Get Car Alerts that match your criteria. Direct to your inbox Buying a car can be an exciting and stressful process. There’s much to consider – from safety rating, fuel economy and capacity, to colour, interior design and, ultimately, price. That’s why AutoTrader, South Africa’s trusted motoring marketplace has introduced Car Alerts Car Alerts helps consumers get alerts for the cars they’re looking for making it that much easier to find the car of their dreams. It’s easy to use: consumers simply complete a pre-set search form; input their car preferences; and get notifications on cars matching their criteria sent directly to their inboxes. While this service may not be first to market, it’s worth noting that AutoTrader has the largest inventory of vehicles to choose from in South Africa, with over 6 000 added every day. Moreover, visitors to AutoTrader have the benefit of knowing that the results they receive are from a credible source of serious sellers. Every month, the site receives millions of unique visitors, who conduct more than 5 million visits to more than 80 000 vehicles across desktop, mobile, tablets and apps. AutoTrader is a digital-marketing company and leader in the media market space for buyers and sellers across all types of vehicles, with an established track record of success and business growth over the past 25 years. And they’ve just made it easier for consumers to share in their expertise. For more information visit https://www.autotrader.co.za/car-alerts for more information and follow @AutoTraderSA on social media. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Company-wide drive saw 156 AutoTrader staff participate in bringing joy to children’s lives PACKED, wrapped and awaiting the sheer joy of children on Christmas Day – that’s the outcome of the generosity inherent in AutoTrader’s staff members who donated 178 boxes towards the annual Santa Shoebox Project. 156 AutoTrader staff members opened their hearts and wallets for the worthy cause by dropping off their completed boxes in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Originating in Cape Town in 2006 with 180 shoeboxes, the Santa Shoebox Project currently distributes gifts to more than 1000 recipient facilities each year through 60 satellite offices around South Africa and Namibia. This year’s collection target was 110000 shoeboxes with each colourfully decorated standard-sized shoebox including a toothbrush, toothpaste, facecloth, soap, new toy, an outfit of clothing, school supplies and sweets. “This initiative has a significant place in South Africa’s social fabric by providing recipients with essential equipment for their education and also allowing them to experience the pleasure of new clothing and a treasured toy,” AutoTrader CEO George Mienie says. He says AutoTrader has contributed to numerous charities over the years including participating in the Qhubeka campaign to support the World Bicycle Relief programme in South Africa. That initiative saw 360 bicycles donated to learners attending Kwabhekilanga Secondary School in Alexandra township in June 2016. AutoTrader’s #DriveChange campaign followed a two-month national fund-raising tour to 10 shopping centres across Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria. Mienie says the public were invited to add their artistic contribution to a 52-vehicle strong fleet of AutoTrader vehicles for a donation of R50, effectively creating uniquely coloured-in car branding. “AutoTrader raised R250000 for that initiative, amounting to 100 of the 360 bicycles being donated directly due to the company’s generosity . . .
• 2017 FIA World Rallycross Drivers' Champion Johan Kristoffersson wins the All-Wheel Drive Category, ahead of Petter Solberg and Andreas Bakkerud. • Luke Woodham wins fourth consecutive Gymkhana GRiD Rear-Wheel Drive title, beating UK drivers Adam Elder and Danny Cross. The inaugural #AutoCIRCUS powered by AutoTrader hosted the tyre slaying, record breaking Gymkhana GRiD for the first time on African soil this past weekend. The two-day #AutoCIRCUS festival boasted competitive racing by twenty-three international drivers, thirty local drivers; a 40-strong exhibition that included action features like the XDL stunt bikes, drift trike rides, skake and BMX rodeos; remote controlled buggy racing as well as car displays from hot rods to stance cars. The incredible All-Wheel Drive podium featured 2017 FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson, multiple FIA World Champion Petter Solberg and World RX star Andreas Bakkerud. In the Rear-Wheel drive class Luke Woodham shrugged off technical problems to become the series most successful rear-wheel drive pilot, with four consecutive wins to his name. Woodham was pushed all the way to the line by fellow racers travelling all the way from the UK, Adam Elder and Danny Cross. Local RWD drivers who were expected to finish well were Jason Webb, Otto Graven and Paolo Gouveia, while the South African hopes in the AWD category involve Wayne Hay, Carl van As and Rob Inglis. Otto Graven triumphed in the RWD category making it in to the semi finals before he sadly faced engine problems, and had to forfeit his place. Three million viewers globally locked in to the livestream to witness racing, tyre-smoke, flames and precision driving on an unprecedented scale. The smoking rubber on the blacktop of the #AutoCIRCUS festival powered by AutoTrader are now the lasting reminders of what went down over an intense three days of horsepower filled mayhem. This is what the winners had to say: Luke Woodham – 1st place . . .
