Author: Danielle Petterson

Isuzu SA makes key senior leadership appointments

Isuzu Motors South Africa has announced a number of key leadership appointments in support of the purchase of the Isuzu related assets from General Motors (GM) South Africa, effective January 2018. Haruyasu Tanishige, in addition to his current role of Senior Executive officer for the Sales Division of Isuzu Motors in Japan, will be appointed to the position of Chairman of Isuzu Motors South Africa. Tanashige will continue to be based in Tokyo at Isuzu’s headquarters. Michael Sacke, currently CFO for GM South Africa, has been appointed as Chief Operations Officer and CFO with immediate effect. He will assume responsibility for the transition of GM South Africa’s operations to Isuzu Motors by year-end and also to ensure the integration of the Isuzu truck and light commercial businesses. Following this he will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Isuzu Motors South Africa. “We are very excited about the appointment of Michael Sacke as he has had... Read More

VW wins Exporter of the Year

Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) walked away with the 2017 Exporter of the Year Award at the annual Eastern Cape Exporters Club Awards in Port Elizabeth. VWSA the also won the 2017 Best Exporter OEM Award, for the fourth year in a row, as well as the 2017 SJM Flex Environmental Merit Award. “Volkswagen has been the passenger car market leader for the last seven consecutive years and continues to lead the market in 2017. The Polo and Polo Vivo, which are produced in our Uitenhage factory, have been instrumental in our success, both locally and overseas,” said Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director: Volkswagen Group South Africa. “Our position in the passenger car market together with our ongoing commitment in trying to reduce our impact on the environment and our commitment to the Eastern Cape and the community we are situated in are all rewarded by these three awards and I am very proud to lead this great... Read More

CT port expands with new fuel storage facility

The Port of Cape Town’s new fuel storage facility is now fully operational, having received its pilot consignment of diesel in the first week of July 2017 and was tested ahead of full operation this month. Located on approximately 37 273 square meters of land at the port’s Eastern Mole, the new fuel storage and distribution facility for cleaner fuels is poised to assist with security of fuel supply in the region. Construction began in late 2015 after Transnet National Ports Authority awarded Burgan Cape Terminals a 24-year lease to develop a new independent fuel storage, distribution and loading facility. The company, which will operate the terminal, is owned by Netherlands firm VTTI and black economic empowerment companies Thebe Investment Corporation and Jicaro. “With an estimated investment of R 890 million, the awarding of this contract to a 30% black owned company in partnership with an international operator, speaks strongly to Transnet’s commitment to the Market Demand Strategy (MDS) and the vision... Read More

UD Trucks opens Harrismith dealership

UD Trucks has established a new dealership in Harrismith, Free State. The dealership, which will officially open its doors on 4 September, is strategically located inside the Highway Junction truck stop right of the busy N3 highway, and will offer UD fleet owners convenient sales, service and maintenance support. The dealership forms part of the Morgan Group, which also owns the UD Trucks dealership in Welkom. “Our partnership with UD Trucks spans over 12 years and during this time, we have come to appreciate everything the brand stands for and aspires to,” said Dicky Roux, dealer principal of UD Trucks Harrismith. “UD Trucks truly know South African customers and local operating conditions, and therefore offer exceptionally built, quality and durable products.  We are happy to continue our investment in the UD Trucks brand.” Gert Swanepoel, managing director of UD Trucks Southern Africa, said that the company is pleased to continue their partnership with the Morgan Group in Harrismith. “With... Read More

Workers deliver memorandum to transport minister

South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU) members at Electronic Toll Collection (e-Toll) and Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) marched to the Department of Transport on 17 August. SATAWU members employed by the two parastatals were protesting against the flouting of labour laws by their employers and handed over a memorandum of grievances to the Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi. Members at e-Toll are aggrieved because their employer refuses to grant the union organisational rights even though the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration has ruled on the matter in favour of SATAWU. Withholding of organisational rights prevents the union from addressing workers’ grievances, which include salary disparities between workers doing the same job and the deducting of 50% of the 13th cheque for workers who have been issued with a written warning. Allegations of nepotism and tribalism have also been levelled at area managers who are said to have employed their friends into positions. SATAWU therefore calls on... Read More

Appeal to truck drivers as bridge reopens

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi has officially open the refurbished N12 Bridge near Eldorado Park after it was structurally damaged when a truck carrying cargo exceeding the permissible height restrictions hit its top structure in 2015. Commonly known as The ‘Kliptown bridge’ to local residents, the bridge was constructed in the 1960s and served as a critical link between Kliptown, Eldorado Park, Nancefield Industrial and the nearby informal settlement. The severe damage caused by the truck led to the closure of the bridge as it posed serious risk to motorists and pedestrians. This negatively affected local businesses as traffic had to be diverted. Speaking at the event Vadi called on freight trucks to abide by the load and height restrictions as well as set speed limits. “The damage to this bridge is another example of how overloading of freight trucks and disregard for height restrictions continue to cause untold damage to our road infrastructure,” said Vadi.... Read More

New PPPFA boosts transformation in construction sector

Public Works Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko says set-asides have boosted transformation within the construction and property sectors. According to the minister, women, youth and people with disabilities are already benefitting from a mandatory 30% sub-contracting subjected to all tenders above R30 million, with over R94.2 million already awarded in the current financial year “This is in line with the new Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) on Set-Asides that we are implementing to promote socio-economic transformation, small enterprises, cooperatives, rural and township enterprises as well as local industrial development,” declared Nhleko at the media briefing on his five pillar policy and transformation of construction and property sectors in Pretoria. Nhleko emphasised that in order to mitigate risks of underperformance, sub-contractors are required to possess relevant accreditation where applicable, be registered with relevant bodies. “They must possess capabilities to deliver the sub-contracted work, meet the requirements in terms of the stipulated designated groups and be geographically located at the place where... Read More

Urbanisation – a tool for combating poverty

South Africa should use urbanisation as a tool to push development and combat poverty by providing adequate housing opportunities and ensuring people have access to basic services. Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu made this statement during a seminar organised by the Department of Human Settlements in partnership with the University of South Africa under the theme: How the human settlements sector is responding to the rapid increase of urbanisation in South Africa. The seminar provided a platform for sharing information between government officials, academics and various practitioners in the human settlements sector seeking solutions to current challenges such as rapid urbanisation and transformation of cities. Sisulu told delegates that the country needed proper planning and management of urbanisation and related challenges such as migration of people seeking better opportunities. “When not properly designed and managed, cities often pay the high price of negative externalities, such as congestion, contamination and wide inequalities often leading to social unrest and instability,” she said.... Read More

Binding roads, linking people

IMIESA talks to Werner Tessendorf, Business Development Manager at Tosas, about the company’s evolving vision, project activities and the launch of its Chipseal™ emulsion. There’s also the issue of the ‘winter embargo’.  What does the slogan “Binding roads, linking people” represent for Tosas? WT  Tosas has been supplying and applying road binders for 45 years. However, we feel we do a lot more than just supply products. We build long-term relationships with our customers and our products help to link towns and communities, in the process interconnecting businesses and services, especially in remote areas previously not accessible by road. That’s why we recently added a second slogan, over and above our main one, which is “Binder Excellence”. Our additional slogan is “Binding roads, linking people”. Both of our slogans totally encapsulate our business and what we are about! What’s unique in terms of Tosas’ solutions? We are constantly innovating and spend a lot of time and energy in our... Read More

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