Manufacturing Success for Africa!
Aug 19, 2022 Buzz

Manufacturing Success for Africa!

The annual Manufacturing Indaba will be celebrating its 10th edition in 2023, marking a decade of forging powerful partnerships between stakeholders in the manufacturing sector, which have resulted in positive outcomes for individuals, companies,…
Be pedestrian savvy
Aug 19, 2022 Buzz

Be pedestrian savvy

In South Africa pedestrians are the group of road users with the most fatalities. This is a tragedy that has plagued the world for a long time. In 1896 this week, the first pedestrian was killed after being hit by a car. Today, the number of…
SMME master plan to dovetail with energy crisis plan
Aug 18, 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…
License disk renewal made easy with Supa Quick and Disky
Aug 18, 2022 Buzz

License disk renewal made easy with Supa Quick and Disky

Fitment centre group Supa Quick has partnered with Disky an online platform to make it convenient and quick for motorists to renew their vehicle licenses using WhatsApp at any of the 190 Supa Quick stores across South Africa. “We are all pressed for…
By Gideon Galloway, King Price Insurance CEO
Aug 18, 2022 Buzz

Six entrepreneurial lessons, learned the hard way

King Price Insurance is one of the greatest entrepreneurial success stories of our times. It was founded by Gideon Galloway with a team of 13 back in 2012, and barely a decade later, it’s one of the most recognised brands in South Africa. But as…
Aug 18, 2022 Buzz

How to explain car troubles to a mechanic

If you’re experiencing a problem with your car, the motor technician will need as much information as possible to properly diagnose and repair the problem. You don’t have to diagnose the problem yourself, but no one knows your vehicle better than…
Aug 17, 2022 Buzz

Mahindra takes their three flagship Pik Ups on an adventure

The new range of Mahindra authentic bakkies departs on a three-country adventure Expedition celebrates the new brand promise – Unleash The Explorer In You Expedition to prove that the Mahindra Pik Up is tough, reliable and now even more capable. How…
Aug 17, 2022 Buzz

Toyota Officially Reopens its Prospecton Plant in Durban

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has announced that its Prospecton Plant in Durban has resumed operations after production was halted due to damages caused by floods in the facility. The announcement was made at a “reopening ceremony” attended by…
Aug 16, 2022 Buzz

Bearings 2000 acquires MCL

National industrial supplies specialist, Bearings 2000, has acquired Gqeberha-based MCL Engineering Products. The acquisition will expand Bearings 2000’s reach in the Eastern Cape and provide added value for customers in the region. With similar…
Aug 16, 2022 Buzz

Fuel decreases on the horizon

Significant decreases to fuel prices across the board are expected in September based on current unaudited mid-month data from the Central Energy Fund (CEF). And, says the Automobile Association (AA), the expected decreases will not be mitigated by…
Aug 16, 2022 Buzz

What you should know before handling a vehicle battery

A flat vehicle battery always happens when motorists least expect it. Whether the battery is at the end of its lifespan, or it drained because the lights or radio were left on too many times, at some point, all motorists will have to replace their…
Aug 16, 2022 Buzz

Six steps to avoid a tyre blowout 

With summer holidays underway, travellers are being advised to check their tyre conditions to prevent a blowout. The holiday car rental experts at StressFreeCarRental.com are urging people to check the conditions of their car to prevent serious…
Aug 15, 2022 Buzz

Inflation, interest rates and joblessness – The perfect storm

Chris Blair, CEO at 21st Century weighs in “The South African economy, like many other economies around the world, has had a ‘bumpy’ start to 2022. The Ukraine-Russian war, volatility in international financial markets, inflationary pressures, etc…
Aug 15, 2022 Buzz

South Africa’s decay: What’s to be done?

By Dr Gerrit Sandrock, FCII, is 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 & Dr Johan van…
Aug 15, 2022 Buzz

Win tickets to Festival of Motoring

MasterDrive has three double tickets for three lucky winners to the Festival of Motoring to give away this Women’s Month. The Festival of Motoring takes place this month from 26 to 28 August and is the first-time motoring enthusiast can enjoy this…
Aug 15, 2022 Buzz

Eskom’s monopoly must end

By Nicholas Woode-Smith, an author, economic historian and political analyst, is a contributing author for the Free Market Foundation. In 2022 alone, we have had a combined 673 hours of loadshedding (at time of writing); that is 28 days without…
Aug 15, 2022 Buzz

