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T RA D E N E W S ••• ••• • • • • WORKSHOP MANAGER: KOPPIES Corné Coetzee a man of action FISHING MAY HAVE BEEN THE INITIAL REASON WHY HE CAME TO KOPPIES, BUT IT IS REALLY THE SENWES WORKSHOP WHICH KEEPS HIM HERE. AUBREY KRUGER S enwes’ workshop manager at Koppies, Corné Coetzee, has been here for only a year and he is already making a difference. Corné’s objective is to return to branch to its former glory of a few years ago. He wants to improve the workshop to the extent where a large number of tractor techni­ cians will be working in the field. PRODUCERS He is a man of action and his first step was to talk to producers in the Koppies and Heilbron areas to establish how he could assist them. He experiences their impact He believes in his team and guides them in a firm but fair manner. “I expect the best of every person. This is good enough for me,” says Corné. in the area first-hand when he visits producers with his team. A number of competitors ope ­ rate in town and Corné’s objective is fast and effective service on a continuous basis to counter the competition. He says that new tractor sales support the workshop with guarantees, etcetera, and sales and service personnel render excel­ lent service in Koppies. HIS TEAM According to Corné he has an incredible team, with Daan Hattingh and Wikus Gomes as tractor technicians, Samuel Mkwananzi and Elias Sobea as assistants and apprentice Victor Mthokwane. EXPERIENCE This workshop manager has a lot of industry experience. He used to be a mechanic at Toyota from 2006 to 2011 and completed his apprenticeship there. He was a mechanic at Volkswagen from 2011 to 2014, before he joined Senwes in October 2014, and has been the workshop manager in Koppies for the past year. Corné was born in Vanderbijl­ park. He grew up in Bethlehem, where he attended Graanveld Primary School and Voortrekker High School, before he went to Kroonstad High School, where he matriculated in 2005. SENWES Scenario • JUN/JUL 2017 27