ExxonMobil Basestocks Strengthens Branded Distributor Network in South Africa • New branded distributor in South Africa expands ExxonMobil’s current market offerings • Bolsters the company’s long-term commitment to meet customer needs Johannesburg, South Africa - ExxonMobil today announced it has signed a new distributor agreement with Zestcor, an experienced sales, procurement and supply chain management company in South Africa. The agreement is designed to support an efficient and reliable supply of high-quality base stocks in South Africa and the sub-Saharan region. Zestcor has a distinct local business footprint in the South African petrochemicals industry as a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Company. This commercial relationship will expand ExxonMobil’s global presence and provide local customers additional access to base stocks capable of meeting a broad range of blending needs. “We are committed to providing a reliable supply of high-quality products to our valued customers around the world,” said Julia Ruessmann, EAME Basestocks and Specialties Sales Manager at ExxonMobil. “Zestcor not only complements ExxonMobil’s position in South Africa by providing local supply chain solutions, but supports our long-term commitment to meeting customer demands in country.” Zestcor is uniquely equipped to receive bulk ExxonMobil shipments and handle both truck loading and delivery, as well as pipeline transfers, with their strategically placed bulk onshore tank storage facilities at Bidvest Tank Terminals in Island View, Durban. “At Zestcor, product integrity and quality control are at the forefront of what we do,” said Nic Dunn, Director at Zestcor. “Partnering with a global leader like ExxonMobil, who not only shares these values, but promotes them as a pillar of their business operations, makes perfect sense for us. We also believe that South Africa will benefit by having additional local access to high-quality base stocks.” As a distributor . . .
There are moments in the day when you are stuck in no-mans-land between set meals and about to reach the highest state of HANGRY. However, fear not, because TUC, everyone’s favourite snack, is ready to satisfy those craving moments in-between meals and prove it is the perfect snack to FILL THE GAP. “There’re moments in the day when all you need is an on-the-go convenient snack. TUC is THE “Waiting-for-all-of-these-ads-to-finish-so-I-can-watch-my-soapie” BISCUIT and THE “I’m-legitimately-trying-to-build-a-time-machine-just-to-get-to-dinner-quicker- BISCUIT”. It’s there for you when you need it the most and will keep your hunger at bay when you are feeling peckish, says Thandi Ntuli, Category Lead for Biscuits at Mondelez South Africa. And because TUC is about all the hours in-between meals, they will also be running an in-store competition, where consumers stand a chance to win R250 EVERY HOUR between 8am and 8pm every day, just by purchasing two packets of TUC, dialling *120*8826# and following the prompts. This instore competition will run from the 09 April 2018 – 06 May 2018. If you are the type that likes to Fill The Gap in your day with some adrenaline, TUC fans will also stand a chance to win 1 of 4 fun experiences to enjoy with a friend. From sandboarding and quad biking, to sunrise yoga and rugby tickets - TUC fans need to keep an eye on the TUC South Africa Facebook page in the coming weeks as the first person to comment on the competition post wins the prize. So, ask yourself - what Gap can TUC fill for you? Whether TUC Original, TUC Cheese or TUC Sour Cream & Onion, no toppings are required so enjoy snacking on TUC’s moreish flavours while you wait for your next meal. TUC is available nationwide at a recommended retail selling price (RRSP) of R16.99. Share your #FillTheGap moments with us – head to the TUC South Africa Facebook page and tell us more! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In April of 2017 AutoTrader took a leap forward, saying #ByeByePrint to the AutoTrader classifieds magazine that had been the staple of the South African auto industry for 25 years. The move was industry defining, a new chapter in the story of a company that has been at the forefront of dynamic change since its inception. In the year between then and now the move has shown itself to be the right one, with a string of successes proving the point. In March 2018, the company AutoTrader not only had an excellent month from an audience and leads perspective, their Apps reported record figures placing it in number one position in the automotive category in the country, and third overall, with a total average visit duration of 10 minutes, and 32 page views generated per visit. The #AutoCentral Show, an auto and infotainment collaboration between AutoTrader and CliffCentral has proved a huge success over the same time period, both revealing and satisfying a niche need in the digital radio and ‘motortainment’ industry with thousands of downloads recorded. A host of added digital products were launched in the past 12 months, recording similar success. In October 2017, AutoTrader’s Car Alerts hit the market. Offering the ability for buyers and sellers to pre-load alerts directly to their email, the service has made new and used car information available as it happens. Since launching, thousands of alerts have been generated. The tool is pure simplicity, backed by the largest inventory of vehicles to choose from in South Africa. Having identified a need for new as well as used cars on their platforms, AutoTrader also launched New Car Specials in 2017. Focused specifically on debut deals, the platform allows buyers to instantly access the best new car specials across the country, and sellers the ability to reach buyers directly. Underpinning these successes, and a key element to the exhaustive research that goes into AutoTrader’s consumer-centered approach, . . .