Handling raging fleets

Recent statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the USA, say in the last decade there was an alarming rise in the incident of aggressive driving and consequently fatal crashes. In less than a decade, fatal…
Aug 12, 2022 Buzz

Young Women rocking the Automotive sector

August is national Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) month. It is also national women’s month and an opportunity for prospective young female students and those that are not in employment, education or training to consider…
Aug 11, 2022 Buzz

SA Energy Trader to Help Unlock More than 5GW  

South Africa’s urgent attempts to increase its power generation capacity have been boosted by the emergence of an energy trader which plans to help unlock more than an estimated 5GW of renewable energy over five years – the equivalent of the energy…
Aug 10, 2022 Buzz

Magna Tyre to introduce new Mining pattern at Bauma 2022

After resuming their continuous trade show appearances during the course of this year. Netherlands based and leading international manufacturer and supplier of OTR and mining tyres – Magna Tyres will be finalising their exhibitor programme at Bauma…
Aug 09, 2022 Buzz

Honda Road to Quest 2023: True Adventure comes to you!

As you may now know that Honda Quest True Adventure is an adventure challenge designed to give adventure motorcycle enthusiasts a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the ultimate adventure motorcycle. It’s not often that the chance to ride a Honda…
Aug 09, 2022 Buzz

A teacher with a passion for cars

47-year-old Limpopo-based Winny Vilankulu is a proud director of Senatla Panelbeaters, a thriving motor body repairer in the area. Having taught initially at a rural secondary school in Limpopo for 10 years, this was never her first choice of…
Aug 09, 2022 Buzz

Inspired by the resilience of women

On 09 August 2022, we mark National Women’s Day, and extend the commemoration campaign to boost awareness of and mobilisation against gender inequality and its consequences for the entire month. August 9 commemorates the march on Pretoria on this…
Aug 08, 2022 Buzz

Celebrate this Women's Day with your favourite Gin

Celebrate this Women's Day with Woodstock Gin Small-batch botanical gins, crafted to a classic recipe with one helluva story to tell. It's our tribute to hard work, never forgetting where you come from and never backing down. From the place that…
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…
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…
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,…
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Buzz

The Prevalent Amazon Effect and its Impact on Manufacturers

Only those manufacturers who embrace the prevalent ‘Amazon Effect’ will be able to keep abreast of and outpace local and global competitors. The covid-19 pandemic and technological revolution has introduced a new level of innovation in the way…
May 24, 2022 Buzz

What Does Decarbonisation Mean For Your Business?

Date: 9 June 2022 Venue: TWIMS Campus, Kloof Price: R4000 ex VAT The end goal of zero emissions is deceptively simple but getting there is the tricky part." - Financial Times The price of fuel globally has risen over 30% in just one year. The push…
May 24, 2022 Buzz

The entrepreneur as composer

By James Peron, the president of the Moorfield Storey Institute and author of several books, including Exploding Population Myths and The Liberal Tide. One of the great errors in economics has been the assumption that value is the result of the…
May 23, 2022 Buzz

Jeep brand fans get ducked

An annual Jeep® brand craze returns to South Africa this weekend for Jeep Go Topless Day (#JeepGoToplessDay). And this year, those extreme adventurers may have another craze to deal with: getting “ducked”. Every year, thousands of Jeep SUV owners…
May 23, 2022 Buzz

Dunlop Grandtrek AT25 Scores Another OE Win

Dunlop’s locally manufactured Grandtrek AT25 is OE (original equipment) fitted to South Africa’s newest bakkie entrant – the Isuzu D-Max, launched in April. The Dunlop Grandtrek AT25 is manufactured by Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) at its…
May 23, 2022 Buzz

Toyota invests in a Manufacturing Academy

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is pleased to announce the launch of the Toyota Manufacturing Academy (TMA) at the Coastal KZN TVET College in Mobeni, Durban. The initiative was borne out of a strategic alliance between the Department of Higher…
May 23, 2022 Buzz

SAPO is lobbying the state to force dysfunction on citizens

By Zakhele Mthembu BA Law LLB (Wits), a legal researcher at the Free Market Foundation. When one buys something, it is a basic assumption that what they have bought is theirs. It is a basic and just assumption that they get to choose how what they…
May 23, 2022 Buzz

