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Bell sees recovery following Covid-19, parts ways with John Deere

25th September 2020 Bell Equipment’s plants are currently operating at roughly 70% of pre-Covid-19 levels, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The South African operation at Richards Bay is running slightly below this average, however, as it had stocked up on inventory prior to the pandemic in anticipation of a... 

Kingsgate Clothing adds localised isolation gown to PPE line-up

25th September 2020 The Kingsgate Clothing Group has expanded its personal protective equipment (PPE) production line-up to include isolation gowns, used by hospital personnel. The group already produces cloth masks for the commercial and corporate market. 

Suzuki moves to bigger head office, parts warehouse as sales soar

25th September 2020 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) completed the move to its new, larger head office and warehouse facility in Johannesburg on September 1. The announcement came shortly after the brand reported 1 213 new-vehicle sales in July, with 1 200 of these sold through its dealer network.  

Toyota provides R15m in Covid-19 aid to KZN

25th September 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, as well as the eThekwini metropolitan municipality, to support the fight against Covid-19. The MoA, signed by TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby, KwaZulu-Natal Department of... 

Work on Tshwane auto SEZ in full swing after lockdown

25th September 2020 Work on the R3.4-billion Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) is forging ahead, following delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, with clearing of the site, groundworks and the installation of bulk infrastructure under way. The public–private partnership, located next to the Ford... 

August new-vehicle sales decline by a disappointing 30%

18th September 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined by 26.3% in August to 33 515 units, compared with the 45 484 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 32.6% to 19 545 units. 

Big loss for Gautrain predicted as ridership falls, owing to Covid-19

18th September 2020 Weekday Gautrain rail ridership has fallen to 7 478 passenger trips a day, about 14% of pre-Covid-19 levels, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) COO Tshepo Kgobe. Bus ridership is at 16% of pre-Covid-19 levels, at 2 974 passenger trips a day. 

Security function now top priority at PRASA, says CEO

18th September 2020 While Covid-19 has given the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) the opportunity to “stop and think” about its service offering and the way forward for the rail entity, it also left the door open for severe vandalism of its assets during the national lockdown, says CEO Nosipho Damasane.... 

Bulk infrastructure works start at Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway

18th September 2020 Construction of bulk infrastructure at the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway has started. This development, located on the southern border of the Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni metros, is connected by road and rail corridors between Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni, in Gauteng; Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal;... 

Big Toyota investments proceeding, despite Covid-19

18th September 2020 Toyota Motors South Africa (TSAM) is going ahead with its three big investment projects, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, says TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby.  “Largely, we have been able to protect and secure all of our big projects that were originally planned in 2019, despite the fact that... 

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