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Celebrating women on Isuzu’s factory floor

PORT ELIZABETH – This 2020 Women’s Month Isuzu Motors SA will celebrate the women behind the Isuzu brand by shining a light on their work with the company.

Denise van Huyssteen, Isuzu Motors SA’s corporate affairs executive, says the month not only reminds people of the contribution they’ve made through the natopn’s history but is also  an opportunity to honour those who inspire us every day.” 

As part of this recognition, the company has created an employee campaign called  #WomenCrush Wednesday for employees nominate inspirational female colleagues. These women will be featured on the company’s digital internal platforms every Wednesday during the course of Women’s Month through social media site.


One of the first to be featured, van Huyssteen says, is Nola Nongubo, the assembler responsible for the finish of the paint process in the plant. She is one of the few females in the paint shop and the only woman on her team.

She takes pride in her job and ensures that every Isuzu bakkie’s paint job is perfect.

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Others recognised are Liesl Vlotman, (an Engineering Services manager who has worked in the automotive industry for 28 years) and Esti Beaumont, field operations manager for commercial vehicles who has, The Corner was told, ”kept South Africa’s freight trucks moving since 2002”.

Tim Hendon, Isuzu’s marketing manager, said even the Isuzu logo was tweaked for this month, “Usuzi – With you, for Women’s Month” – to support the strong women in South Africa and the critical role they play in the economy.


”Similarly,” said Van Huyssteen, ”women in the workplace are being honoured and recognised for their contribution to the engineering, manufacturing, and sale of commercial vehicles.

“We embrace gender equality and continue to provide empowerment and leadership opportunities for women. The #WomenCrushWednesday drive has taken off with an overwhelming response.”

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