Engen helps Bluff Athletics Club go the distance

The Bluff Athletics Club is set to stage their annual Vets 21km Race later this year after receiving support from Engen. According to Engen Third Party Sales Manager and chairman of the Bluff Athletics Club, Vee Maharaj the club is a non-profit…
May 23, 2022 Buzz

2022 SEMA Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Three industry legends will be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame: Walker Evans, Jack Roush and Robert Eugene "Gene" Winfield. Created in 1969, SEMA Hall of Fame honors are bestowed on trailblazers who have significantly impacted and enhanced the…
May 20, 2022 Buzz

23 years with MasterDrive

Today MasterDrive is marking their 23rd anniversary since starting operations. It has been 23 years of great experiences, valuable learning curves and the development of relationships, many of which have spanned large portions of this time period.…
May 20, 2022 Buzz

Lean Operations Management

Date: 24 - 26 May and 2 June Venue: TWIMS Campus Price: R16,000 ex VAT Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection." - Mark Twain The price of inputs is skyrocketing while customers continue to resist price increases leading to…
May 19, 2022 Buzz

Learnerships must prioritise Digital Skills

Giving young South Africans access to critical digital skills delivers social and business value South Africa may have produced Mark Shuttleworth and Elon Musk, some of the brightest digital minds in the world today, but the vast majority of our…
May 19, 2022 Buzz

A solar solution with zero upfront capital outlay

The latest figures predict that South Africa is going to experience the most loadshedding to date for the next few years. This severely impacts productivity and manufacturing capabilities for large factories and the retail and commercial sectors.…
May 19, 2022 Buzz

Would you give whiskey and car keys to a teenaged boy?

By Keith Bryer, freelance journalist and communications consultant, writes for the Free Market Foundation. Of course not. Nobody in their right mind would be so foolish, but that was one of many witty sayings of the late, P J O’Rourke, an American…
May 19, 2022 Buzz

The world returns to Frankfurt

Over 80 percent of the exhibitors are coming from abroad, while the Automechanika Innovation Awards have received a record number of registrations Finally, the international automotive aftermarket is getting back together in Frankfurt: from 13 to 17…
May 19, 2022 Buzz

By design

Lexus is exclusive vehicle partner of the 2022 instalment of Design Joburg VIP-chauffeur drives brought to you by Lexus Lexus will use one Japanese art form, manga to honour Lexus craftsmanship Lexus is a youthful automotive brand, yet it has…
May 19, 2022 Buzz

Automechanika Brand with nine shows yet to come in 2022

With 13 events around the globe, Automechanika is the world’s most successful B2B trade fair brand. Trade fairs are finally permitted almost everywhere again, and the Automechanika brand is off to a strong start with no less than four events in June…
May 18, 2022 Buzz

Why a future skills gap analysis is necessary

In light of increasing technological advancements, employers must identify future skills in order to provide a flexible and agile workplace. A skills gap analysis can help you determine the most valuable skills for your company and establish a plan…
May 18, 2022 Buzz

African New Vehicle Sales increase by 32% in 2021

The African Association of Motor Manufacturers (AAAM) has just released the new vehicle sales volumes as compiled for AAAM by the Africa Automotive Data Network for Africa (AADN). Sales have clearly started to recover from a disastrous Pandemic hit…
May 18, 2022 Buzz

Bakwena reports a reduction in fatalities

Over the Easter holiday period which included Freedom Day and Workers Day public holidays, Bakwena implemented various measures along their N1N4 route, one of which included the addition of 6 route patrol vehicles through their partnership with…
May 18, 2022 Buzz

Fleet Safety Awards winners announced

MasterDrive’s inaugural Fleet Safety Awards concluded on Friday to great success. A South African fleet manager walked away with the honour of being named the ‘first’ Best Fleet Manager in the country along with a R10 000 cash prize. Additionally, a…
May 18, 2022 Buzz

How much personal tax is too much tax to pay?

