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THE RMI BOARD AND SENIOR EXECUTIVES Driving the organisation forward


Vehicle Testing Association


Lifts and the law

– by RMI Regulatory Compliance

5 Driver's Seat: Jakkie Olivier, CEO of the RMI 7 Editor's Letter 9 Hot Stuff! New Product Showcase 62 Troubleshooting made easy 66 Tailpiece

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Editor: Greg Surgeon greg@thefuture.co.za

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Sub-editor: Peggy Lendrum peggy@thefuture.co.za Design and layout: Heinz Bawa heinz@thefuture.co.za Reporter: Greg Surgeon greg@thefuture.co.za




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Production: Mabel Ramafoko mabel@thefuture.co.za Advertising Sales Executives: Enver Lawangi, Greg Surgeon, enver@thefuture.co.za greg@thefuture.co.za Future Publishing (Pty) Ltd 6 Rodwiela Road, Edenburg, Rivonia PO Box 3355, Rivonia, 2128 Tel: +27 (11) 803-2040



RMI Automobil’s Editorial Sub-Committee: Viv Corinaldi; Gary McCraw, Denice Grobler, Danelle Van Der Merwe, Wynter Murdoch, Greg Surgeon, Jakkie Olivier and Jan Schoeman

A digital version of this magazine is available at www.rmi.org.za Automobil is the official journal of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) which hosts 13 constituent associations: ACRA (component remanufacturers); ERA (engine re-builders and automotive engineers); MDA (motorcycle, scooter, quad and jet-ski/outboard engine dealers); MIMA (Motor Industry Manufacturers’ Association); MIWA (the full spectrum of workshop operators); MPEA (wholesale and retail part dealers); NADA (new and used car and truck dealers); VTA (vehicle testing); SADFIA (diesel pumproom operators); SAPRA (Fuel resellers, convenience store and car wash operators); SAMBRA (South African Motor Body Repairer's Association); SAVABA (vehicle body builders) and TDAFA (tyre dealers and fitment centres).

Automobil is available to purchase from the publishers at R25 a copy. Automobil is produced and published monthly by Future Publishing (Pty) Ltd for the Retail Motor Industry Organisation. The views and opinions expressed in the publication are not necessarily those of the publishers or the Retail Motor Industry Organistion. While precautions have been taken to ensure the accuracy of advice and information contained in editorial and advertisements, neither the publishers nor the Retail Motor Industry Organisation can accept responsibility for errors, misrepresentations or omissions, or for any effect or consequence arising therefrom. Permission to republish any article or image or part thereof must be obtained in writing from the publishers. © Future Publishing (Pty) Ltd


The main strategic objectives of the RMI/VTA

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Driven-machinery regulations and the South African National Standard # 71

AutoTrader SA Car of the year The list of vehicles eligible for category wins, published

Where power comes from Jake Venter explains how an engine generates power

Shock absorber top strut mounting – how it does its job Nissan builds homes for the less fortunate The Nissandra project provides basic human rights to those most in need

Jaguar Land Rover introduces automatic technology Opens the door for easier access with automatic technology

Hino introduces automatic models The Hino 300 and 500 models impress their client

Mahindra delivers to the rental industry A landmark deal delivers 100 new KUV’s to rental depos across South Africa

Disruptions in the workplace Strikes, protest action or misconduct can be disruptive in the workplace

Breach of Contract – when can I cancel? People are often not aware of the consequences of a breach of contract

MerSETA – Electronic Grants System Acting CEO, Wayne Adams, explains the process

Smart reasons for buying a used car Head of InspectaCar’s financial services, Jason White, explains depreciation on a new car and the advantages of buying used



BENEFITS OF BELONGING A short summary of the benefits of RMI membership

The RMI has represented the retail motor industry and its members for more than 100 years. With more than 7 500 member businesses, our unity is our strength. RMI representation at often volatile and disruptive centralised wage negotiations. Professional industrial relations advice by expert specialists, ensuring procedural and substantive fairness when disciplining staff. Industry labour relations seminars focused on the rules, agreements and industry-specific topics that affect retail motor industry businesses. Chairing of disciplinary hearings and AUTOMATIC entry and representation at the CCMA, DRC and Labour Court. Representation at various MIBCO and Industry-related Boards and committee structures.

Affiliation to reputable organisations recognised by Government, big business, consumers and relevant stakeholders like Business Unity SA (BUSA). Protection against one-sided legislative changes or new laws and regulations. Exceptional CPA support and member assistance during defence cases at the National Consumer Commission (NCC) and the Motor Industry Ombudsman of South Africa (MIOSA). Facilitation of a business-to-business complaint where both parties are RMI members, with a complaint resolution rate in excess of 95%. Quality and Standards function – representing the retail industry at various South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) committees and working groups. Representation at the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), defending our industry when compulsory specifications and standards are compromised.

The informative Automobil magazine and weekly web letters that facilitate two-way communication and create consumer and industry awareness. The RMI is regularly invited to comment on industry topics by both print and broadcast media, and participates in and hosts numerous conventions and shows. Associational accreditation ensures ongoing development and implementation of commercial value propositions specific to the association. Training needs and representation via merSETA and W&RSETA. We actively drive industry-wide training and apprenticeship issues through our position on the merSETA Board and our involvement with the Technica manuals. Representation at the Moto Health Care Fund, Industry Provident Funds and the Sick, Accident and Maternity Pay Fund. The RMI offers industry-specific products like RMI4BEE / RMI4LAW / RMI4OHS /RMI4SURE.

Need to get hold of the RMI? Turn to Page 8 of this issue for all the contact details


THE RMI BOARD AND SENIOR EXECUTIVES Driving the organisation forward


Vehicle Testing Association


Lifts and the law – by RMI Regulatory Compliance

Occupational Health & Safety training



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Know what is required





Be the change you want to see in the world


wish all of our valued members, industry stakeholders and staff the very best for 2019. We enter the new year with both excitement and trepidation – the former, because there are many changes happening around us, presenting opportunities, and the latter, because of the political and economic uncertainties that prevail. We are presented with a wonderful opportunity in 2019 to give expression to our freedom and choice by casting our vote at the national general election scheduled for May this year. Democracy has come at a high price and is a treasure worth valuing and nurturing for our children’s sake. But democracy also places a huge responsibility on all of us to collectively determine the future through the vote we cast. I urge you all to make good on your responsibility to cast your votes for a better South Africa, a better future and a better way of life for all our citizens. Democracy finds a different, yet more tangible meaning in our industry through collective bargaining under the auspices of the Motor Industry Bargaining Council (MIBCO). As you know, the current three-year wage agreement will expire on 31 August 2019. Team RMI is already busy with planning for industry wage negotiations, scheduled to commence at the end of the second quarter of the year.

Collective bargaining represents the epitome of industrial democracy, where the will of the majority is codified into multi-year agreements that regulate industry conditions of employment. The terms of these agreements are strictly subject to the will of our valued members.

Mahatma Ghandi once said: “You must be the change you want to see in the world”. This year I challenge you to be that change. Exercise your freedom through your vote – individually and as a responsible corporate citizen.

Consequently, the RMI will be circulating a schedule of mandating roadshows throughout the country, aimed at canvassing the views, needs and aspirations of our members regarding the outcomes of wage- and substantive negotiations. Members are urged to make every effort to attend these roadshows in order to air their views on what they deem to be the best possible outcome of the negotiating process. We need your mandate! With the advent of a general election coinciding with the collective bargaining process, we anticipate a number of political themes to permeate their way into the negotiation agenda – such has been the history of our country. I want to reassure our members that the RMI will make every effort through its public relations and communication department, to keep members abreast of what is really happening around the bargaining table. Jakkie Olivier, CEO of the RMI

For information on the RMI and its workings, visit www.rmi.org.za or call 011 886 6300




CONSTITUENT ASSOCIATIONS Who do they represent and what are their objectives?


he RMI is a proactive, relevant, retail and associated motor industry organisation recognised as the leading voice in South Africa’s automotive aftermarket, serving the daily needs of its members and playing a key role in enabling motor traders to deliver top class service to motoring consumers. Here are the associations which fall under its umbrella… ACRA (Automotive Component Remanufacturers’ Association) ACRA represents component remanufacturers involved in the remanufacture of safety-critical components and radiators, an ever-growing industry in which keeping abreast of change is crucial for business owners. ERA (Engine Remanufacturers’ Association) ERA represents motor engineers who re-machine, rebuild and remanufacture engines in South Africa. ERA members promote the reuse of engines, parts and components in a manner that is green and sustainable. ERA members create employment and skills development opportunities, directly in their own machine shops and indirectly through suppliers to the industry and component manufacturers. MDA (Motorcycle Dealers’ Association) MDA represents members who are motorcycle dealers – these members benefit from an extensive array of value-add services and products such as commercial insurance, labour legal assistance and representation, consumer dispute resolution, and a strong relationship with the Association of Motorcycle Importers and Distributors. MIMA (Motor Industry Manufacturers’ Association) MIMA members are Parts, Equipment and Component Manufacturers and suppliers to Original Equipment Manufacturers and the automotive aftermarket that exports into Africa and other countries in the world. MIWA (Motor Industry Workshop Association) MIWA, the largest association within the RMI, strives to keep its members informed about the ever-changing auto repair industry, thereby ensuring that vehicles are repaired to acceptable standards designed to make them perform better and safely on South African roads. MPEA (Motor Parts and Equipment Association) MPEA represents South Africa’s auto part traders, including wholesalers, retailers and independent operators in the replacement motor parts industry. Genuine replacement parts are available at accredited MPEA spares outlets at affordable prices, backed by the manufacturer’s warranty. NADA (National Automobile Dealers’ Association) NADA represents the interests of business people who own or operate new vehicle franchise dealerships and qualifying used vehicle outlets. NADA is committed to the image enhancement of the retail motor business, facilitating the interface between dealers and OEMs/distributors, building relationships between dealers and customers and bringing relevant industry issues to the attention of government.

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Vehicle Testing Association

VTA (Vehicle Testing Association) The VTA represents private vehicle testing stations that are committed to operating within the law in accordance with the Road Traffic Act and the relevant SANS standards. In this highly regulated environment, the association represents the interests of its members at government working groups and is committed to enhancing the reputation of the industry in all the spheres. SADFIA (South African Diesel Fuel Injection Association) SADFIA members operate fully equipped pump rooms aimed at providing cost-effective service solutions for owners of diesel powered vehicles seeking fuel injection system testing, repair or replacement. SAMBRA (South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association) SAMBRA is an active leader in the motor body repair industry and consolidates, communicates and regulates repair standards in the motor body repair industry. SAMBRA ensures the provision of technical and business skills training that meets the demands of the industry and instils confidence in consumers and industry stakeholders. SAPRA (South African Petroleum Retailers’ Association) SAPRA represents and promotes the interests of petroleum retailers in South Africa and fosters strong relationships with the Department of Energy, oil companies, banks, financial institutions and other stakeholders that have an impact on the sustainability of the service station industry. SAVABA (South African Vehicle and Bodybuilders’ Association) SAVABA members are professional, certified and regulated vehicle body builders in South Africa who manufacture commercial vehicle body applications (tanker, coal, refrigerated trucks and trailers) and bus bodies (commuter and tourist type). Members manufacture using the latest equipment and highly trained staff to ensure strict compliance with SABS standards and other legal specifications. TDAFA (Tyre Dealers' and Fitment Association) The TDAFA is the only representative body for tyre dealers nationally. The association works on all issues relevant to tyres and the fitment industry. Strategically, the TDAFA is positioned as an intermediary between government, the tyre industry and consumers and is recognised by government and industry leaders as the legitimate voice representing tyre dealers. RMI contact details Head Office: 011-886-6300 | www.rmi.org.za Surrey Square Office Park, 330 Surrey Avenue, Ferndale, Randburg, 2194 RMI Regional Offices: Highveld: Randburg: 011-886-6300; Northern: Pretoria: 012-348-9311; KwaZulu-Natal: Durban: 031-266-7031; Eastern Cape/Border: Port Elizabeth: 041-364-0070; Western Cape: Cape Town: 021-939-9440; Free State/Northern Cape: Bloemfontein: 051-430-3294



Encouraging our youth to enter the automotive trade

As we, once again, are faced with unemployment in South Africa it is important that our learners who are entering the market are fully aware of the opportunities that are open to them by studying for a trade


he demand for artisans and a skilled labour force is immense, and often the salaries meet or exceed those of the traditional high-economy fields. The importance of obtaining a degree is not to be underestimated, however, it is equally important that we start encouraging the youth that entering the trade market comes, certainly, with hard work, but also with a great deal of satisfaction when studying and qualifying for these courses. Needless to say, there is still a great amount of inequality in employment opportunities, as well as a lack of emphasis on education. When one considers that a large percentage of our young people sit at home unemployed





when there are job vacancies that go unfilled by South African companies, it is clear that there is a great deal of work to be done in opening up the labour market, not only from the industry, but from government as well. Our country is experiencing a great skills shortage and it is important to note that high paying jobs have no shortage of applicants while Trade positions are ignored. It is important that industry as a whole, specifically the automotive industry, communicate with our youth, showing them the long term benefits of entering this industry while still in school. There is

no doubt that this country needs highly qualified doctors, pilots and lawyers, but it is equally important that Trade is not seen as an inferior career path. This edition also introduces our readers to the 2019 RMI Board, as well as the extremely important Occupational Health & safety Training and Regulatory Compliance, relevant to the Lifting machinery Sector of the Automotive Industry. Always of interest to the industry is the AutoTrader SA Car of the Year finalists which makes an interesting read.

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SAMBRA Richard Green richard.green@rmi.org.za

 hief Executive Officer: C Jakkie Olivier jakkie.olivier@rmi.org.za

SAPRA Vishal Premlall vishal.premlall@rmi.org.za


Chief Operations Officer: Jan Schoeman jan.schoeman@rmi.org.za Financial Director: Renee Coetsee renee.coetsee@rmi.org.za Company Secretary: Gary McCraw gary.mccraw@rmi.org.za

RMI BOARD MEMBERS Jeรกnne Esterhuizen (President) Barry Canning (Vice-President) Jakkie Olivier Johann van de Merwe Jaco Koen Franz Maritz Mams Rehaman Lindsay Bouchier

Dewald Ranft Chris Le Roux Dupre Le Roux Les McMaster Vuyani Mpofu Andrea Bogner Ferose Oaten Frank MacNicol Mark Dommisse Riaan Botha

RMI PARTNERS RMI4Sure 0860-104-202 RMI4Law 0861-668-677 RMI4BEE 0861-764-233 RMI4OHS 012-998-7139

DIRECTORS MIWA Pieter Niemand pieter.niemand@rmi.org.za NADA, MDA Gary McCraw gary.mccraw@rmi.org.za



Danelle van der Merwe Brand and Communication Manager danelle.vandermerwe@rmi.org.za

Highveld: Randburg: 011-886-6300

Neo Bokaba HR Manager neo.bokaba@rmi.org.za Julian Pillay Regulatory Compliance Manager julian.pillay@rmi.org.za 011-886-6300 | www.rmi.org.za Surrey Square Office Park 330 Surrey Avenue Ferndale Randburg 2194

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VTA, SAVABA Julian Pillay julian.pillay@rmi.org.za TDAFA, MPEA, MIMA Hedley Judd hedley.judd@rmi.org.za TRAINING Louis van Huyssteen louis.vanhuyssteen@rmi.org.za SADFIA, ACRA, ERA Attie Serfontein attie.serfontein@rmi.org.za TRANSFORMATION Joy Oldale joy.oldale@rmi.org.za



Northern: Pretoria: 012-348-9311 KwaZulu-Natal: Durban: 031-266-7031 Eastern Cape/Border: Port Elizabeth: 041-364-0070 Western Cape: Cape Town: 021-939-9440


Free State/Northern Cape: Bloemfontein: 051-430-3294


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Apprentices powering ahead in the motor industry

Apprentices are getting first-hand experience, training and mentoring in the independent aftermarket sector thanks to an initiative that has been two years in the making This is the longer-term approach for the other companies to get them trained to submit their own grant applications in the future. Where companies already had an appointed SDF they managed the grant application process on their own”, she says.


t the end of 2016, the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA) entered into discussions with Bidvest McCarthy regarding training needs and possible solutions for the independent aftermarket. A year later in 2017, 31 companies and 91 apprentices had applied for funding of which 22 apprentice grants were awarded. To date 16 apprentices are currently in training on the full four-year apprenticeship programme and Nico Grove and Paris Baloyi, MIWA apprentices through Bogner Motor City, will continue their second year starting February 2019, with a further 18 apprentices having just received their grant awards. They will start their four-year apprenticeship programme in January 2019. “There are also five Artisan Recognition of Prior Learning grants that have been awarded,” says Ilze Botha, Group Training Manager, Bidvest McCarthy. She explains that the Bidvest Automotive Artisans Academy has been assisting MIWA member companies with discretionary grant applications. “In most instances we have been appointed as the Skills Development Facilitator (SDF) for the company. In this capacity, we assist the company with all the administration to apply for the grants. We also assisted one company, Bogner Motors, through a ‘train the trainer’ process so they were able to submit the documents on their own.

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Dewald Ranft, Chairperson of MIWA, a constituent association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), says the aim of this initiative was to address the artisan skills shortage in the country. “It takes four years to train an apprentice so this really is a long-term plan and we are pleased with the progress made this far”, he says.

Nico Grove, MIWA Apprentice through Bogner Motor City

Paris Baloyi, MIWA apprentice through Bogner Motor City

For many years the industry depended on the larger dealer bodies to train and qualify artisans but this has proved to no longer be sustainable. Less people are entering the industry and at the top-end, qualified artisans are recruited by companies abroad. “Currently there are also many people who have been working in the industry for years without a formal trade certificate. Our aim is to make formal training the norm so we can improve the industry’s credibility and promote it as a professional career, which in turn will attract youngsters to the industry”, says Ranft. “If we really want to be successful in addressing the skills deficit in SA, all stakeholders in the industry need to participate and create opportunities for youngsters who are passionate about the industry and need to be trained formally”, concludes Botha.



Custom hearing-impaired vocational programmes drive work readiness A public private partnership, born from close collaboration and passion between merSETA, the National Institute for the Deaf (NID), motor body repair workplaces, and the astute accredited skills development provider, ITC, deliver work ready hearing impaired graduates


n 13 December 2018, a group of 12 hearing-impaired motor body repair learners received certificates after being found competent, following completion of four skills programmes. These programmes include General Worker: Body Repairing Skills SP0884/1417; Minor Automotive Dents Repairer SP0959/15-17; Spray Painting Workshop Assistant Part 1 SP0894/14-17; and finally Spray Painting Workshop Assistant Part 2 SP0929/15-17. The two skills programmes, with unit standards and credits, are registered at the merSETA. The delivery of the skills programmes by the by ITC to the hearing-impaired learners demands an understanding of both the Automotive Body Repair Industry and a sound delivery methodology to these learners. The competent and qualified staff at the skills development provider, Industry Training and Consulting (ITC), ensures quality facilitation, for both theory and practical, and continuous capturing of completed


learning areas in the Skills programmes for the merSETA’s training quality assurance specialist. Workplaces are catalysts for both skilling and up-skilling. Willing employers assist the skills development provider with practical experience the learners need to acquire in their journey to become work-ready. Designated employers in South Africa are required to be informed and can benefit from recruiting people with disabilities; employment, training, and retention of people with disabilities; implementing proactive training initiatives and changing workplace attitudes and environment to accommodate people with disabilities. Participating employers in vocational skills programmes for people with disabilities need to understand and comprehend the definitions “disability in the workplace”, “incapacitation”, “people with disabilities”, and “reasonable accommodation” contained in the Labour

Relations Act (LRA) and in the Employment Equity Act (EEA). The employers know how to apply this in their workplaces; they are dedicated to implement a representative workforce and able to encourage the disclosure of disability status and manage confidentiality. Willing providers of services and products to a specific industry often contribute financially towards the training of disabled people informed by corporate social investment policy; a drive towards employment of people with disabilities; legislation promoting the employment of people with disabilities and prescriptive legislation governing facilities and provisions for people with disabilities. The RMI, and the Motor Industry Staff Association (MISA), a labour organisation, joined forces in 2017 to encourage employers and staff in the retail motor industry to embark on similar gender mainstreaming and disability programmes.




RDI takes workshop décor and thinking to the next level Workshop takes the layout and design to a new level


hen Peter van Mosseveld, the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA) rep for Eastern Cape, visited RDI Automotive and Service Centre in George, he was amazed by the level of detail in the décor and how the new workshop is thinking out of the box. “It is an experience going into this workshop. They have invested in every detail and it really shows what you can do with a workshop”, he says. This family-owned business is run by the Bekker’s, with Ina Bekker responsible for the décor and marketing. “In May we purchased the workshop, which at the time was a blank canvas. As a family we brainstormed ideas and since then have been busy setting-up the workshop. We opened our doors on 1 October”, says Ina. She explains that her younger son, Rynard, is a qualified auto mechanic and after working at a dealership for seven years, walked away with only R6 000 a month. “It was at that point that my husband, Deon, my sons, Rynard and Beyers, and I, decided to invest in a workshop. We looked around at what other workshops were doing and decided we needed a more informal, customer-friendly approach and feel”, she says.

a twist here and there. But besides the décor, what is interesting about this workshop is that they have opted to offer a night-shift for customers. “Our customers can bring their car in at 15:00. We work on it during the night and by 07:00 the next morning, the service will be complete and the vehicle delivered. This works especially well for courier businesses, for example, who can’t afford to have a vehicle off the roads for even one day. I believe this is a real differentiator for us”, says Ina.

And there’s no denying that the workshop has a different, chic look with

She adds that as a family they believe strongly in paying good salaries to

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their 14 employees. “Our technicians have 10 to 15 years of hands-on experience under their belts. They are breadwinners and should be able to support their families. Our son’s experience has inspired us to pay properly”. Dewald Ranft, Chairperson of MIWA, a constituent association of the RMI, says it’s a trying time for small businesses in South Africa but those willing to go the extra mile are surviving. “Topclass service and a unique customer experience are essential. RDI is delivering on this and we wish them all the best”, he concludes.


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Occupational Health and Safety training


he solution to implementing and managing the Occupational Health and Safety aspects of any business is to know what is required, why it is required, and what the owner needs to address. Our industry related training addresses these needs, and provides the company owner and the health and safety representatives with all of the necessary knowledge, information, and administrative documents to manage this aspect. Dates: 05 February 2019       Johannesburg (RMI boardroom) 07 February 2019        Pretoria (RMI boardroom) 14 February 2019        East London (Venue to be confirmed) 21 February 2019        Cape Town (RMI boardroom ) 05 March 2019             Port Elizabeth (Venue to be confirmed) 13 March 2019 Durban North (Netcare Education Campus)

Terms and conditions apply Queries & bookings: Compliance South Africa Nanda Jordaan Tel: (012) 998 7139 Fax: 086 648 2218 or info@healthandsafety.co.za

For more information and the full brochure with T’s and C’s, please refer to the RMI website: https://www.rmi.org.za/ohs-training/

RMI receives accolades


he RMI and its constituent associations are focused on delivering products and services of ever-improving quality, to its members. These products and services vary from trade-related to labour-related services, commercial products such as short-terms insurance cover, and importantly, representation of the various sectors of the Industry at various government and regulatory levels. In recognition of the quality of these products and services, the FH Maritz

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of the Year at its annual awards evening, held on the 20th of October 2018 in Riebeeck Wes.

Investment Group of companies, which includes inter alia a number of fuel, convenience and tyre retail establishments, acknowledged the RMI with the award for Best Service Supplier

The RMI shares this award with ABSA bank, and the award was presented to the CEO of the RMI, Mr Jakkie Olivier by the Chairman of the Group, Mr Frans Maritz, who also serves as member of the RMI Board of Directors. The RMI Board and management is appreciative of the recognition it receives from members for excellence in service delivery.



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Informal motor businesses get a boost Transformation project spearheaded by the RMI


round 60 informal businesses in the motor sector will be exposed to training and mentoring with the aim to become formal, accredited businesses in three years. This is the latest transformation project spearheaded by the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI). It’s CEO, Jakkie Olivier, says, currently, the RMI has received around 60 applications from businesses to join the National African Association for Automobile Services Providers (NAAASP.) “Once members, these businesses will be eligible to join the transformation project which has been running for six months now.” He adds that ultimately they would like the project to reach 150 businesses. “What’s exciting is that we already have four businesses that are close to compliance to become fullyaccredited members of the RMI”. Joy Oldale, Transformation Director for the RMI, says the project has been met with much enthusiasm from the sector. “These business owners are passionate about what they do and want the opportunity and support to enter the formal sector. Unfortunately, many are semi-skilled and have not had the opportunity to receive any qualifications”, she says. As part of the project, these businesses will be registered on the New Venture

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Creation (NCV) L2 and, through an incubator approach with mentors and coaches, will need to complete the required credits to receive a qualification. The project will also assist the members with a business plan, funding, training staff, and ensuring the property and business meets all compliance criteria. Oldale says the RMI is working closely with the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) on this project. “We have done roadshows with SEDA and SEFA and conducted surveys to understand the challenges and what

needs to be done. Now we are in the implementation phase. Already we are seeing great results so watch this space”, she says. Transformation of the sector is a priority for the RMI, says Olivier. “There is so much potential for job creation and new businesses. Our NAAASP members are spread over 10 regions including Pretoria, Virginia, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Rosslyn, Polokwane, and Vaal Triangle. All of these areas face unemployment issues. Through this project, and those to follow, we will start to see change”, he concludes.



Sumitomo Rubber South Africa clinches four Awards Leading South African tyre company, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa Africa (Pty) Ltd (SRSA), the manufacturer of Dunlop Tyres, Sumitomo Tyres, and Falken Tyres scooped four HR awards in the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP) HR Audit Awards


inning three of the category awards, in addition to the prestigious overall win, is evidence that the company is on track with its employee development goals. The results reflected excellence in all categories – an exceptional achievement for the Group. Annetjie Moore, Head of the HR Audit SABPP said: “We congratulate SRSA on this significant achievement. The companies competing for the title were audited against 13 human resource management standards for the 2017/2018 period. SRSA was the only company to achieve full certification on all standards on their first submission”. “The SRSA team is extremely excited about this win. It is humbling to see that the many programmes that we have in place for our staff are being recognised”, said Avril Williamson, Director of the Human Resources at SRSA. “We took this opportunity to assess our HR practices against these standards, to improve human resources business partnering, and to see how we benchmark against other companies. We are very pleased with the outcome”, she said. According to Avril, the Reward and Recognition and Organisational Development wins demonstrate the importance that SRSA places on its employees and their career journey. SRSA believes strongly in the corporate philosophy of its parent company – Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI). The SRI Way upholds the Group’s corporate values that promote:


From left, Siphiwe Moyo – Chairman: SABPP Board; Xolani Mawande – Interim CEO: SABPP; Malebo Moholo – HR Audit officer: SABPP; Mpolai Liau – Board member: SABPP; Keith Phelps – SRSA: Group Manager TBR Training (Technical); Sindiswa Maseko – Board member: SABPP; Annetjie Moore – Head: Audit Unit SABPP; Karel Stanz – Vice-Chairman : SABPP Board

• Integrity and Soundness • Communication • Setting the Bar Higher • Cultivating People The Sumitomo Business Spirit promotes respect for people and mutual prosperity. The company aims to fulfil its social responsibility objectives and to be a reliable and trusted corporate brand. “It is no surprise that we have been recognised with this win”, says Nduduzo Chala, Group Manager: Strategic Planning at SRSA, a staff member of over five years. “As a company, SRSA focuses on the empowerment of its people through personal and professional development. The Group promotes growth, with various leadership programmes in place, of which I have personal experience, having benefited from mentorship by the CEO”. Sumitomo Rubber South Africa employs over 1300 people throughout the country. The Group has an active Corporate Social Investment programme,

dedicated to making an impactful contribution in the communities in which it serves. The achievement of winning the SABPP Audit Awards is yet another success for SRSA, showcasing its commitment to excellence in human resource management and the advancement of employees. About SRSA SRSA is owned by Japanese listed company, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd (SRI), situated in Kobe, Japan, and is ranked the world’s fifth-largest producer of automotive tyres and industrial rubber products, and has tyre manufacturing plants in Japan, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil, Turkey, USA, and South Africa. The existing South African plant in Ladysmith (founded in 1973) currently produces passenger car, sport utility vehicle, and light truck tyres only, which are sold in South Africa and exported across Africa and other countries.




MEET THE RMI BOARD AND SENIOR EXECUTIVES The RMI’s leadership for 2019 was re-confirmed at the RMI Board of Directors meeting held on 23 November 2018. The RMI Board comprises business persons who have been elected via the RMI’s regional and constituent association’s committee structures, together with nonexecutive directors appointed from the broader business community and the CEO of the RMI. Jeánne Esterhuizen was re-confirmed as President and Barry Canning as Vice-President. The RMI strategic objectives will continue to be actively driven by the RMI Board of Directors together with the RMI’s Senior Executives for the ultimate benefit of all members

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Jeánne Esterhuizen (RMI President, SAMBRA Chairperson)

Barry Canning (RMI Vice-President, RMI Labour Executive)


Jakkie Olivier (Chief Executive Officer)

Ferose Oaten (VTA Chairperson, Western Cape Chairperson)

Jan Schoeman (Chief Operations Officer)

Mams Rehaman (SAVABA Chairperson)

Franz Maritz (TDAFA Chairperson)

Gary McCraw (Company Secretary)





Les McMaster (Northern Chairperson)

Vuyani Mpofu (Non-Executive Director)

Andrea Bogner (Highveld Chairperson)

Reneè Coetsee (Financial Director)

Riaan Botha (Eastern Cape Chairperson)

Mark Dommisse (NADA Chairperson)

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Dupre Le Roux (SAPRA Chairperson)

Dewald Ranft (MIWA Chairperson)

Johann van de Merwe (MPEA Chairperson)

Frank MacNicol (ERA Chairperson)

Chris Le Roux (SADFIA Chairperson and KZN Chairperson)

Lindsay Bouchier (Border Chairperson)





AIDC Eastern Cape explores smart industrial – driving Industry 4.0 Key stakeholders met on 26 November 2018 to workshop and input into plans to establish a Smart Industrial Academy in South Africa


n alignment with its focused strategy to support the South Africa Automotive Masterplan 2035 - and specifically the Skills and Localisation pillars - the AIDC has proposed to establish the academy to develop skills to support not only the automotive, but all industry with access to technology and skills pertinent to Industry 4.0 and SMART Factories. The workshop of stakeholders was identified as a key milestone towards realisation of the project at a meeting between the AIDC EC and Deutsche Messe in Germany in September 2018, when the AIDC conducted a learning mission to understand how the world's foremost manufacturing nations are ensuring that they are globally competitive in an increasingly technology-driven sector. Role-players, including VWSA, the dti, Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs, the Coega Development Corporation, and Jendamark, met in the facilitated session to unpack the proposed value proposition and shape a way forward. AIDC EC Board Chairperson, Weza Moss, said the outcomes of the workshop with stakeholders were to grow the understanding of the project, provide principle commitment pending due processes, and plan a clear roadmap for potential implementation. The Smart Industrial academy is earmarked to be established by the AIDC EC, in partnership with key Stakeholders/Partners and Deutsche Messe Training Academy.

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The Deutsche Messe Technology Academy operates industry academies worldwide and forecasts to have established 10 Robotics Academies by 2021 globally with the view to a worldwide network of ‘industry academies’. The AIDC Eastern Cape, together with its partners, including the support of Jendamark, a global player in turnkey production solutions, is confident of laying the foundation for the very first academy of this magnitude in Africa. Deutsche Messe spokesperson, Thomas Rilke, said the academies operated by the Deutsche Messe Training Academy focus on areas of technology that are transforming entire industries. "Deutsche Messe AG and Volkswagen AG share common interests in educating and informing SMEs in Automation Robotics and Industry 4.0, while Fraunhofer IFF is acting as an international research partner for Automation, Robotics and Industry 4.0'', Rilke said.

Commenting on the Smart Robotics Academy, Moss said its development was essential to secure jobs where manufacturing would become increasingly automated. "Manufacturing is the biggest driver of jobs in the Eastern Cape, which is why investment in skills must be a top priority.'' Making the most of the presence of German technology partner, Deutsche Messe Training Academy, the stakeholder engagement was followed by an open half-day seminar for industry delegates on Smart Industrial Academy – driving Industry 4.0. The AIDC EC, established 2003 is focused on developing and growing the global competitiveness of manufacturers, had identified through ‘rigorous consultation and engagement’ that it would achieve this best by supporting the sector's transformation and skills, Moss said.



Genuine Parts. Genuine Savings Ford expands Trade Club operations with more parts and better prices

offer great value for money and guarantee a perfect first-time fit. Using Ford OE parts ensures that the parts you order are brand new manufacturerapproved replacements that are covered by our comprehensive Parts & Accessories Warranty to provide reassurance and help to protect customer safety.

John Segaar, Ford Customer Service Regional Manager


ord Motor Company of Southern Africa continues to expand its support for independent vehicle service outlets with Ford Trade Club, which supplies Ford Genuine, Ford Motorcraft, and now Omnicraft parts to members for servicing and maintaining various Ford models. Ford Trade Club membership is open to qualifying South African service and repair outlets, bodyshops and fleet workshops, allowing members access to thousands of popular Ford Genuine, Motorcraft, and Omnicraft parts through Ford dealers at special Trade Club prices. Ford Trade Club members also have access to an exclusive website where they can view parts and prices, obtain technical product information and order online. Engineered and tested to exacting specifications, Ford Original Equipment (OE) parts meet all legislation relating to safety and environmental standards,


In an age where vehicles are becoming increasingly high-tech, customer expectations for reliability and performance have never been greater. Ford Genuine Parts offer the ultimate reassurance and help maintain the high standards expected even if the vehicles leave the Ford dealer network. The list of parts available on Trade Club includes regular service items such as filters and spark plugs, along with brakes; cooling and air-conditioning components; electrical and lighting; steering and suspension; clutches, turbochargers and exhausts; as well as sensors and control valves. The full range of approved Motorcraft oils, lubricants and antifreeze products are also available. This year, Ford Trade Club will also introduce Omnicraft parts. Omnicraft is Ford's newest parts brand, specifically designed and engineered to fit a wide range of non-Ford makes and models. Omnicraft gives you the capability to service a wider range of car brands with high-quality parts, at a competitive price.

