SA Isuzu techies score in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — WR.

IT’S of­fi­cial, South Africa has some of the best bakkie tech­ni­cians in the world.

The Isuzu South Africa team came third out of 24 par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries in the Light Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Divi­sion of the 2018 Isuzu World Tech­ni­cal Com­pe­ti­tion, known as the I-1 Grand Prix, which was held in Thai­land re­cently.

Rep­re­sent­ing SA were Izak Ste­fanus (Ste­fan) de Wet, from Tech­ni­cal Sup­port and Field Ser­vices at Isuzu Mo­tors South Africa, Petrus Ven­ter from Wil­liams Hunt Rood­e­poort in Gaut­eng and Jo­hannes van Heer­den from West­vaal Mashish­ing in Mpumalanga. The tech­ni­cians were given sev­eral me­chan­i­cal tasks to test tech­ni­cal com­pe­tency and prob­lem-solv­ing skills on Isuzu bakkies. Tech­ni­cians from the host coun­try, Thai­land, came first in the com­pe­ti­tion while Rus­sia came sec­ond. Ac­cord­ing to Do­minic Rim­mer, Isuzu Mo­tors South Africa Ex­ec­u­tive Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices, the par­tic­i­pants were se­lected based on their su­pe­rior per­for­mance in tech­ni­cal com­pe­ti­tions held lo­cally.

“We can com­fort­ably say that our Isuzu tech­ni­cians are amongst the best in the world. They com­peted against the world’s best in a rather tough com­pe­ti­tion that com­prises both a prac­ti­cal and a writ­ten exam,” said Rim­mer.

Isuzu has a com­pre­hen­sive af­ter­sales sup­port sys­tem which in­cludes reg­u­lar skills de­vel­op­ment and train­ing to en­sure tech­ni­cians keep up to date with the tech­no­log­i­cal trends of new ve­hi­cles Rim­mer added.

Par­tic­i­pant Ste­fan de Wet be­lieves that the team’s suc­cess could be at­trib­uted to the ex­cel­lent team­work and ca­ma­raderie among team mem­bers.

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Petrus Ven­ter from Wil­liams Hunt Rood­e­poort, Ste­fan de Wet from Isuzu Mo­tors SA and Jo­hannes van Heer­den from West­vaal Mashish­ing in Mpumalanga won the an­nual I-1 Isuzu World Tech­ni­cal com­pe­ti­tion in Thai­land.

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