global short-term insurance industry. He writes in his…
Jul 02, 2022 Buzz

naamsa releases June 2022 new vehicle stats

Reflecting on the new vehicle sales statistics for the month of June 2022 naamsa said that the new vehicle market’s performance was inspiring considering ever-increasing challenging market conditions. Aggregate domestic new vehicle sales in June…
Jul 01, 2022 Mobility

JAC Motors introduces 24-hour Roadside Assistance

Roadside Assistance programme for an improved ownership experience Dealer footprint increases to 65 dealerships across Southern Africa Product range includes the new N55 EV battery-electric truck Tough all-new X100 1-tonne workhorse to be introduced…
Jul 01, 2022 Buzz

Reasons to know the robust Brazilian auto parts industry

Sindipeças’s new management is committed to improving the sector Sahad, elected for the 2022-2025 term, intends to carry on with the work that previous presidents had been doing to face the challenges of the sector - for example, decarbonization of…
Jul 01, 2022 Buzz

Toyota SA Motors welcomes the Springboks to the Toyota family

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is proud to announce a three-year partnership with the Springboks to be the team’s new vehicle partner. SA’s favourite motoring brand for more than 42 years, Toyota has become as much a part of South African culture…
Jul 01, 2022 Mobility

Fuel-saving for trucks - part 1

The recent fuel price increases and rumours about the upcoming price increase being between R2 and R3 per litre, not only has motorists frustrated but panicked about whether it will even be possible to fill their tanks next month. The fuel price…
Jul 01, 2022 Buzz

Manufacturing Indaba Plenary Panel

Speaking on Plenary Panel 3 on ‘Financing the economic recovery – critical constraints and opportunities for public and private sector financing of the industrial economy’ on day 1 of the Manufacturing Indaba, ECIC Senior Economist, Sindiso Ndlovu,…
Jun 30, 2022 Buzz

The SAGMJ elects new Executive Committee

At the recent AGM of the SAGMJ (South African Guild of Mobility Journalists) that took place on the 25th of June, a new Executive Committee (EXCO) was elected to represent the Guild for the next two years. Dirk Gallowitz, who served on the EXCO for…
Jun 30, 2022 Buzz

5 Trends Driving Business Underinsurance

Avoiding the financial ramifications of not having sufficient cover for a claim Many businesses are faced with an increasingly volatile political and socio-economic climate. Not only are businesses having to manage a whirlwind of change and…
Jun 30, 2022 Buzz

A different approach to franchise royalty fees

In franchising, one generally follows the industry norm when it comes to determining the royalty fees. This is generally a percentage of sales calculated as follows: 10% of gross profit multiplied by the sales. For example, a fast-food outlet needs…
Jun 29, 2022 Motoring

Mahindra unveils the All-New Scorpio-N in South Africa

Mahindra takes the wraps off the All-New Scorpio-N, its go-anywhere SUV A first-ever simultaneous global unveiling of a product by Mahindra Scorpio-N proudly carries new Mahindra Twin Peaks logo Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., yesterday unveiled its…
Jun 29, 2022 Buzz

Mahindra Unveils Its All-New Visual Identity

Mahindra reveals the new “Twin Peaks” brand identity crafted exclusively for SUV and lifestyle bakkies Announcement of the New positioning statement “Unleash the Explorer in You” XUV700 to be the first vehicle to wear the Twin Peaks logo Mahindra…
Jun 29, 2022 Buzz

The fastest way to obtain a police clearance

Many South Africans are well aware of the fact that it can take weeks, and even months, to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate from SAPS. In the first half of 2022, SAPS also experienced various backlogs due to the closure of their head office,…
Jun 28, 2022 Mobility

Climate-Proof Roads

The vulnerability of South Africa’s primary road network to severe flooding and climate change-related incidents has been thrust into the public domain in recent months. The devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal not only contributed to the unfortunate…
Jun 28, 2022 Mobility

Different types of car insurance

With 60% to 70% of vehicles in South Africa uninsured and more than 800,000 accidents occurring annually, most vehicles involved in accidents are not insured. However, with different types of insurance available to consumers, even insurance with low…
Jun 28, 2022 Buzz

A fairer place to do business

1 July marks the first anniversary of the coming into effect of the Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket (“the Guidelines”). While there is still a lot of progress to be made, Kate Elliott, CEO of Right to Repair…
Jun 28, 2022 Buzz

Engen pumps convenience as DSV Locker footprint grows

Engen’ enduring promise ‘With us you are Number One” has always placed the customer at the very heart of its business. It is what inspires South Africa’s favourite* petrol station brand to invest great effort into remaining an attractive and…
Jun 28, 2022 Buzz

Employment Equity Submission

Yet another form of red-tape; ridiculous legislation we will assist you with. Online Employment Equity submissions start 1 September for all ‘designated employers’ with 50 or more employees. Are you ready for this process? NEASA Labour Compliance…
Jun 28, 2022 Buzz

