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WHILE the fu­ture of in­di­vid­ual ve­hi­cle own­er­ship has been all but buried by re­searchers (see above re­port) Mercedes-Benz South Africa and Transnet part­ner­ship re­ported record ex­ports of the C-Class from the fac­tory and port in East Lon­don.

Re­cent re­ports have con­firmed that Transnet and Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) recorded the high­est units be­ing han­dled in East Lon­don in April, with over 10 000 new ve­hi­cles ex­ported.

This bodes well for the econ­omy of the re­gion and for the part­ner­ship of MBSA, Transnet Port Ter­mi­nals (TPT) and Transnet Na­tional Ports Author­ity (TNPA).

MBSA’s CEO and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Arno van der Merwe, said the to­tal num­ber of MercedesBenz W205 C-Class ve­hi­cles ex­ported via the East Lon­don over the last three months amounted to 25 860. “In April we were the high­est ex­porter of new ve­hi­cles in South Africa when we recorded a to­tal of 10 674 ex­ports, which is a huge achieve­ment and a record for MBSA, the East Lon­don Port and the Eastern Cape as a prov­ince.

“Karl So­cikwa, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Transnet Port Ter­mi­nals, said by ex­port­ing such a vol­ume of cars, the part­ners had con­trib­uted im­mensely in the sus­te­nance of jobs and in turn­ing the tide against the cur­rent eco­nomic slump,”

The par­ties The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Au­to­mo­bile Man­u­fac­tur­ers of South Africa said new ve­hi­cle ex­ports dur­ing April had reg­is­tered a sub­stan­tial im­prove­ment ris­ing by 9 254 ve­hi­cles or 39,2% from 23 602 ve­hi­cles ex­ported in April last year to 32 856 ex­ports in April 2016. — WR.

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