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BOTY Awards 2020 Live Broadcast

on 19 Apr 2021

They tackled the global headwinds of the 2020 COVID pandemic with resilience. They innovated, led and delivered, despite harsh economic realities. This year’s finalists are true high achievers. Watch the Live Stream of the awards
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MSX NADA Business of the Year Awards finalists and winners announced

on 29 Mar 2021

At the recent annual MSX NADA Business of the Year 2020 Awards (BOTY), it was broadly acknowledged that to have been nominated as a finalist and won awards in these times is a phenomenal achievement. Automotive retail went through a very difficult period at the onset of the hard lockdown in March last year. Despite extremely trying times, dealers were able to triumph through the most adverse times. They were able to innovate, show leadership and commitment and still succeed. Now in its 22nd year, the MSX NADA Business of the Year Awards honour the exceptional performance of managers and their teams at automotive dealerships across the country. It is the only independent validation of dealership profitability
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NADA Commentary: Encouraging vehicle sales in February

on 02 Mar 2021

Vehicle sales in February were more encouraging than expected for a shorter trading month than January. Overall dealer sales across all segments increased by almost 3,000 units month-on-month. Passenger Vehicle sales increased by almost 1,500 units and Light Commercial Vehicle sales improved by close to 2,000 units, said Mark Dommisse, Chairperson of the National Automobile Dealers' Association (NADA).
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South Africa’s new vehicle dealers expected to get back on the gas in 2021

on 23 Feb 2021

NADA foresees an improved, but by no means smooth, road ahead for South African new car dealers in 2021. Mark Dommisse, NADA Chairperson stresses, however, that any market predictions are risky given the many uncertainties both locally and globally. A number of forces, some of which are outside South Africa’s control, could still impact the economy and dampen recovery efforts.
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NADA DPP Live Broadcast - 18 February 2021

on 19 Feb 2021

Join our panel of industry speakers as they take a critical look at the challenges and opportunities facing the Automotive Retail sector in 2021. Hosted by Mark Dommisse, NADA Chairman and MD of the North Motor Group and featuring; Chris de Kock - WesBank CEO, Marq Roberts - Fury Group CEO
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Squeeze is on for vehicle buyers

on 01 Feb 2021

A drop of 18% in the new car market in January, compared to January 2020, is a clear indication that the economic squeeze is on for vehicle buyers in South Africa, according to Mark Dommisse, the Chairperson of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association, which is the professional body representing more than 1 300 motor dealerships, and includes 85% of the new vehicle franchised outlets.
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South African vehicle owners overburdened by taxes

on 01 Feb 2021

While the pandemic has had a dramatic impact on business and industrial landscapes, both locally and abroad, one of the industries that has had to adapt or die quickly is the automotive industry, in all its facets. This has meant rethinking the way it does business and what stimulus packages would help to get it firing on all cylinders again.
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Motor dealers feeling cautiously optimistic about the future

on 03 Dec 2020

South Africa’s hard-pressed motor dealers are feeling cautiously optimistic about the future, following the release of the November new vehicle retail sales figures by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers’ of South Africa (naamsa).
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An open letter to the Honourable Minister Fikile Mbalula

on 19 Nov 2020

Extensive administrative delays in document turnaround times and vital operational systems are drastically impacting motor vehicle sales in South Africa. This is having a dramatic knock-on effect in the industry with many related businesses unable to do business and secure much needed income at this critical time.
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As Industry Rebuilds – Skills Development is a Key Contributor

on 16 Nov 2020

South Africa’s high level of unemployment is nothing new, but the cataclysmic effect Covid-19 has had on local industry has made skills development interventions even more imperative. Skills shortages are intensifying an already dire situation, and the mismatch between businesses’ evolving demands and the skills furnished by education systems, and/or insufficient numbers of people trained in the high-demand skills, are now clearly evident.
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Incremental gains for new vehicle sales, but still way down on pre-Covid numbers

on 08 Nov 2020

Major supply issues across significant Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) brands due to Covid-19 restrictions, coupled to the run out of certain key models, resulted in a 22.6% reduction in light commercial vehicle volume on dealer floors
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Survival of the fittest for South African car dealers

on 23 Oct 2020

The South African retail motor industry is getting to grips with the “new normal” after a demanding and difficult trading period through the heavy stages of lockdown. Most dealerships have right-sized and tightened financial controls over the past six months to counter the downturn in vehicle sales, service appointments and parts sales.
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NADA DPP Webinar - Are you ready to take on 2021

on 13 Oct 2020

In the words of Deloitte, 2021 is the year to Respond, Recover and Thrive. Watch the panel of experts debate opportunities they feel will favour the brave next year. Is the SA Automotive Retail Industry ready to rebound?
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NADA offers “On the road fees” clarity

on 13 Oct 2020

While there is still much confusion over “On the road fees”, especially in light of rulings made by the National Credit Regulator and its associated Tribunal last year, the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) would like to clarify some contentious issues.
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Vehicle sales improve slightly as dealers support tax cuts to boost motor industry

on 13 Oct 2020

The ongoing albeit slow improvement in new vehicle sales in South Africa, in line with the decreasing Lockdown Levels, is welcome, but the motor industry needs significant government support to grow sales, thereby increasing the amount of taxation paid to the state,” commented Mark Dommisse, Chairperson of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association, following the distribution of retail new vehicle sales information for September by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa).
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OPINION: Green shoots showing in South Africa’s economy

on 22 Sep 2020

There is a natural tendency for South Africans to look at the negative aspects of the nation’s economy under lockdown, but if we look on the brighter side, green shoots are in plain view. Firstly, we are pleased with South Africa’s handling of the pandemic crisis. In mid-September, the seven-day average infection rate was 1,627 per day, and is currently below 1 000, which is vastly different from the peak of 13,944 infections per day on July 24.
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Online car sales in South Africa: What’s possible, what’s not and why

on 17 Aug 2020

Online shopping trends were on an upward trajectory long before the pandemic and enforced national lockdown saw South Africans investigating how to buy toilet paper and pool chlorine from the comfort and safety of their couches. The rise in popularity of many existing and new online shopping platforms has, in turn, fuelled the notion that buying cars in similar manner will soon be a reality. Is it possible to buy a car online from start to finish and have it delivered to your driveway without ever leaving home? Yes, but it was prior to COVID-19 and only under exceptional circumstances.
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New vehicle sales flat in July but still in choppy waters overall

on 03 Aug 2020

New vehicle sales were largely flat in July, showing similar numbers to those of June 2020. However, according to the National Automobile Dealers’ Association’s (NADA’s) chairperson, Mark Dommisse, “most worrying to note is that July was a very long trading month, and vehicle sales were still almost 30% down on the previous year.
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Relaxation of costly regulatory compliance requirements to stimulate business growth

on 03 Aug 2020

Excessive red tape and unrealistic compliance costs in an over regulated business environment are stifling sustainability and growth in many business sectors, particularly in the retail automotive sector.
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The National Automobile Dealers’ Association appoints Marcia Mayaba as National Vice Chairperson

on 30 Jul 2020

Marcia Mayaba, Franchise Executive, Barloworld Motor Retail, has been elected as the National Automobile Dealers’ Association’s (NADA) Vice-Chairperson.
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