Lightstone recognises top motor body repairers in 2021

Lightstone Auto’s annual EchoMBR Ranking Awards celebrates Motor Body Repairers who have achieved excellence in customer service, as rated by the public In 2017 Lightstone Auto launched the annual EchoMBR Ranking Awards to recognise highlighting the…
Jun 28, 2022 Buzz

Supa Quick is helping to bridge the youth unemployment gap

High youth unemployment is one of the greatest challenges facing South Africa, and Supa Quick, a subsidiary of Bridgestone is helping young people access jobs. The company supports the Government’s Yes4Youth programme, which provides internship…
Jun 27, 2022 Motorsport

Clean sweep for TGRSA in Upington

The 2022 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA 1000 Desert Race brought elation for the team, with all three podium positions going to TGRSA. Giniel de Villiers and co-driver Dennis Murphy took overall honours, followed by Guy Botterill and Simon Vacy-Lyle, in an…
Jun 27, 2022 Mobility

Africa raises the bar with informative IFIS in Durban

The 2022 International Flight Inspection Symposium (IFIS) that explored the future of the aviation industry and the advancement of technological instruments and systems was the most critical IFIS conversation ever staged, according to Onorio Rocca,…
Jun 24, 2022 Buzz

Stay safe this holiday

The Road Safety Partnership South Africa (RSP-SA) is encouraging all drivers to exert extra precaution as many schools near their winter school holidays. While the July holidays may not be as notorious as the December and Easter breaks for car…
Jun 24, 2022 Motorsport

National championship racing returns to the Highveld

National championship motor racing returns to the Highveld when a full Extreme Festival program unravels as the twisty and challenging Red Star Raceway near Delmas in Mpumalanga, half an hour east of Johannesburg on Saturday 2 July. Topping the…
Jun 24, 2022 Mobility

Not for the faint-hearted

Setting up and running a fleet of trucks means you must be on top of your game – this is a cutthroat industry and, with so many balls in the air, it’s easy to drop one. There’s no doubt that logistics is booming, driven at least in part by the…
Jun 24, 2022 Buzz

SAMBRA to welcome new national director

Uvashen Bramiah takes over from Richard Green as National Director of the South African Motor Body Repairers Association (SAMBRA), effective 1 July 2022. SAMBRA is a proud association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI). Bramiah, who…
Jun 24, 2022 Buzz

South African Bureau of Standards - Quarterly Newsletter

The Parliament Portfolio Committee of the dtic (Department of Trade, Industry and Competition) visits the SABS during an oversight meeting and various SABS laboratory tours. The committee issued a commendation praising the SABS for their exceptional…
Jun 24, 2022 Buzz

Employees can help save water at work

The world once took water for granted. But attitudes are changing as we accept sustainability as crucial to progress, and water security becomes a more significant risk consideration for companies. In 2015, 70 percent of companies surveyed for CDP's…
Jun 24, 2022 Buzz

New patterns: in a neo-new way during the Neonyt Lab

Shopping, styling, knowledge and action. All those who are interested in sustainability and fashion and, under the motto “New patterns”, want to join together in shaping the changeover to sustainable fashion, are invited: to the first Neonyt Lab.…
Jun 23, 2022 Mobility

Fuel efficiency – surviving the continuous fuel spikes

With the seemingly never-ending fuel price increases, consumers continue to search for ways to minimise monthly costs, translating into an upswing in requests received from WeBuyCars for fuel-efficient vehicles. “The frequency of fuel price…
Jun 23, 2022 Buzz

COVID-19: Health Regulations Scrapped

The Minister of Health, last night, repealed all the Covid-19 health regulations that were still applicable. Therefore, mask-wearing in its entirety, limitations on gatherings, including proof of vaccination and/or negative PCR tests, and border…
Jun 23, 2022 Buzz

The Secret to Success with Learnerships

Mentoring and Coaching are fundamental to the success of any learning programme A learnership is the best way to ensure that unemployed, young South Africans are set up for success in the job market. These practical programmes provide youngsters…
Jun 23, 2022 Buzz

Credit Ombud Annual Report 2021

Following the uncertainty of 2020, most of us still felt the sense of that same uncertainty in 2021. The time to reflect was extended, and we were gifted more time to appreciate serenity, silence and solitude. It reminds one of looking at a sand…
Jun 23, 2022 Mobility

ISO 14001 delivers on ESG

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) has fast become one of the top considerations for companies, as the pressure from regulators, politicians, investors and consumers mounts. Measuring the environmental impact and efforts to increase…
Jun 23, 2022 Buzz

Why South Africa is not flourishing

By Sindile Vabaza, an aspiring economist and an avid writer who writes for the Free Market Foundation. In March this year, in a much-publicised interview (Neal Froneman gets frank about the lows, and highs, of doing business in South Africa),…
Jun 22, 2022 Motoring

BMW X3 now built in South Africa for Africa

BMW Group Plant Rosslyn builds the BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle for 16 African countries, too Plant has produced vehicles since 1968 and was first BMW Group production facility outside Germany BMW Group Plant Rosslyn, which builds the BMW X3…
Jun 22, 2022 Motoring

New Volkswagen T-Roc to retail in South Africa from July

The T-Roc, is positioned between the Taigo and the Tiguan in the Volkswagen T SUV model range The new T-Roc, features a fresh exterior design, optimised interior with high-quality materials and a soft touch dash surface The T-Roc model range will be…
Jun 22, 2022 Buzz

EMCSA 2023 Theme announced!

