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Here’s what happens to your car’s tyres in wet weather - and how you can keep safe
As large parts of South Africa remain in the tight grip of several cold fronts – bringing torrential rain, damaging winds, icy conditions and disruptive snowfall that’s led to the weather service issuing flooding warnings – drivers are forced to navigate wet roads and unfamiliar conditions as they get to work, school and home. 10 Jul 2024 Read more

Don’t fit the wrong tyre profile this holiday
With the school mid-year break upon us, your vehicle may take on extra duty for road trips, play dates and fun days out. Before heading out, take time to prepare your vehicle and fit the right tyre profile, tailored to both your vehicle and your type of driving, to significantly enhance your vehicle’s performance, handling, ride comfort, fuel efficiency, and overall safety on the road. 1 Jul 2024 Read more

Teen motorsport driver Dhivyen Naidoo is set on cementing his name on motorsport
Rising star 16-year-old Dhivyen Naidoo from Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, is carving a name for himself in the motorsport industry. He started go-karting at age six, earned his KZN colours at age 11 and became the youngest of four racers to represent South Africa at the FIA Motorsport Games in France at age 14. He is now thriving in his second season in the Dunlop-sponsored Volkswagen Rookie Cup. 1 Jul 2024 Read more

Sumitomo Rubber factory tour programme gets into high gear for Youth Month
In celebration of Youth Month, 60 Grade 9 learners from Colenso Combined School were led on a fascinating journey into the world of tyre manufacturing at Sumitomo Rubber South Africa’s (SRSA) Dunlop Tyres plant in Ladysmith. The educational tour, arranged by SRSA as part of its Factory Tour Programme for local schools, provided learners with a firsthand glimpse into the science and technology behind these essential vehicle components responsible for keeping vehicles and millions of South Africans safe on our roads. 21 Jun 2024 Read more

Driven to win – Chloe Stuart’s journey from a battery-operated car to the DOE Formula Vee
There appears to be no age barrier when it comes to the love of racing because at 18 months old, well before she could speak, Chloe Stuart was drifting in the battery-operated car her parents bought her. At age 7, she moved onto quad biking and vocalised her dream of wanting to race. Her dad, Barry Stuart, a former endurance kart racer, bought her her first kart and she’s never looked back ever since. Today, at age 14, and celebrating her 15th birthday on 7 June, Chloe is the youngest female competitor on the Regional Tour this year. 10 Jun 2024 Read more

Over 100 youth to benefit from Dunlop’s Business in a Box in KZN Premier-backed partnership
Dunlop Tyres’ entrepreneurship booster programme – Business in a Box (BIBs) – has been selected as a strategic employment initiative by the KwaZulu-Natal Premier’s Office under the Youth Development Fund. 17 young entrepreneurs, after a rigorous selection process, have benefited from the partnership to own a Dunlop Business in a Box tyre fitment facility. The partnership aims to provide entrepreneurship opportunities to the youth, equip them with the tools and guidance to sustain a business, and contribute to job creation. 2 May 2024 Read more

Be a responsible driver this long weekend
South Africans break for the long weekend this week, and popular regions such as Durban and Cape Town will see a peak in high traffic volumes. This long weekend, Dunlop Tyres SA urges drivers to be responsible on the road, with a few basic road safety practices. 28 Mar 2024 Read more

South African Touring Cars’ youngest driver, Anthony Pretorius, ready to take to the track
Grade 11 learner Anthony Pretorius grew up around the racetrack, so it’s no surprise that at 17 years old, he’s already taken to the steering wheel. On the road to wrapping up his schooling career next year, Pretorius’ dreams of pursuing racing are within his reach, with his latest achievement as the youngest driver in the newly rebranded South African Touring Cars series. 14 Mar 2024 Read more

Dunlop partners with Extreme SuperCars for an exhilarating 2024 racing season
Backed by a product line of ultra-high-performance tyres, Dunlop Tyres SA is excited to announce its sponsorship of one of South Africa’s fastest and most exhilarating circuit motor racing categories - the high-octane Extreme SuperCars racing series at the National Extreme Festival. 1 Mar 2024 Read more

