Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has added media personality Minki van der Westhuizen to its growing list of influential brand ambassadors. Van der Westhuizen needs no introduction as she spent years carving a name for herself in modelling, acting and television presenting. She is a household name in the local entertainment industry. To welcome her to the TSAM family, Van der Westhuizen is sporting a new set of wheels – the Toyota Fortuner VX.

Barely a month after joining the Toyota stable, she hit the ground running with an inspirational talk to TSAM internal staff when they commemorated Women’s Day 2021. As a mother to three girls (Katerien, Elise and Elsa), she talked about finding the ideal work-life balance as a career woman. Van der Westhuizen says, “speaking at various events aimed to inspire and empower women has been very memorable and rewarding”.

Currently hosting her talk show MINKI on VIA (Channel 147 on DStv), Van der Westhuizen says: “I am proud to have a platform where I sit down with interesting and inspiring people from all walks of life. I was given my first opportunity to be a presenter on Pasella and instantly fell in love. I adore meeting new people, listening to their views and opinions and creating a calm and friendly atmosphere in a room full of cameras.”

Other Toyota ambassadors include Paralympians Ntando Mahlangu and Tyone Pillay (who are jetting off to the Tokyo Games as we speak), as well as wildlife conservation crusader and popular YouTuber Dingo Dinkelman.