Mr Okkie Potgieter
Past Regional Chairman: Western Cape region
Mr Brain Slingers
Sponsorship: 2006 National Gathering and AGM – Western Cape
Mr Hein Lorentz
Sponsorship: National Concours
Mr Chris Carlisle-Kitz
Past Regional Chairman: Kwa-Zulu Natal region
Me Anna-Lee dos Santos
Head: Go to Market – Telkom
Sponsorship: National Gathering and AGM
2017 – Mr Selvin Govender
Marketing Director for Mercedes-Benz Cars – a division of Mercedes-Benz South Africa Ltd.
Sponsorship: Mercedes-Benz Club of South Africa
Selvin Govender brings his flair for interpreting trends, and understanding market needs to the role of Marketing Director for Mercedes-Benz Cars – a division of Mercedes-Benz South Africa. His career advancement in the Mercedes-Benz South Africa group of companies is based on a wide range of expertise gained throughout his career, and also through his formal studies.
Holding an MBA, Selvin also has a degree in Supply Chain Management and National Diplomas in Transportation Management and Mechanical Engineering. He has excelled in all three of the organisations that make up the Mercedes-Benz group in South Africa, having cut his teeth at debis Fleet Management (a part of the company’s Services Group) as a key accounts executive. Other positions include gaining experience in areas such as remarketing, pre-owned, residual value management, and fleet services at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. Selvin’s position as National Sales Manager for Mercedes-Benz SA has been the final stepping stone before his appointment to head up the Marketing Division as Marketing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars, making him a well-rounded asset to the business.
Gala evening 2017
“An evening like this cannot happen without our main sponsor, Mercedes-Benz South Africa. I wish to thank Mr. Selvin Govender for his continued support of the club and his generous sponsorship of this evening and the club in general. I am looking forward to our continued professional cooperation. I am sure he agrees that this prestigious event follows the standard set by Mercedes-Benz.
I would like to call upon Selvin to join me here on the stage once again. This afternoon, the National Committee proposed to bestow a special membership to Selvin Govender, which was unanimously accepted by the members at the AGM. This award is bestowed on a person that has rendered a valuable and beneficial service to the Mercedes-Benz Club and Mercedes-Benz Marque. I cannot think of a better recipient than Selvin. I met him the first time in 2009 when he represented MBSA at the AGM held in George. We cannot forget his generous sponsorship of last year’s AGM in Gauteng, having sponsored the track day at Zwartkop for us. He again arranged a much appreciated sponsorship for the club this year. He is well known in the club and a very worthy recipient.”
2019 – Mr Fanie du Preez
Fanie was born into the star magic with his father driving pontons and fintails when he was a youngster. This would explain his special love for the ponton and fintail models. He and Anita even went on honeymoon in his 220S fintail which he still owns to this day. He has built up a very special collection of Mercedes saloon cars over the years. He finally realized one of his dreams two years ago by building a museum at his house and can now enjoy his collection on a daily basis. Fanie does not see himself as the owner of these cars but rather as caretaker to preserve them for future generations. It is exactly this amazing humble quality that makes him such an admired and loved member of this club. He served on the regional committee for years helping to arrange national gatherings, register events and the annual Cars in the park in Bloemfontein of which Dups towing is a main sponsor. He will leave no stone unturned to help his friends and even strangers out of very difficult situations due to the nature of his business. With Anita by his side they have travelled all over and even across the borders of the country covering countless miles in their classic Mercedes cars. He is a true ambassador for the club and mentor for the younger generation starting their journey as custodians for these wonderful cars and club. We salute you! Congratulations!