SAA Cargo partnered with Toyota South Africa Motors for the Dakar Rally
24 January 2013, Johannesburg. South African Airways (SAA), through its reliable Cargo division, South African Airways Cargo (SAA Cargo) partnered with Toyota South Africa Motors for the Dakar Rally, the world's biggest off-road motor racing extravaganza.
SAA Cargo, the national airline's Cargo division, proudly carried the official team South Africa vehicles participating in the Dakar Rally in South America.
“We are very proud to be associated with an event of this magnitude. Not only does it have a huge global following, it also strengthens SAA Cargo's position as a global business," enthused Tleli Makhetha, SAA Cargo’s General Manager.
The Dakar Rally is seen as the pinnacle in off-road motor racing and the ultimate test of vehicle durability. When the Toyota Imperial SA team approached SAA Cargo with a proposal for a partnership, Africa's most awarded airline viewed this as an opportunity to showcase SAA Cargo's capability to transport all types of cargo while supporting team South Africa in the rally.
The Dakar Rally took place between 5th and 19th January 2013 in South America. Toyota Imperial SA team performed exceptionally well and finished the 2013 event in the second position overall. Giniel de Villiers and co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz achieved four podium positions in four races and drove their Toyota Hilux 4 x 4 to its second podium position in two successive years.
SAA Cargo congratulates Toyota Imperial SA team for their achievements during the Dakar Rally. “The SAA family is on Toyota Imperial SA’s side and wishes them all the best in future races. They have certainly made South Africa proud!” said Makhetha.
South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 26 destinations across the continent, as well as major destinations within South Africa and internationally from its Johannesburg hub. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance. SAA’s core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its four wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low cost carrier; Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA and South African Travel Centre (SATC). SAA is the winner of the 'Best Airline in Africa’ Award in the regional category for ten consecutive years and the winner of ‘Service Excellence Africa’ for three consecutive years. Mango and SAA hold the number one and number two successive spots as South Africa’s most on - time airlines.
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