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.”
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
There will be more than 25 competitors driving
vehicles that were manufactured prior to 1970, some from as early as the
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com to obtain an Expression of Interest (EOI) form be considered as an employer on this project.
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).”
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.
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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
“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.