Total government spending in 2020 was approximately R2 trillion according to Stats SA. In an article published by businesstech.co.za (25 May 2021), it was stated that the expected cost of 18 million social grants (a month) would be an annual figure…
May 18, 2022 Buzz

Fixing South Africa: Equality of opportunity

By Sindile Vabaza is an aspiring economist and an avid writer who writes for the Free Market Foundation. Two hundred years ago, before the advent of capitalism, a man’s social status was fixed from the beginning to the end of his life; he inherited it…
May 18, 2022 Buzz

Exhibitors: Still Time to Submit 2022 Booth Space Applications

Although the SEMA Priority Selection process is winding down, it’s not too late for exhibitors who want to participate in the 2022 SEMA Show to submit a booth space application. Attendees are encouraged to check the floorplan throughout the week to…
May 17, 2022 Buzz

#Five ways online presence can damage your business

Your company’s online presence can make or break your business, and in today’s business world, a company without an online presence is practically non-existent. This is why having a well-managed online presence is one of the most effective and…
May 17, 2022 Buzz

Fuel price shocks ahead

Current unaudited data from the Central Energy Fund (CEF) is pointing to massive fuel price increases across the board for June. The Automobile Association (AA) says consumers could face further pressure because government’s earlier relief of…
May 16, 2022 Buzz

Women as Manufacturing Leaders

How Do You Increase Your Influence And Empower Other Women In A Male-dominated Industry? Date: 6 - 8 June 2022 | Venue: TWIMS Campus | Price: R12,000 ex VAT The manufacturing industry desperately needs highly skilled leaders, yet it battles to…
May 16, 2022 Buzz

Do business at the upcoming Manufacturing Indaba

Manufacturing Indaba attendees are eagerly registering, keen to arrange business meetings with you on the 21st and 22nd June. Using our B2B Connect Programme we offer the perfect solution for you to meet new clients and to sell your products and…
May 16, 2022 Buzz

Informal Workshop Webinar: Initiator Training 14 June 2022

NEASA will be conducting an informal workshop webinar to ensure that business owners, managers, HR- and IR managers are adequately trained to initiate disciplinary hearings successfully. OBJECTIVES The objectives include providing delegates with an…
May 16, 2022 Buzz

South Africa’s surveillance state, a threat to democracy

by Riaan Salie writes for the Free Market Foundation and is a policy fellow at the Foundation for Consumer Freedom Advancement. From internet censorship to proposed biometric sim-cards and legislation mandating medical treatments, South Africa is on…
May 16, 2022 Buzz

Road to the SEMA Show: The Journey Begins

SEMA Industry Sales Director Becca Butler talks booth space selection, live floorplan and the "Road to SEMA" with Vice President of Events Tom Gattuso. The 2022 SEMA Show is scheduled for Tuesday–Friday, November 1–4, in Las Vegas. For companies…
May 13, 2022 Buzz

SEIFSA and Manufacturing Indaba join forces

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is a national employer Federation representing the metal and engineering industry. SEIFSA's core business is to represent and promote the interests of business in South…
May 13, 2022 Buzz

Bridgestone celebrates its people on Workers’ Month

Renowned as an industry innovator, Bridgestone Southern Africa (BSAF) has always recognised that its people are the key to its ability to compete in a constantly evolving sector. The company has a deliberate policy of developing its systems and…
May 13, 2022 Buzz

Chery shows its true colours with charity campaign

Chery South Africa used the much-anticipated launch of its new Tiggo 7 Pro SUV to bring its #WithCheryWithLove campaign to life. The company yesterday rerouted the media test drive of its new midrange luxury SUV to drive past the Tswara Ganang…
May 13, 2022 Buzz

Next Gen NASCAR crash tested using robots from AB Dynamics

Innovative crash test approach provides more accurate, real-world data to improve safety in motorsport Driving robots conducted the crash test to within 2cm and 1 degree of the prescribed impact point and angle at a speed of 130 mph Leading…
May 13, 2022 Buzz

RMI supports Second Chance Matric Programme

The Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI)supports The Department of Basic Education’s Second Chance Matric Programme which commenced this week in 5 236 exam centres nationwide. Louis van Huyssteen, RMI National Training Director says of the 290…
May 13, 2022 Buzz

10 things to do in a crash

While one can do their best to avoid falling victim to a crash, the reality is that it can, especially in South Africa, still happen. Even the most careful driver can suddenly encounter bad luck on the road. What should drivers do when the…
May 13, 2022 Buzz

BMW Group uses sustainable paints made from bio-waste

Innovative corrosion protection and matte paint without fossil resources lower CO2 emissions by 40 percent The BMW Group is using innovative technologies in its efforts to improve sustainability and taking advantage of new options to conserve…
May 13, 2022 Buzz

More taxation by stealth?

Robert Vivian is Professor of Finance & Insurance, School of Business Sciences, Wits University, and a member of the Free Market Foundation’s Rule of Law Board of Advisors. No democratic society has ever willingly submitted to the kind of arbitrary…
May 13, 2022 Buzz

The all-new NX – Hybrid range confirmed!

