Automechanika Middle East 2020

Automechanika Middle East 2020


The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites South African exporters in the Automotive Industry to showcase their automotive equipment and products at Automechanika Middle East, from 7 – 9 June 2020, in Dubai, UAE.

Automechanika Middle East 2020 will showcase a full range of products for the automotive sector, including parts & components for automobile production and spare parts for the aftermarket; Systems and modules for automobile production; Automobile accessories and tuning for the aftermarket; Workshop and petrol station equipment as well as aftermarket services.

The Middle East Region is a new high growth market for the automotive industry. South Africa has been participating at this event in a form of National Pavilion for several years and as a result, exports of automotive products to the region increased to over R1,2 billion.

If your company is competitive in the South African market, has been in business for at least two years and is export ready, it stands to benefit from the dti’s Export Marketing and Investment Assistance scheme.

the dti will offer the following financial support to qualifying firms:

  • Exhibition space and booth rental costs;
  • Freight-forwarding of display materials;
  • Air travel assistance up to R17,000.00(SMME’s & BOE’s only);
  • Daily subsistence allowance of R3,000.00 per day (SMME’s & BOE’s only);                                           

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The deadline for submission of complete National Pavilion application forms accompanied by all supporting documentation is 31 January 2020.

National Pavilion application forms and guidelines can be downloaded via the dti website:

For any enquiries pertaining to applications please contact:

 For any enquiries pertaining to the sector and/or event please contact:

Ms Dimakatso Magolego

Tel:     012 394-5476


Ms Portia Chokoe

Tel :   012 394 5590



SARS introduces eCase and ePenalty systems for 2020

SARS introduces eCase and ePenalty systems for 2020

On 6 December 2019, SARS Customs introduced two new systems as part of its Reporting of Conveyances and Goods (RCG) project, the eCase system and the ePenalty system. 

The systems are not yet operational. SARS will further engage external stakeholders in more detail on both eCase and ePenalty by means of specific workshops, as well as through detailed communications, before these systems are operationalised.

This will take place in the first quarter of 2020, after which a firm implementation date will be shared with clients. For any enquiries contact SARS directly. 

New annual record achieved for vehicle exports

New annual record achieved for vehicle exports

NAAMSA confirmed that aggregate domestic new vehicle sales, at 44 738 units, reflected a decline of 2 740 units or 5,8% from the 47 478 vehicles sold in November last year. Although monthly export sales had registered a marginal decline during the month, a new annual record had been set with still one month to go until year-end.

The November 2019 export sales number at 35 271 vehicles reflected a marginal decline of 306 units, or 0,9%, compared to the 35 577 vehicles exported in the same month last year. However, of significance is that vehicle exports, at 374 215 units for the first eleven months of the year, have now already surpassed the previous annual record of 351 139 vehicles exported in 2018.

Industry vehicle production levels would continue to benefit from strong vehicle export sales.

Download the full NAAMSA press release below as well as the November 2019 Industry New Vehicle Sales.

New terminal operator launches business in Port of PE

New terminal operator launches business in Port of PE

Bidfreight Port Operations (Pty) Ltd (BPO) officially launched its Multi-Purpose Terminal operations in the Port of PE on Friday, 29 November 2019 after completion of its refurbishment to Sheds 10 and 11.

Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of PE announced in February this year the appointment of its third terminal operator at the Multi-Purpose Terminal (MPT). BPO became the second private terminal operator at the MPT after the successful award of a Section 56 terminal operator license through an open tender process.

The license awarded to BPO required the design, development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the sheds. The project has now officially been completed with the sheds transformed into state-of-the-art facilities ensuring vital volume growth of multi-purpose cargo passing through the Port of PE, boosting the economy of Nelson Mandela Bay and providing much needed jobs. A Section 56 agreement, in terms of the National Ports Act, allows TNPA to sign terminal operator agreements with private-sector companies to reduce the cost of doing business and improve the competitiveness of South African companies.

The strategic partnership between TNPA and BPO has ensured the critical creation of jobs during the construction phase, the promotion of rural development through skills development in the construction industry, empowering local BBBEE businesses and increasing local business revenue.

Rajesh Dana, Port Manager of the Port of PE said, “The transformation that BPO has brought to the MPT through the refurbishment and upgrade of Sheds 10 and 11, is testament to what a Section 56 agreement can achieve through collaboration with industry players. BPO has provided great investment into the sheds and has further ensured that TNPA delivers on its mandate of ensuring economic growth in Nelson Mandela Bay, through successful facilitation of business opportunities.”

“Reaching this milestone of completing the construction and facelift of the Port of PE’s sheds is attributed not only to the hard work and commitment shown by our BPO employees, but also to the manner in which the TNPA Port of PE team has supported and facilitated the process in getting us to this point. BPO can now optimally strive to surpass the values enshrined in our motto: In place. On Time.”  said Jannie Roux, BPO’s Managing Director.

