Automobil August 2023

As always Automobil brings you the latest automotive and industry news, association updates as well as informative articles on finance, labour, legal topics and much more. This month we bring you the latest news from AMID, BMW, SKF, Dunlop, Autocar and Automechanika. We also catch up with a variety of RMI women driving change and sit down with industry stalwart Gerrie Lewies.

August 2023

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03 . Driver’s Seat: Jakkie Olivier, CEO of the RMI

34 . Tech Talk: Tuning turbocharged engines for performance

36 . Prioritising employee wellbeing

38 . Finance: Mastering inventory management

40 . Legal: Writing a will and choosing the right executor

42 . Labour: Can an employee sue a business in delict

43 . B-BBEE verification readiness

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05 . News

09 . Industry News

16 . New products

22 . RMI News

28 . Association News

FEAtuREs

26 . Behind the Scenes with the VTA NEC

30 . The importance of regulatory compliance

32 . Interview: Gerrie Lewies

44 . New models: Audi, RS6, Lexus NX and Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster

48 . Up close and personal with a modern-day WRC car

50 . Motorsport: Overtaking is key to success

REguLARs

51 . Member Update

52 . Sales: June 2023 vehicle sales figures

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EDItOR’s LEttER

DRIVER’s sEAt

For information on the RMI and its workings, visit www.rmi.org.za or call 011 886 6300

he RMI is proud to have signed up as a new corporate partner of the

Road Safety Partnership South Africa in an effort to reduce road traf-

fic crashes and pedestrian-related fatalities in all of South Africa’s

communities.

For those of you who are not familiar with this non-profit organisation, it

is part of a global organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Road Safety

Partnership South Africa (RSP SA) was registered as a Section 21 company in

2007. Its function is to broker partnerships between government, business

and civil society organisations that are dedicated to reducing death and

injury on the roads in South Africa.

Coupled with our strong drive for periodic testing, we believe

that this partnership will be another meaningful platform to

lobby for a safer South Africa. The collaboration with other

like-minded organisations that are committed to addressing

the road safety challenges affecting South Africa will allow us

to combine our resources and knowledge to implement

sustainable interventions to reduce the number of deaths

on our roads. The organisation is chaired by Eugene

Herbert and members of RSP SA include government

agencies, road safety experts, engineering

companies, NGOs and corporates.

The RMI fully supports the belief of RSP SA

that the challenges of road safety in South Africa

must be addressed through holistic interventions.

These interventions include education programmes, engineering and law

enforcement, which will reduce the number of road traffic crashes and

pedestrian fatalities in some of South Africa’s hazardous road traffic crash

locations.

The objectives include brokering partnerships between business, civil

society and government agencies that are dedicated to the sustainable

reduction of death and injury on South Africa’s roads, supporting

programmes that provide road safety education to learners and communities

that are in the proximity of hazardous road hotspots, bringing together

road management specialists, engineering agencies and government to

improve and reconstruct hazardous road traffic crash hotspots, supporting

law enforcement by aligning our members’ programmes with these

enforcement initiatives and developing a model of good practice through

monitoring and evaluation, which can be used by other countries with

similar road conditions and safety challenges.

These objectives align with the United Nations Decade of Action for

Road Safety’s five pillars namely Road Safety Management, Safer Roads and

Mobility, Safer Vehicles, Safer Road Users and Post-crash Response.

We believe that by partnering with the RSP SA we will have a greater

impact in our efforts and will be able to join other members speaking out on

broader issues of road safety in order to give this critical issue the necessary

prominence it deserves. 

Jakkie Olivier , RMI Chief Executive Officer

RMI becomes a member of the

Road Safety Partnership SA

hile the South African economic outlook remains

dismal, evidence or resilience is amazingly being

seen in the transport and related industries. Pro-

duction figures in the mining and manufacturing sectors for

example have been surprising despite heavy load-shedding

during the first part of 2023, suggesting that these industries

are becoming progressively more resilient to the effects of

load-shedding, as companies reduce their energy dependence

on an embattled Eskom. I think we may have reached a turning

point as companies, industry and private individuals have real-

ised that they need to be self-sustaining. These investments in

personal infrastructure will take the load off the badly main-

tained infrastructure and with many having made those invest-

ments the effects of load shedding could start to have less of

an effect on the economy.

A consistent stream of new and updated models, particu-

larly in significant high-volume segments, along with improved

availability of popular models, are proving to be crucial fac-

tors in sustaining the growth trajectory of new vehicle sales

in South Africa.

The total market reached 46 810 units in June, which is 14%

better than the same month last year. Witnessing continued

growth in the current challenging economic environment is

encouraging, given that vehicle buyers are facing affordability

pressures, a depreciating rand that drives prices higher, low

business confidence and political instability. This performance is

a good overall barometer of the automotive industry and bodes

well for business continuity in the automotive aftermarket. 

Reuben van Niekerk, reuben@automobil.org.za

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BELONGING IS BETTER BUSINESS

Here’s why…

Legacy and unity

We’ve been representing the retail motor industry for more than 100 years.

With more than 8 000-member businesses, our unity is our strength.

Your voice

RMI represents the industry at:

Centralised wage negotiations.

Various MIBCO and Industry-related Boards and committee structures.

Various South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

committees and working groups.

The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), defending our

industry when compulsory specifications and standards are compromised.

The Moto Health Care Fund, Industry Provident Funds

and the Sick, Accident and Maternity Pay Fund.

Meetings hosted by reputable organisations recognised by government, big

business, consumers and relevant stakeholders like Business Unity SA (BUSA).

Supports your business

Professional industrial relations advice ensuring procedural

and substantive fairness when disciplining staff.

Chairing of disciplinary hearings and AUTOMATIC

entry at the CCMA, DRC and Labour Court.

Exceptional CPA support at the National Consumer Commission (NCC)

and the Motor Industry Ombudsman of South Africa (MIOSA).

Facilitation of a business-to-business complaint where both parties are

RMI members, with a complaint resolution rate in excess of 95%.

Training needs and representation via merSETA and W&RSETA.

Industry-specific products like RMI4BEE, RMI4LAW and RMI4OHS.

Keeps you in the know

Industry labour relations seminars.

Automobil magazine and weekly web letters.

Commenting on industry topics in the media, and participating

in and hosting numerous conventions and shows.

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t the halfway point for calendar year

2023, a sales forecast of slightly more

than 30 000 new motorcycles is fea-

sible for the full year. “This will be a marginal

increase of 1.7% on comparative 2022, which is

disappointing given the strong growth that the

industry had experienced during the past few

years, albeit focussed on the commercial seg-

ments,” says Arnold Olivier, National Director

of the Association of Motorcycle Importers and

Distributors.

Segment performance reflects that the com-

mercial sector continues on an upward trajecto-

ry with 10% growth for the six months. Scooters

performed poorly with a disappointing 33% de-

crease in sales, for no apparent reason. The high-

er priced leisure segments show an overall in-

crease of 1.5%, but within this segment there are

fluctuations varying from -25% to +29%, making

it difficult to predict trends. Anecdotal evidence

suggests that some sales have been lost due to

consumers re-directing spend to solar installa-

tions. ATV and Side x Side sales are down 15%

compared to 2022.

Electric motorcycles and three wheelers

continue to form a statistically insignificant por-

tion of the market, but the 307% increase in reg-

istrations over the past six months suggests that

importers are finding some appetite amongst

commercial fleet owners to try electric models.

Used motorcycle sales statistics are only avail-

able up to April 2023 YTD, but have increased by

10.7% compared to the corresponding period of

2022.

“The industry view is that trading conditions

will continue to be tough, given the high inter-

est rates and likelihood of poor if any econom-

ic growth. Under the circumstances, very little

growth is expected for the rest of the year,” con-

cludes Olivier. 

ew vehicle sales in South Africa continue

to impress despite the challenging eco-

nomic climate.

Figures released by the National Association

of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa) for

June 2023 show that 46 810 units were sold – a

14% increase compared to the same month last

year.

Gary McCraw, director of the National Auto-

mobile Dealers’ Association, attributes this trend

to a consistent stream of new and updated ve-

hicle models as well as improved availability of

sought-after models. Aggressive sales assistance

strategies are also playing a role, he says.

A concern, however, is that dealer sales ac-

counted for a smaller share of the retail market in

June. This can be explained by sentiment towards

making larger purchases remaining slightly neg-

ative because of high interest rates. There have

been positives, certainly, but the automotive sec-

tor is by no means out of the woods.

At the same time, with South Africa’s automo-

tive field holding its own, the sector needs to en-

sure that all stakeholders are equipped with the

necessary skills to produce and distribute quality

vehicles.

