A new chapter in the history of Pupkewitz Toyota was celebrated with the inauguration of the$21 million upgraded flagship Toyota and Lexus Windhoek facility this week, showcasing the company's investment in the Namibian economy and the Toyota brand.
A guest appearance by Dr van Zyl, the President and CEO of Toyota South Africa, said that the opening of the newly upgraded Pupukewitz Toyota facility and Retail Concept (NRC) can be compared to the best in the world and will enhance customer experience on all levels.
Keeping on line with the country-wide drive to revamp its showrooms, a proud Meryl Barry, Shareholder Representative, Director of Pupkewitz Holdings and daughter of the late Harold Pupkewitz, shared with the audience how the Founding President whispered in her late father's ear, to expand, develop and help create major growth centres throughout the country and create employment.
"Our continuous effort to create jobs as our operations expand is proof of this," she said, adding that the total number of employees in the four Toyota branches increased by 15.7%.
"We acknowledge the fact that along with Government; it is our joint responsibility to empower the youth in our country and prepare them for the labour market, and we are proud of the fact that Pupkewitz Toyota in 2012 accommodated and trained no less than 40 VTC and NIMT students as part of the students' practical training in various technical fields, and are embarking on new projects for 2013."
It was also pointed out that it was just short of 37 years ago, when the late Chairman Harold Pupkewitz, secured the Toyota franchise for the Pupkewitz Group that has since soared to become the top selling Toyota dealership in Namibia.
Said Junior Bruwer (MD Pupkewita Motoring Division), that over the past year through the four branches, namely Windhoek, Oshakati, Tsumeb and Rundu have increased its sales capacity. "We have serviced more than 20,000 vehicles and sold more than N$90 million worth of Toyota parts, and despite the disruption caused by the more than 18 months of construction to these new premises, Pupkewitz Toyota managed to maintain scores of 90.8% for Sales and 82.6% for Service Index - which is indeed a remarkable achievement by Etienne Steenkamp and his team," he said.
The Deputy Permanent Secretary - Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr Nghidinua Daniel delivered the speech on behalf of Minister Hage Geingob, which expressed the Governments gratitude towards the late business icon Harold Pupkewitz who has left behind a lasting legacy.
"The opening of this upgraded facility is taking place at a time when as a nation we are striving to diversity our economy and implement measures that will help us to effectively deal with the high rate of unemployment.
"In this regard I would like to congratulate the late Harold Pupkewitz who was involved with this project as well as Junior Bruwer (MD Pupkewitz Group) and his team for their foresight and commitment to contribute towards the expansion of the Namibian economy."