Melony Jacoby – 20 January 2020

The most amazing service! After going to two other tyre places to check my shocks, trying to find what the knocking is in my car (Hyundai has been trying for a year😳) only for these amazing staff to look at everything !!!!! And find the issue!!!!
Cancelled another appt to sort my tyres out and will only come here!!!!

Action Soccer

On 11 January 2020, the first Action Soccer tournament for the year took place for the Durban region at Northwood Crusaders. It was an incredible experience for everyone on and off the pitch.

 The day was a massive success, with everyone playing their hearts out for their branches. In the end, Pietermaritzburg came out victorious, with a 5-3 win over Pinetown.  

 A big thank you to Graham for catering after the final match, and to Chané who plated up for everyone. To everyone who attended: you make the whole experience worthwhile, and, as much as soccer might not be your game, it was good to see everyone taking part and having fun!

Congratulations, Dad

A huge congratulations to Kirk and his wife, who welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Kemzley, into their family in December. 

Kirk mentioned that the most exciting part of this journey has been the anticipation of seeing what the baby looks like, and whose features are more dominant. The birth of his little girl made him realise that simply being thankful for all his blessings was enough for him. 

He is overjoyed that their daughter is healthy and that his wife came out of everything so well. Congratulations, Mom and Dad!

Admin Year-End Awards

At the end of a busy year, it is especially important to recognise the efforts of all our superheroes. 

On 6 December 2019, the admin team held their awards ceremony at head office. The day started with reflections and celebrations of the team’s milestones in 2019. The awards and certificates were then handed out by Leslie, our financial manager.

Everyone on the team mentioned that the highlight of the day was giving Florence Pillay the most coveted ‘Administrative Excellence’ award. They were all extremely proud to see Florence’s hard work being recognised, especially since she’s worked at Super Tyres for 25 years!

The team ended off the festivities by going out for a celebratory lunch at Lingela Restaurant.

Final Quarterly Sales Conference

 At the end of November, we held our last Sales Conference for 2019. The conference covered various topics, including theories on how to run a business, going into detail about the lead retention process and how this is applied at each branch. Frank also went into detail about the upcoming Yes4Youth project that will begin in 2020, and encouraged everyone to welcome and embrace the new candidates.

 After 2 days of intense work, the teams took part in their traditional post-conference go-kart race, and watched a Chelsea match to finish off the festivities.

2019 Year-End Awards

Part of our culture at Super Tyres is to recognise and reward our staff for the hard work they do throughout the year, and the end of the year is a fitting period for reflections like these. On December 16, everyone gathered for our annual awards ceremony. The Durban team gathered at head office, while the Zululand team met up at the Dunlop Zone Empangeni branch.

In 2019, we introduced a new award in honour of our founders, Bob & Jos Horn, est. 1971. Chris, from our Empangeni branch, became the first recipient of this award, based on how he stepped up as an area mentor and took on the challenge. Gonnie, from the PMB branch, was another superhero whose incredible work was recognised on the day. Here are some of the award recipients from this special day.

Celebrating a Milestone; Gonnie

When he was just 17 years old, Gonnie Naidoo started his career at Super Tyres. He was excited and eager to gain experience. 35 years later, he has seen everyone grow from strength to strength, and is proud to have been there for all the company’s major milestones. He worked closely with the founder, Bob Horn, at the company’s old premises, and has moved with the company over the years, to where they are now.

 Starting off as a wheel balancer, Gonnie moved up the ranks to become an alignment technician, where he has gained valuable experience working with veteran superheroes. In 2019, he was recognised as the best alignment technician, and says he is proud to have achieved similar milestones over the years. He mentioned that his greatest achievement has been teaching and mentoring young talent in the company.

 Gonnie says the relationships he has built over the years, with the other superheroes and the clients, has kept him at Super Tyres for 35 years. He appreciates the opportunities that he’s been given, and looks forward to many more rewarding years at Super Tyres.

Everything You Need to Know About Your Car’s Battery

The last thing you want is to be left stranded with a dead battery. The more you know about your battery and electrical system, the less likely you’ll get stuck. On average, a battery will last 3 to 5 years, but driving habits and exposure to extreme elements can shorten the life of your car battery.

How Does a Car Battery Work?

The car battery provides the jolt of electricity necessary to power all the electrical components in your car. Talk about a pretty huge responsibility. Without battery power, your car, as you’ve probably noticed, won’t start.

A chemical reaction puts your car in action: Your battery converts chemical energy into the electrical energy necessary to power your car, delivering voltage to the starter. Not only does your battery provide the energy required to start your car, it’s also stabilising the voltage (that’s the term for the energy supply) in order to keep your engine running. A lot’s riding on the battery.

The car battery may be small, but the power it provides is huge. And you need to constantly be aware of the fact that your battery may be in trouble.

Are There Any Warning Signs That May Indicate My Battery is Giving In?

“If only I knew sooner…” We’ve all been there before. Fortunately, here are some indications and symptoms that your battery may need replacement:

Slow engine crank – When you attempt to start the car, the cranking of the engine is sluggish and takes longer than normal to start. You’d best describe it as that clicking sound your car makes when you try to start it.

Check engine light – The check engine light sometimes appears when your battery power is weak. Strange system indicator lights –such as check engine and low coolant lights– could mean there’s a problem with your battery. (It could also just mean you need more coolant).

Low battery fluid level – Car batteries typically have a part of the casing that’s translucent, so you can always keep an eye on your battery’s fluid level. You can also inspect it by removing the red and black caps if they are not sealed (most modern car batteries now permanently seal these parts).

Bottom line – If the fluid level is below the lead plates (energy conductor) inside, it’s time to have the battery and charging system tested. When fluid levels drop, it’s typically caused by overcharging (heat).

The swelling, bloating battery case – If your battery casing looks like it ate a very large meal, this could indicate your battery’s gone bad. You can blame excessive heat for causing your battery case to swell, decreasing your battery life.

There’s a stinky, rotten egg smell – You may notice a pungent, rotten egg smell (sulphur odour) around the battery. The cause: Battery leaks. Leaking also causes the corrosion around the posts (where the + and – cable connections are located.) The gunk may need to be removed or else your car might not start.

Three years + battery age is considered old – Your battery can last well beyond three years but, at the very least, have its current condition inspected on a yearly basis when it reaches the three-year mark. Battery life cycles range from three-to-five years depending on the battery. However, driving habits, weather and frequent short trips (under 20 minutes) can drastically shorten the actual life of your car battery.

One thing you can do is check the four-or-five-digit date code on the cover of your battery case. The first part of the code is key: look for the letter and digit. A letter is assigned to each month — you know, like A for January, B for February and so on. The number that follows nods to the year, as in 9 for 2009 and 1 for 2011. This code tells you when the battery was shipped from the factory to your local distributor. The additional digits tell where the battery was made.

If you’ve noticed some of the abovementioned signs and if it’s over three years old, consider it time for close monitoring and replacement.