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Jaguar supports arts, storytelling for gender equality

Jaguar South Africa displayed the exquisite artistry of six women from the 2023 #GiveHerACrown campaign in an event at the South African Consulate in New York. The #GiveHerACrown empowerment platform uses storytelling and the arts to fight for gender equality.

Jaguar worked with the platform on this event to celebrate and showcase the talented women and their stories that are proudly curated from South African roots.

The campaign was acknowledged for its impact, purpose, women empowerment and for creating a platform to celebrate South African stories and creativity. The artists each created a bespoke piece on the theme of “Celebrating the exquisite details”.

Each piece portrayed a story to inspire and encourage women to embrace their uniqueness and individuality. As a result of Jaguar exhibiting the artists’ work in such a renowned venue, two of the designs have now found a home at the South African Consulate in New York.

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Women use art for gender challenges.

Bus donated for bus driver training

UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) announced the expansion of its steadily growing “Ultimate Women Programme” in partnership with the Commercial Transport Academy (CTA).

Owing to the success and enduring impact of the programme in the last two years, the CTA’s first-ever Bus Driver Development Programme has been established – in a joint venture with the CTA, Southern African Bus Operators Association (SABOA), Clarendon Transport Underwriting Managers (CTU) and UDTSA. There are approximately 30 female trainees who will benefit directly from this life-changing initiative, and in an effort to intensify the training process, UDTSA proudly sponsored a new Croner Bus PKE 280 65-Seater to CTA.

The UDTSA “Ultimate Women Programme” was successfully launched in 2022 with its primary objective to drive gender-transformation initiatives in the transport industry - for which UDTSA sponsored two new Kuzer light-medium duty trucks.

During the Bus Driver Development Programme, the participants will undergo extensive training for a period of 12 months, which will cover technical modules such as vehicle operation and control, defensive driving techniques, traffic laws and regulations as well as route navigation or planning.

Guests and future bus drivers at the handing over of the training bus.

Makazole Mapimpi Foundation, MBSA take hands for upliftment

The Makazole Mapimpi Foundation and Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) announced a strategic partnership that will realise community development through impactful initiatives in the areas of sport for development, education and community upliftment in the Eastern Cape.

The Makazole Mapimpi Foundation is dedicated to fostering a vibrant and inclusive community by championing youth development through their active participation and development in sports, music and cultural activities. With a steadfast commitment to nurturing talents and providing platforms for expression, the foundation aims to cultivate a generation that thrives through diverse forms of engagement. Beyond recreational pursuits, the foundation stands as a beacon against the shadows of domestic violence, sexual abuse and other forms of mistreatment, advocating for a safer and more equitable society for all.

The partnership between the Makazole Mapimpi Foundation and MBSA is a natural alignment of shared values and visions, with both organisations focused on harnessing the potential and power of youth and understand their respective influence in shaping their future. The Foundation will begin its initiatives in the Eastern Cape, with a view to expand its initiatives in and impact on other parts of South Africa.

Makazole Mapimpi at Mercedes-Benz SA.

Subaru SA adds TT Mbha as brand ambassador

Subaru Southern Africa announced the addition of TT Mbha, a respected social entrepreneur and successful businessperson, to its family as a brand ambassador. TT Mbha, a man of many talents and an unwavering commitment to social causes, is set to drive Subaru's values forward with his unique flair and passion.

TT Mbha's journey began with fashion design, marketing, petroleum, television production and later followed by a leap into the real estate sector. His fervour for real estate culminated in the founding of Black Real Estate 10 years ago.

Further bolstering his credentials, TT earned a diploma in clothing management, a degree in marketing and a postgraduate diploma in project management. His entrepreneurial spirit did not stop there, as he later launched Mzansi Cribs, showcasing prime residential properties, Mzansi Cribs Makeover television show, which renovates homes for ordinary South Africans, TTMBHA Financial Services, which offers all-round insurance services and the TTMBHA Community Drive NPC, which drives specific community initiatives in education and social development.

TT’s commitment to social causes shines through his AMATYMA wellness network, which addresses the physical, mental and financial wellness of men and continuously promotes positive masculinity.

As part of this exciting partnership, TT will be driving the Subaru Forester 2.5i-Sport.

Nteo Nkoli (Marketing Manager – Subaru Southern Africa), TT Mbha and Toshimitsu Tanaka (Deputy Managing Director – Subaru Southern Africa).

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