2014 MOTY Winners

VOLKSWAGEN TAKE GOLD AT 2014 MOTY AWARDS

Volkswagen sweeps the board and takes Gold

Volkswagen sweeps the board and takes Gold at the 2014 Manufacturer of The Year (MOTY) Awards

SAVRALA extends their congratulations to all 2014 MOTY winners:

Overall Manufacturer of the Year Award:

  • Gold: Volkswagen South Africa
  • Silver: Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd
  • Bronze: Hyundai South Africa
  • Most Improved Overall: Honda (Pty) Ltd

Manufacturer of the Year: Rental

  • Gold: Volkswagen South Africa
  • Silver: Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd
  • Bronze: Audi SA
  • Most Improved Rental: Hyundai (Pty) Ltd

Manufacturer of the Year: Leasing

  • Gold: Volkswagen South Africa
  • Silver: Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd
  • Bronze: General Motors South Africa
  • Most Improved Leasing: Honda (Pty) Ltd

Best Account Executive

  • Leasing: Queen Ramaliwa (Volkswagen South Africa)
  • Rental: Faan Fourie (Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd

Best Technical Representative:

  • Leasing: Lutendo Mudau (Volkswagen South Africa)
  • Rental: Lutendo Mudau (Volkswagen South Africa)

The Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association’s (SAVRALA) much coveted overall Manufacturer of The Year (MOTY) Awards were held this past Friday, 24 October, in a glamorous gala event in Sandton, Johannesburg. Once again, incredibly, Volkswagen walked away with the highest honours again. Volkswagen have now won this prestigious award consecutively since 2010.

SAVRALA President, Marc Corcoran acknowledged what was achieved and said “Volkswagen should be proud of the consistent accolades given from their major fleet customers in such difficult and competitive trading conditions.”

This year, SAVRALA and its guests were truly honoured to have had the Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters attend the event and give the key note address. While the Minister addressed many aspects of the automotive industry, and some of the challenges the industry and the country faces in terms of the road infrastructure and funding, a key highlight was an invitation from the Minister to engage directly on the various issues affecting their members.

SAVRALA President Marc Corcoran, responded warmly and added that “the industry had recently resolved to try and engage more directly with several key strategic Government departments and had identified the Department of Transport as a priority. The timing of this invitation is perfect and we look forward to making a positive contribution” he said. “As a member of the Tourism Business Council South Africa (TBCSA), SAVRALA had previously engaged with Government via the National Department of Tourism, however, we concluded that a more direct engagement with the National Department of Transport was more desirable to progress transport specific matters. We look forward to discussing a broad range of issue from infrastructure funding, road safety, law enforcement and the role of SAVRALA within the broader transport sector.

Editorial contacts: ADZOO – Manfred Noriskin-Ender 0829010342

Tough Competition at the 2014 MOTY Awards

Truly a people’s car. That is the strong message the South African car rental and leasing companies have sent the motoring industry, as they recognised Volkswagen South African as the Overall Motor Manufacturer Of The Year (MOTY) winner for a fourth consecutive year.

However the accolades did not stop there, Volkswagen further walked away with the gold award for the rental category, the gold award for the leasing category, as well as the gold awards for best rental account executive and the best technical representative for both the rental and leasing categories.

The SAVRALA Manufacturer of the Year Award is not just some glitzy award decided through a random voting effort, but is a scientific and stringent process arrived at as a result of 10 Rental and 6 Leasing & Fleet Management companies rating 26 motor manufacturers. Using a survey containing 40 different and targetted questions.

The questionnaires are completed not only by one individual in each company, but by a panel of people who depend on, and deal directly with each manufacturer and its staff. This results in obtaining an accurate, objective, unbiased and company-wide perspective of the service levels experienced. Aspects that are covered by the survey include areas such as manufacturer contact, communication, technical assistance, parts availability and pricing structures.

