Engen’s “With us you are Number One” brand promise took on a new meaning this week. This was when pump attendant Bongani Dyanti became a mini-celebrity for his customer service, which was so outstanding that one of his customers, Brian De Beer posted a story about his experience on Facebook. Engen Malmesbury owner Gey Kriek and Engen Regional Sales Operations Manager-WC, John Bailey recognised Bongani for his excellent service and presented him with a gift card on Friday, 15 February. The Facebook post has since been shared thousands of times and inspired a number of other customers who have also experienced Bongani’s charm and excellent eye for detail to join in and share their own customer service stories: “Bongani is a living example of Service Excellence and what our domestic and international tourists /visitors alike are always looking forward to as lifetime memories…. keep it up young man...thank you Brian De Beer for sharing such a positive and heart-warming experience” – Mabandla Kelengeshe “Wow I love it, that’s the spirit we need for our country to prosper, well done to both of you, keep up the good work” – Zitho Tshabiso “I did a road trip a few years ago and had the same sort of service in most areas except for major centres. It is a two-way operation you show respect for the job they are doing and they will give you good service. Don’t just say fill up whatever your fuel is and leave it at that. Your attitude gets you the service you want” – David Taylor. To read more posts and help #ShareYourLove this February visit https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=168557517443863&set=a.168557537443861&type=3&theater CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Mike Harrison, in addition to his role as General Manager Hytec South Africa and the company’s southern Africa business units, has been given the additional responsibility to oversee the Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group’s African distribution arm, Hytec Services Africa (HSA), as well as the Group’s East Africa Hub. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
VersaView 5200 thin client portfolio from Rockwell Automation helps simplify management of devices and users. With many applications on multiple displays throughout a plant floor, manufacturers struggle to manage numerous sources of content. VersaView 5200 from Rockwell Automation uses ThinManager software to help manufacturers more easily manage their applications. “The latest additions to the VersaView 5200 portfolio allow end-users to choose a single display or multiple displays with a variety of resolution options,” said Christo Buys, Business Manager, Rockwell Automation. “Customers leveraging ThinManager software can now match the right thin client hardware to their specific application needs.” The VersaView 5200 thin client portfolio from Rockwell Automation helps simplify management of devices and users. The expanded VersaView 5200 portfolio includes five thin clients: single display, dual display, dual 4K display, multi 4K display and integrated display. The multi 4K is the first in the industry to offer seven displays and is exclusively supported by ThinManager software. The new thin clients each offer unique benefits. The single display offers a compact design, with a single DisplayPort video output. The dual 4K display includes a high-performance quad core Intel Atom CPU for more demanding applications. The multi 4K display offers a high-performance quad core Intel i5 CPU for applications requiring multiple displays. The VersaView 5200 non-display thin client options are ideal for use with VersaView 5100 monitors. This two-piece solution separates the monitor and thin client, so either can be replaced independently. The VersaView 5200 thin clients are designed to be used exclusively with ThinManager software. The software centrally manages content and visualisation for every aspect of modern industrial operations. It can help reduce downtime and maintenance by simplifying the management of all devices and users. The location-based . . .
