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EVs something to watch in ‘medium term’, says Motus; Kia mulls launching first EV by year-end 

4th July 2022 Fast-growing global electric vehicle (EV) availability will not impact Motus in the short term, but is rather “something to watch in the medium term”, says Motus Retail South Africa CEO Corne Venter.  Motus is a JSE-listed vehicle importer and retailer. 

Afrimat, Hemporium build world’s tallest hemp-product building 

4th July 2022 In a global first, 84 Harrington Street is the world’s tallest building being constructed using hempcrete blocks and hemp building materials, says the partnership between two Cape Town-based companies, Hemporium and Afrimat Hemp. The joint venture believes the project is “setting the benchmark on... 

June new-vehicle sales up by 7.6%; exports grow by 18%

1st July 2022 Domestic new-vehicle sales in June expanded by 7.6%, to 41 019 units, compared with the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market reached 29 545 units in June – a 20.6% jump on the same month last year. 

City of Cape Town pursues reinstatement of joint rail enforcement unit 

1st July 2022 The City of Cape Town says it is keen to help revive the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) rail enforcement unit (REU), which operated as a three-way government partnership between October 2018, and July 2020.  The REU was launched by then Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande at a... 

Eastern Cape port investment should foster auto sector expansion – AIDC EC

1st July 2022 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) says it applauds Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) announcement that it will inject R9.1-billion into its three Eastern Cape ports over the next seven years. AIDC EC CEO Thabo Shenxane says the centre, as well as other... 

AECI Mining’s incoming CEO aims to cut carbon footprint, grow outside Africa in the medium term

1st July 2022 Newly appointed AECI Mining CEO Mark Kathan (51) says his main focus over the medium term will be the greening of the company’s manufacturing and logistical footprint, while also growing the firm’s presence in the rest of the world. Kathan, the former AECI CFO, put up his hand for the top job at... 

Third-party rail access unlikely to unlock private investment, owing to restrictive terms – ARIA

1st July 2022 African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) CEO Mesela Nhlapo says the association has serious concerns regarding the restrictive terms and conditions Transnet has imposed on the use of the national rail network by private third-party freight operators. A key element of the newly unveiled National... 

Feasibility study on the City of Cape Town’s takeover of Metrorail gets under way

1st July 2022 The City of Cape Town will, on July 1, start a feasibility study on the devolution of the city’s passenger rail system from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to the metro. PRASA currently operates all commuter passenger rail systems in the country, with the exception of the Gautrain. 

Hino SA restarts production after Durban floods

1st July 2022 Hino South Africa (SA) has restarted truck assembly at its plant in the Toyota Prospecton manufacturing complex, in Durban, following extensive flooding in April. The remainder of the Toyota plant remains in recovery mode. 

South Africans can now order their Ineos Grenadiers online

1st July 2022 South African customers can now order their Ineos Grenadier online, with the starting price for the base model set at R1.41-million.  The vehicle launches as a five-seat sports utility vehicle, with permanent four-wheel drive, two-speed transfer case and centre-locking differential included as... 

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