The competition is tough and the selection process is stringent. For the past four years VOLKSWAGEN have consistently provided the best service and support to their corporate customers in order to retain their various 1st place positions as awarded by the South African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA). TOYOTA were successful in retaining their 2nd place for the Rental and Overall sections as well as receiving a Leasing section award after an absence of 11 years, taking the 2nd spot previously held by NISSAN. The 3rd place spoils for Rental went to AUDI, and for Leasing to GENERAL MOTORS, both for the second year running.

This year, The SAVRALA MOTY Awards, always a black tie affair, was once again held at the elegant Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg. Attended by the who’s who of the rental, leasing and car manufacturer’s industries, the guests were privileged to be addressed by high-profile VIP guest, the honourable minister of Transport, Ms. Dipuo Peters.

Adding some spit and polish to the evening was always-popular Top Billing host, Simba Mhere, who ensured everything ran like a well-oiled machine. The brief but welcome entertainment was provided by the enthusiastic and inspiring Kliptown Youth Programme children with top notch showmanship of their gumboot dancing skills. KYP’s mission is to eradicate the poverty of mind, body, and soul and to fight against the disadvantages imposed on the children of Kliptown.

SAVRALA extends their congratulations to all 2014 MOTY winners.

“The results were very close and it is always a very tight race but the competition for these highly coveted awards is very fierce and the manufacturer’s work very hard to earn and maintain the positions they received. You need to understand that besides delivering excellent service and products, these brands need to remain profitable, and that, in these lean economic times, is no mean feat. I was actually very please how well the evening ran and was particularly happy that our minister managed to take time out of her busy schedule to attend our awards. This shows me that government values SAVRALA’s contribution to the industry and the country,” said Marc Corcoran, SAVRALA President.

Editorial contacts:
Manfred Noriskin-Ender
Email: manfred@adzoo.co.za
Cell: 0829010342

Minister of Transport and SAVRALA to engage directly

Minister of Transport with SAVRALA

Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters with SAVRALA

The Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association’s (SAVRALA) much coveted overall Manufacturer of The Year (MOTY) Awards were held this past Friday, 24 October, in a glamorous gala event in Sandton, Johannesburg. Once again, incredibly, Volkswagen walked away with the highest honours again. Volkswagen have now won this prestigious award consecutively since 2010.

SAVRALA President, Marc Corcoran acknowledged what was achieved and said “Volkswagen should be proud of the consistent accolades given from their major fleet customers in such difficult and competitive trading conditions.”

This year, SAVRALA and its guests were truly honoured to have had the Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters attend the event and give the key note address. While the Minister addressed many aspects of the automotive industry, and some of the challenges the industry and the country faces in terms of the road infrastructure and funding, a key highlight was an invitation from the Minister to engage directly on the various issues affecting their members.

SAVRALA President Marc Corcoran, responded warmly and added that “the industry had recently resolved to try and engage more directly with several key strategic Government departments and had identified the Department of Transport as a priority. The timing of this invitation is perfect and we look forward to making a positive contribution” he said. “As a member of the Tourism Business Council South Africa (TBCSA), SAVRALA had previously engaged with Government via the National Department of Tourism, however, we concluded that a more direct engagement with the National Department of Transport was more desirable to progress transport specific matters. We look forward to discussing a broad range of issue from infrastructure funding, road safety, law enforcement and the role of SAVRALA within the broader transport sector.

Editorial contacts: ADZOO – Manfred Noriskin-Ender 0829010342

SAVRALA welcomes setting up of e-toll panel

PRESS RELEASE: 27 June, 2014

SAVRALA welcomes setting up of e-toll panel

Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) welcomes today’s announcement by the Gauteng Premiere to set up a panel to review the implementation of GFIP e-Tolls.

While its members complied with the 3 December implementation of e-Tolling last year, the industry has had to spend millions of rands to integrate the necessary e-Toll and e-Tag systems so that its customers could be billed.

Notwithstanding these investments and ongoing daily e-Toll administrative costs, SAVRALA would welcome an opportunity to participate on an e-Toll panel, as proposed by the Premiere Makhura, with a view to help find an agreeable, sustainable and efficient solution to fund much needed infrastructural upgrades while also noting the need to continue developing an integrated, reliable and efficient public transport system in Gauteng.

