BY : Peter Martin
Knowing how to drive a car as a young teenager was just one of the factors which influenced Khuthala Mapasa to become a motor vehicle saleslady.
Currently at the East London Renault dealership situated at the corner of Fitzpatrick and Commercial Roads, Mapasa, 33, admits to being passionate about her job.
“At 14 I used to drive my mother all over Mdantsane and we’d sell oranges, pineapples and cabbages,” she recalls.
She finished her education at Boston Business College where she gained a Marketing Diploma.
She bought here first car at the age of 20 but got into financial trouble and so went to a car auction business to sell it. The owner of the business spotted her CV in the boot of her car and offered her a job as a saleslady.
“Next thing I knew I was selling cars and my target was 15 units per month or get fired!”
Mapasa ran a taxi business and sold a number of other brands before joining Renault in 2016 in Pretoria but hasn’t been with the East London branch very long.
She is most impressed with one of the newest cars in the Renault stable, the Kwid, which she considers excellent value for money. “They are selling very well,” she says, highlighting that the Kwid comes with a year’s insurance and a special service plan, and is reliable and safe with an ABS braking system, power steering and airbags.
She comes over as a bubbly personality, eager to please her clients.
She admits to being in awe of the diverse range of Renault products especially the bigger range of vehicles such as the Captur, the Duster and the Koleos.
However, the Renault Megane RS was chosen as the test drive vehicle.
It is sleek, it is stylish and extremely powerful and most impressive to drive.
Mapasa stated that she loved how comfortable the seats were and I had to agree.
“Your bottom is always firm in the seat,” she said with a grin.
I must admit also that the view of the road from the cockpit is excellent.
The car has a three “modes” in which to drive, each one affecting the way the car handles.
On the open road we switched from “Sport” to “Race” and immediately there was a roar from the turbo as the Megane unleashed all its power. But this was no ordinary roar.
I thought a pride of lions had escaped from an animal park and were on the attack!
We moved from 60km per hour to 120km per hour in bare seconds. Cornering was not affected by the increase in speed and it was a comfort to know that the brake system on the Megane is excellent while the car is amply protected by airbags all round for peace of mind motoring.
I particularly liked the dash display which is easy reading – the Km per hour figure is prominent and in line with the driver’s eyes. I was also very impressed with the rear park distance control camera. There is just no way a driver, experienced or not, will hit anything when reversing, which can be a problem with ordinary motor vehicles.
For the person who loves a vehicle with brilliant and powerful acceleration along with excellent road-holding and safety features, then the Renault Megane RS is just made for you. But it’s not only for speed-freaks, it appeals to all age groups.
I can honestly recommend the Megane RS . Its appearance alone is sure to garner admiring looks from other motorists.