Emulate3D’s software portfolio integrates automation software with 3D CAD model, enabling customers to test machine and system designs virtually. Photo: Rockwell Automation has acquired Emulate3D, an innovative engineering software developer whose products digitally simulate and emulate industrial automation systems. By using accurate simulation models to improve systems planning and decision-making, followed by emulation trials that test the control system before installation, Emulate3D’s software enables customers to virtually test machine and system designs before incurring manufacturing and automation costs and committing to a final design. “We are excited about the opportunities that Emulate3D’s software offers our customers,” says Fran Wlodarczyk, Rockwell Automation senior vice president for its architecture and software segment. “They will now have the ability to improve their time to market and operational productivity through digital machine prototyping and virtual commissioning. It also marks another investment by Rockwell Automation to bring the Connected Enterprise to life.” “As a former Rockwell Automation Encompass partner, we established great working relationships with Rockwell Automation and its customers,” said Ian McGregor, Emulate3D global sales and marketing director. “We look forward to building on those relationships under our new ownership. Rockwell Automation’s installed base and our engineering software provides a great opportunity to better address customer needs in today’s rapidly changing, technologically advanced manufacturing environment.” Rockwell Automation will add Emulate3D’s technology to its digital design portfolio to deliver solutions to automotive, logistics, material handling, and other industrial applications. Software will be sold as Emulate3D by Rockwell Automation, as part of Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk DesignSuite CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
So many people ask whether they can you drive a manual car with a licence endorsed for driving an automatic car. And, unfortunately, the short answer is no. The reason is that when you are issued with a driving license, it comes with a specific code that says what kind of car you can drive. For light motor vehicles, this licence code is B or EB (light motor vehicle drawing a trailer with a gross combination mass not exceeding 3500 kg). However, if you successfully pass your driver’s license in a manual car, you are allowed to drive a manual, and an automatic car, without any worries or restrictions. So, unfortunately, if you want to drive a manual car, but you received your driver’s license for an automatic car, then you will need to take your license test - from start to finish - all over again, as the traffic department does not allow you to merely change or convert your license. This means doing your learners license, the actual yard test and the road driving test, in a manual car, and of course, passing. And we get it, an automatic car can be much easier to drive and it’s certainly easier to undertake a very nerve-racking driving test in an automatic car – as you never have to worry about your car rolling back or stalling. However, it’s worth the nerves and all the practice hours that are needed to get a manual driver’s license – as then you have a lot more freedom to drive any car with either gearbox style. And, should you ever find yourself with no option but to get behind the wheel of a manual vehicle – that’s one less thing to worry about! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Henry Craukamp has been appointed as Managing Director of Rockwell Automation for Sub-Saharan Africa, effective 1 January 2019. Henry will now be responsible for leading the business in Sub-Saharan Africa and for implementing the Rockwell Automation global and pan-EMEA sales strategies and initiatives, especially bringing The Connected Enterprise to Rockwell Automation customers across the region. Henry succeeds Barry Elliot who successfully led and progressed the Rockwell Automation business during the past 6 years. We thank Barry for his strong business contributions and wish him continued success in his new role as Vice President Enterprise Accounts – Heavy Industries. He will be relocating to the USA in early 2019. Henry has been employed at Rockwell Automation since January 2008. He has held various positions from application engineering to business development for the Power Control Business. In June 2015, he was appointed the EMEA South Region Sales Manager where he gained extensive knowledge of the Rockwell Automation EMEA organisation through leading the Power Control Business in Southern European and African regions. Henry’s background is in Electrical and Automation. He attained a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Technikon Witwatersrand, completed a MDP at the University of Witwatersrand and an MBA from Henley Business School (Reading University UK). His breadth of experience in the Sub-Saharan African market and proven success in prior roles will help Rockwell Automation to continue to expand their reach and grow market share. We wish him continued success in his new role. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Twelve exceptional vehicles hailing from Japan, Italy, Korea, France, Sweden and Germany, will be put to the test on 11 and 12 March 2019 at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, as part of the AutoTrader SA Car of the Year testing days. The vehicles will be driven by a panel of 25 expert judges, all of whom have been voted to judge by their peers within the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. “Collectively, the judges have amassed decades of knowledge and experience in a broad spectrum of motoring fields. They are the best people in the country to subjectively judge these market-leading vehicles,” commented George Mienie, AutoTrader CEO and sponsor of the awards. So just who are the judges? The 25 judges who make up the panel are: Carl Wepener Charleen Clarke Colin Windell Derek Watts Dirk Galawitch Egmont Sippel Ferdi de Vos Francisco Nwamba Gerrie Smit Hannes Visser Janine van der Post Jason Woosey Jeanette Kok-Kritzinger Justus Visagie Lerato Matebese Mabuyane Kekana Marnus Hattingh Pritesh Ruthun Ray Leathern Roger McCleery Reuben van Niekerk Rubin Van Niekerk Sean Nurse Stuart Johnson Wynter Murdoch For more info visit www.autotradercoty.co.za How are the vehicles judged? Each vehicle will be tested by all 25 judges who will score them against their direct class competitors in the current market on aspects such as exterior and interior design, engine and transmission performance, ride and handling, braking, safety features, overall excellence and affordability. Who are the twelve finalists? The list of finalists includes three hatchbacks (the Nissan Micra, Suzuki Swift and Mercedes-Benz A-Class) as well as one hot hatch (the Honda Civic Type R). There is one sedan in the Iine-up (the Lexus ES), one small 4x4 (the Suzuki Jimny) and one crossover (the Renault Duster). Then, in keeping with the global popularity of sports utility vehicles (SUVs), the balance of the list is made up of SUVs - the Alfa Romeo . . .
