Mokopane (previously known as Potgietersrus) now boasts a brand-new Kia dealership that covers an area of 2 230 square metres and can service up to 45 cars a day.
The town, located in die centre of the Limpopo province, a mere 200 kilometres from Gauteng and in the gateway to the well-known Waterberg area, will be run by Muneer Noormohamed, the Kia Mokopane franchise holder for the past eight years.
“My introduction to the Kia brand more than 13 years ago has been inspirational from day one,” he commented at the opening of the new facility, which was attended by the Mayor of Mokopane, Frans Mokwele, various executives from Kia SA, including its CEO, Gary Scott, the founder of Kia South Africa, Ray Levin and stakeholders from the financial services industry.
“As the Kia brand commences its exciting move forwards, it is imperative that towns such as Mokopane keep up with the global and national trends and changes. This new dealership with its smart technology not only represents the evolving Kia brand, but also the growing investment in the community we serve,” Muneer says.
The dealership is also prepared for unexpected interruptions in the water and electricity supply with a 24-hour standby generator to ensure an uninterrupted power supply as well as a water storage capacity of 130 kilolitres in the event of water supply constraints.
“Muneer’s substantial investment in expanding his Kia operations after seven years in Mokopane is a reflection of the growth of the Kia brand, his confidence in the business partnership and his success in Mokopane and surrounds,” says Gary Scott. “This facility is a wonderful sign of redevelopment in Mokopane and will serve as both a great destination for residents of Mokopane, as well as Kia motorists touring or travelling through Limpopo.”
Mayor Mokwele, not only congratulated the dealership management team on their new facility, but also thanked them for their investment in Mokopane.
The all-new Kia Mokopane is located at 19 Thabo Mbeki Drive in the town.
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