In 2020, we’re working to ensure that all associations have a 20/20 view of our industry, while returning the original aims of the RMI when it was first established more than 100 years ago. Back then, the organisation focused entirely on commercial factors – a view that we have returned to, albeit with the enhanced understandings of modern best business practice encapsulated in the New Thinking Model.
With this in mind, MIWA, TEPA and ARA – which cumulatively account for more than 80% of South Africa’s aftermarket industry – have come together, finding common ground and values, while embracing innovations by moving into the digital space.
This requires ensuring that MIWA, TEPA and ARA websites embrace the same look and feel, which makes for easier navigation and facilitates the easy exchange of information and data. We are, furthermore, digitizing messaging services, social media, podcasts, webinars and e-commerce trading opportunities.
Ultimately, by leveraging our synergies, we’re making it possible to help grow each other’s businesses; a process which will be further enhanced by Participation, Engagement, Involvement and Facilitation.
Every member has a responsibility to play in the team space and to support fellow members wherever possible. This will move our organisation, and the associations, into the next era of relevance and growth.