Easter is almost upon us, and South African families are looking forward to a well-deserved break. Whether you’re heading for the coast or have designed the perfect “staycation” at home, the holidays give you the perfect chance to unwind, relax and break from your normal routine. Unfortunately, these breaks from routines often results in the safety of people being compromised, particularly motorists, notes Cartrack South African CEO, Andre Ittmann. “The crime figures that we extract through from our data demonstrates that the periods where motorists are more at risk often correlate with a change in routine. It’s important to be aware of this, to take common-sense precautions and to have the required knowledge of what to do if you find yourself in a threatening situation.” Ittmann says that during a normal working month, cars are mostly parked in secure areas, whether at home or at the office. However, he adds, during holiday time, families are more relaxed and likely to split into groups to engage in activities which often involve driving to, and parking in, strange places. This scenario creates an increased risk, and he therefore suggests that motorists follow these safety tips: General Safety Tips 1. Make sure that your vehicle is fully serviced and has been checked by a mechanic before you leave for your trip. 2. Plan your route and make sure that you share the plan with friends or family staying back home. Also, make sure that you let these people know when you’ve arrived at your destination. Not only is this generally polite, but communication is a great and easy safety tool. 3. Avoid talking on your cell phone while you walk to your car – you will be distracted and criminals may notice. 4. Only unlock your car when you're near to it. Have your key ready, but not visible. 5. Manually check that your car doors are locked after you’ve pushed the locking device – don’t just trust the beep, as criminals are known to jam signals and gain access . . .
Latest web traffic statistics from Effective Measure reveals that AutoTrader has retained its position as South Africa’s favourite online marketplace for new and used vehicles. According to the audience measurement company’s data, AutoTrader saw more than 2.2 million worldwide unique visitors in February - growth of 14% versus February last year. AutoTrader not only continues to deliver quality conversions, but also continues to see substantial growth in engagement. “The AutoTrader App also ranked number one in the country for the site with the most page views generated per visit which was just under 32 pages per visit; and it ranked third overall with an average visit duration of 10min per visit” advises Greg Mason, Regional Lead - Sub Saharan Africa for Effective Measure. “This illustrates how engaged and involved the visitors are”. This comes after AutoTrader reported record-breaking 19 percent year-on-year growth in January which saw the business send almost 300,000 in-market-car-shoppers to dealers across the country. “While traffic is an important measure, it’s not the only place our value lies,” AutoTrader CEO George Mienie says. Instead, the business focuses on quality conversions — an area where it also continues to grow. “To run a successful business — one that satisfies buyers and sellers — you need the high traffic volume to consistently translate into engagement and quality conversion.” Independent research by TNS Global shows that AutoTrader drives the most quality leads. Dealers maintain that walk-ins are the most valuable kind of lead and for AutoTrader customers this is attributed to easy access to sellers’ contact details on their website - the auto vertical delivers more walk-ins than any other auto marketplace in South Africa. It’s this kind of consistent growth and conversion that’s kept the business at the forefront of South Africa’s auto industry for 26 years; and why the online marketplace continues to deliver . . .
