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.

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BOOST TOURISM TRADE CONFIDENCE BY IMPROVING INTER-GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

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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.

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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

TOURISM GROWTH KEY FOR THE COUNTRY AND CAR RENTAL

As the confetti from the ANC election victory party settled over the weekend, the tourism industry gathered in Durban, for Indaba 2014, to showcase its broad ranging products and services to local and international visitors. South African tourism, exceeding over 10 million arrivals last year and its growing GDP contribution which now exceeds 9%, has demonstrated sustained growth well above the global industry norm.  Reflecting further on the extent of this performance, one is reminded that yet another record was broken, at the time, in 2010 during the hosting of the FIFA World Cup when over 8 million foreign visitors arrived in the country.

A labour-intensive industry, with a supply chain that links across multiple sectors, tourism was identified as a priority in the government’s planning and policy frameworks being as one of the six job drivers of the New Growth Path framework.  The National Development Plan (NDP) also identified the need for critical actions to boost private investment in labour intensive areas and export earnings which is a typical feature of the tourism industry. Aligned to the NDP, the National Tourism Sector Strategy, launched in 2011, aims to ensure the sector realises its full potential in terms of job creation, social inclusion, services exports and foreign exchange earnings. At its current levels, the tourism industry matches the gold sector however the National Department of Tourism expects tourism to grow from a baseline in 2009 of R189 billion to R499 billion by 2020.

SAVRALA (Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association) car rental members have also shown similar growth patterns in certain segments. The measured market, in 2013 at R4,7 billion in revenue, reported a 9% growth over the previous year and while rental volumes showed a very modest overall 2% growth, international customers grew by over 20%. However, these international customers are also price sensitive which was illustrated by a 10% reduction in rental period, to an average of 8 days, last year. More locally, unsurprising, with the increasing financial burden on households and the demise in the number of local low cost airline operators, the domestic leisure rental volumes decreased by 8% last year. While general business travel remains a key segment, the growth of both local and international visitors requiring car rental services and the many other related services, would see many new and much needed jobs being created in tourism.

As a long haul destination, South Africa competes in several key markets against other long haul destinations such as the Far East and Australasia. The cost and capacity of air access to South Africa, and the continent in general,  is often the first challenge in efforts to try and ensure that tourism can take the necessary steps to achieve its ambitious targets. It is notable that the Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk reflected on this key enabler during this year’s Durban Indaba.

As the tourism industry awaits the announcement of the new members of President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet, it is hoped that tourism will play a more central role in his administrations focus over the next five years, given its rich abundance of opportunity.

While tourism has got a good story to tell, it’s critical that in five year’s time, we have a much better South African tourism legacy to look upon.

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SAVRALA 2014 GOLF DAY! Food for the soul

SAVRALA raise R95000 for Meals on Wheels

SAVRALA President Marc Corcoran and General Manager Sandile Ntseoane hand over R95000 cheque to Enrico Robinson of Meals On Wheels.

Wednesday the 26th of February – Houghton Golf Course. Not really the greatest weather for golf but the day could not have turned out more gloriously, raising a hefty R95,000 for the Meals on Wheels NGO.

The golf course was abuzz with excitement, as members of SAVRALA (Southern African Vehicle Rental And Leasing Association) descended on it for their Annual Charity Golf event. Sadly, weather cut play short and only 13 holes could be completed, but this certainly did not dampen spirits or the fun that was had by all.

MC Graeme Joffe ensured his razor sharp wit and horseplay kept the field entertained and there certainly was no shortage of fun and laughter along the course, provided by the various sponsors who had pulled out all the stops to show support for this worthy cause.

Although the day is always great fun and the golfers truly battle it out for some great prizes and the glory to be the industries top four-ball, the real winner at the end of the day is always SAVRALA’s chosen charity – this year the charity of choice was Meals on Wheels. MOW really got stuck in on the day and showed their appreciation on the course, to the delight of the golfers.