This requires training that not only yields de-

sired results but is also cost-effective. Everyone

from management and executives to human re-

sources departments, training and development

teams, dealership owners, managers, industry

associations and trade organisations should play

an active role in the development and implemen-

tation of such training programmes.

“Prioritising cost-saving measures in training

is essential for automotive companies because it

allows them to allocate resources efficiently and

achieve several benefits,” says Michael Hanly,

managing director of South African online learn-

ing solutions provider New Leaf Technologies.

The obvious advantage is that well-trained

employees are better equipped to understand

customer needs and effectively communicate

the value of products or services, ultimately driv-

ing higher sales.

This, in turn, improves customer loyalty and

drives repeat business, not to mention the fact

that customers tell their friends about their good

experience.

“By optimising training budgets, automotive

companies can generate a strong return on in-

vestment through improved employee perfor-

mance, increased sales, and enhanced customer

satisfaction,” adds Hanly.

Technology in the form of e-learning pro-

grammes is playing a crucial role in reducing

training costs and allowing companies to reach a

wider audience.

Furthermore, these programmes can be set

up to focus on improving specific skills required

for sales and customer service.

“Virtual training and simulation tools can also

enhance practical skills in a cost-effective man-

ner. You can also establish performance metrics

and measure training effectiveness to identify

areas of improvement and adjust training strat-

egies accordingly,” says Hanly.

Hanly stresses that motor companies should

constantly gauge the effectiveness of training

programmes and identify areas for improvement.

This will also help to determine where costs can

be cut as they seek to optimise employees, sales,

and customer service.

“You need to establish clear objectives and

performance metrics before training implemen-

tation and also collect data on key performance

indicators such as revenue, customer service and

employee efficiency,” says Hanly.

“Importantly, in addition to conducting pre-

and post-training assessments to ascertain skills

improvement, you need to analyse the impact of

training on business results and compare it to the

costs invested,” concludes Hanly. 

Motorcycle market continues to grow

How automotive companies

can save on training costs

A Driving force in South Africa’s automotive aftermarket

The Retail Motor Industry Organisation is a proactive, relevant, retail and associated motor industry organisation recognised

as the leading voice in South Africa‘s automotive after market. It serves the daily needs of its members and plays a key role

in enabling motor traders to deliver a superior service to motoring consumers. Eight Associations fall proudly under the RMI

umbrella. Inter-associational business-to-business trading is encouraged in the interests of all stakeholders.

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sAPRA – South African Petroleum

Retailers’ Association

SAPRA represents the interests of all petroleum retailers in

South Africa. Its aim is to improve growth and profitability

for the investor. SAPRA plays an important role in tracking

global and local trends that affect sustainability and help

retailers remain relevant in an ever-changing business

environment. Retailers voice concerns through one of

the seven regional chairs strategically located around

the country, into a National Executive Committee (NEC),

where strategy and solutions are developed. This bottom

up approach is a fundamental SAPRA imperative.

sAMBRA – South African Motor Body

Repairers’ Association

SAMBRA is the pre-eminent motor body repair association in

South Africa representing the majority of accredited motor body

repairers. SAMBRA’s grading system, which was introduced over

30 years ago, regulates repairer standards in the motor body repair

industry in South Africa and instils confidence in consumers and

industry stakeholders alike. The Association works in close collab-

oration with various key industry stakeholders including Insurers,

Original Equipment Suppliers, paint and equipment suppliers, the

labour department and trade unions, as well as related SETAs – to

maintain industry sustainability and development. It ensures the

provision of technical and business management skills training in

order for members to meet the demands of the industry.

tEPA – Tyre, Equipment, Parts Association

TEPA represents tyre dealers; garage/workshop equipment and

tool importers and distributors; auto part wholesalers, retailers

and independent operators in the aftermarket motor parts

industry as well as manufacturers and importers of parts for

the automotive aftermarket. The members of TEPA represent,

promote, sell and endorse the use of legitimate, bona fide,

quality branded products. TEPA members also export parts,

equipment and components into Africa and other countries in

the world. TEPA encourages at all times inter-associational RMI

business-to-business trading, intent on strengthening the RMI

Organisation as a whole. TEPA is seen as the mark of integrity

and fair trade for the consumer, the business operator and the

government. The Association is the legitimate voice of the tyre,

equipment, and parts industry in South Africa and is positioned

as an intermediary between government, business, and the

consumer.

