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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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BMW SA’s first South African CEO on the struggling premium market and electromobility

11th June 2021 The name Peter van Binsbergen may sound German, but the new CEO of BMW Group South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa (BMW SA) carries a South African passport and ID. He can also still speak Afrikaans, despite spending several years abroad. The 54-year-old, who took up his new position on January 1,... 

Ford to help dealers speed up repairs through wearable tech

11th June 2021 Ford South Africa is rolling out a new, high-tech approach to vehicle repairs at its dealerships. The local arm of the US carmaker has already conducted a pilot study of the RealWear HMT-1 Hands-free Remote Collaboration Tool, which remotely connects Ford dealership technicians with the company’s... 

Shoprite to add 39 solar-powered refrigerated trucks to its fleet

11th June 2021 Shoprite Group will, by the end of this month, have added 39 solar-powered refrigerated rigid trucks to its existing solar-powered fleet of 749 trailers, says group sustainability manager Sanjeev Raghubir. “It’s the first time we are adding solar-powered nitrogen refrigerated rigid trucks to our... 

2021 Car of the Year finalists announced

11th June 2021 The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the 23 finalists for the 2021 South African Car of the Year award.  Besides the overall winner’s crown, the finalists can also win in one of nine categories: budget; compact; family compact; family; premium; performance; new... 

Metair subsidiary signs MoU with Ghana-based auto components maker

4th June 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has welcomed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Supreme Spring, a subsidiary of JSE-listed group Metair, and Springs and Bolts, based in Ghana. Supreme Spring MD Mark Barley and Springs and Bolts CEO Derrick... 

Auto-sector readiness to implement new aftermarket guidelines under scrutiny

4th June 2021 Naamsa | the Automotive Business Council says the local automotive industry is assessing its state of readiness to implement the Automotive Aftermarket Guidelines on July 1. These guidelines were published by the Competition Commission of South Africa on December 10 and aim to provide improved... 

Vehicle exports decline by R26bn, but component makers post a new high

4th June 2021 The value of total automotive exports from South African declined by R26-billion, or 12.9%, from the record R201.7-billion reported in 2019, to R175.7-billion in 2020.  This is according to the Automotive Industry Export Council’s newly released 2021 Automotive Export Manual. 

Bidvest inks deal to dispose of airport handling services unit

4th June 2021 National Aviation Services (NAS), Colossal Africa and a consortium comprising the current BidAir Services executive management team have signed an agreement to acquire BidAir Services from the Bidvest Group.  The closing of the acquisition is subject to the fulfilment of final requirements from... 

Fleet operators urged to time changeover to EVs ‘correctly’

28th May 2021 There is a “very real danger” that fleet owners may be stuck with stranded assets if they do not time the changeover to battery electric or fuel cell vehicles correctly, says GridCars MD Winstone Jordaan. GridCars is a South African electric vehicle (EV) charging solution specialist. 

Customers returning to showrooms, but new-vehicle stock availability an issue

28th May 2021 The size of the South African new-vehicle market will be determined by the availability of stock this year, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sales and marketing senior VP Leon Theron. “It’s a weird, weird year. The market is quite difficult to call. 

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