BPO is a fully empowered Level 2 BBBEE entity and is one of the largest providers of in-port logistics in South Africa. BPO aims to create at least 30 new permanent jobs in the logistical supply chain through their PE operation, enhancing their reputation of world-class expertise in stevedoring, transport, agency clearing and forwarding as well as warehousing.

Bidfreight Port Operations (Pty) Ltd (BPO) officially launched its Multi-Purpose Terminal operations in the Port of PE

Celebrating the milestone in the Port of PE are from the left Wandile Mzamo (Director Strategy & Corporate Affairs, BPO), Jannie Roux (MD, BPO) and Sujit Bhagattjee.


Celebrating the fruit of the strategic partnership between TNPA and BPO are from the left Jannie Roux (MD, BPO) and Rajesh Dana (Port of PE’s Port Manager, TNPA).


BPO’s staff are from the left Jimmy Prinsloo (General Manager), Wandile Mzamo (Director Strategy & Corporate Affairs), Taryn Lange (Operations Director) and Jannie Roux (MD).


The refurbished Sheds 10 and 11 in the Port of PE.


Addressing the audience is Jannie Roux (MD, BPO).

Exporters look back at a year of ‘taking Eastern Cape to the world’

Exporters look back at a year of ‘taking Eastern Cape to the world’

The value of winning an Exporters Eastern Cape Exporter of the Year Award had a wide range of meanings to the diverse group of top exporters in the Eastern Cape in 2019. However, one thing was certain – they would recommend participation in the awards to all exporters.

From building morale through tough times due to the widespread drought, to being recognised by peers and staff, some of the category winners shared the impact of winning the awards had on their companies at the Annual Social, hosted at Broughton Country Estate, on Thursday, 7 November 2019.

Exporters Eastern Cape Chairman Quintin Levey thanked SJM Flex SA as the sponsor of the Annual Social Event. “Thank you to all our members for participating in our events and in our mentorship programme, as well as the Exporter of the Year Awards in 2019. I know the winners will agree with me that the impact of the awards is invaluable,” said Levey.

The winner in the category Best Exporter: Small Business in 2019, was S4 Integration and according to S4 Integration New Business Development Manager Ettienne Gerwel winning the award had an amazing impact on the business.

“Congratulations to all of the other winners and I would encourage exporters to enter again next year. We have one goal and that is to take the Eastern Cape to the world, and therefore we are all winners as members of Exporters Eastern Cape,” said Gerwel.

The winner of the SJM Flex Environmental Practice Award and Merit Award Winner in the category Best Exporter: Small Business was La Mohair. La Mohair Owner Larissa Primmer said the award meant a lot to her company during a challenging year because of the effect of the drought on the production of mohair. The company, which employs 10 permanent workers, exports 95% of its mohair products.

“Thank you to the Exporters Eastern Cape for acknowledging us with the award, the informative sessions as well as the networking opportunities,” said Primmer.

The Winner of the SJM Flex Environmental Award, the IDC Job Creation Award and Merit Award Winner in the Best Exporter: OEM category was Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.

Ford Struandale Engine Plant Material, Planning and Logistics Manager Paul Brooks said Ford was extremely happy with the award – which gave recognition to a great year of hard work, dedication and commitment.

“Going forward all I can say is watch this space. We plan to build 250 000 vehicles in the next two years. The Eastern Cape is a major hub of the automotive sector and we will continue with our outreach programmes in the region. We want to thank Exporters Eastern Cape for the opportunity given to us with this award,” said Brooks.

Winner of the Best Provider of Services to Exporters was Sasfin Commercial Solutions (Global Trade).

Sasfin Commercial Solutions (Global Trade) National Manager Brenden Adriaanzen said the excitement of winning the award was amazing – especially the Monday morning following the awards ceremony back at the office, when all 52 staff members celebrated the award.

“It was such a proud feeling, since the award belongs to everyone. We received letters of congratulations from all over and the award was also wonderful free advertising and marketing,” said Adriaanzen.

Vehicle exports on track to achieve new record in 2019

Vehicle exports on track to achieve new record in 2019

NAAMSA welcomed the uptick in new vehicle sales during October 2019 and confirmed that aggregate domestic new vehicle sales, at 51 978 units, reflected a marginal increase of 122 units or 0,2% from the 51 856 vehicles sold in October last year. Monthly export sales had registered a further solid performance in line with industry expectations.

The October 2019 export sales number at 41 277 vehicles reflected a strong increase of 7 152 units, or 21,0%, compared to the 34 125 vehicles exported in the same month last year. For the first ten months of the year, vehicle exports, at 338 955 units, are now at their third highest level on record with still two months to go for the year and well on track to achieve another record in 2019.

Download the full NAAMSA press release below as well as the October 2019 Industry New Vehicle Sales.