• Thato Magasa appointed as new Managing Director for Mitsubishi Motors SA
  • Magasa officially assumed full responsibility from 1 March 2021
  • Replaced Pedro Pereira, who has been in the role since 2015
JOHANNESBURG. – Mitsubishi Motors South Africa has announced the appointment of its new Managing Director Thato Magasa.

As MMSA Chairman I am pleased to announce the appointment of Thato Magasa as the new Managing Director for Mitsubishi Motors SA, Thato officially assumed full responsibility within his new role from the 1st of March 2021.

Magasa succeeds Pedro Pereira, who had been in the role since 2015. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Pedro for his invaluable contribution to the Mitsubishi brand.

“After being with the Motus Group (the holding company of Mitsubishi SA) since 2004 in various executive roles including Managing Director of SsangYong and Daihatsu, Pedro has moved to the C2 Technology Group as Chief Operating Officer,” says Oosthuizen.

The C2 Group is focused on digital innovation within the motor and allied industries.

The new Mitsubishi MD Thato is no stranger to the automotive industry and has worked in numerous roles within the Motus Group since he first joined the company in 2009.

Following a short break in 2012, he returned to the Motus Group holding various roles at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa, including that of Operations Manager, and then moved to another senior role within the Motus Group – this time at Renault South Africa.

Prior to this, Magasa had been the General Manager for Sales at Renault SA, after completing a 12-month development programme within the Renault Group. He also holds a B-Com Accounting degree and acquired his MBA at GIBS in South Africa.

Magasa is extremely enthusiastic about the challenge on hand, and has made a great start within this new position.

“Having spent a large part of my career working at challenger brands, I have always found that it is undoubtedly the people within the organisation who make the difference,” he says. “I am highly passionate about the continuous development of people towards the achievement of organisational goals. Our end goal is to offer a consistently high-quality retail and ownership experience of our vehicles, which will be heavily reliant on our people – both within Mitsubishi Motors SA and the dealer network at large.”

In July 2020, the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) headquartered in Japan, announced a three-year mid-term business plan (from fiscal year 2020 to 2022), to concentrate its management resources on core regions and technologies, including Africa.

“We look forward to Thato’s positive input in his new role and the growth of the Mitsubishi brand going forward and wish Pedro every success in his new position,” said Oosthuizen.