McGee & Co – About Us

The McGee & Co branch in Lydenburg is the oldest family-owned Ford dealership in South Africa and the oldest business in Lydenburg, opening its doors in 1926.

McGee & Co, Groblersdal is the third addition to the McGee & Co family business, having joined the proud legacy in 2015, and passionately services the Groblersdal comminity and surrounding areas. McGee & Co also have a branch in Burgersfort.

With over 90 years in dealership management, we uphold the same excellent quality service delivery in our branches by always adhering to our mission statement and core values:

Our Mission:

McGee & Co endeavours to build and serve our community. We are dedicated to provide superior products and excellent service quality to generate value for the customer, growth for the franchisor and employees, and sustained return on investment for the holders.

In addition to our mission, at McGee & Co we strive to be the best. We meet our goals by upholding core values in pursuing excellence.

A letter from Henry Ford in 1976, congratulating McGees on 50 years of Ford excellence.

Core Values:

  • Integrity - At McGee & Co we believe in doing the right thing for our customers, our staff and our partners without compromise
  • Teamwork - We believe that the best results are gained from working together
  • Honesty - Our clients need to be confident in our advice and assistance. At McGee & Co honesty always comes first
  • Trust - At McGee & Co we create confidence in our team's commitment to our shared values for our clients and our stakeholders
  • Love - Our passion for what we do is unparalleled and you can be sure that McGee & Co treat our relations with the greatest care

The McGee & Co family consists of committed, motivated staff at your service. Our young and vibrant sales team is ready to go the extra mile and assist clients with any and all transactions, queries and finance plans. Our workshop is sure to produce completely satisfied customers as our service and quality of workmanship is unwavering.

Meet the McGee & Co Management team - Lydenburg:

  • Garth McGee, Owner & Dealer Principal: At the helm of this business is Garth, as the Managing Director of the company. He joined his father, Cliff, in the business in July 1979 and took over reins in 1993.
  • Erica Murray, Financial Manager: Apart from being the financial manager Erica also oversees all aspects of HR management. Erica studied B-Com Statistics at the University of Potchefstroom, whereafter she returned to Lydenburg to start her professional career at a local accounting and auditors firm. Erica joined the McGee family in 2004.
  • Pieter du Plessis, Sales Manager: Pieter has been living in Lydenburg for the past 36 years! He completed his education at the local schools and took employment with ABSA Bank after completing military service. In just over a year he was appointed general manager of the local Bankfin vehicle branch. His knowledge about vehicles and financing them makes him the perfect individual to contact the next time you want to buy a new or used car! He joined the McGee team in 2002.
  • Desmond Alberts, Service Manager: Desmond has won the Ford Motor Company of South Africa’s Merit Club award for outstanding service management performance in 2010 and was also the runner-up in 2009. Every year since 2005, McGee’s Service department has achieved the FMCSA Quality Care certificate.
  • Wynand Barnard, Parts Manager: Wynand grew up in the Free State where he matriculated from HTS Louis Botha in Bloemfontein. He started his parts career with his father in their family parts business. Three years later he moved to Mpumalanga and took employment with a local automotive dealership. Wynand joined the McGee team in 2009. During 2012 he won the Ford Motor Company of SA’s Merit Club Award for Outstanding Parts Management performance .
Garth McGee- Dealer Principal
Erica Murray- Financial Manager
Pieter du Plesis- Sales Manager
Desmond Alberts- Service Manager
Wynand Barnard- Parts Manager

Meet the McGee & Co Management team - Groblersdal:

  • Andrew Birkin, Dealer Principal: Andrew entered the motor industry in 1975 at McGee Ford in Lydenburg as a Parts Salesman. Andrew has over 40 years of industry experience and has spent 25 years as a Dealer Principal as well as consulting to many major motor manufacturers in South Africa.
  • Gertie Birkin, Financial Manager: Gertie has been a part of the motor industry since 1982. She has operated as a Financial Manager in Barberton and Group Financial Manager in Pretoria. In 2015 she made the move to McGee & Co to inject her passion and managerial experience.
  • Anton Botes, Sales Manager: Anton started in the motor industry in 2011 as a Sales Executive. He progressed to Assistant Sales Manager of McCarthy Volkswagen Emahlaleni. In 2017 he moved to Groblersdal and joined the Team as a New & Used Sales Manager.
  • Corrie Hitge, Service Manager: Corrie entered the automotive industry as a switchboard operator in 1995. She soon found her niche in the Service department as a Service Advisor. Corrie was appointed as Service Manager in 2010 before adding her skills to McGee & Co in 2015.
  • Pieter Hitge, Parts Manager: Pieter began his automotive career in 1965 as a Parts Salesman. He was soon promoted to Parts Manager. With several Merit Awards from Ford Motor Company, Pieter has been a crucial addition to McGee & Co since its opening in Groblersdal in 2015.
  • Chantelle Birkin, Finance and Insurance: Chantelle studied Hotel Management at The Capital Hotel School. Thereafter she worked at various five star lodges and spas. In 2015 she joined the McGee Groblersdal Team as a Sales Executive. During this period she qualified as a F&I Manager and is qualified to assist you with financing needs.
Andrew Birkin - Dealer Principal Groblersdal
Gertie Birkin - Financial Manager Groblersdal
Anton Botes - Sales Manager Groblersdal
Corrie Hitge - Service Manager Groblersdal
Pieter Hitge - Parts Manager Groblersdal
Chantelle Birkin - F&I Groblersdal

Meet the McGee & Co Management team - Burgersfort:

  • Clifford McGee, Dealer Principal: Clifford joined McGee & Co in 2011 and spent time in all the departments of the dealership. He then completed an Advanced Dealer Management course with Sewell’s that included a trip to an Australian Dealer. Clifford now manages the Burgersfort branch.
Clifford McGee- Dealer Principal