RAF empowers Polokwane traffic officers through tyre safety workshop
As part of their joint Treads on Track road safety initiative launched last year, the Road Accident Fund (RAF), in partnership with the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC), hosted a tyre safety awareness workshop for traffic and road safety officers in Polokwane on Thursday, 8 February 2024. During the session, the RAF and SATMC enhanced the knowledge of traffic and road safety officers through practical demonstrations aimed at improving tyre safety amongst motorists. The tyre safety awareness workshop was followed by a roadblock on Friday, 09 February 2024, during which the traffic officers applied what they had learned from the workshop. 22 Feb 2024 Read more

Dunlop Ladysmith operators gain global expertise in tyre making
Eight operators together with their foreman from Sumitomo Rubber South Africa's (SRSA) Dunlop Ladysmith plant have wasted no time in applying their new expertise after a six-week training programme at Sumitomo Rubber Thailand (SRT). Equipped with advanced skills to operate the Ladysmith plant's critical new 3-stage making machines, they're already leading the charge on the shop floor. 15 Feb 2024 Read more

How to make your fuel go further with regular tyre inspections
After a brief festive reprieve, motorists are in for the first fuel price hike of the year. With a long stretch of year ahead, any further fuel price increases can take its toll on transport budgets for drivers and passengers alike, but is there a way to contain the impact and manage the bill? 8 Feb 2024 Read more

New cutting-edge supply chain planning platform for Sumitomo Rubber South Africa
Sumitomo Rubber SA (SRSA), manufacturer and distributor of the iconic Dunlop tyre brand, is rolling out an AI-powered inventory management platform, with the support of software development firm Slimstock, in a move set to transform its supply chain capabilities to enhance operations, reduce waste and optimise planning. 2 Feb 2024 Read more

In charge of the family vehicle this holiday? Use this tyre information to protect your family
With your accommodation, bucket list and route planned, the next step before embarking on your festive road trip this year, is to assess if you have the correct tyres fitted to your vehicle for the application, activity and terrain you’re about to tackle. This is a necessary step to help protect you and your family while you are out on the roads exploring our beautiful country. 20 Dec 2023 Read more

Sumitomo Rubber to launch ‘smart’ all-season tyres in 2024
Sumitomo Rubber Industries, the Japan-based parent company of Dunlop manufacturer, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa, has announced it will release next-generation all-season tyres in late 2024 equipped with a new technology called Active Tread that can adapt to sudden changes in all weather conditions. 4 Dec 2023 Read more

CityScaper or CityEscaper? Win big in Dunlop's Pick Your Profile challenge this summer
Leading tyre brand, Dunlop, shifts summer into gear with a challenge for all South Africans - what tyre profile do South Africans prefer most and do we love the city or the countryside more? 14 Nov 2023 Read more

Dunlop goes green with sustainable classroom construction project in Ladysmith
As part of the Dunlop Ladysmith plant's 50th anniversary celebrations in October, the tyre manufacturer announced a project to build two new classrooms, ablutions, an office and a sick bay at Ithubelihle Special Opportunity School in Leonardsville, Ladysmith. 26 Oct 2023 Read more

Sumitomo Rubber SA lends technical support to RAF/SATMC road safety programme
This Transport Month and beyond, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) is supporting a joint programme by the Road Accident Fund (RAF) and the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC), aiming to ramp up tyre safety education and enforcement across South Africa. 18 Oct 2023 Read more

Transport Month: Take a long-term view of commercial fleet tyre management
Every cent per kilometre that professional transport operators can save keeps their business running in a very cut-throat operating environment. But, when it comes to fleet tyre selection, focusing on short term savings instead of long-term investments can be one of your biggest mistakes. 13 Oct 2023 Read more

Dunlop Tyres to boost OE-quality tyres on SA roads with multibillion-rand plant upgrade
With one-in-five vehicles on South African roads fitted with locally produced Dunlop tyres, the tyre manufacturer is forging ahead with a multi-billion-rand investment project backed by its Japan-based parent company, Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI). This is set to boost local tyre production capacity as more Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) look to domestic tyre producers to meet their vehicle specifications. 3 Oct 2023 Read more

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