EMCSA 2023 / Hybrid Conference / 28th - 29th March 2023 EMCSA Winter Warmer Special is still on: A reminder to get your discounted ticket now! Delegates, Exhibitors, are you planning to attend the EMCSA 2023 hybrid conference? Bag your discounted…
Jun 22, 2022 Mobility

Mindfulness on the road

Tips to keep road rage at bay The uncertainties of the past couple of years have been stressful. We’ve all had to learn how to adapt to being isolated and then how to integrate back into society under changed circumstances. The last few months have…
Jun 22, 2022 Buzz

Three reasons your battery loses energy

Have you ever noticed that when you turn over your vehicle’s key, the radio momentarily powers down or your dash lights dim? It might not be a “design feature” and could point to something more serious under the hood. The most likely cause could be…
Jun 21, 2022 Buzz

Trucking Industry Task Team meeting

The Road Freight Association (RFA) agrees with, and supports, the implementation plan published yersterday. The RFA has been part of the Ministerial Task Team since its very inception and its first meeting in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). It has also…
Jun 21, 2022 Mobility

Volvo Trucks showcases new zero-emissions truck

Imagine a truck that only emits water vapor, produces its own electricity onboard and has a range of up to 1 000 km. It’s possible with fuel cells powered by hydrogen, and Volvo Trucks has started to test vehicles using this new technology. To…
Jun 21, 2022 Motoring

The 9X8 Hypercar: electrified entirely by Peugeot

The electrification of PEUGEOT’s model line-up is a core feature of its strategy as it bids to deliver carbon-free mobility within the shortest timeframe possible. But what connection does this have with the PEUGEOT 9X8’s upcoming race debut at the…
Jun 21, 2022 Buzz

Money tight – don’t skimp on your car service

There doesn't seem to be much good news for South African consumers at the moment. Despite the extension of the temporary R1.50 reduction in the fuel levy, the June fuel increases have had the predicted domino effect on the overall consumer price…
Jun 21, 2022 Buzz

Tuks Campus taken over by robots!

Several teams of third-year engineering students took to the track for the ultimate robot showdown as the highly anticipated Annual TUKS Robot Race Day took place at the campus recently. Now in its ninth year, the event coordinated by the University…
Jun 21, 2022 Buzz

Zebra Square Gallery showcases new space in Hyde Park Corner

They say the cars we drive say a lot about us, with that being said, a brand-new viewing space for classic and collectables automobiles has launched in the heart of Johannesburg’s hustle and bustle. Reserved for only the finest in all things…
Jun 20, 2022 Mobility

Renault reveals ZOE Model Year 2022

Renault ZOE, the bestselling EV city car in Europe is now available with new finishes and trim levels for the Model Year 2022 with a new Shadow Grey body color. The success of Renault ZOE hasn’t stopped growing over the years. ZOE has seen its sales…
Jun 20, 2022 Buzz

TrenTyre retain Level 1 B-BBEE contributor status

We are delighted to announce that TrenTyre’s efforts and commitment to transformation and economic development have once again seen the company retain the coveted B-BBEE Level 1 contributor. This is a second consecutive year that our company has…
Jun 20, 2022 Buzz

Government blocking affordable health solutions

By Michael Settas, Chairman of the Free Market Foundation’s Health Policy Unit. The recent presentation at the Board of Healthcare Funder’s annual conference by Christoff Raath, joint-CEO of Insight Actuaries, should garner wide support from the…
Jun 16, 2022 Buzz

Get winter ready

The time of year has already come where you may find your morning or evening commute disrupted by the glare of the sun shining in your face. Take this risk seriously as statistics in the USA estimate that the glare from the sun causes approximately…
Jun 16, 2022 Buzz

Hino SA Truck production restarts after KZN flood damage

Hino South Africa’s truck plant at Prospecton, outside Durban, is already ramping up to its required output rate after restarting production on 23 May following an enforced shutdown of 40 days resulting from extensive damage caused by the floods…
Jun 16, 2022 Buzz

Suzuki Helderberg takes the crown

21 Dealers make the Platinum Award list 6 Dealers receive the Elite Award IPOP Group the top-selling dealer group Suzuki Helderberg in Cape Town is the 2021 Suzuki Dealer of the Year. The Helderberg team won the coveted award at an event in Durban,…
Jun 16, 2022 Buzz