Undoubtedly, the high rate of vehicle theft in South Africa is a cause for concern. Understanding the patterns at play, and acting accordingly, is essential if one is to be effective and proactive, and avoid becoming another vehicle crime statistic. Cartrack South Africa, a global leader in fleet management, stolen vehicle recovery and insurance telematics, with tracking technology installed in more than 500,000 commercial and private vehicles across the country, is able to offer fascinating insights into the trends and patterns of vehicle theft in South Africa. “The trends change over time,” says Andre Ittmann, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cartrack South Africa. “They are a response to commercial and social patterns, as well as to evolving policing methods. However, there is definitely a key set of trends at play that every South African should bear in mind.” Here are a few insights to help road users keep their vehicles safe. Watch out for weekends Ittmann notes that there tends be a significant increase in vehicle theft over weekends. “This trend can be mainly attributed to the fact that there are more vehicles out in public places on weekends. More stationary vehicles result in more opportunities for theft, which means that more active criminals are in operation. As such, extra caution is always warranted on weekends.” January and November are key months Cartrack’s data indicates that there are particularly high volumes of theft in January and November - 13% increase compared to other months. “There is often strong demand for stolen car parts at these times of year, which results in an increase in the number of stolen vehicles. Motorists should keep their eyes peeled at these times,” says Ittmann. Gauteng leads – for obvious (statistical) reasons Gauteng is the province most affected by vehicle theft. A significant percentage of vehicles are stolen in Pretoria, with a clear spike in truck theft on the East Rand, and an . . .
In today’s fast moving and competitive world, time is money. Fortunately mobile technology has enabled us to be constantly on the move. After a long hard day’s work nobody wants to update manual logbooks or open their PC to upload data and work on travel and claim sheets. JO to the rescue. With JO you can easily control and update your travel information there and then, on the road, while the information is fresh in your mind. JO will assist in freeing up your spare time to do other tasks. As there is no need to remove the JO device from the vehicle to download its data, you can be rest assured that you will never miss any important trip information. JO does not rely on any functionality within a smart phone to log trip data. Forcing the App’s to close or having selected incorrect phone settings will have zero effect on JO’s ability to do it job to record trip information and help you save time and money. What is JO? JO (Journey Organizer) is a plug-in cigarette lighter socket dongle designed to work in any vehicle. JO has a built-in GPS receiver and all electronics necessary to record and store trip information on its own, without relying on any external devices. JO will also power your mobile electronic devices while you are on the go. The JO system supports OTA (Over the Air) firmware updates for the users convenience. There will never be the need to take your JO into a service centre or connect it to a PC for updating to the latest firmware version. The JO will be automatically updated in the event of new and changed functionality or bug fixes. JO is a sophisticated piece of electronic engineering that has been designed from the bottom up to be the best in its class. JO is designed and manufactured in South Africa to ISO9001 Quality Standards and has been designed to give you many years of reliable operation. The JO unit comes with a full 24 month warranty. JO’s main features • JO is a smart solution that will help you save money on your annual . . .
