Plans for Moto Mech proceeding at pace


The second Moto Mech show is gathering traction as organisers prepare for the event, taking place on 22 February at Port Elizabeth’s Newton Technical High School.

Peter van Mosseveld, MIWA’s representative in the Eastern Cape has joined forces with Bridget Finn of Finn Auto Repairs to conceptualise the event, which will include a classic car display and a showdown between top mechanics in the area, along with car and motor bike displays, kids’ activities and food and drink stalls.

Van Mosseveld says that the event will be even larger than last year’s highly successful inaugural show, and will be a useful tool for introducing both primary and high school learners to the motor industry. “We want junior school children to know there is a career in Motor Mechanics, and to know which schools are available for this career. For those in high school, we would like to educate them about what the industry is all about and the options in terms of available colleges and workshops.”

Moto Mech takes place from 9am to 3pm. All proceeds go to the Newton Technical High School.

Motor Mech Show organiser, Bridget Finn, with a 1991 Jaguar XJS 5.3 V12 and a 1982 Ferrari Mondial 8 3L V8. There will be a number of Classic Cars on show at the event.

In the media – December and January

TV cameras lined up, covering large public event
TV cameras lined up, covering large public event

MIWA had a good month in terms of media coverage. Here are a few articles that were published:

Grading sign-ups


There have been several workshops that received their grading certificates this month. We extend our congratulations to you all.

Car Care Clinic Valley View – 5 Star Grading
Car Care Clinic Vanderbijl Park – 5 Star Grading
Car Care Clinic Vereeniging – 5 Star Grading

Director’s Desk


Usually, when we talk about 20/20 vision, we’re referring to the clarity or sharpness of vision measured at a distance of 20 feet. For me, 2020 has a specific clarity and direction, which will open new doors, bring new breaks and new blessings.

It’s important that we prepare our minds and enlarge our vision so that we can take advantage of these opportunities – but important, too, that we face the challenges that will surely arise out of a difficult economy which is placing immense pressure on our industry, and creating uncertainty around our future. We need to make definite and innovative decisions to remain sustainable, competitive & effective and our strategy for the year is to focus on these areas while supporting our members.

Our ultimate goal for 2020? We will remain resilient, focused and do business in a smart way. As the old saying has it, “Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.”  We hope you enjoy the first newsletter of the year. We asked some of our MIWA Associational Reps for their views on the coming year. We are also excited to start introducing some new sections from next month. You can read all about that in this issue and to see most of you face to face as we start our 2020 roadshow.

Pieter Niemand

In the media – November

TV cameras lined up, covering large public event

MIWA had a good month in terms of media coverage. Here are a few articles that were published:

Welcome to our November new members


We proudly represent some of the best aftermarket workshops in the country. Our member list grows daily. We warmly welcome our newest members:

MIDVAAL SERVICE CENTRE                                     
WILBER VAN DYK MOTORS                                      
MBALY MOTORS                                               
SPECIALISED AUTO WORX                                      
THE AUTO SHOP                                              
CAR CARE CLINIC BROOKLYN                                   
CAR CARE CLINIC HATFIELD 01                                
CAR CARE WORKSHOP LYNNWOOD LANE                            
CAR CARE WORKSHOP MONTANA                                  
CAR SMART AUTO SERVICES                                    
LENNYS AUTO REPAIRS                                        
MACAUTO TECH                                               
PLATINUM MECHS                                             
QUICK LANE NELSPRUIT                                       
VAG SPEC CENTRE NELSPRUIT                                  
VENTER GEARBOXES & DIFFERENTIALS                           
VOLT PRO SA                                                

We caught a few on camera…

Car Care Clinic Silverton
Motolek Silverton
Transport Motor Repairs Gezina Pretoria
Venter Gearbox and Differentials Pyramid
Volt Pro SA Pretoria North

Reps training


Representatives from the various associations in the Retail Motor Industry Organisation, including MIWA reps, participated in several training sessions this month. This included first aid training, fire prevention training and mediation training. Prinola Govender, the MIWA rep for the KZN region, attended the training and said it was very worthwhile. “I picked up many new skills which will no doubt be handy to have down the line.”

She took pictures during the training sessions:

Motus franchise awards


The Motus Aftermarket Parts franchise awards event was held at the Intercontinental Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport on 14 November.

The Workshop brands are judged on the following criteria:

  • Purchase support
  • Marketing
  • Workshop compliance to corporate identity
  • OHS Health & Safety
  • Customer service
  • Staff training
  • Social responsibility
  • Going green

The franchise brands include CBS, Motolek, ADCO, Autocare & Diagnostics and Silverton.

Here are the winners and runners up:

Sponsors needed for 2020 Milligan Trial Rally


The Eastern Province Veteran Car Club is looking for a naming sponsor for the prestigious 2020 Milligan Trial Rally, now in its 51st year. This is a national event sanctioned by the South African Veteran and Vintage Association (SAVVA) and will next year take place on a route that will take the competitors from Port Elizabeth in a loop through the Eastern Cape and return to the finish in Port Elizabeth.

There will be more than 25 competitors driving vehicles that were manufactured prior to 1970, some from as early as the 1920’s.

This three-day event has drawn media coverage from most of the motoring magazines, local newspapers as well as national TV on the national newscasts. Daily reports on the day are done through crossovers to AlgoaFM and the use of social media is quite extensive. The organisers actively get involved with this aspect to promote the event, and work with the sponsors in order to ensure that they get the mileage that they would expect from such sponsorship.

The club magazine that comes out every second month goes to 300 members and is shared with other clubs and their members through South Africa. The sponsor will have free advertising in the magazine for a year, as well as on the Club’s Website. The programme and all merchandising will bear the sponsors branding. The vehicles will also have branding; however, this will be restricted to Glass, usually the top of the windscreen and chrome work, as old paintwork does not take kindly to modern stickers being applied.

Every second week, the club has displays on its lawn, and the idea is to have the sponsors’ banners around the lawn as well as on a Windsock up permanently. The sponsor would also have a free advertising board located in the busy Conyngham road. Most Car Clubs meet at the Eastern Province Veteran Car Club for their socials monthly.

“The sponsorship that we are looking for would be R150,000 for full naming rights for the event. If we cannot get a naming sponsor we would look into any monetary and or product value a company will be prepared to sponsor,” says Rodney Idris, Secretary of EPVV. If you would like more information or are interested in sponsorship contact Rodney on 083 656 9170 or

Apprenticeship workshop in Eastern Cape


The I-Work Project – Apprenticeship System Development Provincial Stakeholder workshop was held at the Eastern Cape Midlands TVET College on 19 November. This was one of several workshops hosted by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the British Council around the country aimed at engaging stakeholders involved in the rollout of Centres of Specialisation (CoS) across all 19 TVET colleges and 26 campuses. Significantly, the British Council has made a provision for 10 new employers per college so it was an ideal workshop for any businesses that wanted to know more about how they can participate in the CoS programme as host employers.

MIWA representative for the region, Peter van Mosseveld, attended the workshop along with various industry stakeholders. “The DHET has approved the 2020 intake of apprentices and the RMI is calling upon all employers to be part of this ground-breaking initiative. We need to encourage the support and training of artisans in the industry and to get employers involved that will take on apprentices.”

Interested employers, in and around Rustenburg and Phalaborwa (for diesel mechanic apprenticeships), Port Elizabeth and Cape Town (for motor mechanic apprenticeships) should make contact with Louis van Huyssteen at to obtain an Expression of Interest (EOI) form be considered as an employer on this project.