Economics is child’s play

By Trevor Watkins writes for the Free Market Foundation. Ten children are invited to a birthday party. As they arrive, they are each given three golden tokens. The host explains that they will play various games with great prizes using these tokens.…
Jun 16, 2022 Buzz

From Product to Platform: The New Manufacturing Frontier

Date: 21 June 2022 | Venue: TWIMS Campus, Kloof | Price: R4000 ex VAT Digital transformation represents a break from the past and presents a high level of impact and complexity. - Pearl Zhu The value of your phone is derived from the platforms it…
Jun 16, 2022 Buzz

King Price turns 10, unveils bold expansion plans

Maverick short-term insurer King Price has celebrated its 10th year of doing business by unveiling ambitious growth plans. These include expanding its operations into Denmark and Europe, and launching a fully-fledged life insurance arm. The company…
Jun 16, 2022 Buzz

Chery Tiggo 4 Pro to spice up the RUN YOUR CITY Series

A brand-new Cherry Tiggo 4 Pro Urban will be up for grabs at the next Absa RUN YOUR City Event. One of the runners or walkers that participate in the 2022 Absa RUN YOUR CITY Durban 10-kilometre race stand a chance to win to win this luxury SUV,…
Jun 15, 2022 Buzz

South Africa is suffering unnecessary turmoils

By Eustace Davie is a director of the Free Market Foundation and author of Unchain the child. South Africa is suffering from a multiplicity of turmoils, one of which has been Covid-19, the others being totally homegrown. South Africans have been…
Jun 14, 2022 Buzz

The private sector is the people’s sector

by Zakhele Mthembu BA Law LLB (Wits) is a legal researcher at the Free Market Foundation. The private sector in South Africa is seen as an evil that must be heavily restricted if not expressly prohibited. For a country wherein government service…
Jun 14, 2022 Motorsport

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing wins fifth Le Mans 24 Hours

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing stormed to victory in the 90th Le Mans 24 Hours to extend its winning run to five at the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe. Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa drove a brilliant race in their #8 GR010 HYBRID,…
Jun 14, 2022 Mobility

Driving excellence considered at Automechanika

MasterDrive concluded their first hybrid workshop today at the Automechanika and Futuroad Expo 2022. The event was a success with presenters providing a well-rounded perspective on creating driving excellence in South Africa and concluding with a…
Jun 14, 2022 Mobility

Average Used Car Price Up 17% Since 2021

According to statistics by Gumtree South Africa, the average price of used vehicles has gone up by 17.31%, from R178,911 to nearly R209,888, between May 2021 and May 2022. According to Nunben Dixon, Head of Gumtree Auto, this is due to continuous…
Jun 14, 2022 Buzz

A tribute by Rubin Van Niekerk

I encountered Robin Emslie physically for the first time in 2014 when he came up to Johannesburg to chair one of the most important meetings in the SAGMJ’s history. This meeting was about the relevance of both the Guild and SA COTY and was held at…
Jun 14, 2022 Buzz

Register to visit the Manufacturing Exhibition at NO COST

You are invited to join us in the exhibition hall and network with forward-thinking organisations including local, national and global brands presenting their innovative solutions and technologies. In addition to providing a platform for the most…
Jun 13, 2022 Mobility

How AURA technology is enhancing safety on the road

Ride-hailing services, such as Uber, are transforming the way we move around. A few clicks on a smartphone can have you on your way in no time, meeting the modern consumer’s need for on-demand, accessible and convenient services. According to a…
Jun 13, 2022 Buzz

Motus invests in new multi-franchise dealership in Pretoria

Motus have opened the doors to a new multi-franchise dealership in the heart of Pretoria. The all-new Menlyn Multi-Franchise dealership will include individual retail locations for Nissan, Renault, Hyundai and Kia as well as Motus Select and Auto…
Jun 13, 2022 Buzz

Hyde Park Corner is revving things up this Father’s Day

Hyde Park Corner is THE place to be this Father’s Day if you appreciate sports cars and F1! Made to Experience that Adrenalin Rush Date: 9 Jun - 19 Jun Time: 9:00 - 17:00 Price: R150 per simulation drive Venue: Hyde Park Corner, Centre Court Want a…
Jun 10, 2022 Buzz

Take control over how some of your tax money is being spent

South Africa’s official unemployment rate is at a staggering 35%, with the worst affected being those between 15 to 24 years at 64%, as reflected by the latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS). According to the Treasury budget review tabled in…
Jun 10, 2022 Buzz

Facing danger – Emergency preparedness

As South Africans, we face numerous dangers every day. High up on the list is the possibility of being a victim of crime, either at home or on the road, or being involved in a car accident. Other traumatic events can include being caught up in a…
Jun 09, 2022 Mobility

