We earn our customers’ enthusiasm through continuous improvement driven by integrity, teamwork and innovation of management and staff.


Bates Motors consists of a team of Isuzu, Peugeot, Opel and Citroën specialists who are committed to excellent service delivery. We create the perfect truck and bakkie to most efficiently and effectively serve your business and personal requirements.


Isipho Capital Motors (Pty) Ltd trading as Bates Motors is a 100% Black Owned Dealership with 65% Black Women Ownership. We are a proud Level 1 BBBEE Entity. At Bates Motors we pride ourselves in providing you with dedicated expert service that is supported by a fleet of top quality vehicles for your every need.

Isipho Capital Motors is run by husband and wife team Sipho and Fortunate Mdanda. The team is operationally involved in the day-to-day businesses of all the Isipho Capital Holdings groups. Ms Fortunate Mdanda is the Chairwoman at Bates Motors and the CEO of Smith Capital Equipment; and Mr Sipho Mdanda is the Dealer Executive of Bates Motors and the Executive Director of Anderson and Kerr Engineering. 

Isipho Capital Motors are always looking for successful businesses with whom they share a synergy and by working with company they hope to enhance the business by opening up new markets and customers with their extensive business networks.


Bates Motors strives to create Customers for Life. To be the market leader in the sales and servicing of our customers’ transportation products and related services. We will earn our customers’ enthusiasm through continuous improvement driven by integrity, teamwork and innovation of management and staff to achieve honours in every department in our category.

Meet the Team

Read more about our dedicated Executive Management team at Bates Motors.

Fortunate Mdanda


Fortunate Mdanda is a highly qualified and experienced Corporate Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree, Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Auditing and Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Africa – School of Business Leadership. She has gained vast experience in internal controls, risk, auditing, tax and compliance from Pfizer Laboratories, Alexander Forbes, South African Airways, City Power, South African Revenue Service and The Office of the Auditor-General. In her recent role at Pfizer, she provided support to develop and maintain a strong and practical risk awareness, compliance and control culture and environment; provided in-market support, guidance, and consultation to help drive efficiencies; proactively identified emerging risks and strategies and built strong relationships with key stakeholders.

Sipho Mdanda

Dealer Executive

Sipho Mdanda, the Dealer Executive of Bates Motors, holds a Master’s degree in Business Leadership (MBL) from UNISA and a B.Com Honours – as well as a degree in Education. Sipho is an experienced banker, procurement professional and entrepreneur. Driven by the desire to succeed and empower others, he takes pride in providing the best enabling environment to allow the TEAM as far as possible. As a Dealer Executive his goals include unlocking stakeholder value, creating platforms for young staff to grow and creating a strong sustainable equity base. Sipho’s passion for entrepreneurship can be traced back to his FNB days where he worked in Leveraged Finance as a dealmaker and spent significant time working on acquisition finance, balance sheet restructuring, BEE transactions, franchise finance and mezzanine finance.

Shaun Bartlett

Dealer Principal

For over 13 years, Shaun Bartlett has been a noteworthy leader in the automotive space. Before Shaun was appointed the Dealer Principal at Bates Motors he earned a degree in Bachelor of Accounting Science from UNISA. Through his course, he developed a passionate interest in business management. After he graduated, Shaun attained the role as an Audit Manager at an Auditing and Accounting firm, completing a number of additional qualifications; he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Honours (Accounting) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, completed the SAICA Board Examination, the APT Advanced Auditing Course, the IRBA Public Practice Examination, and Registered as a CA (SA) at SAICA.

For his current position as Dealer Principal, Shaun aims to work successfully with employees and directors alike to help lead the business in a forward-thinking direction. Shaun has a lot of significant professional experiences as a figure in the financial industry; he is instrumental in helping Bates Motors evaluate their operational requirements more accurately and improve their forecasting of finances. He also monitors and assesses the performance of the sales groups, evaluates the automotive market conditions, and oversees the day-to-day operations at Bates Motors.

Senior management

Our Senior Mangement team is here to assist you with a wide variety of requirements relating to your vehicle.


Finance and Admin Manager


Retail and Sales Manager


Stellantis Sales Manager


Pre-Owned Sales Manager


    Service and Aftercare Manager


    Parts and Spares Manager


    Commercial and Fleet Manager

    Shareholding Structure

    Creating synergies in the automotive, manufacturing, fluid management and engineering divisions

    The world of private equity solutions is exciting, dynamic and often turbulent. No two days are the same. It requires insight, a well-considered strategy and above all, a winning attitude. At Isipho Capital Holdings, we believe in a partnership model that involves accepting risks and sharing in the upside with all our partners.

    In everything we do, we bring to the fore extensive banking experience and are always on the lookout for businesses with a unique market position coupled with strong cash generation. This is where we align our interest with those of our partners – creating the incentive for maximising shareholder value. To provide strategic, financial and technical value-add to investee companies, while giving management teams the autonomy to run the business.


    Isipho Capital Holdings (Pty) Ltd is a proud Level 1 company with majority 65% Black Women Owned company. We manufacture in South Africa, contributing to local employment, skills development and our country’s export market. We are proud to have also set up a trust where Management and Staff enjoy a share in the company’s success. This is how we assist our country to pursue broad-based empowerment goals.

    Bates Motors Structure


    first 100% black-owned isuzu dealership in south africa

    Fortunate and Sipho Mdanda are at the forefront of South Africa’s new wave of Black industrialists; consolidating their extensive banking and corporate management experience through various organic and acquisitional growth strategies.

    Bates Motors is now Isuzu’s first 100% black-owned dealership in South Africa. This landmark transformation deal aims to be an exemplary model of transformation for the entire motor industry in South Africa.