This month, we bid farewell to Robin Naidoo, who retired at the end of June leaving us after almost 50 years in the industry.
Robin started his career as an accounts clerk at Diesel Fuel Injection back in 1974, a company registered with RMI’s forerunner, the Motor Industry Federation. In 1983, Diesel Fuel Injection changed its name to S.A. Dieselec Services and joined the Bosch Network.
Robin swiftly established himself as a very involved and valuable member of our community and has filled many important posts, starting with his election to the MIWA regional committee in 1999. He was a member of the committee until 2013 and served as chairman of the KZN region while also representing the association on the National Executive Council. He was, moreover, a member of the training and labour committee. Robin served on other key bodies, including the regional Merseta board and the regional MIBCO board, and was appointed Director of the Natal Towing Association. In 2014, he joined the RMI as the Consumer Affairs Officer, a post he held until retiring on 30 June.
Robin’s experience and expertise meant that he was often called upon to help MIWA and other association members in dispute resolution, or to help with complaints from the Motor Industry Ombudsman, National Consumer Council, Consumer Protection Services, and the National Consumer Tribunal. He also shared his knowledge through seminars on the Consumer Protection Act, and even created several podcasts on the topic. Robin became known as someone to turn to when assistance was needed to set up a workshop, as his wealth of insight in this area was truly valuable.
We thank Robin for his incredible service over many, many years, and wish him the very best of luck and happiness for his next venture after a distinguished and successful career.