VtA – Vehicle Testing Association

The VTA represents private vehicle testing stations that are

committed to operating within the law in accordance with the

Road Traffic Act and the relevant SANS standards. In this highly

regulated environment, the association represents the interests

of its members at government level working groups and is

committed to enhancing the reputation of the industry in all the

spheres.

ARA – Automotive Remanufacturers’ Association

ARA represents the remanufacturing trade sector. This includes

component remanufacturers involved in safety-critical compo-

nents, inclusive of but not limited to vehicle cooling, turbocharg-

er and braking systems; automotive engineers who machine and

remanufacture engine components by way of expert engineer-

ing – ultimately rebuilding engines to its original specifications;

and specialists in the repair, servicing and remanufacturing of

diesel fuel injection systems fitted to diesel engines in earth mov-

ing equipment, highway trucks, stationary engines and passen-

ger vehicles. ARA promotes the responsible reuse of remanufac-

tured engine components for a ‘greener’ environment (carbon

footprint). Its members are dedicated to providing consumers

with only the best of advice, finest service delivery, and highest

quality workmanship.

NADA – National Automobile Dealers’ Association

NADA represents the interests of business people who own or

operate new motor vehicle and motorcycle franchise dealerships

and qualifying used motor vehicle and motorcycle outlets. NADA

is committed to the image enhancement of the retail motor busi-

ness, facilitating the interface between dealers and OEMs; import-

ers and distributors; building relationships between dealers and

customers and bringing relevant industry issues to the attention of

government. NADA is the respected voice on all matters relating to

motor vehicle and motorcycle dealer business.

MIWA – Motor Industry Workshop Association

MIWA, the Independent Workshop Association, representing

general repairs, auto electrical; air conditioning; accessories and

fitment as well as transmission and driveline workshops strives

to remain ahead of the ever-changing technologies and best

practices of the aftermarket motor industry. MIWA encourages

members to support inter-associational, business-to-business

trading with a view to strengthen the RMI. MIWA remains the

leading resource for members ensuring continued relevance and

sustainability.

sAVABA – South African Vehicle and

Bodybuilders’ Association

SAVABA members are professional, certified and regulated

vehicle body builders in South Africa who manufacture

commercial vehicle body applications (tanker, coal, refrigerated

trucks and trailers) and bus bodies (commuter and tourist

type). Members manufacture using the latest equipment and

highly trained staff to ensure strict compliance with NRCS

regulations; SABS standards and all other legal specifications

and requirements.

CONSTITUENT ASSOCIATIONS

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023 sees BMW’s Rosslyn manufacturing

facility, located outside Pretoria, celebrate

50 years and as part of that celebration the

company has announced a massive investment

that will ensure the plants longevity.

When it was opened 50 years ago, Plant

Rosslyn outside Pretoria was BMW’s first for-

eign facility and it has since become a mainstay

of the global production network. This plant has

played a critical role for BMW as it was the first

step in transforming BMW into a truly global

brand.

Over the 50 years the plant has proven itself

to be an essential member of the BMW produc-

tion network as it consistently improved quality

and productivity. Five decades later, in addition

to BMW Group Plant Rosslyn, the BMW Group

South Africa business includes a National Sales

Company that sells and distributes BMW, Mini

and BMW Motorrad, a Financial Services com-

pany that was established in 1990 and an IT Hub

that services more than 50 countries.

As part of its 50th celebrations it was an-

nounced that the plant will make the transition to

building electric models with the manufacturing

of the BMW X3 as a plug-in hybrid for global ex-

port from South Africa. An investment of R4.2 bil-

lion rand will ready plant Rosslyn for electromo-

bility, and this investment will be accompanied by

specialist training of more that 300 employees at

the plant.

The announcement of the electrification of

another site in the BMW Group production net-

work marks a further step in advancing the devel-

opment of efficient, digitalised, resource friendly

production.

Plant Rosslyn has produced more than 1.6 mil-

lion vehicles to date and exported them to more

than 40 countries worldwide. Its product portfolio

has included the BMW 1800 SA and BMW 2000SA

as well as the BMW 5 Series and 7 Series. For de-

cades it was the cornerstone of BMW 3 Series

production and it has been manufacturing BMW’s

current best-selling models, the X3 since 2018.