The all-new NX opens the next chapter for the Lexus brand Lexus takes a confident step and provides yet another electrifying layer to its range Hybrid range comprises three grades, including F Sport Exactly two months ago, Lexus South Africa…
May 12, 2022 Buzz

Technology and innovation distinguish the Portuguese industry

Portugal, the partner country of HANNOVER MESSE 2022, is a global player in engineered parts and solutions. The Portuguese offer has demonstrated enormous international competitiveness in this business area. Engineered parts and solutions is one of…
May 12, 2022 Buzz

Last Chance to Submit your Entry for the Innovation Awards

“Product innovation is synonymous with the Automechanika brand and as such, a group of highly qualified and respected automotive experts representing recognised organisations and representative bodies within the industry has been assembled to score…
May 12, 2022 Buzz

How customer experience leaders can reduce service costs

As a result of the pandemic, today's client expects ease and easy access to products and services via digital platforms, and will abandon a company or brand after a bad experience. Indeed, according to a Zendesk customer experience trends study,…
May 12, 2022 Buzz

SEMA Ignited Is Back for 2022!

SEMA Ignited, the only official SEMA Show after-party, will be held Friday, November 4, 2022, from 3:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. in the West Hall parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Credentialed 2022 SEMA Show attendees can access the event for…
May 11, 2022 Buzz

Last chance to become a sponsor

Manufacturing Indaba | 21 – 22 June 2022 | Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg Manufacturing Indaba 2022 is right around the corner! Have you booked your spot for June 21st – 22nd at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg? This year has…
May 11, 2022 Buzz

HERMES AWARD – Jury nominates three solutions

An independent jury, composed of top-class experts from politics, business, research and society and chaired by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, nominated three companies from a field of numerous entries…
May 11, 2022 Buzz

Franchises plough on... regardless!

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen” Vladimir Lenin, Russian revolutionary & politician These ironic and prophetic words by none other than Russian revolutionary and politician Vladimir Lenin, perfectly…
May 11, 2022 Buzz

Hiring for soft skills

The way we hire candidates has gone through many changes over time. One of them is the emphasis placed on soft skills. Soft skills refer to the experience that candidates have gained through years of working in their industry or learned behaviour,…
May 10, 2022 Buzz

Government is servant to the people, not the other way around

By Zakhele Mthembu BA Law LLB (Wits) is a legal researcher at the Free Market Foundation.​ Are we as taxpayers truly the bosses of the politicians and bureaucrats in Cape Town, Pretoria, or Bloemfontein? The handling of the covid-19 pandemic has…
May 10, 2022 Buzz

A look ahead to THE TIRE COLOGNE 2022

Meeting point of the international tire and wheel industry From 24 to 26 May 2022, it is finally that time again: the international tire and wheel industry will finally meet again for THE TIRE COLOGNE in Cologne following two years of restrictions…
May 09, 2022 Buzz

Tyrexpo Asia Singapore on Track for 2023

Tarsus South East Asia will also be staging Tyrexpo Asia Singapore 2023 between the 8th and 10th March 2023 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre – Level 1 – Halls A, B and C. Tarsus can now confirm that the Singapore Government has recently…
May 09, 2022 Buzz

Last chance to enter the 2022 Innovation Awards

With less than a month to go before the official opening on June 7th of Automechanika 2022 at the National Exhibition Centre, Nasrec, Johannesburg and excitement around the Innovation Awards building, the deadline for entering the competition has…
May 07, 2022 Buzz

Launch of the 2022 Automotive Export Manual

Aligned with global trends, the South African economy and the domestic automotive industry sharply rebounded from the low-based, COVID-19 affected 2020, but the growth experienced since the initial shock has not been sufficient to return to…
May 06, 2022 Buzz

Meet the team!

As a cluster member, you have a range of different programmes to participate in. We welcome you to meet the team that make those programmes happen. We also encourage you to engage directly with the teams if you want to participate or want to ask any…
May 06, 2022 Buzz

NHI will destroy South Africa’s healthcare

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. The National Health Insurance…
May 06, 2022 Buzz

Countdown to Motor Mech 2022 begins

Plans for the next highly successful 2022 Motor Mech show, to be hosted by the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA) at Newton Technical High School in Port Elizabeth, are well on track. MIWA is a proud association of the Retail Motor Industry…
May 06, 2022 Buzz

Do you want to reduce car accidents?