Celebrating the Impact of a Great Driver

A truck driver can be a fleet owner’s most valuable asset. For this reason, Volvo Trucks South Africa customer, Reinke Logistix, believes in continuously investing in their drivers. The company, head quartered in Paarl, is a logistics service…
Jun 09, 2022 Buzz

Business confidence slips in the second quarter

The RMB/BER Business Confidence Index (BCI) dropped from 46 to 42 in the second quarter – a similar level to that recorded in the second half of 2021. Various shocks over the past year have contributed to keeping confidence this low and many…
Jun 09, 2022 Buzz

The AIDC welcomes the return to Automechanika to Gauteng

The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) is once again participating in Automechanika Johannesburg , as a sponsor and exhibitor. The AIDC as the Gauteng province’s implementing agency for the automotive sector has partnered with Messe…
Jun 09, 2022 Buzz

Industry welcomes WorldSkills national competition

Members of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation have welcomed the opportunity for their apprentices to participate in the fourth WorldSkills South Africa (WSZA) Biennial National Competition which is taking place this week from the 7 – 10 June at…
Jun 09, 2022 Motoring

Corolla wins SA Car of the Year for 3rd time

In addition to SA Car of the Year (COTY), Toyota also won the following categories: Compact Category – Urban Cruiser Compact Family Category – Corolla Cross New Energy Category – Corolla Cross Hybrid Adventure SUV Category – Toyota Land Cruiser 300…
Jun 09, 2022 Buzz

Truck hijackings soar

The latest crime statistics revealed a big jump in hijacking, causing concern for many. In particular truck hijacking saw an increase of over 900%, going from a 3.8% increase the previous quarter to a 31.4% increase. It is also the crime that saw…
Jun 08, 2022 Buzz

Local comic icon brings laughs aplenty for WeBuyCars

A partnership between WeBuyCars and comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout brings inimitable South African humour to the serious business of buying and selling cars. “We recently revised our marketing plan, and part of that exercise was to evaluate and…
Jun 08, 2022 Motoring

New Toyota Starlet - More Star Quality

Star-worthy Success Launched in September 2020, the Toyota Starlet was met with rapturous applause and instantly cemented itself within the highly-competitive B-segment in the passenger car market. It's combination of stylish good looks, traditional…
Jun 08, 2022 Buzz

Winners of the 2022 Innovation Awards announced

Register here to attend Automechanika 2022 The who’s who of the automotive aftermarket and related industries converged on the National Exhibition Centre, Nasrec, Johannesburg earlier today (June 7) for the announcement of the winner of the…
Jun 08, 2022 Motoring

PEUGEOT 208 is SA’s most-loved car

Reigning 2021 South African Car of the Year (COTY) brand, PEUGEOT has attracted the most love from the country’s motorists in the 2022 competition. The PEUGEOT 208 claimed the Motor Enthusiast’s Choice as judged by the volume of public interest. The…
Jun 08, 2022 Buzz

Success all around for Engen sponsored Truck Test 2022

The highly anticipated Truck Test, whose intense route this year spanned three provinces, has been successfully completed. As a major supplier of fuels and lubricants to the transport sector, Engen once again partnered with Focus Magazine as this…
Jun 07, 2022 Buzz

Get winter ready - part 1

The time of year has already come where you may find your morning or evening commute disrupted by the glare of the sun shining in your face. Take this risk seriously as statistics in the USA estimate that the glare from the sun causes approximately…
Jun 06, 2022 Buzz

SEMA returns to its roots to honor industry legends

Annual SEMA Awards Gala returns to Southern California to recognize the 2022 SEMA Hall of Fame class and industry leaders Tickets to the 2022 SEMA Awards Gala, a prestigious celebration where industry leaders and SEMA Hall of Fame members are…
Jun 06, 2022 Buzz

MasterDrive at Automechanika 2022

MasterDrive will be at Automechanika this year. It is the seventh year Automechanika is taking place and will be open from 7 to 10 June 2022 and will also feature the Futuroad Expo for the truck, bus and commercial vehicle sectors. Automechanika has…
Jun 06, 2022 Buzz

The Future of Manufacturing in Africa

Fostering industrialisation remains a key priority for African policymakers Growing the manufacturing sector is often considered a cardinal element to realising inclusive and sustained development. Among the multiple benefits of manufacturing, is…
Jun 06, 2022 Motoring

Volkswagen announces pricing of the new Taigo model range

The new Volkswagen Taigo will go on sale from Volkswagen dealers on 6 June 2022 The starting price of the Volkswagen Taigo range is R429 900 Volkswagen’s new SUV coupé will retail from Volkswagen dealers on 6 June 2022. The new Taigo is positioned…
Jun 06, 2022 Buzz

Mantashe’s gambit

By Rex van Schalkwyk is a former judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa, chair of the FMF’s Board, and chair of the FMF’s Rule of Law Board of Advisers. He is the author of three books. The first is a novel. The second, One Miracle is not Enough…
Jun 03, 2022 Buzz

