About LML South Africa
Making Africa Mobile (Pty) Ltd was the brainchild of two, who in the early 1990’s had recently relocated to Cape Town from Salisbury, saw a need for inexpensive and reliable means of transport for small business’s and the bulk of our population.
After researching the need a suitable product was found in India, manufactured by a company called Bajaj Auto Ltd. under licence from Piaggio of Italy. Initially in 1993 both the Bajaj three wheeled Pick-Up (Bakkie) and Rear Engined Rickshaw were imported. A fibreglass canopy was manufactured locally to make the Pick-Up more viable and adaptable.
Following soon after the first shipment it was seen there was a need for personal two wheeled transport and accordingly the Bajaj Chetak (A “Vespa” Sprint by any other name) was imported and distributed throughout Southern Africa via a network of dealers.
In 1999 Piaggio/LML of Kanpur India split from Piaggio and LML was allowed to export it products world wide – whereas previously. products were exported under Piaggio and Vespa names. Making Africa Mobile was chosen by LML to distribute its ‘Vespa’ models in Southern Africa.
In terms of the settlement agreement with Piaggio, LML was not permitted to use the Piaggio or the Vespa name and so exported the models as the 125cc Sensation (Piaggio Prima Vera) – which was discontinued in 2005, the 150cc models as the Star (Piaggio Vespa PX150) – and the Star deluxe (Which, apart from the 150cc engine is almost identical to the Vespa PX200).
In the early 1990’s, Bajaj switched to manufacture of motorcycles and discontinued making their (Vespa type) scooters. They subsequently also stopped production of their three wheeled pick-up. Most spares for both Bajaj two & the three wheeled scooters remain available from LMLSA.
LMLSA is now under the helm of Andrew Crook, the son of one of the original directors, while his father, Alan Crook, has chosen to take semi retirement, but retains an overview of the progress of the company.