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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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Hino developing heavy-duty fuel cell truck

26th June 2020 While there is a swing towards electrification for many forms of transport, Toyota Motor Corporation is continuing its development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and also bringing Toyota group electric vehicles to market.  One of the Japanese company’s latest fuel cell projects is a joint... 

Increased double-cab sales, brand digitalisation high on new Isuzu SA boss’s to-do list

26th June 2020 Isuzu Motors South Africa (Isuzu SA) has a new captain at the helm. Describing himself as a plaasjapie from Alexandria, in the Eastern Cape, Billy Tom (50) has been appointed CEO and MD from July 1. He succeeds outgoing MD Michael Sacke, who has opted to pursue other opportunities. 

New acquisition increases DHL’s ecommerce footprint in Africa

26th June 2020 DHL Express has acquired a minority stake in Link Commerce, the UK-based           ecommerce firm that helped the logistics company develop its DHL Africa eShop platform. The acquisition demonstrates the company’s commitment to growing ecommerce in Africa, says DHL Express sub-Saharan Africa CEO... 

Harmonised trucking regulations, digitalisation will aid fight against pandemic – World Bank

26th June 2020 The World Bank Group advises ports to rapidly increase their digitalisation efforts over the short to medium term – one to six months – in an effort to reduce the frequency of people- and paper-based contact, says World Bank Group global lead for transport connectivity and regional integration... 

Road-freight platform Saloodo! launches in Mozambique

26th June 2020 Digital road-freight platform Saloodo! has launched its digital logistics platform for shippers and transport providers in Mozambique in a move the company hopes will further expand its digital road-freight solution in Africa. Saloodo! is a subsidiary of DHL Global Forwarding, which is a provider... 

African car market can grow materially despite Covid-19 setback

19th June 2020 Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, new-vehicle sales in sub-Saharan Africa, outside South Africa, can grow from about 100 000 a year to about two-million a year in the next 15 years – and this is a “very, very conservative” estimate, says African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) CEO... 

Naamsa expects 25% drop in vehicle exports, production and sales

19th June 2020 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) expects a drop of roughly 25% in the production, sales and exports of new vehicles in and from South Africa, says Naamsa CEO Mike Mabasa. “This is a huge number. When we started the year, the outlook was for a 5%... 

Intelligent transport system community severely impacted on by Covid-19 

19th June 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the local intelligent transport system (ITS) community, says Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. The ITTSA conducted a survey among its members on the new normal brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Metair clinches multibillion-rand contracts as Ford expands in South Africa

19th June 2020 Metair has secured multiple contracts from Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) as the local arm of the US vehicle maker prepares to launch new vehicles for the local and export markets.  The new launches form part of a fresh investment and production expansion programme at Ford to meet... 

Clobbered by lockdown, vehicle sales declined by 68% in May

12th June 2020 The new-vehicle market recorded 12 932 unit sales during May as the industry spluttered back to life following the Alert Level 5 national lockdown.  This number is 68% down on May last year and represents only about 30% of the market activity seen in the first two months of the year. 

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