Port Elizabeth, 19 March 2018: More than 300 SMMEs received certificates for the completion of a training programme, which formed part of the R75 Port Elizabeth to Despatch interchange road rehabilitation project, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced today. The 384 SMMEs (women, youth and male-owned) whose CIDB levels are between 1CE and 4CE received their certificates at a hand-over ceremony held at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton on Thursday, 15 March 2018. Sixty percent (60) of the SMMEs are from the 10 wards adjacent to the R75 including wards 11, 14, 25, 28, 30, 31, 33, 36, 41, 52. The remaining 40% are from the greater Nelson Mandela Bay’s SMME Targeted Enterprises (TE’s). The two-week training course focussed on tendering, preparing construction documentation and business skills training. “Through Proper Consulting, a prequalification tender process was held to determine who should be selected for the training programme. The trainees were then chosen from the pool of those who were successfully prequalified,” said Sean Strydom, SANRAL Southern Region Project Manager said. Of the SMMEs who graduated 23 have already started working on the rehabilitation project, erecting guardrails, picking up litter, building subsoil drains, erecting anti-climb fencing, building open line concrete drains, erecting palisade fencing and building prefab culverts, among other things. Siphokazi Sikelwa of Fathuse Trading Pty Ltd started working on the six-month litter picking project in January 2018. “The training I received is important especially because it is an accredited training course. I believe this will help me with compliance. I have other qualifications but these are not accredited,” Sikelwa said. Bongile Dom of Bay Ngwane Trading (Pty) Ltd, who does not have a tender to work on the R75 project, also completed the two-week training course. “This certificate means a lot to me since I only have a matric. I was appointed . . .
Port Elizabeth, 15 March 2018 -- Chinese automaker Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC) is moving swiftly with global expansion strategy south of the equator to strengthen its position on the African continents. BAIC’s plant in Port Elizabeth is scheduled for completion in June this year.“The progress on construction on the site is in line with a revised project plan that was adjusted to make up for the lost construction days,” said Tao Li, spokesperson for the BAIC SA project. “BAIC SA has committed additional financial and human resources to reach the original construction completion date.” At present, the factory now has much of its roof structure in place, and Li also said more equipment was being shipped to Port Elizabeth. “BAIC announced the arrival of the first shipment of equipment for the plant in December – the second shipment of the equipment has also arrived in Port Elizabeth, and the third shipment is being prepared to be shipped to Port Elizabeth from Tianjin Port in China.” “We will also announce later this month several new construction packages for SMMEs that will go out on tender. Li said that BAIC SA was also in the process of finalising its dealership network. “As the completion for the BAIC SA plan draws closer, BAIC SA will intensify its market and marketing operations. BAIC SA has a full-time marketing team in Johannesburg conducting market research in South Africa around the dealership network.” Across the Atlantic, BAIC also this week announced it plans to build a new factory in Mexico to serve new markets. Jimena Saenz, BAIC's director in Mexico announced that the company will invest R11,78 billion (1 billion US$) for the plant and the company plans to break ground in 2020. The company expects to sell 4000 vehicles in Mexico in 2018. The company introduced brand automobiles in the Mexican market in mid-2016, while the brands of D20 sedans and X25 sport utility vehicles were assembled at a local plant . . .
We all know about Mustang Sally; all she wanted to do was ride, Sally, ride. Well, it seems the same can be said of South Africans in their quest to buy their perfect car! According to AutoTrader’s CEO George Mienie, South Africans are willing to travel quite some distances to find the car they want. “We have analysed the ‘distance range’ setting on AutoTrader and we have made some interesting findings. For instance, the most popular search radius is 100 km. However, lots of buyers are willing to search nationally (1 500 km radius),” he reveals. Buyers in the Western Cape are especially happy to ride, Sally, ride – incredibly, a whopping 50% of all searches using the national radius hail from the Western Cape. While Capetonians are lacking in water, they and their provincial counterparts, certainly aren’t lacking in style or good taste – an incredible 62% of national Porsche searches hail from the Western Cape. Potential buyers of Volkswagen are the most passionate about acquiring the ideal car; these vehicles top the rank in the 1 500 km search range. Toyota customers are the second most ardent, followed by BMW. “This is interesting, because BMW is the most searched-for make on AutoTrader. Somehow, Volkswagen and Toyota customers are more determined; they’re literally willing to go the extra mile to find their dream wheels,” comments Mienie. The AutoTrader CEO reveals that the various provinces have specific brand preferences for cars they are willing to travel nationally for. “Western Cape residents favour Volkswagen, followed by BMW and Toyota. In KwaZulu-Natal, Volkswagen is a firm favourite, followed by BMW and Ford. In Gauteng, the Toyota brand reigns supreme, followed by Volkswagen and BMW” Mienie reports. The analysis was conducted on the top 10 most searched-for makes on AutoTrader during 2017, namely BMW, Volkswagen, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Ford, Land Rover, Nissan, Hyundai and Porsche. Mienie says the AutoTrader findings are . . .
