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October 20, 2017

Competition Commission calls for submissions on car service workshops and warranties

Do you believe that you should have the right to have your car serviced at the workshop of your choice without jeopardising your warranty‚ or are you convinced that only the franchised dealerships have the skills and experience to do a proper job?

Whatever your views‚ the Competition Commission would like hear from you – it’s calling for written submissions‚ typed or hand-written‚ on its draft code of conduct for competition in the South African Automotive Industry‚ which seeks to allow small independent auto workshops to undertake in-warranty auto-body repairs and give consumers more price and product options.

Deadline for submissions is November 3 – just [...]

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October 13, 2017

Swaziland Rail Link project to create jobs

More than 9 000 direct jobs are set to be created in South Africa and Swaziland during the construction of the Swaziland Rail Link project.

“Approximately 3000 and 6500 jobs will be created in South Africa and Swaziland individually during the construction of the Swaziland Railway line,” said Transnet Rail Freight Chief Executive Officer Ravi Nair.

The Swaziland Rail Link entails the construction of a 150 kilometre new railway line from Lothair in South Africa to Sidvokodvo in Swaziland and the revamping of two existing lines in both countries.

“This line has been designed to carry 150 general freight wagons at a time and will be operated as a seamless service [...]

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October 12, 2017

Safety tips for motorists during heavy rains

With heavy rainfall causing chaos on the roads, the South African Police Service has urged motorists to be cautious.

Heavy rains and strong winds have gripped most parts of the country, causing damage in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

Images and videos shared on social media today show cars submerged in flood water on the N2 highway in Durban. There have also been reports of trees being knocked down by high speed winds, while the roofs on several homes and schools have been blown off.

Gauteng experienced similar circumstances on Monday afternoon, especially around Mogale City on the West Rand. Dozens of homes were destroyed, trees uprooted, the roof at [...]

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October 6, 2017

Avoid becoming a hijack victim: 19 tips that could save your life

In South Africa, one hijacking occurs roughly every 32 minutes. Over 12 000 vehicles were hijacked in SA between April and December 2016 – 14,9% more in nine months than in the previous financial year

“We read and share shocking stats like these all too frequently,” says Bianca de Beer, spokesperson for insurance provider Dialdirect.

“There is a wealth of information available online around hijacking hotspots and the latest hijacking tactics. The more you know, the better prepared you will be.”

Here are their tips:

Use a GPS to avoid getting lost and becoming an easy target. Inform someone at your destination about your estimated time of arrival. Always be [...]
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