Daimler Truck Southern Africa raises the bar as the undisputed Top Employer Industry Leader 2023 in the automotive sector


In an unprecedented achievement since gaining independence just over a year ago. Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA), has, not only retained its Top Employer title in South Africa for the second year running but has also earned a highly sought-after local recognition as the Top Employer Industry Leader 2023 in the automotive.


This honour was made official by the Top Employers Institute in the Forbes Africa – Top Employers Supplement, April/May edition, and solidifies DTSA’s consistent excellence in people management practices. Excitingly, this further places the major truck and bus manufacturer among the top 20 Top ranking companies, attaining the 7th position in South Africa.

Nathier Jappie, Top Employers Institute Regional Manager had this to say about DTSA’s world-class HR practices: 

“Congratulations to DTSA for achieving their second consecutive Top Employer certification, this time displaying their 2023 status. DTSA has been recognised amongst our Top 20 ranking companies, securing 7th position in South Africa, and number 1 in the automotive sector for 2023. DTSA has proven that they work hard to develop their people strategies with the use of world-class HR practices. Through the Top Employers Certification programme, DTSA has proven to play a pivotal role in making the world of work a better place for their employees, we are exceptionally proud to have the company as part of the Top Employers certification programme”.


Commenting on the prestigious accolades, Michael Dietz, President & Group CEO Daimler Truck Southern Africa: 

“To be one of the leading employers in South Africa for the second successive year is something that we are outstandingly proud of as DTSA. Moreover, this year we took it a notch higher as we were also ranked as number 1 in the automotive sector for the first time. I am humbled by these notable accomplishments, they are a testament to our every single effort and commitment to ensuring that we continue to maintain excellent people practices and foster a favorable working environment for our people. A huge thank you to our esteemed employees for their immense contribution to ensure continued success, to us as DTSA, our people remain an indispensable asset”.


The Top Employer Institute is the global authority in recognising excellence in people practices. Through the annual Top Employers Institute Certification Programme, participating companies can be validated, certified, and recognised as an employer of choice. The Institute program certifies organizations based on the participation and results of its HR Best Practices Survey. The survey covers six HR domains consisting of 20 topics, including people strategy, work environment, talent acquisition, learning, well-being, diversity and inclusion, and more. For 2023, the institute has certified and recognized more than 2 052 Top Employers in 121 countries and regions across five continents that impact the lives of over 8 million employees globally.

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