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Mandela Day classroom donation to make matric learning easier

Dunlop Tyres SA 18/07/2019


The learning environment is about to become a lot more comfortable for matric learners at the Bhekinthuthuko Secondary School in Emcitsheni Reserve, Doornkloof near Ladysmith. The donation of a brand new, fully equipped classroom to the rural school means that the matric class of 2019 will be able to work one-to-a-desk in a setting conducive to learning. Mandela Day 2019, the 18th of July, will see the 60m2 classroom officially opened.

“This classroom comes at an exceptionally important time for these students,” says Mr Madonsela, headmaster of Bhekinthuthuko Secondary School. “With less than 100 days to go until final exams, our matric learners need a quiet and comfortable space to complete the curriculum and revise before the examinations. In most of our classroom learners need to share desks, often up to three learners per desk. We are pleased that they now have this facility thanks to the generosity of Sumitomo Rubber South Africa,” he says.

Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken tyre brands, undertook the project in partnership with Breadline Africa who focus on providing infrastructure in support of education in resource-poor communities around South Africa. The classroom has been supplied fully equipped with a teacher’s desk and chair, a wall-mounted chalkboard and 30 learner desk and chair sets. The building has also been secured with built-in burglar-proof gates to safeguard the teaching materials. SRSA’s Ladysmith Factory Director, Udaiyappan Ulagappan and Breadline Africa’s Melanie Jackson will celebrate the cutting of the ribbon with headmaster, Mr Madonsela.

“We are very pleased to be able to improve the learning conditions at Bhekinthutuko Secondary School. This classroom is part of an ongoing partnership SRSA has with the school, where in addition to supporting with learning materials, our team of staff volunteers mentor grade 11 and 12 learners twice a week, in mathematics and science. We also provide this assistance to another school in the Ladysmith surrounding area, the Steadville High School,” says Riaz Haffejee, Chief Executive Officer: Sumitomo Rubber South Africa.

“Our staff from across the country also conduct an annual career day at the schools to help learners understand the importance of education. Staff share their learning journeys, study choices, career experiences and goals with the learners to encourage them to make wise choices and stay focused in school and on their future,” Haffejee says.


With #ActionAgainstPoverty as the theme for the 2019 Mandela Day, employees from the tyre manufacturer’s regional offices will spend their 67 minutes undertaking community outreach initiatives that seek to address the issue of poverty:

  • The Port Elizabeth office will support the Healing Hands project with a donation of blankets to the value of R5000. Healing Hands caters for the needs of the disadvantaged in the Port Elizabeth area;
  • Both the Cape Town and Gauteng offices will be donating a play gym to a local disadvantaged school; and
  • In Durban, the head office staff will be involved in a Mandela Day “Plog Squad”, walking distances of between one and five kilometres around the city while collecting litter to clean the environment and support an entrepreneurial recycler. Staff will also prepare and supply hot dogs and sandwiches to deliver to various organisation in and around Durban.

Recognising that although education is key, it cannot be a stand-alone support pillar, SRSA is involved in various other corporate social investment initiatives. These include the Ubumbano Gardens on site at the Ladysmith factory, providing fresh seasonal vegetables to local creches and preschools and a home for mentally challenged children. The garden is also part of a food sustainability training programme where community members are taught skills and assist in establishing home-based and community gardens.

Through the Tyres for Good programme new tyres are donated to registered non-profit organisations to enable them to safely and effectively carry out their valuable work. The Tyres Can Do More initiative trains community members to transform tyre waste into saleable goods and turns old tyres into play-gyms, donated to community pre-schools.

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South African road racer AJ Venter narrowly misses podium at Isle of Man TT (UK)

Dunlop Tyres SA 04/07/2019


Road racer AJ Venter, the only South African to enter the 2019 Isle of Man TT (IOMTT), finished up in 5th place in the Electric Bike category after a challenging time-trial based 24th place start. Fitted with Dunlop D213 GP Pro racing slicks, Venter said, “Having confidence in the tyres was pivotal to my performance, allowing me to break as late as possible, and get back on the gas even earlier. This saw me making a few really good moves on the breaks and coming out of corners.” The TT, known as one of the most dangerous public road racing events in the world, was held earlier this month. Dunlop tyres were the most successful tyre this year with five race wins and 12 podiums. The road legal D213 GP Pro slick, with its fast warm-up time, gave riders the confidence to set new lap records. Venter says. “I was simply blown away by the Dunlop D213 GP Pro on the road. It is really a superb tyre that I am very happy to put my name to.”

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Dunlop Tyres not associated with Dunlop companies in recent Constitutional Court ruling

Dunlop Tyres SA 03/07/2019

In respect of recent media coverage, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa wishes to point out that the information supplied in the coverage is incorrect. The Constitutional Court ruling refers to Dunlop Mixing and Technical Services (PTY) Ltd; Dunlop Belting Products (PTY) Ltd and Dunlop Industrial Hose (PTY) Ltd. For further information please view the full judgement here:http://www.saflii.org/za/cases/ZACC/2019/25.html

Again, we wish to reiterate that the action was not taken against the Dunlop Tyre Brand nor against Sumitomo Rubber South Africa.

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Dunlop Sponsors AJ Venter as he takes on the Isle

Dunlop Tyres SA 24/05/2019

Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd’s (SRSA) award-winning Dunlop brand is proud to be a sponsor of the legendary Allann Jon (AJ) Venter as he takes on the challenge at the Isle of Man TT (IoMTT) later this month.