Car crashes while on duty often result in plenty of pain and suffering either through injuries or loss for those involved and their families. Additionally, the organisation faces extra strain with the costs this places on budgets. Yet, there is a…
May 06, 2022 Buzz

Toyota grows its involvement in equestrian sport

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has announced that it will partner with the South African National Equestrian Schools Association (SANESA) National Championships to further support to the future of equestrian riders in South Africa. SANESA is an…
May 06, 2022 Buzz

Take Part in SEMA's All-Female Vehicle Build

By Ashley Reyes The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) will soon embark on its all-female vehicle build, a project that will highlight the work of successful women in the automotive industry, and attract and support more females to pursue careers in…
May 05, 2022 Buzz

Keen to export your products to the rest of Africa

The 2022 Manufacturing Indaba will host decision makers from a host of African countries. The conference will Include a focused discussion relating to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement, which will create the largest free…
May 05, 2022 Buzz

Urgency to fix problems is not enough

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. From electricity to spectrum to water pipes, managers…
May 05, 2022 Buzz

SAPICS 2022 Conference & Exhibition | Don't Miss Out!

SAPICS 2022 Conference & Exhibition 12 - 15 June 2022 The 44th Annual SAPICS Conference is taking place in 6 weeks! Don’t Miss out! We look forward to meeting you all at this In Person Event! The speakers, topics, site visits, workshops,…
May 05, 2022 Buzz

KZN Flood Relief Funding

We believe this financial support may be of interest to members who were affected by the floods. The IDC, sefa and seda are offering financial support to formal businesses affected by the flooding in KZN. For more information and to apply click the…
May 05, 2022 Buzz

2022 SAPICS Conference & Exhibition | Information

The SAPICS team is delighted to be able to host the 2022 SAPICS Conference & Exhibition IN PERSON this year. The conference will be taking place from the 12th of June to the 15th of June 2022 at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, South…
May 04, 2022 Buzz

Running A Successful Fuel Retail Business In Changing Times

Running A Successful Fuel Retail Business In Changing Times The fuel industry is at a crossroads and operators are under pressure to move with the times and rethink their age-old strategies in order to create new capabilities and transform the way…
May 04, 2022 Buzz

Rhenus in South Africa welcomes YES Programme Interns

Rhenus South Africa will give 15 young people the opportunity to set a foot on the employment ladder in 2022, as part of their ongoing involvement with the Youth Employment Service (YES) Programme. Youth unemployment is a South African scourge that…
May 04, 2022 Buzz

VWSA produces its 1-millionth Polo for export

The Kariega plant has been building Polos for export since 2002 Polo is currently exported to 38 countries Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and an ongoing semi-conductor shortage, Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) reached a momentous milestone when the…
May 04, 2022 Buzz

Informal Workshop Webinar: Initiator Training 17 May 2022

NEASA will be conducting an informal workshop webinar to ensure that business owners, managers, HR- and IR managers are adequately trained to initiate disciplinary hearings successfully. OBJECTIVES The objectives include providing delegates with an…
May 04, 2022 Buzz

Manufacturing Indaba Reemerges as an In-person Physical Event

The longstanding manufacturing conference and exhibition will be returning to the physical event realm after adopting an exclusively virtual approach over the past 2 years given the impact of the pandemic. The resurgence of the Manufacturing Indaba…
May 04, 2022 Buzz

ISUZU Motors South Africa invests R580m in local suppliers

ISUZU Motors South Africa has invested R580m to support component localisation. This investment includes provision of the supplier tooling needed to manufacture specific components in preparation for the recently launched all-new 7th generation…
May 03, 2022 Buzz

Lean Operations Management

Date: 24 - 26 May and 2 June Venue: TWIMS Campus Price: R16,000 ex VAT` Everything can be improved. Clarence Barron Your most significant increase in competitive advantage does not come from large scale breakthroughs but rather from small,…
May 03, 2022 Buzz

Addressing Hunger by Establishing Micro-farmers

Poor economic conditions, resulting in a lack of employment opportunities, as well as a shortage of skills and knowledge, have left many South Africans destitute, without a way to fend for themselves. This poses an imminent threat to socio-economic…
May 03, 2022 Buzz

Red tape has two sides

It might be hard to imagine that “red tape” could be your friend. Although we never actually see the red ribbon or tape that was once used to bind government documents, we do see the ponderous power of its spirit when experienced as in the…
May 03, 2022 Buzz

