It gives me a great pleasure to introduce the first edition of our corporate digital newsletter. Each quarter, the newsletter will highlight all Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA)’s activities for that period with a view to provide you, our valued stakeholder, with a business update.
It has been five months since we entered into lockdown to limit the rate of COVID-19 infection across the country. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, we have confronted a new normal in the way we operate as businesses. The way in which we conduct ourselves in our personal capacity has also changed. Our interpersonal interactions have been restricted to the virtual world. This shift has seen more and more activities being hosted online: meetings, events and personal celebrations and home schooling. The “new normal” has indeed presented us with new ways of doing things and thus far, I believe we have adapted quite well to change. Who would have thought?
Despite the changes, we remain committed in delivering on our mandate: to manufacture and sell the world’s loved premium cars. As Mercedes-Benz South Africa we do not just make cars, but are mindful of the role we play as a corporation and the commitments we make to to the communities in which we operate. Notwithstanding what the COVID-19 pandemic has presented, we remain determined to achieve our goals although with some adjusted focus.
In this first issue of the newsletter, we look back at the past few months and our business operations across the manufacturing and retail businesses as well as reflect on MBSA’s interventions to managing the tide of COVID-19 amongst our staff, our customers and the communities. The past few months have proven challenging.
Times have changed, and we change with them. The challenges ahead of us also open up many opportunities, and we intend to make the most of them. Despite the difficulties presented by the pandemic, as Mercedes-Benz we remain focused on the possibilities.
Until the next issue, stay safe.
CEO and Executive Director for Manufacturing
Mercedes-Benz South Africa Limited