In addition to the investment in Plant Rosslyn,

BMW will be donating more than 1.5 million eu-

ros to support a programme run by UNICEF that

teaches science, technology, engineering, arts

and mathematics to thousands of children and

young South Africans.

In 2023, BMW Group South Africa directly and

indirectly employs close to 23 000 people. 

BMW celebrates 50 years in SA

with investment announcement

early 130 years of automotive history is now available to digital read-

ers in Autocar’s new archive, which comprises more than 5900 fully

searchable magazine issues. The archive serves as an important and

ever-evolving historical record of both the automotive trade itself and the

social history that surrounds it.

From the first public demonstration of cars in 1895 to the launch of

the timeless classic Mini in 1959 and the arrival of the Ford Fiesta in 1976,

Autocar has been at the forefront of each and every notable event in the

history of automobiles.

To celebrate the archive’s launch, Autocar has highlighted five of the

most seminal moments in the history of the car, as well as five key mile-

stones in the magazine’s 128-year history, including reviewing the era-defin-

ing Ferrari F40 supercar, Enzo Ferrari’s last, and inventing the now-famous

road test. The influential Austin Seven was the first model to undergo the

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August 2023

TELL US WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND

RMI Executives

RMI Board Members

RMI Directors

RMI Head Office

Chief Executive Officer:

Jakkie Olivier

Cell: 082 452 5150

jakkie.olivier@rmi.org.za

Chief Operations Officer:

Jan Schoeman

Cell: 082 552 7712

jan.schoeman@rmi.org.za

Financial Director:

Renee Coetsee

Cell: 082 412 6760

renee.coetsee@rmi.org.za

Company Secretary:

Gary McCraw

Cell: 082 560 6613

gary.mccraw@rmi.org.za

Jakkie Olivier – CEO

Jeanne Esterhuizen – President

Ferose Oaten - Vice President

Frank MacNicol

Eugene Ranft

Teresa Spenser-Higgs

Les McMaster

Johann van de Merwe

Mams Rehaman

Sandra Singh

Charles Canning

Marcel van Ruler

Henry van der Merwe

Lindsay Bouchier

Brandon Cohen

ARA, SAVABA

Attie Serfontein

Cell: 082 452 5153

attie.serfontein@rmi.org.za

MIWA

Pieter Niemand

Cell: 082 812 5391

pieter.niemand@rmi.org.za

NADA

Gary McCraw

Cell: 082 560 6613

gary.mccraw@rmi.org.za

SAMBRA

Jacques Viljoen

Cell: 083 337 9922

jacques.viljoen@rmi.org.za

TEPA, SAPRA

Vishal Premlall

Cell: 082 886 6392

vishal.premlall@rmi.org.za

VTA

Julian Pillay

Cell: 082 560 6625

julian.pillay@rmi.org.za

Training Director

Louis van Huyssteen

Cell: 082 560 6623

louis.vanhuyssteen@rmi.org.za

Transformation Director

Nonhlanhla Noni Tshabalala

Cell: 083 208 7161

noni.tshabalala@rmi.org.za

Labour Director

Jeffrey Molefe

Cell: 082 560 6617

jeffrey.molefe@rmi.org.za

Danelle van der Merwe

Brand and Communication Manager

Cell: 082 926 5846

danelle.vandermerwe@rmi.org.za

Nonhlanhla Noni Tshabalala

HR Manager

Cell: 083 208 7161

noni.tshabalala@rmi.org.za

Julian Pillay

Regulatory Compliance Manager

Cell: 082 560 6625

julian.pillay@rmi.org.za

011-886-6300

www.rmi.org.za

Surrey Square Office Park

330 Surrey Avenue,

Ferndale, Randburg

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RMI Regional Offices

Julian Pillay: Regional Manager: KwaZulu-Natal

Enrico Phillips Regional Manager: Western Cape

Peter van Mosseveld: Regional Manager: Eastern Cape/Border

Raoul Spinola: Regional Manager: Central

(Gauteng/Northwest/ Mpumalanga/ Limpopo)

Reemo Swartz: Regional Manager: Free State/Northern Cape

Central: Randburg: 011 886 6300

KwaZulu-Natal: Durban: 031 266 7031

Eastern Cape/Border: Port Elizabeth: 041 364 0070

Western Cape: Cape Town: 021 939 9440

Free State/Northern Cape: Bloemfontein: 051 430 3294

RMI PARTNERS

RMI4Law 0861 668 677

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August 2023

NEWs

KF South Africa is proud to announce that

they have awarded Mechanic Artisan Cer-

tificates to the first group of 20 artisans

who have successfully passed the Lubrication

Equipment Qualification.

