Mercedes-Benz South Africa: Abey Kgotle

Abey joined Mercedes-Benz South Africa in April 2017

Abey Kgotle, Executive Director of Human Resources at Mercedes-Benz South Africa, joined the company after a 10-year stint at platinum mining company Lonmin, which he left after working his way up to become the Executive Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to joining Lonmin, he worked in human resource management roles at GrafTech South Africa, City of Johannesburg, Samancor Manganese and Denel. He has extensive experience in human resource management, labour relations, community investment, and stakeholder relations. He holds as Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the North-West University of and a Masters Diploma in Human Resources from the University of Johannesburg.


Apr 2017 – Present:            Executive Director, HR, Mercedes-Benz South Africa

Jul 2015 – Mar 2017:          Director, Lonmin Platinum

Sep 2013 – Jul 2015:          Executive Vice President, HR, Lonmin Platinum

May 2012 – Aug 2013:        Executive Manager, Human Capital, Lonmin Platinum

Sep 2009 – May 2012:        Executive Manager, External Affairs, Lonmin Platinum

Apr 2008 – Aug 2009:         Senior Manager, Human Capital, Lonmin Platinum

Jun 2004 – Mar 2008:         Human Resource Manager, GrafTech SA

Apr 2003 – May 2004:         General Manager, HR, City of Johannesburg


1997 – 1998:                        M.Dip, Human Resources, University of Johannesburg

1990 – 1993:                        B.Soc.Sci, Sociology and Social Work, North-West University

About Bercedes-Benz

Established in 1948, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the global company, Daimler AG, with a history of over 65 years in South Africa as a committed corporate citizen. At its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in East London, MBSA manufactures Mercedes-Benz C-Class cars in right-hand drive for the local market and in left-hand drive execution for export to the United States of America. It also produces the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles and buses, and FUSO trucks. MBSA`s headquarters, marketing and support divisions are located in Zwartkop, Gauteng, from where the Mercedes-Benz, smart, Western Star and FUSO products are marketed and financed.