2022 SEMA Show registration now open

Industry professionals looking to grow their business and learn about the latest products and trends can register online at www.semashow.com/register Registration for the 2022 SEMA Show, the premier gathering for the automotive specialty-equipment…
May 03, 2022 Buzz

Don’t let a faulty battery ruin your weekend getaway

It's Mzansi's second favourite time of year with long weekends galore, and the perfect time for a quick and relaxing mini-break, as the beauty of autumn beckons you to relax and recharge. Whether you're going to chill at the beach or camp in…
May 03, 2022 Buzz

How to upskill for these 5 in-demand fields

Jobless numbers in South Africa are at an all-time-high with the unemployment rate recently hitting a new record of 35.3%. A key challenge that South Africa has always faced is a lack of skills. But, in many respects, this is a challenge that can…
May 03, 2022 Buzz

Cars.co.za supports Gift of the Givers’ KZN relief efforts

With tens of thousands of KwaZulu-Natal inhabitants still reeling from the widespread destruction and tragic loss of life caused by the devastating floods and mudslides that affected the province this month, Government and NGOs are working around…
May 03, 2022 Buzz

Embracing and Achieving a Diverse Workforce

Changing societal norms have many organisations taking note of traditional practices to better understand whether diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEI&B) are applied during the hiring process and long-term strategic plans for their…
Apr 29, 2022 Buzz

The idea that government is God is holding Africans back

It will forever remain difficult, actually, near impossible, for African liberals to contest and prevail in elections, especially at local level. Political campaigns at municipal level are grounded on blatant lies and false promises. Self-righteous…
Apr 29, 2022 Buzz

Drivers can watch TV whilst driving

Proposed updates to UK’s Highway Code suggest drivers using self-driving cars will be allowed to watch TV on built-in screens. True, this may not have direct impact on South African drivers but given that we follow the rest of the world it is…
Apr 29, 2022 Buzz

AA commentary on various road and traffic issues

Easter road fatality statistics The marked decrease in the number of road deaths on the country’s roads over easter is to be welcomed but must be seen in the context of decreased traffic volumes on the country’s roads over easter. During a briefing…
Apr 28, 2022 Buzz

Use the power of purpose to sell your business

Telling a powerful story that sets your brand and products or services apart from the competition is paramount to your business success. Most of us know the often frustrating question from children: ‘why’? Yet, ‘why’ is the best question to ask no…
Apr 28, 2022 Buzz

Loadshedding and lockdown expose paperthin democracy

A renewed round of loadshedding was implemented amidst heavy rains during the week of the 11th of April. During March, government also decided to formalise “temporary” lockdown restrictions into permanent regulations issued by the labour and health…
Apr 28, 2022 Buzz

Some hacks to get more mileage out of your vehicle

Despite the new car sales figures for March 2022 surging to pre-pandemic levels, many South Africans are feeling the pinch of a difficult financial environment. While 50,607 new vehicles were sold in March, led by passenger cars which accounted for…
Apr 28, 2022 Buzz

10 million Dacias

Dacia has just produced the 10 millionth vehicle in its history. Dacia, a brand that continues to grow. 10 MILLION VEHICLES PRODUCED SINCE 1968 Wednesday, April 20, Mioveni plant (Romania), a Urban Gray Duster Extreme L.E. just off the assembly…
Apr 28, 2022 Buzz

SEMA News: Registration Now Open for SEMA Nordic

Join SEMA on the first SEMA Nordic trip, August 24–28, in Stockholm, Sweden. Participants will learn the potential for their products in this performance and classic-car paradise. Meet with top trade buyers enabling the half-century-old craze in…
Apr 28, 2022 Buzz

Not to be missed workshops at 2022 SAPICS Conference

The COVID-19 crisis delivered bitter lessons on supply chain risk and resilience to organisations around the world. Still reeling from the impact of pandemic, businesses have faced further disruptions or black swan events as they are known. Risk and…
Apr 28, 2022 Buzz

Hyundai gives donation to aid victims of KZN floods

Hyundai Automotive South Africa and Hyundai Motor Company of South Korea has donated R1,5 million towards relief efforts for residents of KwaZulu-Natal who were severely affected by the recent floods in the province. The donation in the form of a…
Apr 28, 2022 Buzz

The exhibition floor is filling up quickly 

Book an Exhibition Stand to participate in the biggest Manufacturing Event in South Africa The Manufacturing Indaba exhibition provides a platform for companies of all sizes to showcase their manufacturing technologies, solutions and services. With…
Apr 26, 2022 Buzz