SKF South Africa is a QCTO (Quality Council

of Trades and Occupation) approved Skills De-

velopment Provider and Trade Test Centre with

the ability to conduct specialised mechanical en-

gineering training, Apprenticeship training, ARPL

assessments and trade testing for mechanical

fitter and lubrication equipment mechanic trade

qualifications.

Nationally recognised by the QCTO, this new

Occupational Qualification places the qualified

artisans in the advantageous position of being

able to articulate into the occupations of Lubrica-

tion Analyst and Condition Monitoring. Addition-

ally, they may also enrol for Machine Lubricant

Analyst and Machinery Lubrication Technician

courses provided by the International Council of

Machinery Lubrication (ICML).

The development of the Artisanal Quali-

fication, which is open to South African and

non-South African citizens, was prompted by

the fact that a South African registered quali-

fication related to the automated lubrication

field did not exist. Although there are advanced

practices in various countries, there is no qual-

ification comparable to this one, making the

Lubrication Equipment Mechanic Qualification

a world first.

The two-day trade test is conducted at SKF’s

Test Centre in Jet Park, Johannesburg, which has

the capacity to offer pre-assessments and train-

ing facilitation for twelve candidates at any given

time. Comprising over 400m² of both practical

and theoretical areas, the centre is fully equipped

with all lubrication systems training panels fitted

with lubrication equipment, specialised lubri-

cation tools, an electrical testing training panel,

work benches, drilling and grinding machinery as

well as hydraulic, electrical, pneumatic lubrica-

tion equipment and pumps.

The curriculum of the two-day trade test con-

tains the following key content: Hand skills, lubri-

cation theory, lubrication systems repair, main-

tenance, installation and commission, lubrication

equipment repair, maintenance, installation and

commissioning. Single line, two line, progressive

and spray oil/grease lubrication systems as well as

oil circulation systems are applied in the course. 

SKF awards artisan certificates

unlop Tyre’s entrepreneurship booster pro-

gramme, Business in a Box, is raising the

bar in the taxi tyre fitment space through

a unique partnership with the Dolphin Coast Taxi

Association. It aims to provide taxi operators in

the bustling business and residential hub of Ballito,

located on the north coast of KZN, with safe and

reliable tyres, as well as efficient tyre services.

Simunye Tyres, launched in July at the Ballito

taxi rank, is the culmination of a strategic alli-

ance between Daisy Govender, the owner of Tyre

Track Ballito, and the local taxi association.

With funding provided by the Small Enterprise

Finance Agency (SEFA), the new fitment centre

adds to a growing list of successful small busi-

nesses that are tapping into Dunlop’s innovative

plug-and-play business solution to serve local

communities.

Lubin Ozoux, CEO of Sumitomo Rubber South

Africa, manufacturer of the iconic Dunlop tyre

range, said this was a unique partnership that

was certain to raise the bar in the taxi tyre fit-

ment industry.

“We are extremely proud of our Business in

a Box solution. It is the improved version of our

Dunlop Container project that has more than 80

outlets and around 400 people employed around

the country. With the improved Business in a Box

solution, we aim to establish 48 centres across

SA by the end of 2024. The launch of Simunye

Tyres in Ballito is one of our early success stories

for Business in a Box, and testament to the com-

mitment we have to see small businesses grow

and play a part in the local economy. The centre

provides a much-needed service for taxi owners

and drivers, but more than that, will be contrib-

uting to a safer public transport system with our

quality safety-tested tyres,” says Ozoux.

Dunlop’s Business in a Box solution incorpo-

rates a partnership with SEFA to facilitate fund-

ing for successful applicants, creating a seamless

process from application to installation.

The inspiration for Simunye Tyres came from

Govender, who, after her husband’s sad pass-

ing, had taken over operations at his Tyre Track

centre in Ballito. In February 2022, she left her

well-established career in the real estate indus-

try for unfamiliar terrain in tyre fitment.

“It was a new journey for me, and while it was

a challenge getting to grips with the industry, I

soon found a rhythm and looked towards setting

a new challenge. I realised I had to think out of

the box,” she recalls.