How to stay safe on icy roads WINTER delivers her 2017 swansong over the next few days with vast swathes of South Africa and Lesotho expecting snow falls and inclement weather – but that demands drivers practice vigilance on the roads, AutoTrader CEO, George Mienie warns. Snow is predicted to fall ahead of the weekend across the mountainous regions in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho with heavy rain in the lower areas. The South African Weather Service has urged the public to listen to warnings from local municipalities and recognise disruptions and flooding are also possible. Mienie says travelling in snowy conditions can be tricky and adhering to a few safety tips will avoid tragedies. The first step is to remember that very cold weather can make car batteries less efficient, yet that is exactly the time drivers are demanding the most from them – turn off lights, windscreen wipers and the heating system when these are not necessary. Ice and snow reduce tyre traction, thus affecting braking, accelerating and cornering. In snowy conditions, drive slowly and gently to avoid sliding or locking the wheels, and if you get stuck in muddy roads, Mienie says the key is not spinning the wheels to prevent further digging into the rut. Rather spread salt or gravel in front of the wheels. “Visibility is also key, so ensure your car lights are working before travelling as seeing and being seen are critical in inclement weather” he advises. Finally, “false confidence is the worst kind, because simply having a four-wheel drive motor vehicle does not make you an arctic rally driver” Mienie advises. “Consider whether the journey is necessary and rather stay home if you can”. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
MOTORSPORT enthusiasts are on countdown – the inaugural #AutoCIRCUS powered by AutoTrader featuring Gymkhana GRiD final roars into South Africa on November 18 and 19 to take place at Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World, Ekurhuleni. This is history in the making as the Gymkhana GRiD graces African soil for the first time as part of a festival that holds significant opportunities to showcase local motoring entertainment. “These events have a huge global appeal and AutoTrader is ecstatic to have the Gymkhana GRiD final on our shores. Given AutoTrader’s position as the trusted motoring marketplace, the AutoCIRCUS festival means we can interact with motor fans and customers face-to-face,” said AutoTrader CEO George Mienie. The two-day #AutoCIRCUS festival boasts competitive racing by twenty-three international drivers, thirty local drivers; a 40-strong exhibition that includes action features like the XDL stunt bikes, drift trike rides, skake and BMX rodeos; remote controlled buggy racing as well as car displays from hot rods to stance cars. Mienie says the AutoTrader stand will offer fans the opportunity to win golden tickets and access to an exclusive autograph signing with the world’s best drifters. Leading drivers include Ken Block (Ford Fiesta ST RX43), Petter Solberg (PSRX Volkswagen ) and Luke Woodham (Nissan S14a 200sx). Block boasts a string of drift and rallycross championship wins, the latest being the 2016 and 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championships. Solberg is another repeat champion – a two-time World Rallycross champion, motorsport’s first double discipline FIA world champion and a 2016 Gymkhana GRiD AWD champion.Woodham is a three-time Gymkhana GRiD champion. Mienie says AutoTrader has a long history with drifting in South Africa. “We sponsored the SupaDrift Series for five years in a bid to grow the sport from a regional, single-event competition in to a nine-stop annual national tour. We are committed to developing South . . .
AUTOTRADER now triumphantly boasts a silver key as South Africa’s leading online marketplace for buyers and sellers, celebrating 25 years in business. “It has been exhilarating – a success story positioning AutoTrader as a market leader, but one that could never have been achieved without the support of our buyers and sellers,” AutoTrader CEO George Mienie says. The journey began in April 1992 when the innovative inaugural edition of AutoTrader publication hit the streets as a 24-page magazine costing only 50c. Six years later, the business began shifting towards a fully digital offering with the www.autotrader.co.za website launch on October 5, 1998. Today the online platform receives over 5 million monthly visits with car shoppers searching more than 70 000 vehicles on mobile, tablet, desktop devices and apps. Employing 160 people, AutoTrader has offices in the three major cities and services over 70% of South African dealerships. The iconic print publication was closed down earlier this year as the business moved in to an exclusive website only service offering. The move ushered in another chapter with a host of South African industry firsts under the belt. In 2011 the company developed digital dealer tools, managing online advertising performance and tracking consumers’ migration from print to digital. Two years later saw the mobile apps developed for Android and iOS, while the vehicle history check went live in 2014 to provide customers access to historical information on potential purchases. The AutoTrader Marketplace launched earlier this year, solving the safety, security and financing issues associated with private transactions. “AutoTrader has led digital marketing for buying and selling cars. The bulk of the innovative products and services are local market firsts – like a fully mobile responsive website; functions enabling customers to compare new car prices when AutoTrader shifted into new car sales; and AutoFuzion that assists . . .
