Annual Charity Golf Day 2015

The SAVRALA Annual Charity golf day enjoyed excellent weather at the Johannesburg Country Club on the 25th of February 2015 and unlike the previous year where rain soaked the players and the game had to be cut short, this year’s event almost broke all previous records. More than 80 golfers, playing in teams of four, competed in perfect conditions on a course in excellent condition. 80 golfers sat down to an excellent meal with Michael Scholz keeping order as master of ceremonies. The raffle and auction were very well supported and more than R72,000 was raised for the chosen charity.

The SAVRALA President, Marc Corcoran, thanked the members for their continued support of this worthy cause, he thanked the club for giving the event the courtesy of the course. Many of those participating had been involved with the event over many years and its continued success was due to their unwavering support. He thanked all the sponsors once again for their generous giving which resulted in a day of fun and fellowship. The chosen charity organisation that will benefit is The QuadPara Association of South Africa. QASA’s function is to serve quadriplegics, paraplegics and the disability sector in general, in whatever capacity its members find most constructive. The organisation aims to assist people with mobility impairments to lead independent lives with a decent standard of living, in areas ranging from personal care and assistive devices to adequate skills development and employment.

Ari Seirlis, the CEO of QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) gave a heartwarming speech on his organisation and thanked SAVRALA for choosing QASA. Marc Corcoran gave feedback on the Leasing Section and advised members of the imminent changes that will take place within SAVRALA. He spoke briefly about the continued collaboration with the automotive sector on legislative issues affecting the industry.

SAVRALA thanks all those involved and looks forward to continued participation and support.

The following companies took part in the SAVRALA Charity Golf Day:

  • Toyota South Africa Motors (Pty) Ltd
  • General Motors South Africa
  • Volkswagen South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Bidvest Car Rental t/a Budget
  • Avis Rent A Car (Pty) Ltd
  • ABSA Vehicle Management Solutions
  • Datadot Technology SA (Pty) LTD
  • Mitsubishi Motors South Africa
  • Hyundai Automotive South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Nissan South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Liquid Capital (Pty) Ltd
  • Audi South Africa
  • FleetAfrica, A Division of Super Group Africa Pty Ltd
  • Infiniti SA (a division of Nissan SA)
  • Kia Motors South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Europcar and Tempest Car Hire
  • Top Notch Car Rental CC
  • Accordian / TATA

Hole Sponsors:

  • Toyota South Africa Motors (Pty) Ltd
  • Volkswagen South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Bidvest Car Rental t/a Budget
  • Nissan South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Hyundai Automotive South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Mercedes-Benz South Africa
  • Infiniti SA (a division of Nissan SA)
  • Audi South Africa

Additional Sponsors:

  • Fleet Africa
  • Hertz Car Rental
  • Tempest Car Rental
  • Europcar
  • Avis

By Sandile Ntseoane

2014 MOTY Winners


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
Cell: 0829010342