The September Issue (No. 42) of the NAACAM newsletter is now online and printed copies are available at the NAACAM offices. Highlights of the current issue include:
The Automotive Industry, Logistics and more
In amplification of the new vehicle sales statistics for the month of September, 2015 – released today for public consumption on the website of the Department of Trade & Industry – the Association commented that current conditions in the automotive industry reflected a further weakening in domestic sales contrasted by record vehicle exports.
The goal of the APDP is to stimulate growth in the automotive industry in order to increase localisation and employment. The National Government has indicated that they have set a goal of producing 1.2 Million vehicles by 2020, and the APDP should provide the framework within which to accomplish this goal.
The goal of the APDP is to stimulate growth in the automotive industry in order to increase localization and employment. The National Government has indicated that they have set a goal of producing 1.2 Million vehicles by 2020, and the APDP should provide the framework within which to accomplish this goal.
South Africa’s automotive manufacturing supply chain and foreign buyers from 20 countries gathered at the South African Automotive Week in Midrand during October.
BCE was part of the show and welcomed guests to their stand. “The automotive week is the ideal opportunity to showcase South African products and services as a world class manufacturing industry.” said Craig Verwey, chief operational officer of BCE.
He added “We welcome the opportunity to interact with our customers and industry stakeholders, it is a productive platform that allows for constructive debate and discussions relating to the future of our industry”.
BCE Consulting, South Africa’s leading customs and incentive service provider, announced recently that the company has to date successfully applied and claimed AIS incentives to the value of R1,3 billion on behalf of their clients. “We experience a strong demand for incentives, especially in the automotive industry, therefore our decision to open a fully fledged consultancy office in KwaZulu Natal”, Brian Verwey CEO of BCE Consulting said.
BCE assists companies in obtaining the maximum benefit from current South African Government incentive programmes and tax legislation. Focusing primarily on the APDP, BCE provides expert advice and incentive assistance to all importers, vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers since 2006.
Rhino poaching is a very controversial topic. It touches hearts, and makes headlines at least once a week. September was Rhino Month, and BCE Consulting, South Africa’s preferred Incentive solution provider, announced their participation as sponsors in conjunction with the Radical Group. BCE supported a fundraising event to raise funds for the world´s only Rhino Orphanage. This facility takes care of baby rhinos whose mothers have been killed by poachers.
Resulting in the World’s Fastest Golf Cart build by proud South Africans!
When Brian Verwey, CEO of BCE Consulting, Africa’s leading automotive solution provider, received a call from Heinrich du Preez, a world records breaking golfer (he holds 32 world records), asking for a sponsorship for the “World’s Fastest Golf Cart”, it was a done deal. BCE Consulting offers solutions, varying from APDP, DTI incentives to tax advice, to all stakeholders involved in the automotive industry. “We are an automotive service provider and the synergy was there for BCE to get involved, it is not only a fun project but for a good cause as well” said Verwey.
A small contribution towards “Guinness World Book of Records recognition for the African continent was par for the course” Said Du Preez, Chief Executive of Radical Group: “The idea was to build a golf cart which could still be used on a golf course, but make it exceptionally fast. Originally we wanted to use an 1100cc Yamaha motoecycle engine, but our plan was short lived due to the propshaft being too long to fit in the space available. We approached the specialists at Harley Davidson, and the decision was a Honda CBR 1100cc XX Blackbird engine. This was the first production motorcycle to do in excess of 300km/h, with a 0-100km/h speed of less than 3 seconds”.
Since the golf cart weighs about 100kg heavier than the bike, they added a turbo to the mix to make up for the additional weight. “We imported racing bucket seats from Italy. Even though we built this car to be a high performance machine; we made sure that we make the ride as safe as possible for the driver and passenger”.
To spice things up, a DVD player with 7" touch screen, 2 x subwoofers and number of amps, tweeters and mid range speakers worth more than R30 000, was installed!
Brian Verwey and Rob Robeiro from Excelsior Loans, co-sponsor of the cart, proudly launched the golf cart to business leaders at a charity golf day early this month. “This project took close to 6 months to complete, with a huge amount of details going into the cart. The main reason behind this project is to use the cart for charity events”, said Verwey.
The cart will be displayed for the first time at the Windpomp Festival in the Limpopo Province on the 3rd of May 2014 where “Wit Blits” will take on various high speed sports cars on 0-100km runs.
The final product costs around R180 000, but this dynamic team cannot wait to start raising money for charity with this project!
Be on the look at for Wit Blits coming to a town near you!