Sunday Observer - - NEWS - BY MA­JAHA NKONYANE

Stan­dard Bank cus­tomers will, go­ing for­ward, have easy ac­cess to ve­hi­cle fi­nance when­ever they want to pur­chase any Ford make from Car­son Auto. This comes as cul­mi­na­tion of an al­liance be­tween the bank and ve­hi­cle sup­plier which was launched at Car­son Auto on Fri­day night.

“It is with great plea­sure and earnest ex­cite­ment that I present to you to­day on be­half of the Com­pany, its man­age­ment,and en­tire staff that we are con­fi­dent and that we will en­sure that Ford lo­cally is placed on the same com­pet­i­tive level with deal­ers in South Africa,” Car­son Auto Direc­tor Moses Motsa said.

He said the re­la­tion­ship forged by the two com­pa­nies aims at boost­ing the econ­omy of the coun­try and fast track­ing His Majesty King Mswati III’s 2022 vi­sion.

The re­la­tion­ship will not only com­pany but the na­tion at large.

Motsa re­vealed how the process of ac­quir­ing a car was made easy as through this re­la­tion­ship, they were en­sur­ing that their prices willbe favourable to peo­ple of all in­come groups. “We make it our duty that all our cus­tomers are sat­is­fied and by availing af­ford­able means it will en­able the na­tion to catch up with the fast paced and grow­ing world,” he said.

The Stan­dard Bank and Ford al­liance will en­able Car­son Auto to of­fer in­no­va­tive and com­pet­i­tive fi­nance so­lu­tions to their cus­tomers.

“We are cer­tainly ex­cited about this al­liance and the cus­tomers’ of­fer­ings in an en­vi­ron­ment where mo­bil­ity costs are on the in­crease and cus­tomer af­ford­abil­ity is un­der pres­sure,” Stan­dard Bank’s Head of Ve­hi­cle and As­set ben­e­fit the Fi­nance-Africa Re­gions Eu­gene Ochse said.

The bank has over the years cre­ated a foot print in Africa with bank­ing op­er­a­tions in 19 coun­tries; and has a vi­sion of part­ner­ing with world class brands. Ochse re­vealed that the bank had sim­i­lar re­la­tion­ships with ve­hi­cle sup­pli­ers in Botswana and in Namibia.


“This coali­tion is en­cour­aged as it fa­cil­i­tates easy trade in ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion. Thus, the strat­egy is en­cour­aged as it presents an op­por­tu­nity for both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors to carry out trans­ac­tions in this brand eas­ily, with less ef­fort while en­joy­ing com­pet­i­tive rates,” he said.

Min­is­ter also showed sup­port for the al­liance as the launch saw the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Paul Dlamini with the Min­is­ter of Sports Youth and Cul­ture Cruiser Ng­cam­pha­lala, Min­is­ter of Com­merce In­dus­try and Trade Jab­u­laniMabuza and Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Ser­vice Owen Nx­u­maloin at­ten­dance.

Min­is­ter Mabuza said au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­mote ser­vice ex­cel­lence to en­sure that cus­tomers like gov­ern­ment got value for money.

He said the re­la­tion­ship fur­ther cre­ated a unique op­por­tu­nity for gov­ern­ment and busi- ness to work to­gether and achieve mu­tual goals and as­pi­ra­tions.

Mabuza said the gov­ern­ment has a vi­sion to set up one stop shops in some of her ser­vices, the pri­vate sec­tor has how­ever taken a lead in set­ting up the con­cept and they have been a cat­a­lyst for ex­pan­sion of sales vol­umes, as well as eco­nomic and so­cial growth.

“The idea of pro­mot­ing al­liances has been en­cour­aged as it de­ter­mines the fu­ture trends of any busi­ness idea. This will also al­low easy ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion on avail­able fi­nance strate­gies and a growth of the Swazi econ­omy,” he said.

Car­son Auto staff Phindile Ginindza with Nandi Malaza and Fundi Dube pos­ing for the lense dur­ing the launch.

Non­to­beko Sime­lane, Minenhle Sithole and Sindiswa Dlamini were ush­ers at the launch.

Min­is­ter of Com­merce In­dus­try and Trade Jab­u­lani Mabuza mak­ing his re­marks.

Span­ela belt­ing it out on the back­ground as part of the pro­gramme.

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