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2013-05-16 13:34

SA DEALERS HONOURED: Johan Kemp (centre) of Queenstown VW, poses with Brian Riley, CEO of WesBank (far left), Tania Barlow, MD of Sewells SA, and Derik Scorer, chairman of NADA (right). Image - Quickpic

The Sewells Group, a global consulting and outsourcing firm specialising in the automotive industry, has named its South African Businessman of the Year (Boty) for motor dealers

Three from the 15 finalists were named at an event in Gauteng, chosen from three categories - small, medium and large dealerships.

'EXCELLENT SERVICE TO DRIVERS'

Tania Barlow, MD of Sewells, said: "Good motor dealers are those who provide measurably excellent services to drivers and when they do this properly their businesses prosper."

The winners were "excellent examples of how sustaining globally recognised best-practice business strategies was good for customers".  And here they are:

Large category: Koos van Rensburg, Oranje Toyota Bloemfontein.
Medium category: Gerhard van Zyl, NTT VW, East London.
Small category: Johan Kemp, Queenstown VW.

Stephan Venter, Auto Ford Nelspruit, received the award for "the most Improved Sewells Performance Group Member".

Barlow said: "All the finalists are excellent businessmen who have proved highly capable of producing good returns on investment in tough market circumstances. Last year (2012), when the measurement took place, can hardly be described as an easy one in which to excel yet they all did so very successfully."

The Sewells Boty programme, endorsed by the SA National Automobile Dealers' Association, has been running since 1998.

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