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Irma Venter

Irma Venter

Irma Venter is a Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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New head for Naamsa

15th March 2019 Mike Mabasa is set to take over as new executive director at the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) at the end of March.   He will succeed Nico Vermeulen, who will be retiring after 37 years of service. 

Goodyear introduces a concept tyre for autonomous, flying cars

12th March 2019 Tyre manufacturer Goodyear has unveiled a concept tyre designed for use by autonomous and flying cars. The Goodyear Aero concept is a two-in-one tyre that would work both as a tyre for driving on the road and a ‘propeller’ for flying through the sky. 

Soekoe Bicycle Company to launch vintage-look electric bike for export market

11th March 2019 By his own admission Desmond Soekoe is not a traditional business man. Rather heavily tattooed and not fond of a suit and tie, he runs Soekoe Bicycle Company, a fledgling bicycle manufacturer based in Germiston. Soekoe is perhaps better known as the former MD of materials-handling company Deebar... 

New-vehicle exports to Africa improved by 10% in 2018

8th March 2019 New-vehicle exports from South Africa to the rest of Africa have improved by 9.8% in 2018 compared with 2017, “following a number of years of sharp decline”, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its newest quarterly business review. Export sales to... 

By midyear, R3bn Leonardo will eclipse Carlton as SA’s tallest skyscraper

8th March 2019 The view from the top of the Leonardo is quite spectacular, says Legacy Group development director Jamie Hendry. “It really is a 360-degree experience. On a clear day you can see the Magaliesburg mountains and the Voortrekker Monument, in Pretoria, from the north side of the building, and OR... 

By midyear, R3bn Leonardo will eclipse Carlton as SA’s tallest skyscraper

8th March 2019 The view from the top of the Leonardo is quite spectacular, says Legacy Group development director Jamie Hendry. “It really is a 360-degree experience. On a clear day you can see the Magaliesburg mountains and the Voortrekker Monument, in Pretoria, from the north side of the building, and OR... 

Second month of decline in domestic new-vehicle sales market

1st March 2019 Domestic new-vehicle sales faced a second consecutive month of decline this year, dropping by 6.5% in February, to 43 251 units, compared with the same month last year. New-vehicle sales numbers released on Friday showed that February new-passenger car sales fell by 13.3%, to 27 000 units. 

Imperial Logistics to cut deep at SA, European businesses

28th February 2019 Imperial Logistics will cut another 10% in overhead costs at its South African operations, as well as roughly 20% at its European operations, says CEO Mohammed Akoojee. Speaking at the company’s financial results announcement in Johannesburg on Thursday, he said the cuts were “material”, but... 

Mahindra aims for top ten spot in SA market, tractors to launch this year

27th February 2019 Mahindra South Africa (SA) aims to sell more than 6 000 units this year, which will be a significant jump from last year’s new record of more than 5 500 units – a 26% increase on 2017 sales. “We aim for more than 10 000 units by 2022, says Mahindra SA CEO Rajesh Gupta. 

Melbourne road project takes heavy toll on WBHO

26th February 2019 A botched roads project in Melbourne, Australia, saw operating profit at Wilson Bayley Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) nose-dive from R510-million for the six months to end December 2017, to R3-million for the same period last year. The Western Roads Upgrade (WRU) design and construct project consists of the... 

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