A mere two minutes away from her business

premises, was the Dolphin Coast Taxi Association

rank, a hub of transport in the north coast of KZN.

“I had learnt about the Business in a Box op-

portunities from trade shows that I attended, and

realised this provided a business opportunity in

our area. At present, the local taxi association,

which comprises around 270 taxis, is forced to

drive to Stanger and Tongaat for any tyre relat-

ed issue. This long drive negatively impacts on

business as it means downtime from ferrying

paying passengers to their destinations, as well

as extra petrol costs to drive further from their

area of operation. Installing a Business in a Box at

the taxi rank would mean shorter down time, and

less fuel costs,” says Govender.

Simunye Tyres will offer tyre fitment, tyre

repairs, wheel balancing, wheel rotation, and ex-

pert advice and will also incorporate another lo-

cal business, AutoZone, to support with addition-

al motor accessories sales such as wiper blades,

brake pads and discs, and batteries. 

For more information on Dunlop’s

Business in a Box solution,

visit: https://www.dunloptyres.

co.za/business-in-a-box

Dunlop launches business in a box

INDustRY NEWs

ebastian Vettel was the star of his ‘Race

without Trace’ drive at the 2023 Goodwood

Festival of Speed with his use of fossil free

P1 sustainable fuel. The fuel powered his 1992

Williams and 1993 McLaren F1 cars that took

Nigel Mansell to the world championship and

Ayrton Senna to his final Monaco race win re-

spectively. With no new CO2 emissions coming

from the synthetic P1 fuel in the iconic race cars,

the four-time F1 World Champion is proving on

a world stage that any petrol-powered car can

run on sustainable fuel. These cars can be driv-

en without releasing any further CO2 into the at-

mosphere and without any modification to the

engine.

Having won 53 Grands Prix with contempo-

rary prototype cars, Vettel is now spearheading

a new approach to saving the environment by his

use of P1 Fuels both at Goodwood and at the Red

Bull Formula Nurburgring in September. In front

of a capacity crowd on Sunday, the German took

people back in time to the early 1990s battles

between Mansell and Senna with his immaculate

cars and cool Senna replica crash helmet. After

which, he spoke to the crowd on site and to the

world through the live stream TV about how im-

portant it is that we all push for environmental

change with synthetic fuels.

The jaw dropping Fiat S70 ‘Beast of Turin’ from

1910, with its staggering 28-litre four-cylinder

engine, also ran on P1 fuel. Together with a 1907

Mercedes Benz, this shows that a 21st century pi-

oneering fuel can be used in a car that’s 116 years

old. Duncan Pittaway said at Goodwood, “We did a

test with the Fiat before we got here to Goodwood

and what we’ve found is that it starts on the crank-

ing handle easier, runs smoother, cooler and uses

less fuel for the runs we’ve been doing here com-

pared to previous years. It really is quite amazing.”

Ben Collings drove the 1907 Mercedes Benz

with his familiar gusto up the famous hill climb

and said, “In the run up to the Festival, we did

a back-to-back test with the P1 fuel against our

existing fuel and what we found was that the en-

gine ran smoother for us which is fantastic. That

we’re reducing further CO2 emissions is the way

forward not just for motorsport but for everyday

cars too, so to be part of that here this weekend

is a proud moment for all of us.”

The entire P1 Fuels team worked long hours

to showcase the e-fuels on the world stage with

CEO Martin Popilka experiencing a never-to-for-

get ride in the P1 powered Beast of Turin up the

hill climb, “To be showing the world that P1 Fuel

can run across a range for cars from the 1900s

to the 1990s Williams and McLaren right up to a

WRC Toyota with someone as passionate about

the environment as Sebastian Vettel behind the

wheel has made it another milestone in step-

ping towards a world with less CO2 emissions

thanks to our synthetic fuel. To be running our

fuel in the Beast of Turin is ultimate proof of the

flexibility of the fuel across in such an incredible

engine over a century old. I can say after being a

passenger in the Beast of Turin up the hill climb

that we certainly have a future continuing to en-

joy old racing cars with technology that will be

part of our future - an experience I will never

forget!”

P1 Fuels supplies all the runners in the FIA

World Rally Championship and the FIA Karting

Championship with sustainable fuel. In addition

to this, the Mercedes Benz Museum cars on the

Mille Miglia and supercars on the 2023 Gumball

Rally are supplied by P1 Fuels too. 

Versatility of sustainable

fuels demonstrated

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