Stop/start your way to driving more efficiently

This year, the seventh annual Automechanika trade fair returns to Johannesburg after a two-year break due to COVID-19. South Africa is only one stop on the international show’s calendar, with 17 other events held in 16 countries. It takes place at…
Jun 03, 2022 Buzz

Suzuki became SA’s favourite passenger car brand in May

Suzuki the best-selling passenger car brand overall Swift the most popular car with 1 764 units sold – a new record Suzuki Auto SA and its dealers set new records Suzuki Auto recorded a sales-jump of 630 vehicles from April to May and hit a new…
Jun 03, 2022 Buzz

BI launches new e-commerce platform to drive sales and growth

Leading supplier Bearings International (BI) is entering the fast-growing realm of e-commerce by expanding its current website to provide more detailed information. “The aim is to create a 24/7 access experience for our existing customers, as well…
Jun 03, 2022 Buzz

HANNOVER MESSE: “Perfect moment for comeback event”

After two years of the COVID pandemic, the first HANNOVER MESSE came to a close, with exhibitors and organizers drawing a thoroughly positive balance sheet. HANNOVER MESSE demonstrated how the process of industrial transformation is progressing, and…
Jun 03, 2022 Buzz

Gautrain expansion a disastrous financial decision

The determination of the expansion route for the Gautrain by Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Mr Jacob Mamabolo, disregards factual evidence opposing such a move, and underscores the poor financial decision to allocate funds to a failing system.…
Jun 03, 2022 Buzz

Engen fuel support helps local NPO with flood relief efforts

Engen has stepped up with fuel support to assist local humanitarian organisation, Ashraful Aid with its relief work in KwaZulu-Natal. Engen’s R10 000 fuel donation will be used to power Ashraful Aid’s delivery vehicles, which have been called into…
Jun 03, 2022 Buzz

New vehicle sales hold bravely

South Africa’s new vehicle industry continued to show resilience during May in the face of market conditions containing more and more challenges. With fuel prices rising overnight to record highs, a substantial increase of 0.5% in prime lending…
Jun 02, 2022 Motoring

Toyota remains top seller in SA

Total Industry Sales: 39,177 TSAM Sales: 6,664 TSAM Market Share: 17% Hilux: 1,368 Urban Cruiser: 1,213 Rumion: 834 It’s almost two months since the Toyota Prospecton Plant in Durban suspended its operations due to extensive damage caused by heavy…
Jun 02, 2022 Motorsport

24 Hours of Le Mans races towards its 90th edition

On Saturday 11 June at 4.00 p.m. local time, 62 cars will line up at Circuit de la Sarthe alongside the iconic Rolex 24-hour clock to contest the 90th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Almost a century after this legendary endurance race was first…
Jun 02, 2022 Buzz

KITE 2022 explored solutions to get industry back on track

The KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (KITE) took place at the Durban Exhibition Centre recently and provided a bird’s eye view on the major industrial players across the country-and it was undeniable that industry and technology are…
Jun 02, 2022 Mobility

Driving consumer’s right to information

On the 19 May 2022 the South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association (SAMBRA), a proud association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), hosted a Vehicle Write-Off Conference in Johannesburg. The objective was to consolidate support…
Jun 02, 2022 Buzz

Firestone launches Maxi Traction Harvest tyre

Firestone is proud to announce the launch of its new, high-performance Maxi Traction Harvest tyre. The new tyre is the fruit of extensive R&D by Firestone’s parent company, Bridgestone, in response to customer needs, says Willie Stander, Agriculture…
Jun 02, 2022 Buzz

naamsa releases May 2022 new vehicle stats

KZN Floods slows down new vehicle sales momentum The knock-on effects of the disruptions caused by the severe floods in KwaZulu-Natal on the automotive supply chain and damages to the Toyota facility, along with a widespread decline in economic…
Jun 01, 2022 Buzz

California Assembly Passes SEMA-Sponsored ZEV Conversion Bill

Lawmakers in the California Assembly unanimously passed bipartisan SEMA-sponsored legislation (A.B. 2350) that would incentivize consumers to convert gasoline- and diesel-powered motor vehicles into zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV). If enacted, A.B.…
Jun 01, 2022 Buzz

2022 – Subaru SA’s 30th Year

2022 - A year of celebration for customers and dealers nationwide. Forester and WRX model introductions in 2022. New Customer Loyalty Programme to be introduced. The year 2022 marks the 30th Anniversary of Subaru Southern Africa. On 16 June 1992,…
Jun 01, 2022 Buzz

Government’s extended fuel relief welcome

Government’s announcement that it will extend fuel relief in the form of a reduced General Fuel Levy (GFL) in June and July is welcome and will ease financial pressure on embattled consumers. But, says the Automobile Association (AA), while the…
Jun 01, 2022 Motoring

