Boost for tyre repair businesses

WHEELS IN MOTION: Dees Tyres Similo is one of four tyre repair businesses that are set to benefit from a training and mentorship programme by Apollo Tyres. Dees owner, Similo Mnono, is looking forward to the development. Picture: SAM MAJELA

THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will partner with tyre manufacturing giant Apollo Tyres – which represents the Dunlop brand – to develop small tyre repair businesses in the townships.Four informal tyre repair businesses in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage will benefit from the training and mentorship by Apollo Tyres in this financial year, in a bid to bridge the gap between the formal and informal businesses.

The four small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) are Bells Tyre Repairs in KwaNobuhle, Isiqalo Sethu Tyre Services in Motherwell, Dees Tyres Similo in New Brighton and All Sharp Tyres and Repairs in Motherwell. The businesses are currently operating either from their backyards, municipal buildings or containers.

In a report by the acting executive director of economic development, tourism and agriculture, Lulama Mxenge, to the portfolio committee yesterday, she said the partnership would “reduce the chance of failure of start-up companies and create decent and sustainable jobs” in the metro.

The report states the containers would be branded in Dunlop colours to associate the business with the brand and hopefully boost their credibility. Apollo Tyres would also provide staff with Dunlop clothing, help with marketing the container business locally and provide tyre technical training to the owners and workers.

“[The benefits include] facilitation of business skills training for the container owner, ongoing mentorship to the owners, assisting them in finding markets, procurement within government, parastatal and BEE-conscious customers in the area.

“[Apollo Tyres will] coordinate customers around the country into a single family with a national footprint that can handle tyre breakdown services for those big multinational transport companies [and] offer container/tyre dealers direct competitive pricing to compete in the market place,” Mxenge said in the report.

“[The] Dunlop initiative could be an essential element in building and strengthening our drive to develop township automotive businesses and a reservoir for innovation”.

Councillors agreed to the municipality’s partnership with Apollo Tyres.

6 thoughts on “Boost for tyre repair businesses

  • June 23, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Hi can you please send me more information about Dunlop container business. I am very interested in it.
    Thank you

  • May 27, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Hi please send me information about this business, I’ve been looking for it.

    • August 11, 2016 at 8:24 pm


      Could you kindly give detail information regarding dunlop containers, my husband is interested & we need to know how & where we could get this container

  • December 26, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Hi can you give me more infomation on this bussiness

  • November 29, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I would like to know more about Dunlop Container

    • January 20, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Hi! I’m more interested in Township Dunlop Container business. May you please supply with more information!


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