About Us

Established by the Toyota Wessels Trust, TWIMS is a not for profit initiative dedicated to the development of manufacturing executives in Africa. We are an open institution, welcoming in students from all industries and backgrounds.

Our Vision

An industrialised Africa built on world class management capabilities.

Our Mission

A prosperous Africa empowered by sustainable industrialisation.

Our Objective

Develop world-class management capabilities to drive African industrialisation.

Our Leadership Team

Dr Johan van Zyl

President and CEO of Toyota Europe, and Chairman of Toyota South Africa

Dr Van Zyl is one of South Africa’s most prominent business leaders. He has held numerous senior positions within Toyota since joining Toyota South Africa in July 1993 as sales director. He was subsequently promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of Toyota South Africa, followed by leadership positions within Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, culminating in his appointment as President and CEO of Toyota Europe in April 2015. Throughout this period, Dr Van Zyl has maintained his passion for, and commitment to South Africa, including through his role as chairman of Toyota South Africa. Dr Van Zyl initiated the TWIMS concept in 2015 and has been a key driver of its establishment. Dr Van Zyl holds a PhD in Business Economics from the University of Potchefstroom, completed in 1986.

Professor Justin Barnes

Executive Director

Dr Barnes started his career in the manufacturing sector in 1995 as a researcher on the Industrial Restructuring Project at the then University of Natal. He co-established B&M Analysts in 1997 and resigned from the University of Natal in 2002. Dr Barnes has worked on the establishment of TWIMS since 2015, after a stint as the adjunct Chair of Industrial Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2011 to 2014). Dr Barnes has advised the South African and other national governments on numerous important industrial development policies over the last two decades. These include the present policies for the CTFL and automotive sectors in South Africa. Dr Barnes is a recognised international manufacturing expert and has published extensively on the subject. All of Dr Barnes’ qualifications are from the University of Natal, with his BA Honours (Geography) completed cum laude in 1994, his MSocSci (Development Studies) completed cum laude in 1995 and his PhD (Development Studies – industrial specialisation), completed in 2001. Dr Barnes is presently also Chairman of B&M Analysts.

Mr Henry Pretorius

Non-executive director

Mr Pretorius has had an illustrious career in the South African manufacturing sector. After four initial years in the textiles sector, Mr Pretorius has worked for the past 43 years for Toyota South Africa. His two most senior positions were Financial Director and Senior Vice President for Engineering, Purchasing, Vehicle Logistics and Product Development. After his retirement in 2009, Mr Pretorius maintained a fractional position as Senior Executive Advisor to the Toyota SA president and CEO. Through this position, Mr Pretorius was tasked with the implementation of the TWIMS business plan, working in conjunction with Prof Barnes. Mr Pretorius is presently also an non-executive director of B&M Analysts. Mr Pretorius holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) degree from the University of Natal and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Our Ethos


Sustainable Growth

Industrialisation represents a foundational element for inclusive and sustainable socio-economic growth and development.


World-Class Management

Industrialisation requires world-class management to lead and develop manufacturing and broader value chain capabilities.