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Vivian Corinaldi, 57, the new Acting Director at of the South African Petroleum Retailers’ Association (SAPRA), has 34 years’ experience in the petroleum industry, encompassing retail and commercial sales and marketing as well as service station development.

His career began at Mobil, where he worked for seven years in the retail marketing and property development divisions, during which time he won the company’s Retail Salesman of the Year award twice. He commissioned his first retail site in Pretoria in 1983.

Later he joined Sasol Oil, where he worked for almost 27 years. For the major portion of the time he worked in retail sales and marketing and in property development. He also served as retail manager and was operations manager for the retail network from 2010 onwards.

Vivian was instrumental in acquiring and converting the BP networks in Lesotho and Swaziland in 2006/7 to Exel Petroleum, a subsidiary of Sasol Oil. He spent a year in Maputo in 2008 on an expat assignment, during which time he successfully completed a turnaround project in a fuels marketing joint venture company, Petromoc e Sasol.

He also served Sasol Oil in a number of other roles including a host of various business right-sizing and restructuring projects.

He is well known in the petroleum industry and has had dealings with all the oil companies as well as a large number of service station dealers and property developers in South Africa.

Corinaldi is based at the RMI’s offices in Randburg. He can be contacted at 082 554 3501 or via e-mail at

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