Welcome to our November new members

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We proudly represent some of the best aftermarket workshops in the country. Our member list grows daily. We warmly welcome our newest members:

MIDVAAL SERVICE CENTRE                                     
WILBER VAN DYK MOTORS                                      
MBALY MOTORS                                               
SPECIALISED AUTO WORX                                      
THE AUTO SHOP                                              
CAR CARE CLINIC BROOKLYN                                   
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CAR CARE WORKSHOP LYNNWOOD LANE                            
CAR CARE WORKSHOP MONTANA                                  
CAR SMART AUTO SERVICES                                    
LENNYS AUTO REPAIRS                                        
MACAUTO TECH                                               
PLATINUM MECHS                                             
QUICK LANE NELSPRUIT                                       
VAG SPEC CENTRE NELSPRUIT                                  
VENTER GEARBOXES & DIFFERENTIALS                           
VOLT PRO SA                                                

We caught a few on camera…

Car Care Clinic Silverton
Motolek Silverton
Transport Motor Repairs Gezina Pretoria
Venter Gearbox and Differentials Pyramid
Volt Pro SA Pretoria North

Reps training

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Representatives from the various associations in the Retail Motor Industry Organisation, including MIWA reps, participated in several training sessions this month. This included first aid training, fire prevention training and mediation training. Prinola Govender, the MIWA rep for the KZN region, attended the training and said it was very worthwhile. “I picked up many new skills which will no doubt be handy to have down the line.”

She took pictures during the training sessions:

Motus franchise awards

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The Motus Aftermarket Parts franchise awards event was held at the Intercontinental Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport on 14 November.

The Workshop brands are judged on the following criteria:

  • Purchase support
  • Marketing
  • Workshop compliance to corporate identity
  • OHS Health & Safety
  • Customer service
  • Staff training
  • Social responsibility
  • Going green

The franchise brands include CBS, Motolek, ADCO, Autocare & Diagnostics and Silverton.

Here are the winners and runners up:

Sponsors needed for 2020 Milligan Trial Rally

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The Eastern Province Veteran Car Club is looking for a naming sponsor for the prestigious 2020 Milligan Trial Rally, now in its 51st year. This is a national event sanctioned by the South African Veteran and Vintage Association (SAVVA) and will next year take place on a route that will take the competitors from Port Elizabeth in a loop through the Eastern Cape and return to the finish in Port Elizabeth.

There will be more than 25 competitors driving vehicles that were manufactured prior to 1970, some from as early as the 1920’s.

This three-day event has drawn media coverage from most of the motoring magazines, local newspapers as well as national TV on the national newscasts. Daily reports on the day are done through crossovers to AlgoaFM and the use of social media is quite extensive. The organisers actively get involved with this aspect to promote the event, and work with the sponsors in order to ensure that they get the mileage that they would expect from such sponsorship.

The club magazine that comes out every second month goes to 300 members and is shared with other clubs and their members through South Africa. The sponsor will have free advertising in the magazine for a year, as well as on the Club’s Website. The programme and all merchandising will bear the sponsors branding. The vehicles will also have branding; however, this will be restricted to Glass, usually the top of the windscreen and chrome work, as old paintwork does not take kindly to modern stickers being applied.

Every second week, the club has displays on its lawn, and the idea is to have the sponsors’ banners around the lawn as well as on a Windsock up permanently. The sponsor would also have a free advertising board located in the busy Conyngham road. Most Car Clubs meet at the Eastern Province Veteran Car Club for their socials monthly.

“The sponsorship that we are looking for would be R150,000 for full naming rights for the event. If we cannot get a naming sponsor we would look into any monetary and or product value a company will be prepared to sponsor,” says Rodney Idris, Secretary of EPVV. If you would like more information or are interested in sponsorship contact Rodney on 083 656 9170 or secretary@epvcc.co.za.

