This week, to coincide with the end of women’s month, we chat to Marcia Mayaba, who has come from humble beginnings to become one of the most influential and inspirational trailblazers in the local retail motor industry. Born in Orlando East in Soweto Mayaba has had a rather colourful career. Back in 1997, as her first gig in the industry, Mayaba was appointed as a trainee at the then Barmot Truck Hire in Cleveland, Johannesburg, (now Avis Barloworld Truck Rental), which was a proving ground for her in both passenger and commercial vehicle transport in SA. She worked her way up to management level at Avis and obtained her qualification in Road Transport from the then RAU (Rand Afrikaanse University), now known as University of Johannesburg. After 10 years with Avis, she decided to explore the motor industry further by venturing into the car rental space where she was appointed the national operations manager for Value Car Rental. Having celebrated being a female of colour in the ind...

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