Toyota SA has paid tribute to their Chairman Johan van Zyl (63), who died of Covid-19 this week.

Van Zyl is credited with transforming TSA from a family business owned by the Wessels family to a global brand owned by Toyota Japan.

About Johan Van Zyl.

Born – 8 June 1958.


1976 High school – Hoer Seunskool Springs

University – Potchefstroom University (PHD in business and economics).


Lecturer – Potchefstroom University

1993 – Toyota SA Dealer Network Director

2002 – Chief Operating Officer, CEO

2009 – Managing Officer Toyota Global

2013 – CEO, Toyota Africa

2015 – CEO Toyota Europe

2019 – Chairman Toyota SA

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Times Newspaper – 8 August 2021.