“The internationally acclaimed Dunlop brand is renowned for its exceptional track and road performance, leading to many exceptional wins and we are thrilled to be partnering with AJ Venter as one of the greats in the motorcycle road racing fraternity,” said Riaz Haffejee, CEO of SRSA. “We will be gripping the edges of our seats as Venter puts the Dunlop D213 GP Pro through its paces during IoMTT, knowing that there is no better tyre out there to handle that track.”

Venter will again be the only South African represented at this year’s encounter with the “Mountain” at the IoMTT, having made his debut in 2013 and riding again in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. As part of the sponsorship package, he will have a new set of tyres for each session and technical advice and support from the Dunlop team in Europe.

The Isle of Man TT, known as one of the “ultimate must see” events for motorsport fans across the globe, takes place from 25 May until 7 June 2019 on the Isle of Man, a tiny country between England and Ireland. During these dates the island turns into a motorcycle epicentre where the world’s greatest road racers gather to challenge the 60.72 kilometre course carved out of the mountain, in what is reputedly one of the most dangerous public road race events on the road racing calendar.


The IoMTT has taken place for over 100 years, with the inaugural race in 1907. Each evening from the 25 May until the 31 May competitors will ride out in qualifying runs to secure a position in the 1 – 5 June events during the Isle of Man TT Festival. Venter will be competing in three of the seven categories - the Supersport TT, Lightweight TT and Electric Bike categories

As a competitor in the fastest road race on the planet, Venter will not only be tackling the mountain but will face off against record breakers from 2018, Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman who will be returning to push for new lap records in excess of 135.452 miles/217.989 kilometres per hour. The stellar line up of the IoMTT field includes road racing greats John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson.

The new Dunlop D213 GP Pro promises to deliver, providing ultimate grip, endurance and stability. With Aramid JLB front construction and 2 Polyester Ply, deformation is controlled – even under centrifugal force and at lean angle limits. Excellent high speed and braking stability, predictable cornering behaviour and high levels of safety are all crucial benefits this tyre offers professional road racers.



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Prizes valued at R1.67 million awarded to support SRSA’s ongoing safety drive

Dunlop Tyres SA 03/05/2019

Yoshan Baboolall: SRSA Group Sales Manager KZN congratulates Phoenix Super Wheel Store owner, Nabeel Suleman.

As part of the company’s commitment to safety, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the iconic Dunlop brand, invested a total of R1,67 million in wheel balancing equipment as prizes for 14 winning stores across the country as part of its Red-Hot Rubber Sale promotion.

Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturers of the Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken tyre brands, took its commitment to ensuring the safety of all South Africans a step further by investing a total of R1,67 million in wheel balancing equipment as prizes for 14 winning stores in its Red-Hot Rubber Sale promotion.

Prizes, which included installation, training and ongoing support in the Dunlop Zone, Dunlop Express and Dunlop Container stores, were handed over during the month of March across South Africa. Of the 14 winning stores, four were fitted with Corghi wheel balancing equipment valued at R250 000, five were outfitted to the value of R80 000 and a further four to the value of R20 000.

“We are very grateful to have won the state of the art Corghi equipment because we were in the market to upgrade our current equipment. Our owners feel that competitions like these strengthen relations between Dunlop and its customers, making it more than a transactional relationship. Working with brand new equipment has also improved staff morale and there has been a significant shift in our turnaround time. Our customers have also been giving us positive feedback as they are very pleased with the quality of the work that we are producing,” said Steven Halgryn, Branch Manager of Dunlop Express Store - Cornwall Tyre and Exhaust in Pretoria.

For Nabeel Suleman of Super Wheel Centre, a Dunlop Zone in Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal, winning this state-of-the-art equipment has enabled the business to perform wheel balancing optimally. “The new equipment has helped us reduce the waiting period at the store, which has made our clients very happy. My goal is to be the Number 1 fitment centre in the country soon,” he said.

“While the promotion was launched to drive sales of our three tyre brands during the summer, safety is in our company’s DNA,” said Yvette Govender, Director: Marketing & Business Development at SRSA. “The promotion took place from October to December 2018 when South Africans traditionally prepare to take to the road for their annual holidays, and stores encourage vehicle owners to replace worn tyres to ensure their safety.”

“Incentivising stores by providing state-of-the-art wheel balancers as prizes was a natural fit for our promotion, reflecting that as a company SRSA truly supports our #SaferthanSafe drive,” said Riaz Haffejee CEO of SRSA and champion of the safety focus. “This message is promoted through all of our communication – both internally and externally. We acknowledge that daily, families trust us with their loved ones and commuters trust our tyres with their lives.”

The competition included all stores from top-end Dunlop Zones to Dunlop Express and Dunlop Containers, which are fast gaining traction in the townships. Dunlop Containers have helped formalise the informal township tyre trade business, where second-hand and re-grooved tyres are commonly fitted, compromising safety.

“The Dunlop Container programme centres are transforming containers into Dunlop branded tyre fitment centres and training and mentoring youth and women in tyre sales and repairs, with a strong emphasis on promoting safety,” Govender added.

One of the winners in the Red-Hot Rubber Sale was Dunlop Container Store owner, Mr Bunda Kazadi of Grace Tyres in Lusikisiki, who expressed his gratitude to Dunlop for raising the visibility of his tyre business through effective branding and marketing which had helped attract a growing clientele.

“With the help of Dunlop, my container store has grown a lot over the past two years, and I can now operate as an express store. Winning this Corghi wheel balancing equipment will be great for my business because it will allow me to keep up with industry standards and provide a specialised service to my customers, and hopefully attract even more customers,” he said.

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