To take part in the annual AutoTrader virtual drag race, simply tweet your favourite semi-finalists in the South African Car Of The Year brought to you by WesBank competition. The winner of the South African Car Of The Year brought to you by WesBank will be revealed on Tuesday 13 March 2018 at an evening ceremony in Johannesburg. In celebration of the impending announcement, AutoTrader is inviting you to take part in their second annual #COTYDragRace. Open to all Twitter users, you’re invited to choose your favourite finalist and tweet the hashtag in order to move your car forward. Tweet as many times as you like - the quicker the better. Find your car and hashtag to support from the list below and visit @AutoTradersSA to get moving. #LandRoverFanClub (Discovery) #PeugeotFanClub (3008) #PorscheFanClub (Panamera) #AlfaFanClub (Giulia) #KiaFanClub (Picanto) #SuzukiFanClub (Ignis) #AudiFanClub (Q5) #ToyotaFanClub (C-HR) #BMWFanClub (5 Series) #VolvoFanClub (S90 Sedan) The race starts on Monday 12 March 2018 with three final races taking place Tuesday morning, the 13 March 2018. Last year’s race reached 2,7 million people and saw the Tiguan finish in poll position. This year's race will include a power minute that will take place in the middle of the race, where every tweet during those sixty seconds will make your chosen car twice as fast. Who will take the virtual crown this year? You decide! To take part in the action, visit Twitter: @AutoTraderSA AutoTrader is the most visited automotive website in South Africa. The digital marketing company offers world-class market-leading solutions to buyers and sellers across all types of vehicles, with an established track record of success and business growth over the past 26 years. The 2017 #COTYDragRace won AutoTrader the award of Most Innovative Gamification Campaign at the annual New Generation Social & Digital Media Awards. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Overland Worx becomes the new name in independent Land Rover service, maintenance and repair Johannesburg, South Africa 12 March 2018: South African independent Land Rover workshop Landyworx has undergone a rebrand and refresh to create the ultimate 4x4 lifestyle and high-tech service centre. Under the new operating name of Overland Worx, the workshop has the same great people, the same service and the same incredible passion for the iconic 4x4 brand, but with a fresh logo, branding and array of services designed to meet the needs of the Land Rover owner and enthusiast. “Our workshop has state of the art, sophisticated diagnostics equipment with collective Land Rover repair and maintenance experience that spans more than 75 years,” says Peter Street, owner and founder of Overland Worx. “We are passionate about the brand, the technology and the 4x4 culture and our workshop is AA Quality Assured Accredited and RMI graded. We have built a solid reputation as a company that genuinely cares about our customers and their cars.” Overland Worx is a member of the Industry Ombudsman of South Africa, delivers a 107-point check minimum with every service, and includes a team of more than 20 skilled mechanical professionals. The company is using the rebrand to take their passion for Land Rover and the 4x4 community to create a lifestyle experience for its customers. Over the next few months, it is set to host a series of Tips, Tricks & Traps workshops that give Land Rover owners, of all makes and model, insight into how to repair, understand and get the most from their vehicles. Overland Worx has also hired a tour guide and is in the process of designing tailor-made self-drive tours for its customers. “We have already pinned down the logistics for a six-week drive through Namibia towards the end of 2018, and we are planning a number of shorter events locally,” adds Street. “In addition, we are working with the Reach for a Dream foundation to raise funds by . . .