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Hilux finally wins a Dakar stage but fails to change overall ranking

The three Toyota Hilux teams in the 2018 Dakar in South America have battled to shrink the distances between them and the two leading Peugeot teams but on Tuesday, the South African-built Hilux of driver Bernhard ten Brinke and navigator Michel Périn broke the impasse, winning Stage 11 in a rather spectacular fashion. The Hilux ended the stage a full 4 minutes and 35 seconds ahead of Cyril Despres, the second in position Peugeot, and 04:40 ahead of race leader, Carlos Sainz, also in a Peugeot. Stage 11 saw Ten Brinke post the fastest time of everyone in his...

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Two Peugeot teams in the lead at Dakar 2018. Hilux settles for third, fourth and fifth

La Paz, Bolivia, 12 January 2018 – On Wednesday, after five stages, the Dakar Rally moved from Peru to Bolivia, from the soft dunes that marked the opening stages of the race to the fast gravel tracks of the Bolivian highlands. Stage 6 peaked near the 4,800 metre ASL mark. All three Toyota Gazoo racing crews in South African built Hiluxes reported clean runs after numerous punctures and other misfortunes during the first five stages. This inevitably left the door wide open for the Peugeot racers to occupy the two top spots and stay there. Hilux driver Nasser Al...

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SADC infrastructure projects dominate PIDA conference

By Joseph Ngwawi Southern African News Features Infrastructure projects involving southern African countries featured prominently when African experts met in Namibia to discuss ways of deepening cooperation on the continent. Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states had the largest number of projects showcased during the 2017 Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Week held in Swakopmund, Namibia on 10-14 December. Out of the six infrastructure corridor projects showcased during the PIDA Week, four involved SADC member states – some of them being promoted jointly with other regional economic communities. These are the Batoka Hydropower Plant, the Zambia-Tanzania-Kenya...

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SADC achievements in 2017 and strategies post-2020

Southern African News Features – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) grew to include 16 Member States in 2017, and the steps towards integration and development advanced significantly as the region recorded achievements and began to develop strategies for the post-2020 agenda. The 37th SADC Summit held on 19-20 August in Pretoria, South Africa, formally admitted the Union of Comoros as the 16th Member State of SADC. Summit adopted the theme of “Partnering with the private sector in developing industry and regional value chains” and urged Member States to operationalize the theme through implementation of projects in the focus...

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African Development Bank approves US$20 million to support sustainable energy

Abidjan – As part of its wider mandate under the New Deal on Energy for Africa, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank on 15 December, approved an investment of US$20 million in the Evolution II Fund −a Pan-African clean and sustainable energy private equity fund. The Bank’s investment in Evolution II Fund reflects the High 5 development priorities of the Bank and in particular, the agenda to Light up and Power Africa. The proposed participation in the Fund is a demonstration of the Bank’s commitment to promote renewable energy and efficiency in Africa. The Evolution II...

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With the all-new Patrol, Nissan emerges from the luxury offroad shadows

Nissan introduced the stunning all-new Patrol earlier in December to the market in southern Africa, as a completely re-designed, reworked and respecced serious offroader despite all the frills to make it competitive against other luxury large SUVs. Weighing in at 3500 kg, the Patrol is no lightweight, requiring a substantial and responsive power plant in the form of a massive V8, and a 7-speed automatic transmission to propel its bulky frame. It is equally at home in city traffic, and in the thick sand along the beach. Shortly after the vehicle’s local introduction, Nissan said “The Patrol is Nissan’s...

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Suzuki sets new sales record – on track for bumper 2017

Having just set a new sales record in November, Suzuki South Africa expects sales to remain strong on the back of its 5-year / 200,000 km mechanical warranty special that runs until the end of December. In an earlier strategies move, Suzuki has foregone on the fourth quarter price increases, opting instead for steady prices until the end of 2017. Suzuki South Africa, the Japanese importer that also supplies Suzuki in Namibia, posted year to date sales which set new records, the highest ever. In November Suzuki sold 1045 vehicles across southern Africa, the company’s best-ever monthly sales and...

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Positive SA November sales build on growth in motor industry

South African new vehicle sales have seen yet another month of growth, despite macroeconomic challenges in that country. According to the latest aggregated sales statistics from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), new vehicle sales in November grew 7.2%, year-on-year. Total sales amounted to 49,754 units. The majority of sales growth came from an incredibly strong showing in the rental channel, which saw a surge in year-on-year sales. This is attributed to rental car companies re-fleeting ahead of the holiday season. Another growth driver was the passenger car dealer channel, which grew by more than...

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