INEOS Automotive plans a smaller fully-electric 4X4

Over the past two years, our ‘Building the Grenadier’ series has revealed every stage of our proper 4X4’s development. Now, after 1.1 million miles of testing, the Grenadier is almost ready for production. At this important milestone, we speak to…
Jun 01, 2022 Buzz

The growing role of technology in procurement

Job titles, like jobs, are constantly evolving. New roles and job titles are created to cater for new business needs and focus areas. Chief Innovation Officers, for example, are a relatively new innovation, created in the mid-2000s. Chief Diversity…
May 31, 2022 Motoring

Introducing the New Land Rover Defender 130

Adventure for all: New Defender 130 features extended body for greater interior space, perfect for all-terrain family expeditions with up to eight on board in superior comfort Defender capability: Increase in body length retains the Defender’s…
May 31, 2022 Motorsport

Chemical Logistics Racing Mourns Rivals' Tragedy

A rival team's tragedy clouded Robert Wolk’s positive weekend for Chemical Logistics Racing at Aldo Scribante’s Volkswagen Extreme Festival races on Saturday. “A Volkswagen Motorsport transporter was involved in an accident that claimed the lives of…
May 31, 2022 Motorsport

Power performance by TGRSA at GTC Round 3 in Gqeberha

3rd in qualifying for Saood Variawa 2nd in Race 1 for Saood Variawa 1st in Race 2 for Michael van Rooyen 2nd in Race 2 for Saood Variawa Round 3 of the 2022 Global Touring Cars (GTC) championship took place at the Aldo Scribante Racetrack near…
May 31, 2022 Motoring

Dacia Jogger: virtually real design

Vehicle design has evolved a lot over recent decades. While designers have replaced their pencils with 3D modelling, engineers are testing future models long before the first physical prototypes see the light of day. How so? Thanks to CAVE (Cave…
May 30, 2022 Buzz

AB Dynamics opens £10m Engineering Design Centre

New building to house growing engineering and design teams to develop state-of-the-art driving simulators and track testing solutions Solar panels will generate more than 60,000kW of electricity Leading automotive test system supplier AB Dynamics…
May 30, 2022 Buzz

Putting the brakes on payment fraud at SA’s car dealerships

While every business, irrespective of size, is vulnerable to payment fraud worrying gaps in South African motor dealerships’ payment systems put the entire sector at risk. Ryan Mer, CEO at eftsure Africa, a Know Your Payee™ (KYP) platform provider,…
May 30, 2022 Buzz

Sumitomo Cyclo Drive Germany wins the HERMES AWARD 2022

The company won the coveted award for its completely integrated drive system for robot applications and automation technology. Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Germany's Minister of Education and Research, presented the prize on 29 May at the HANNOVER MESSE…
May 30, 2022 Motoring

Heads up! The 2022 Baleno is heading to dealers

First in segment head-up display standard on GLX Unique 360-degree Round View Monitor unique in segment Auto available in GL and GLX specification levels The all-new Suzuki Baleno is heading to South African dealers shortly after its global launch…
May 30, 2022 Buzz

naamsa - Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance BULLETIN | May 2022

Welcome to the May 2022 naamsa SA Auto Market Analysis bulletin publication, in partnership with Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance. The South African Automotive Industry is one of the country’s largest manufacturing sectors and has played a significant…
May 27, 2022 Buzz

Death by shooting vs car crash

The USA is left rocked by another mass school shooting at an elementary school where the ages of the children range between seven and 10 years old. As many as 19 children were killed and two teachers. The USA and many countries across the world are…
May 27, 2022 Motoring

A new form of ultimate luxury - The Mercedes-Maybach

The quintessential luxury limousine reflecting with that the exclusivity of the marque and their superior products. The exclusive appearance of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class can be enhanced by a two-tone paint The Burmester® high-end 4D surround…
May 27, 2022 Mobility

Dealers embrace benefits of servicing other brands

Treading into new territory, dealers are starting to embrace the benefits of the relatively new Right to Repair Guidelines for Competition in the SA Automotive Aftermarket. “Being able to service any car brand is a significant benefit and we are…
May 27, 2022 Motorsport

NWM T1+ EcoBoost Ford Ranger – 10 Fascinating Facts

The partnership between Ford and Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM) spans more than 25 years, with numerous local and international cross country (or rally-raid) race victories and championships won along the way. Having already built and raced 15…
May 27, 2022 Buzz

Small Enterprise Development Competition by Absa

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the cornerstone of every economy and community. The automotive aftermarket sector is key in the automotive industry. In 2019, we launched our SME Den to encourage and give industry players the opportunity to…
May 27, 2022 Buzz

VWSA launches Volkswagen Online Maths Initiative

This three-year pilot programme will benefit 1 000 Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners in Nelson Mandela Bay The programme was developed in partnership with Optimi Workplace’s Tuta-Me and Jendamark’s Odin Education Expanding their commitment to supporting…
May 27, 2022 Buzz

Kia EV6 awarded five-star Euro NCAP safety rating

Kia EV6 electric crossover awarded the highest safety rating in latest Euro NCAP crash tests Results include a 90% score for adult occupant protection and 86% for child occupant protection High-strength Electric-Global Modular Platform and…
May 27, 2022 Buzz

Save the Date for ROKLive EMEA 2022!