Editorial contacts: ADZOO – Manfred Noriskin-Ender 0829010342

BOOST TOURISM TRADE CONFIDENCE BY IMPROVING INTER-GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

For Immediate Release

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PRESS STATEMENT

BOOST TOURISM TRADE CONFIDENCE BY IMPROVING INTER-GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

Pretoria, 23 June 2014: The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) haswelcomed the State of the Nation Address by President Zuma with a request forGovernment to prioritise inter-governmental/business relations and creating an enablingenvironment for the travel and tourism trade.

TBCSA Chief Executive Officer, Mmatšatši Ramawela said the trade welcomed the SONA’sconsistent feature of the travel and tourism industry, saying this sends a strong messageabout Government’s regard for the industry.“We welcome the Presidents’ consistent profilingof travel and tourism in his speeches. To us it’s a demonstration of the increased coverageand attention the industry is receiving within Government.

Ramawela emphasised the need for Government to create a conducive environment for thetrade, highlighting the need to improve inter-governmental relations as one of the mainchallenges which the TBCSA has identified. “Recent pronouncements on immigrationregulations without broad consultation with the travel and tourism trade as a partner ofGovernment constitutes an unfortunate disconnect between the public and private sector.The harm already done in terms of forward bookings and tourist perceptions about thedestination is unfortunate and we fear that it may take some time to repair” she said.

Commenting on the SONA’s remarks about increasing foreign visitor arrivals to more than15 million annually by 2017 and increasing tourism’s contribution to the country’s revenue,Ramawela said that the President’s ambition of achieving double-digit growth in touristarrivals was achievable but could only be reached if there was greater cohesion in intergovernmentalstrategy and support given to the travel and tourism trade.

Marc Corcoran, President of the South African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association(SAVRALA) said: “SAVRALA welcomes the recognition by President Zuma of Tourism’spotential to assist growth in the South African economy. “We look forward to work withMinister Hanekom to ensure that appropriate government policy and resources place tourismhigher on the agenda to ensure that the R125bn revenue target is achieved. We are,however, concerned that the President failed to address the lack of progress to attain theDecade of Action 2020 road safety targets which should by now have seen a turnaround inthe annual road carnage which continues to claim over 14,000 South African lives annually”.

Ramawela said sentiments expressed by SAVRALA on transport matters are similar to thefrustrations experienced by other sectors within travel and tourism, whose work is directlyimpacted by legislation and policy decisions made elsewhere in the realm of Government.

“In the President’s words, change will not come without some far-reaching interventions. Webelieve one of the interventions should be improvement in inter-governmental and businessrelations at a local, provincial and national level. Create the right climate, and then theinvestment and job creation will follow” Ramawela concluded.

Ends

For further information please contact: Ms. Kagiso Mosue, TBCSA Corporate Communications Manager on +27.12.654.2660


Editors Notes

TBCSA

Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) is a member-based organisation, made up of TourismAssociations as well as leading businesses operating in the Travel and Tourism sector. The Council seeks toensure that the industry is unified and speaks with one voice when engaging relevant stakeholders on macroeconomicissues affecting the sector.

Sector associations affiliated to the TBCSA are as follows:
1. AHI – Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut
2. AASA – Airlines Association of Southern Africa
3. ASATA – Association of South African Travel Agents
4. BARSA – Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa
5. EXSA – Exhibition & Event Association of Southern Africa
6. FEDHASA – Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa
7. FGASA – Field Guides Association of South Africa
8. HOSA – Hiking Organisation of South Africa
9. NAA –SA – National Accommodation Association of South Africa
10. ORCSA – Off-Road Council of South Africa
11. PHASA – Professional Hunters Association of South Africa
12. RASA – Restaurant Association of South Africa
13. SACA South African Chefs Association
14. SAACI – Southern African Association for the Conference Industry
15. SABOA – Southern African Bus Operators’ Association
16. SATSA – Southern Africa Tourism Services Association
17. SAVRALA – Southern African Vehicle Rental Association
18. SAYTC – South African Youth Travel Confederation
19. VOASA – Vacation Ownership Association of South Africa