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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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South African-made MellowVan ready for global roll-out this year

15th January 2021 The South African conceived and developed MellowVan will enter commercial production in 2021, says MellowCabs founder Neil du Preez. The electric three-wheeler, aimed at the last-mile delivery market, is currently the subject of a number of advanced large-scale proof-of-concept projects with... 

Motus launches its own digital vehicle marketplace

15th January 2021 The JSE-listed Motus group has launched its own digital vehicle marketplace, called This platform ties together all the Motus business entities in one digital location, with the aim to provide a simplified online shopping experience.  

Nissan to launch small Magnite SUV in local market

15th January 2021 Japanese carmaker Nissan has confirmed that it will bring the newly launched Magnite sports-utility vehicle (SUV) to the local market early in 2021. Pricing will only be announced nearer to the domestic launch, however. 

Study points to ‘cutting-edge’ South African firms in lithium-ion value chain  

15th January 2021 A study into the possible development of a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery value chain in South Africa has just been completed. The study was undertaken by Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), on behalf of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC). It was funded by the... 

Volvo Trucks to test LNG trucks for possible South African debut 

15th January 2021 Volvo Trucks Southern Africa has brought two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks to South Africa to test their performance under local conditions.  The trucks have specifically been developed for heavy regional and long-haul operations. 

Barloworld to focus on industrial goods, food sector

11th December 2020 Barloworld will, in the medium to long term, focus on two verticals, namely industrial goods and related services, as well as food and food ingredients, says CEO Dominic Sewela. “As we manage the pivoting out of the automotive and logistics business, we are very clear that we don’t want to be a... 

Golden Arrow operator keen on running passenger rail service in Cape Town

11th December 2020 Hosken Passenger Logistics & Rail (HPL&R), which, among others, operates the Golden Arrow bus service in Cape Town, is interested in expanding its operations to become a private participant in the country’s rail sector, confirms HPL&R spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer. HPL&R is listed on the JSE... 

Volvo sells UD Trucks to Isuzu as part of alliance deal, but impact in SA unclear

11th December 2020 Sweden’s Volvo Group and Japan’s Isuzu Motors have agreed to form a strategic alliance within the commercial vehicle sector, in accordance with a memorandum of understanding signed in 2019.  The agreement includes Isuzu Motors’ acquisition of UD Trucks from the Volvo Group for ¥243-billion. 

Nissan, Japan Motors to set up assembly plant in Ghana

11th December 2020 Nissan has appointed Japan Motors Trading as its local partner in setting up a new vehicle assembly facility in Accra, Ghana. The appointment flows from a 2018 memorandum of understanding signed between Nissan and the government of Ghana. 

Absa to launch EV financing should critical mass be attained

11th December 2020 Financial services group Absa is mulling the roll-out of a finance mechanism for electric vehicles (EVs) that will incorporate a solar home installation to charge that vehicle, says Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance (AVAF) business analytics and strategy head Henry Botha. However, before that can... 

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