The winning four-balls were:

1st: Keith Rankin, Paul Wilmans, Lance Smith and Slade Thomson from Avis

1st: Keith Rankin, Paul Wilmans, Lance Smith and Slade Thomson from Avis

 

2nd: Jeremy Anderson, Roy Brown, Frans Erasmus and Des Alberts playing in the General Motors Fourball

2nd: Jeremy Anderson, Roy Brown, Frans Erasmus and Des Alberts playing in the General Motors Fourball

3rd: Tony Jenkins, Frikkie Wentzel, Stanley Anderson and Grant Galloti playing in the Hyundai Fourball.

3rd: Tony Jenkins, Frikkie Wentzel, Stanley Anderson and Grant Galloti playing in the Hyundai Fourball.

As is tradition, the day ended with a prize-giving dinner followed by an auction to raise additional funds for SAVRALA’s chosen charity. But before this commenced, Gershan Naidoo of Meals on Wheels gave a brief overview on what Meals on Wheels do and how SAVRALA’s donation will positively impact them as an NGO. As the auction commenced Meals on Wheels had another surprise in store by providing items from their Charity Shop which included hand-made items which were auctioned off.

Meals on Wheels is a not-for-profit organisation that has been in operation for more than four decades and runs more than 280 service points. Over 13,4 million meals are served and delivered annually to the poor and needy. But, Meals on Wheels is much more than just about delivering meals to the elderly, MOW is a multi-faceted welfare service aimed at helping the elderly of our country to live out their sunset years in dignity and relative comfort. The service includes Old-Age Homes, Frail-Care Centres, Service Centres for Senior Citizens, and the well-known Meals on Wheels for the Aged meal delivery service.

MOW’s goal is to encourage every family and every business in South Africa to sponsor just a few meals a month for a struggling Senior Citizen.

The car manufacturer’s really showed heart and Toyota handed over a cheque of an amount of R10,000.00 on the night, followed by an additional R10,000.00 sponsored by Nissan later in the evening.

Nissan South Africa’s sponsored hole raised the most money of the day and they were generous enough to send their prize back into the auction and raise a further R3,000.00 . The hole that won the best display however went to Honda who went all out to show their colours.

“The support by both member and manufacturer’s was overwhelming and demonstrated once again that business in South Africa plays a valuable role in supporting CSI initiatives and the community at large through fund-raisers like this. SAVRALA’s whole-hearted thanks goes to all the members for their continued support for this type of charity drive by playing, manning holes or by being sponsors and reaching into their pockets and giving so graciously as well as sponsoring prizes, participating in the auction and raising money for Meals on Wheels”. Marc Corcoran, President of SAVRALA said.

The SAVRALA NEC extends a hearty thanks to all for their participation.

SAVRALA offers condolences to Mandela family

Nelson-Mandela

PRESS RELEASE:  December 06, 2013

The Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) wishes to convey our sincere and deep condolences to the Mandela family for their loss. The former President of South Africa, Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, more affectionately known as Tata Madiba, is now finally at peace but will be forever in our hearts and minds.

His passing has left us with deep a feeling of loss, we however, also acknowledge an even deeper feeling of pride for a man from such humble rural beginnings was able to tower above so many of our current world leaders through his enormous personal challenges and sacrifices.

Whether you had the privilege to meet him or you were one of the millions around the world who were enthralled and captivated by him, he has now left a clear path of tolerance, compassion, empathy and kindness, through his wise words and actions, for all of us to follow. It is now for each of us to play our part and make a difference in our country.

We thank you Tata. Rest in Peace.

Editorial contacts:
Marc Corcoran, President, SAVRALA

SAVRALA Manufacturer of the Year 2013 AWARDS

Best Account Executive

  • Leasing:  Kathleen Booth (Volkswagen South Africa)
  • Rental:  Queen Ramaliwa (Volkswagen South Africa)

Best Manufacturers Technical Representative:

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

Manufacturer of the Year: Leasing

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

Manufacturer of the Year: Rental

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

Overall Manufacturer of the Year Award:

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