New Venture Creation programme provides opportunities for informal employers

Congratulations to the participants in RMI’s New Venture Creation Programme, who recently reached key milestones in their development journey.

Congratulations to participants in RMI’s New Venture Creation programme, who were recognised for reaching milestones in the programme at a recent event held in Centurion.

The learnership programme is creating important opportunities for informal employers in the automotive industry to become formally recognised. Training focuses on upskilling participants in general mechanical repairs, motor body repair and spray painting, parts sales and tyre fitment centres, ensuring that they are equipped to meet industry standards in terms of compliance, tools, equipment, infrastructure and human resources. This training not only positions businesses to function sustainably; it also ensures they follow the principles of sound corporate citizenship and positions them to gain new business from government, insurance, fleet, and Original Equipment Manufacturer approval panels.

The qualification is viewed as a helpful bridge to help rural and informal businesses become recognised as equal participants in the formal economy.

From the left (back row):  Jakkie Olivier (RMI), Noni Tshabalala (RMI Transformation Director); Christi Brill (Gondolier, Marketing Manager), Karel Venter (Gondolier, Chief Operations Officer) and Mike Wenk (Equal Career Services – trainer).  In the front (from the left) are Marcia Modiba (RMI/Motor Industry Workshop Association – Association Representative), Kumbeka Lolwana (prize winner); Mukwee Tutsirai (prize winner), Hector Malinga (Prize Winner), and Madoda Sonwabo (RMI/Motor Industry Workshop Association – Association Representative).  Prize winners absent at the ceremony are:  Tebs Jiyane, July Mahlangu, David Tau, Madira Cheze and Moses Nkuna.