Child care and trucking milestones for Key Group in KZN
KEY Group has gladdened the hearts of children and truckers alike in KwaZuluNatal.
The Key Foundation opened a brandnew crèche building in Sweetwaters, Pietermaritzburg, in partnership with Isuzu ChildLife Foundation this month, while a new Isuzu truck service and parts centre opened in Durban South.
At the Umkhuleko Crèche, which has 87 preschool children who had previously been cramped into two small dark rooms, will now receive quality early childhood development in two spacious classrooms, a storeroom, and proper bathroom facilities.
It is the seventh super project that the Key Foundation has undertaken, with another five crèches and one school already built and forming part of the legacy that the foundation has created by facilitating long-term value for all its stakeholders in KZN.
The Key Foundation was officially launched in 2006 to invest directly into the upliftment of various communities in which the Key Group operates in and impacts on.
The Key Group has operations in Pietermaritzburg, Pinetown, New Germany and Durban, where a new truck service centre establishes a new service presence in the Durban market.
Growing in Durban
Paul Emanuel, Key Group chair said instead of doubling up in the West at Pinetown, it made more strategic sense to bring support services to the market growth points — namely Durban South and Prospecton, from the Umgeni in- dustrial area to Amanzimtoti.
This new Isuzu commercial centre is just off both the M4 and N2 highways, adjacent to the massive Clairwood Logistics Park which, at 358 000m2, is Fortress Reit’s biggest national investment in industrial logistics property.
Emanuel said the Durban-Pinetown industrial region, stretching to the boundaries of eThekwini municipality, represents the second largest truck market after Gauteng in Southern Africa.
Added to this there are over 50 000 Isuzu trucks on South Africa’s roads nationwide — with many travelling in and out of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) where Durban is the end of the logistical corridor.
From an aftermarket perspective the real market interest lies in the one to tenyear market of which there are just over 5 000 Isuzu trucks to be serviced in KZN.
The Key Durban Truck Centre has a workshop with six bays and a monthly 1 500 labour-hour capacity. and offers any fleet owner that operates multiple vehicle brands a one-stop service.
Opening the new Isuzu commercial centre in Durban south are (from left) Glynn Crookes, Paul Emanuel, Michael Sacke and Tony da Silva.