Tillmann Olsen has been promoted to the position of Regional President Africa for Bosch Rexroth AG in addition to his current role as Chief Executive Officer of the Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group. Olsen replaces Lucas Wintjes, who retires on 28 February 2019. Streamlining the combined skills and capabilities of the organisation’s African operations under the single leadership of the Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group will help the company grow its business network across the continent. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The people of Midrand in Gauteng are set to reap the yummy goodness of a 24-hour Woolworths Foodstop, which has been added to the recently upgraded Engen Big Bird 1 Stop. Engen Big Bird is located on the N1 Highway South, New Road Interchange, Midrand. The new Woolies food offering was officially opened on 24 January 2019. Customers can also enjoy a diverse range of convenience services at Engen Big Bird, including an Engen Quickshop, Wimpy, Corner Bakery, Andicco, Kauai, KFC and Schoon Bakery - with more to come! Multi-branded ATM machines – including ABSA, Standard Bank and FNB – are also available to customers. The site offers customer’s quality fuels such as Engen Primax Unleaded and Engen Dynamic Diesel 50ppm, with ease of access and service for locals and commuters. Owner of Engen Big Bird, Nicola Bird is extremely excited to offer the Woolworths Foodstop to the residents of Midrand. “We are very proud of the association with Engen and extremely excited to partner with Woolworths Foodstop,” says Bird. “We would like to thank our loyal customers for their patience and incredible support over the past year, during the revamp. We are really looking forward to this additional new offering and we know our customers are looking forward to having a Woolworths Foodstop and all the other new convenience offerings.” Engen Midrand is conveniently positioned to serve commuters, holidaymakers and local residents, and operates 24/7. “The Engen brand has a substantial footprint and is well known amongst our customers who have come to associate themselves with Engen’s brand promise of With us you are Number One. This promise fits in with our high operating standards and shared vision,” adds Bird. Says Engen’s Head of Retail, Seelan Naidoo: “Engen is very excited to see our network flourishing. Convenience and customer service remain key determinants of success in our industry. “We wish Nicola Bird and her team every success.” CLICK HERE to . . .
Andre Lindeque has been appointed to the position of Engineering Manager, Africa for Hytec South Africa, effective 1st January 2019. Lindeque’s current responsibility covers all the engineering divisions within the Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies, including production, projects, drawing office, repairs, installation and services. In his new position, he will assume full responsibility for the roll-out, technical competence, training and equipment specification of all future workshops and Service Centres of Competence (SCoC) in Africa. Andre Lindeque will continue to report to Mike Harrison, General Manager, Hytec South Africa. About Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies The Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies (previously the Hytec Group) is Africa’s largest fluid power and automation company. It comprises eight specialist companies: Bosch Rexroth South Africa (previously Hytec Holdings), Hytec South Africa, Tectra Automation, Hytec Fluid Technology, Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse, Hytec Engineering, Hytec Services Africa and HYSA, which collectively source, market and distribute over 30 international hydraulic, pneumatic and automation brands. The Group employs approximately 850 people through a network of 40 sales and service branches across sub-Saharan Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .