Brand Pretorius for TruckX

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Brand Pretorius will deliver one of the keynote addresses at this year’s TruckX Expo to be held on July 12 and 13 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit near Johannesburg.

The business leader – who is a former managing director of Toyota SA Marketing, CEO of McCarthy Retail Limited and an executive director of Bidvest – will address the topic: The Value of Good Leadership.

TruckX, which is supported by the RMI and sponsored by Ctrack by Inseego and Standard Bank, moves to the Kyalami venue to accommodate an expanded exhibition and conference programme that includes FleetX – a co-located event that is aimed at South Africa’s fleet industry.

It is at the FleetX conference – to be held in the morning of July 13 – that Pretorius will deliver his keynote. The TruckX conference – which takes place the previous day, July 12 – will see Tony Smallwood, executive head of IoT Solutions at Vodacom South Africa, discuss the impact that the Internet of Things is having on the transport industry and South African society in general.

“I’m looking forward to delivering my presentation,” said Brand, who has received numerous national marketing, motor industry and leadership awards in a career that spans more than four decades.

His address will cover a variety of aspects, from the real value of good leadership to the current reality; from key lessons he learnt while climbing the corporate ladder to challenges faced.

As one of the South African motor industry’s most respected representatives, Brand is well-qualified to speak on leadership. He holds honorary professorships at the University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of the Free State and an honorary doctorate in marketing from the Durban University of Technology.

He is a Fellow in Leadership at the Gordon Institute of Business Science and the chairman of the Italtile Foundation. He also serves on the boards of the READ Educational Trust and the Motor Industry Ombudsman of South Africa, and he is a non-executive director of Agrinet, Tongaat-Hulett, Reunert, Italtile and Tata Africa Holdings.

His book, In the Driving Seat – Lessons in Leadership, was published in 2013 and has become one of the most popular business biographies in South Africa. It has been reprinted six times.

Members of the RMI who would like to attend either the FleetX or TruckX conferences can take advantage of a 35% discount on standard rates – you’ll pay only R650 per seat, which includes a complimentary lunch voucher. To book, contact Faith Matura on 011 803 2040 and quote your RMI membership number. To find out more about TruckX, log on to


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