Apprenticeship workshop in Eastern Cape

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The I-Work Project – Apprenticeship System Development Provincial Stakeholder workshop was held at the Eastern Cape Midlands TVET College on 19 November. This was one of several workshops hosted by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the British Council around the country aimed at engaging stakeholders involved in the rollout of Centres of Specialisation (CoS) across all 19 TVET colleges and 26 campuses. Significantly, the British Council has made a provision for 10 new employers per college so it was an ideal workshop for any businesses that wanted to know more about how they can participate in the CoS programme as host employers.

MIWA representative for the region, Peter van Mosseveld, attended the workshop along with various industry stakeholders. “The DHET has approved the 2020 intake of apprentices and the RMI is calling upon all employers to be part of this ground-breaking initiative. We need to encourage the support and training of artisans in the industry and to get employers involved that will take on apprentices.”

Interested employers, in and around Rustenburg and Phalaborwa (for diesel mechanic apprenticeships), Port Elizabeth and Cape Town (for motor mechanic apprenticeships) should make contact with Louis van Huyssteen at louis.vanhuyssteen@rmi.org.za to obtain an Expression of Interest (EOI) form be considered as an employer on this project.

Highveld MIWA members enjoy networking event

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Close to 50 Highveld MIWA members gathered at the Bryanston Country Club on 19 November to enjoy a networking session. Members got to engage with suppliers from GUD, Gondelier, Electude, Auto Zone and HaynesPro. Pieter Niemand, Director of MIWA, says the idea is to do meetings differently and create opportunities for real networking. “It was great to see the members interacting with RMI-affiliated suppliers and each other. This approach will enable greater inter-associational support within the RMI and collaboration between MIWA and TEPA (Tyre, Equipment, Parts Association).”

Here are some pics from the evening:

Discretionary Funding applications now open

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The funding window for the merSETA Discretionary funding is now open and will close on 17 December 2019. See download below for the merSETA FUNDING APPLICATION NOTICE – 2019/20 Discretionary Funded Strategic Projects.  

To access the application information please visit www.merseta.org.za and follow Discretionary Funded Window 2 Strategic Projects application information.

Please do not follow the Mandatory and Discretionary grants application NSDMS link.

MIWA gets a look at Electric Vehicle developments

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This month, MIWA Director, Pieter Niemand, MIWA Regional Chairman for Eastern Cape, Jack Finn and MIWA representative, Peter van Mosseveld, were invited to visit the uYilo eMobility Programme at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. The national programme was established in March 2013 as an initiative of the Technology Innovation Agency to enable, facilitate and mobilise electric mobility in South Africa.

The facilities visited include a national accredited battery testing laboratory supporting lead-acid and lithium-ion technologies, as well as, a material characterisation laboratory. The Electric Vehicles Systems facility supports component level integration, and the live testing environment serves to facilitate inter-operability within a smart-grid for the electric vehicle eco-system.

“It was incredible to see the level of advancement at this facility. It is important that we, as MIWA, remain pro-active and up-to-date on the progress of this industry as it will have a direct impact on us in the years to come. Our aim is to be as informed as possible so we can educate and inform members and together we can positively embrace change,” says Niemand.

(from left) Joshua Omolo, Project Engineer uYilo, Bridget and Jack Finn from Finn Auto, Pieter Niemand, Director of MIWA, Peter van Mosseveld, MIWA representative, Edem Foli, Programme Manager uYilo, and Dr Nico Ras, Group Specialist: Energy Storage uYilo, during the visit to the uYilo eMobility Programme facility in Nelson Mandela University, PE.

MIWA In the media November 2019

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MIWA had a good month in terms of media coverage. Here are a few articles that were published:

https://kathorusmail.co.za/44807/minor-car-service-major-service-know-difference/

http://www.autoforum.co.za/View-News-Article.aspx?News=11902

https://abrbuzz.co.za/mobility-beat/10074-thinking-of-buying-a-pre-owned-car-this-festive-season-here-s-what-you-need-to-consider

http://www.autoforum.co.za/View-News-Article.aspx?News=11885