Toyota South Africa has paid tribute to one of its founders, Jan De Necker, who died aged 93 in the Western Cape.A Toyota SA statement said: "He was a well-known and much-loved member of Toyota. As a good friend and business associate of founder Albert Wessels, De Necker was instrumental in bringing Toyota to South Africa."This is evident in the way in which he assisted in brokering a meeting between Wessels and Toyota in Japan and how he laid the foundations for an import permit from the then South African government."'WILL BE SORELY MISSED' As business partners, Necker and Wessels co-founded the SA Finansieringskorporasie (Sasficor) along with Sasbank, Bonuskor and TMCSA.Johan van Zyl, president and CEO of Toyota SA, said: “Only recently Mr De Necker celebrated our 50th anniversary in South Africa with us and I am sure he shared our happiness when we notched up 33 years of market leadership earlier in 2013. "Much of this success is thanks to the foundations laid by him and Dr Wessels, not only in the company and its management structure, but also its customer first philosophy and culture of innovation and hard work. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and his wife Dalene, son Pieter, daughter Sune, three great-grandchildren and five grandchildren. He served on the Toyota board into his seventies and his insight, wisdom and business skills will be sorely missed.” A memorial service was scheduled for Strooidak Church in Paarl on January 31 2013.