With the ultimate goal of spending his life writing about cars, Hannes studied journalism at the University of Stellenbosch. A brief stint as a sports editor for Paarl Post followed, before he joined CAR magazine in 2001. He eventually became the (youngest-ever) editor of CAR in 2011, a position he occupied for two years. During his career at CAR he became a member of the WCOTY (World Car of the Year) panel, wrote a book (Cranked Up: Confessions of a Petrolhead) and was named by the Mail & Guardian as one of the Top 200 South Africans to take to lunch in its 2008 Youth Day supplement, and by The Media magazine as one of the most influential media professionals under 40 (2012). He left CAR in 2013 to experience the "other" side of the industry, working with upcoming brand GWM as Brand and Product Development manager and gaining experience in retail, customer care, dealership networks, product planning, marketing etc. Now, as Cars.co.za 's Customer Experience Manager Hannes is tasked with ensuring visitors to this platform are exposed to the most useful and relevant advice and information possible.
American automotive giant General Motors (GM) has announced its withdrawal from the South African market. As a result, production and sales of Chevrolet models will cease and Isuzu will take control of the firm’s... Read More
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South African Shelby Mustang owners can now look forward to a better drivetrain warranty on their cars.
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We like: Interior space... Read More
Audi's Q2 looks set to cash in on the flourishing premium crossover niche, but is its price simply to steep given its size and long options list? Let's find out...
We like: Cabin design/solidity,... Read More
Which cars are South Africans buying most in these tough economic times? Looking at the sales results of the first quarter of 2017, it would appear trusted favourites remain the way to go...
The source for the sales... Read More
Upon gaining its independence from Ford, Mazda shifted its focus to the passenger car market, which relegated it to a fringe-playing role in the ultra-competitive bakkie segment. But now the facelifted BT-50... Read More
Peugeot, now operating solo in the South African new vehicle market (without sibling brand Citroën), is refocusing its product line-up. One of the attractive new-generation vehicles that deserves a closer look is... Read More
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For the second episode in our SentiMETAL classic car series we time warp to the decade of excess, big hair rock and the whaletail Porsche 911 Turbo. Sit back and turn up the volume!
If you grew up in the '80s and... Read More