Johannesburg, 06 November 2017 - BAIC South Africa (SA) today announced the appointment of Batandwa Mdyesha as the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with immediate effect. Mdyesha will be based at BAIC SA’s head office in Johannesburg. Between 2009 - 2017, Mdyesha worked in senior accounting, auditing and financial roles at South African state-owned enterprises, and she worked in the private sector at a leading accounting and professional services firm’s operations in South Africa and the Netherlands between 2002 – 2008. Before joining BAIC SA, Mdyesha was the CFO of African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation - a state owned mining company established to secure South Africa's energy supply primarily through the mining and supply of coal between 2012 – 2017, and between 2009 – 2012, she was the Manager for Financial Reporting & Compliance at Eskom. Her career in the private sector included roles as Finance Manager at Freightdynamics and various other roles - including Special Services Group Manager and doing articles at Deloitte’s Cape Town, Johannesburg and Amsterdam offices. After obtaining her Senior Certificate at Zingisa High School in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, Mdyesha (nee Damoyi) obtained a Bachelor of Science (Statistics) from the University of the Free State. In addition, she holds various other qualifications including an Accounts Conversion Course at UCT and Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from UKZN. She qualified as a chartered accountant in 2008, and in 2014 she completed the GIBS Strategic Leadership Programme. “We look forward to welcoming Mdyesha to our South African operation, we wish her well in this senior leadership role, and look forward to her strategic and leadership contributions to make our South African and African operations successful,” said BAIC International Vice President Li Xiaofan. Says Mdyesha: “BAIC continues to impress at a global level through its influence, scale and capabilities. The . . .
AutoTrader, South Africa's leading online vehicle marketplace is now officially part of the Naspers owned OLX Group 2 November 2017, South Africa: The OLX Group and AutoTrader announced today that their merger agreement in South Africa was approved by local authorities. This deal demonstrates the intention of both companies to continuously invest in the country and improve their services, offering a broader and better portfolio of trading platforms to South Africans. By joining forces they bring substantial benefits to the South African vehicle market. “We bring the expertise from the niche verticals of car, truck, commercial, agriculture, bike and leisure” said AutoTrader CEO George Mienie. “We are excited to work with the OLX Group that is part of a global company. Our customers can stand to benefit substantially from investment in product innovation as a result” said Mienie. “Our vehicle shoppers can look forward to continuous improvements to further enhance consumer experience through investment in online vehicle shopping tools” he adds. AutoTrader now becomes part of a global group with four technology hubs and a strong drive to develop vertical platforms. "Based on what we see in other markets around the world, the pace of innovation in the vehicle buying and selling space is picking up and global consumer facing technology platforms are entering” said Sjoerd Nikkelen OLX Group General Manager for Africa, Middle East and Asia. “This partnership will give us the scale to lead this coming wave of innovation and disruption in South Africa, in which deep data skills will allow for our propositions to dealers and consumers alike to become fundamentally more valuable and of higher convenience" NIkkelen concludes. AutoTrader will remain a separate brand, however, with access to world-class technology hubs and expertise this will undoubtedly bring renewed energy and focus to drive the growth of this platform even further. CLICK HERE to submit your . . .