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From the Director’s Desk, August 2021

A round-up of this month’s key stories.

Spring is all about renewal – and I am sure I am not alone in thinking that we could all do with a new lease on life! After a difficult few months, the longer days are certainly making us feel a lot more positive and ready to make the most of the year’s remaining months. If you need any inspiration in this area, be sure to read up on our tips for harnessing Spring’s energy.

On the subject of all things new, a big congratulations to the chairs and vice-chairs who were recently voted in at our AGM. Thank you to all of those who took part in our first virtual event. We appreciate and greatly value your time and contribution and the valuable role you play in developing our industry. 

This month, we’re also talking about helping your customers boost their knowledge about their cars, explaining the difference between service, warranty and maintenance plans, and sharing some information from Right2Repair.

On a more personal note, I am very pleased to let you know that I have had both my vaccinations, and am really enjoying the peace of mind that comes from knowing that I have done all I can to protect myself, my family, my friends and my colleagues from Covid-19. Nothing is more important than our own health and the love we have for our family, and the respect we have for the wellbeing of our colleagues. Unfortunately, we can see in the media that the vaccination rate is still very low. 

The pandemic has come at a huge cost for so many of us and getting the vaccine is the first step to bringing this virus under control.  I really encourage each and every one of you to lead by example and encourage your employees and loved ones to get vaccinated.

Finally, as Women’s Month comes to an end, I’d like to acknowledge all MIWA’s wonderful women for their hard work, and the massive contribution they make to our organisation through their expertise. I couldn’t be prouder to see the many profiles which appeared this month in the media celebrating our exceptional women. 

Let’s embrace this new season.

Pieter Niemand,
MIWA National Director