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MIWA Magic moments

Anniversaries, celebrations, milestones, special events – here's what MIWA members were up to this month...

MIWA loves celebrating the achievements, accomplishments, and great occasions that have marked the month for our members. This month, congratulations go to:

Five-star grading

GT One, a Kyalami-based workshop in Kyalami Business Park in Johannesburg, received a five-star grading.

Far North Midas joined forces with GUD Holdings to host a workshop trade evening

Far North Midas joined forces with GUD Holdings to host a workshop trade evening at Midas Mokopane on 2 February. Attendants were spoiled with goodie bags and giveaways before the real business of the evening, which included educational talks from Fram, Indy Oil, Safeline Brake Pads, and Holts, highlighting how to deliver better service. MIWA also took advantage of the platform to talk about how accreditation benefits members.

MIWA membership benefits presentation

MIWA Exco member Happy Tabane arranged for MIWA to talk about membership benefits to an audience of small business owners attending a training session hosted at AIDC, Rosslyn on 17 February. More than 26 workshop owners attended the event. Topics under discussion included membership costs and requirements, as well as the different types of membership available.

Ross Tech Auto now TikTok famous

Ross Tech Auto became TikTok famous when a happy customer posted about the workshop’s excellent service – you can watch the video here. Thank you to the team for flying the MIWA flag high!

A behind-the-scenes look at Kyalami 9-hour race

Pieter Niemand with Clint Western from Mercedes

Pieter Niemand and SAPRA’s Vishal Premlall joined an exclusive media and industry group who were offered a behind-the-scenes look at the Kyalami race track, ahead of the Kyalami 9-hour race that took place on 25 February.

Organised by Motorsport South Africa (MSA), the event gave Pieter and Vishal a chance to experience what goes into planning an international event of this magnitude. “We were able to go into Race Control, which is really the engine room of the whole race and see how the race is controlled, then walked through the pits to meet some of the motorsport greats and some of the young drivers competing, like Keagan Campos and Karah Hill, before we had a look at the hospitality areas,” Pieter says.

MSA chairman Anton Roux revealed that there were 160 South African competitors and about 300 international competitors over the whole weekend. “There were 1 500 people on the circuit; 30 000 litres of racing fuel, and 12 000 Pirelli tyres with 25 technicians brought in from Italy. Each of the cars costs around R12 million rand and it costs the teams about R2,5 million to compete at the weekend. Just imagine a set of tyres costs R40 000 and these drivers go through 10 sets over the weekend. This really was a great event for SA and hopefully the first of many to come back.”