After a two-year absence, we’re excited to announce that ROKLive EMEA is coming to you live from Gothenburg, Sweden, 24 ‒ 27 October 2022. The successor to our much-loved TechEd EMEA events, ROKLive EMEA 2022 will revive the TechEd spirit, helping…
May 27, 2022 Motoring

New Maserati MC20 Cielo Global Premiere

The MC20 super sports car, now also a spyder: Maserati presents MC20 Cielo, a one-of-a-kind car that can deliver the performance of a true super sports car, together with a holistic and immersive driving pleasure the like of which has never been…
May 27, 2022 Buzz

Futuroad Expo is Where You Need to be

Futuroad, the truck, bus, and commercial Vehicle trade show, co-located with Automechanika, will take place from 7-10 June 2022 at Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg. Brought to you by Messe Frankfurt South Africa, Futuroad Expo Johannesburg is the…
May 27, 2022 Motoring

The Classic Car Show is Back!

All drivers of genuine classic cars and one passenger admitted free of charge. Classic cars will enter through Gate 5, Japan vs German cars will enter through Gate 2. Tickets cost R80 for adults (R60 if booked through Computicket), children under-12…
May 26, 2022 Buzz

Nissan celebrates Africa Day

Africa Day 2022 is particularly important for Nissan Africa this year, says Nissan Africa managing director Mike Whitfield, because of what the company has achieved in the last 12 months. “Last June, we were incredibly proud to watch the first of…
May 26, 2022 Buzz

MasterDrive celebrates Africa

This week, the world marked Africa Day. As part of Africa Day, MasterDrive is sharing the progress and development made in South Africa and across Africa, ensuring road safety is improved and that driving standards meet international norms. The…
May 26, 2022 Buzz

Save the Date to Join Our AGM to Reflect and Celebrate 2021

Mark your calendar for the annual general meeting of the East Cape Automotive Industry Forum. With particular expertise in automotive assembly and component manufacturing, Justin Barnes brings a deep understanding of industry 4.0 technology…
May 26, 2022 Buzz

SEMA Announces Board election results

SEMA members vote Rich Butler, Norris Marshall, Kathryn Reinhardt, and Melanie White to serve the industry Results of the 2022 SEMA Board of Directors election are in, with Rich Butler of R&R Marketing Consultants, Norris Marshall of BluePrint…
May 26, 2022 Mobility

Uber celebrates 1 billionth trip milestone in Africa

Global technology company Uber has facilitated 1 billion trips in Africa since entering the market less than 10 years ago. Over 10 billion kilometres of trips have been completed - equivalent to travelling to the moon and back over 5500 times.…
May 25, 2022 Buzz

SAMBRA celebrates excellence

Short-term insurer, Santam, has won the prestigious SA Motor Body Repairers’ Association (SAMBRA), Insurer of the Year award for the third consecutive year. Volkswagen received the top honours for all-round best OEM, RM took all three awards in the…
May 25, 2022 Mobility

Road safety: If you drive in high heels, read this

High heels are questionable for your health most of the time, but when it comes to driving, wearing high heels is dangerous. Whether you’re wearing stilettos, platforms or wedges, high heels are one the worst choices for driving. “South Africa…
May 25, 2022 Buzz

Learn from our top speakers in the Manufacturing sector

Register now for access to our event from 21-22 June 2022 for cutting-edge information and resources relevant to Africa’s manufacturing industry. Meet a few of our esteemed speakers: AND MANY MORE Click here to view all the speakers Register To…
May 24, 2022 Buzz

Winners announced: Lightstone Star Reacher F&I Awards

Lightstone Auto’s Star Reacher F&I Awards recognises and rewards high performing Finance & Insurance (F&I) managers in the motor industry Overall winners of the 2021/2022 Lightstone Star Reacher F&I Awards were announced at an elegant and exclusive…
May 24, 2022 Buzz

Unemployment: The REAL disaster

By Mpiyakhe Dhlamini, a libertarian, writer, programmer and a former analyst at the Free Market Foundation. The South African government has once again declared a state of disaster, this time in response to the floods in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN); as…
May 24, 2022 Buzz

People-first approach needed in AI era

Automation, robotics and artificial intelligence can be a force for exceptional business progress, but could also cut jobs, impacting a multitude of workers and their families. Instead of cutting heads, organisations should be empowering employees…
May 24, 2022 Motoring

All-new Toyota Starlet Makes its Debut

Star-worthy Success Launched in September 2020, the Toyota Starlet was met with rapturous applause and instantly cemented itself within the highly-competitive B-segment in the passenger car market. It's combination of stylish good looks, traditional…