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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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Naamsa questions ‘illogical’ carbon tax as clean fuels legislation stalls

30th October 2017 The delay in the introduction of clean fuels in South Africa will halt the flow of new vehicle technology to South Africa, warns the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). “With the widespread introduction of new technology, including new four-way... 

South Africa on a growth strike as politics weighs

27th October 2017 Economist Mike Schussler says South Africa’s economic growth rate will not see a “major improvement beyond 2%, 2.5% for the foreseeable future”. “I think growth next year, not even depending on who is the president, will be better than this year, but it is not going to shoot out the lights,” he... 

New-vehicle sales rose for fourth month in a row in September

27th October 2017 New-vehicle sales in September increased for the fourth month in a row in September, improving by 7% on sales in the same month last year, to reach 50 675 units. New-vehicle exports increased by 11% to 36 359 units. 

Cartrack CEO dissatisfied with firm’s current double-digit growth rate

27th October 2017 Despite compound five-year revenue growth of 20%, fleet management and vehicle tracking group Cartrack CEO Zak Calisto is not as happy as one expects him to be. “We want to grow faster than this. We are doing what the market is doing.” 

Bloodhound’s land-speed record attempt unlikely to take place in 2018

27th October 2017 The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) will, most likely, not travel from the UK to South Africa’s Hakspeenpan in 2018 to attempt a new world land-speed record of 1 600 km/h. The current land-speed record, set 20 years ago, is 1 228 km/h. 

Mahindra South Africa gears up for local assembly

27th October 2017 Mahindra South Africa (SA) should start local semi-knockdown assembly of its new generation Mahindra Pik Up and Bolero bakkie within the next six months, says Mahindra Automotive and Farm Equipment International Operations chief Arvind Mathew. “Local assembly is my number one priority,” he says.... 

Bloodhound makes successful 200 mph run in the UK

26th October 2017 “We came to show the world Bloodhound is go,” says Bloodhound supersonic car (SCC) driver Andy Green. The Bloodhound on Thursday proved to be top dog as it successfully concluded its first official run, stretching its legs at 200 mph (322 km/h) on the Newquay Airport runway, in Cornwall, in the... 

Gautrain expansion required before Gauteng population grows exponentially

26th October 2017 Ideally, the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) would like to see Phase 1 of the proposed five-phase expansion of the Gautrain network come into operation in 2027, says GMA COO William Dachs. The concession on the current 80 km Gautrain system would have wrapped up in 2027, with the system paid... 

Politics muddying new-vehicle market forecasts

24th October 2017 It is impossible to accurately forecast where the new-vehicle market will end the year, or what the 2018 market will look like, says Standard Bank Vehicle and Asset Finance (VAF) group head Simphiwe Nghona. “Everything hinges on the political landscape. Anything can happen in the last quarter.... 

M brand excelling in SA, says BMW

24th October 2017 BMW M sales should reach another record this year, says BMW M sales and marketing VP Peter Quintus. He says the German car maker’s performance brand sold 67 900 units last year, up 9% compared with 2015 numbers. Sales last year comprised 37 500 M automobiles and 30 400 M performance automobiles. 


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