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.
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
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.
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.”
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
There will be more than 25 competitors driving
vehicles that were manufactured prior to 1970, some from as early as the
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com to obtain an Expression of Interest (EOI) form be considered as an employer on this project.