New Jeep, Fiat and Alfa Romeo dealer for Umhlanga

Stellantis is continuing its dealer expansion drive to make its brands more accessible to South African consumers. The latest addition to the network is the opening of a new facility in Umhlanga, KwaZulu Natal that continues building a successful…
Apr 26, 2022 Buzz

Goodyear South Africa appoints new Managing Director

Richard Fourie is appointed to the helm in Goodyear South Africa Goodyear South Africa has appointed Richard Fourie to the position of Managing Director effective from April 2022. Richard takes over from Piotr Czyzyk who led the company for two…
Apr 26, 2022 Buzz

SARU: Why risk the lives of Sportsmen and women?

OPEN LETTER 25 April 2022 Mr Jurie Roux Chief Executive South African Rugby Union (SARU) Dear Mr Jurie Roux SARU: WHY RISK THE LIVES OF SPORTSMEN AND -WOMEN? It is with dismay that we note the South African Rugby Union’s (SARU) adoption of a…
Apr 26, 2022 Buzz

AGM Report: 20 years of the DAC! How has industry changed?

After 20 years, how does the DAC continue to be relevant and provide value-adding services to the industry? Over 20-years, the DAC has proven to be a critical enabler for the local automotive industry. The ability to pivot to industry needs, support…
Apr 26, 2022 Buzz

Mahindra accelerates into a new era

Three successive months of 1 000+ units record sales Mahindra one of the fastest growing brands in SA New models on the horizon, including XUV700 Mahindra South Africa is accelerating into a new era with record sales, a growing vehicle portfolio and…
Apr 26, 2022 Buzz

Taste the exceptional Armand de Brignac Brut Gold champagne

Armand de Brignac Brut Gold Armand de Brignac Brut Gold is an exceptional champagne that our tasting panel has fallen in love with. When you purchase a bottle of Armand de Brignac Brut Gold you’re buying an incredibly handcrafted champagne, but…
Apr 26, 2022 Buzz

SAMBRA to host Vehicle Write-Off Conference

Over the last four years SAMBRA has applied substantial resources to ensure that members of the public, used car dealers, banks and others involved in the purchase and sale of used vehicles can protect themselves against the purchase of a previously…
Apr 25, 2022 Buzz

Lionhearted Engen dealer pens inspirational memoir

Nomthandazo Vena Kalani’s inspirational debut novel, Precious Stones within our Flaws, is the story of a brave woman who conquered excruciating hardship and countless barriers to lead her best life. In her book, invites readers to join her on her…
Apr 25, 2022 Buzz

CAPAS Chengdu 2022 will move to 18 – 20 August 2022

In view of the evolving pandemic situation in China, the Government has escalated a number of COVID-19 prevention and control measures. To align with these efforts, the organisers are rescheduling CAPAS Chengdu to 18 – 20 August 2022, while the…
Apr 25, 2022 Buzz

Over 2600 New Trees Rejuvenate SA Forests in 2022

Supa Quick and Greenpop plan a tree a minute in indigenous forests, to help restore the South African eco-system Through its Tree O’Clock campaign launched last year, in which Supa Quick planted 1000 trees, the tyre fitment centre group will…
Apr 25, 2022 Buzz

Transformation remains a priority to VWSA

Two beneficiaries of Project Ntinga begin supplying parts to VWSA The project is part of VWSA’s broader efforts to transform the automotive supply chain Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and the semi-conductor crisis impacting the automotive industry,…
Apr 22, 2022 Buzz

Easter road fatality analysis

According to initial reports, there were ‘only’ 16 Easter road fatalities in Gauteng. Results for other provinces have yet to be released to provide a more accurate picture of the state of the roads during this period. What is noticeable, however,…
Apr 22, 2022 Buzz

WesBank Confirmed as Headline Sponsor for Futuroad Expo 2022

Futuroad, Africa’s premier trade fair for the commercial vehicle industry, is proud to announce WesBank as the headline sponsor for the 2022 event. Futuroad which is scheduled to take place from 7-10 June 2022, at Nasrec Expo Centre, will be…
Apr 22, 2022 Buzz

Record number of national standards published in 2021

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has published 414 national standards in the financial year that ended 31 March 2021. The publication of standards includes new standards, adopted, amended and/or revised standards. 127 new standards were…