Protea Tyres

TWK has shares in Protea Versoolwerke Ermelo (Pty) Ltd with a retreading plant in Ermelo and Kimberley as well as Six retail branches in Piet Retief, Ermelo, Middelburg, Vryheid, Kimberley and Gauteng.

The Protea Tyres Group’s footprint spreads over Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Northern Cape. The group is a leading supplier of tyres and tyre services.

Our core business is quality manufacturing of application-specific retreads and promoting and implementing cost per kilometre (CPK) systems for all end-users.

The group is also a leading supplier in the retail sector with branches in Ermelo, Piet Retief, Middelburg, Vryheid, Kimberley, Komatipoort and Gauteng. With franchise brands like Bandag, Continental, Dunlop and Battery Centre, we strive to provide an excellent service to a diversified customer base.​

The industry has changed its focus to become more customer-driven. We also believe in a contractual and not a transactional type of relationship with the end-user to ensure a long-term relationship.

Although the price is always a factor when choosing a tyre supplier, cost savings will be achieved by making use of the services of a good tyre supplier and retreader and initiating a sound tyre maintenance programme.

Retreading Factories and Wholesale

Protea Versoolwerke Ermelo was established in 1964 as one of the first Bandag franchises. Since 2001, we are part of the TWK Group with a footprint throughout South Africa.  We have received numerous awards from Bandag SA and other tyre suppliers for outstanding service and quality.

Our retreaded products have the SABS mark of approval and a Bandag Quality Audit Certification.

Ermelo (capacity 5 000 truck tyres per month) and Kimberley (capacity 2 500 tyres per month) distribute to a network of retailers and end-users across Mpumalanga, KZN, Limpopo, Northern Cape and Gauteng.

Protea Tyres believes in saving the customer money. We can provide the following services to optimise tyre life and even save on fuel costs:

  • Scrap tyre analysis

  • Surveys and road surveys

  • Load studies

  • Test tyres

  • Driver training

  • Truck wheel balancing

  • Truck wheel alignment

  • Computerised programmes: Profleet and Prowheel

  • Services

The turnaround time for your retreads will be seven working days.

Services that can be expected will include:

  • Pick-up and delivery of tyres for repairs and retreading

  • Ongoing inflation and maintenance advice

  • Tyre-related studies as requested

  • “Urgent attention” tyre survey

  • We buy back well-maintained local casings including Dunlop, Goodyear, Continental and Michelin.

Breakdown Services

Protea has access to a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week breakdown service countrywide.

We primarily make use of the Bandag ETA nationwide facilities but can provide the same through Dunlop, Continental and other suppliers to ensure prompt nationwide service and the advantage of having a fixed cost.


Our retail branches are Best Drive (Ermelo) and Dunlop accredited dealers (Piet Retief, Middelburg and Vryheid), and a Battery Centre franchise in Ermelo. Our aim is to give the most comprehensive service to our customers.

We are suppliers of leading brand products – Continental, Dunlop, Michelin, BF Goodrich, Good Year and SABS-approved new import tyres. The Battery Centre supplies Raylite and Exide batteries. The fitment centres specialise in shock absorbers, exhausts, tow bars, mag wheels, wheel alignment and balancing.

Protea Tyres caters for all market segments in the industry.

  • High-performance passenger

  • Budget passenger

  • 4x4

  • Commercial truck

  • Earthmover

  • Mining

  • Bus

  • Solids (forklift tyres)

  • Military

As a BestDrive and Bandag franchisee, we can deliver the following services:

Continental Conti360°

Fleet services meet your specific needs - with exclusive all-round service - and enable you to achieve the lowest overall driving costs.

  • Perfect selection of the tyres through the correct fitting,

  • Ongoing monitoring and reporting,

  • Fast response in the event of a tyre breakdown,

  • The proper handling of worn tyres.


We ensure the right tyre choice as well as the correct tyre fitment to guarantee the smooth operation of your fleet.


Our regular inspections ensure the best performance from your tyres.


In the event of a breakdown, irrespective of your location we’ll have you back on the road with minimum downtime.


Continental Truck Tyres have a cash value even at the end of their lifetime.  We take care of the complete casing handling: collection, inspection, purchasing, retreading and/or proper disposal.


We provide you with a complete analysis of your tyre-related data, which immediately shows potential for any tyre-related cost savings.


Bandag complements its product offerings with a combination of Programme, Services, and Information.

These are summarised as:

  • Bandag's National Fleet Programme;

  • Bandag's Emergency Tyre Assistance (ETA);

  • ProWheel;

  • ProOosta;

  • ProTurbo;

  • ProTracker; and

  • ProFleet.

This added-value package is tailored to the needs of eets and it helps you to:

  • Reduce your operating costs;

  • Concentrate on your core business;

  • Increase your eet's uptime;

  • Improve your protability;

  • Increase your overall competitiveness.


Dunlop Tyres are designed to meet or exceed the stringent performance and safety standards of the world’s most demanding international certification bodies.

Dunlop Tyres South Africa offers top-quality tyres throughout the country for a full spectrum of motoring applications.

Dunlop is one of the most iconic and recognisable tyre brands in the world with an unbroken history going back over 120 years.

Pioneering ground-breaking innovations in vehicle safety and performance.


The most advanced manufacturing and compounding technology premium products that meet the highest performance and safety standards total commitment to unparalleled quality and professional service

First National Battery Centre

First National Battery is the leading lead-acid battery manufacturer in South Africa and produces over 2.2 million batteries a year.

First National Batteries are used in more than 40 countries and our products cover various industries and applications ranging from mining, railway and renewable energy to surface traction, telecommunications and automotive, including industrial, commercial and passenger vehicles.

Automotive batteries produced by First National are the first choice of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) including Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Nissan, GM SA, BMW, Volkswagen SA, Renault, Ford, Nissan Diesel and MAN.

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