Child care and truck­ing mile­stones for Key Group in KZN

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - AL­WYN VILJOEN

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.

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