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Irma Venter

Irma Venter

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Truck dealerships facing a tough future, says BB Group CEO

13th July 2018 The number of truck dealerships in South Africa will decrease over the next few years, says BB Motor Group CEO Arnold du Plessis. The 59-year-old BB Group owns 33 dealerships, ranging from passenger cars to heavy trucks. 

Gauteng Transport Authority set for rollout in Q1 2019

11th July 2018 Gauteng’s three metros, and all other providers of public transport in the province, will be able to retain their various services’ individualised branding under the new Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA), says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. This means that a system such as the... 

Public not properly consulted on e-tolls, says toll collection firm

10th July 2018 The public was not properly consulted in the process to implement e-tolling in Gauteng, says  Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Coenie Vermaak. “The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) was very poorly communicated and the tax payer not respected. 

You can’t have your cake and eat it, Sanral’s Macozoma warns govt, South Africans

9th July 2018 South Africa is in critical need of a funding model for its road infrastructure. “The situation with toll in this country now is that, number one, people are anti-toll, and now we can’t toll anything,” said South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma on Monday at... 

Public transport systems taking too long to develop, says UITP

6th July 2018 Public transport in cities faces a growing number of challenges, says UITP (International Association of Public Transport) secretary general Mohamed Mezghani. The first is a growing urban population with increasing demand for mobility. With 50% of the world’s population living in cities, it means... 

Maretha Gerber appointed new head of Merc Trucks Southern Africa

6th July 2018 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has appointed Maretha Gerber as the new head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks for Southern Africa. She replaces Clinton Savage.   Gerber has held several leadership positions within Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA). 

Truck sales show SA economy is struggling, says UD Trucks’ Schulz

4th July 2018 The South African truck market is “going through an interesting dynamic at the moment”, says UD Trucks South Africa (SA) marketing director Rory Schulz. The medium commercial vehicle (MCV) market continues to drop – “it’s quite frightening” – while the heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) market is... 

New-vehicle sales up 3% in June, exports tumble

3rd July 2018 The South African new-vehicle market grew by 3% in June, to 46 678 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Monday, show that June new passenger car sales gained 4.4%, to reach 29 886 units. 

Group Five relocates in effort to cut costs, secures early work on PPP

2nd July 2018 Cash-strapped construction firm Group Five has relocated its offices as part of an effort to cut costs. The JSE-listed group said on Monday that its South African construction operations had been relocated to Spartan, on the East Rand, to owner-occupied premises. 

VW launches assembly, mobility operations in Rwanda; plant to be supplied from S Africa

27th June 2018 German car manufacturer Volkswagen on Wednesday cut the ribbon on its new semi-knockdown (SKD) assembly facility in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. The group also kickstarted its mobility operations in the East African country. 

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