As we grow, the Omnicraft range will include more parts to satisfy your customers’ needs. All Omnicraft parts are high quality and engineered to fit a wide range of makes and models, which can help enhance overall customer satisfaction and expand your business. “Ford dealers and independent outlets both have an important role to play in keeping Ford drivers happy. However, until now, we have not had a uniform program that can serve the independents, and that’s what the new Ford Trade Club aims to do”, says John Segaar, Customer Service Division National Sales and Marketing Manager for Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. Ford’s extensive research has shown that, given a choice, the independents would prefer to fit genuine Ford parts because they know the quality and efficiency of a first-time fit. Segaar adds that Customers also feel reassured as the parts were designed and tested by Ford for their vehicle, and are backed by a comprehensive warranty.” “Over 1700 independent outlets have already enrolled in the Ford Trade Club, and we are developing the program into something that will be seen as a significant turning point in the South African original equipment (OE) aftermarket”, Segaar concludes.





value of belonging


Vehicle Testing Association

The relevance of periodic testing Regulatory Compliance manager, and due to the synergies between the vehicle testing industry and regulatory compliance, it was believed that it would be best to have them both under one portfolio. The VTA would like to take this opportunity to thank Joy for many years of serving the vehicle testing industry and for all her hard work and effort in that time. In this article we will be looking more closely at a very serious topic within the vehicle testing industry, and that is the topic of periodic vehicle testing and its relevance in South Africa.

Julian Pillay is the newly appointed Director of VTA


ince the publication of our previous article, the directorship of VTA has changed hands. Joy Oldale, who has served the association for many years, is no longer the associational director. Julian Pillay is the newly appointed director of VTA and will be the one tasked with taking the association forward in the future. The reasoning behind that change emanates from the new thinking model and ways to optimise the organization to give members the best value for belonging. Julian is currently the

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Many years after the legislation for more regular vehicle inspections was promulgated by South Africa’s Minister of Transport, the implementation is yet to happen. The legislation was published with implementation ‘at a date to be determined by the Minister’. This would see vehicles 10 years and older tested every two years. Currently, vehicles are tested for roadworthiness on change of ownership. In addition, taxis and heavy goods vehicles are tested annually, and buses are tested six-monthly. The market demand of testing stations is therefore mostly dependant on the sale of used vehicle sales, and the current economic environment is not helping to grow this market. Of the total vehicle population of approximately 12 420m, only

964 643 vehicles (7.76%) require annual or six-monthly testing (trucks, taxis and buses). In addition, used vehicle registrations over the last 12 months amounted to 1 658 358, up by 2.3% of the same period last year of 1.62m. This makes up 13.35% of our vehicle population. Therefore, add this to the RTQS vehicles that require annual and six-monthly testing, and this brings us to a total 2 623 001 vehicles, which accounts for 21.11% of our total car park. The other 79% has no requirement to be tested, whatever its age. In South Africa, vehicle defects or un-roadworthiness is considered to be the smallest contributor to the more than 14 000 people killed in road crashes each year. The RTMC (Road Traffic Management Corporation), in their 2017 Crash Report, reports that in major crashes, which is defined as a crash where there were five or more fatalities, vehicle defects contributed to 6.9% of these crashes in 2017. All these major crashes have been investigated in depth, and the factors contributing to accidents, the vehicle types and the road environment have been taken into consideration. The major factors of vehicle defects causing fatal crashes in South Africa are the following: • Tyres bursting prior to the crash: 54.3% • Faulty brakes: 13.5% • Un-roadworthy vehicle (other factors): 12.2%


• Headlights (faulty, blinding or not switched on ): 5.2% • Tyre failure – tread separation from wheel / smooth tyre: 3.5% It is clear that a more regular regime of vehicle inspection will have a positive influence on reducing road fatalities. Why then, is the implementation of periodic testing taking such a long time?

by local or provincial government) are monitored for compliance by the South African Bureau of Standards which is the appointed Inspectorate of Test Stations on behalf of the Minister of Transport. The requirements that need to be complied with are articulated in national standards as well as in the road traffic legislation.

While this question is best answered by the Minister of Transport, industry has been gearing up to be prepared for this increased demand, should PTI be implemented. Concerns from the government include station compliance and the scourge of corruption at test stations, where a few shady operators tarnish the entire industry.

The most recent development which is aimed at curbing corruption, is the production of a visual image of the vehicle being inspected to be kept as part of the test record, and secondly, that all brake-efficiency results be printed and kept as part of the test record. Of course, if the station uses an electronic system, then this would automatically be uploaded as part of the test record.

The more than 560 test stations in South Africa (of which 60% are privately owned and 40% are owned

The visual image requirement is meant to constrain those rogue stations that want to conduct a test and issue a

certification of roadworthiness without the vehicle having been presented at the test station. In addition, the increasing automation of test equipment will ensure less manipulation of results by vehicle examiners. In the meantime, the high number of fatalities on South African roads remains a blot on the country’s road safety record. It is hoped that the South African government heeds the call of the United Nations General Assembly to its member states to ‘consider establishing mechanisms for the periodic assessment of vehicles in order to ensure that all new and in-use vehicles comply with basic vehicle safety regulations’. This call was made in its seventysecond session on Improving Global Road Safety held on 6 April 2018.

For any further information please contact Julian Pillay on (031) 266 7031 or julian.pillay@rmi.org.za





Vehicle Testing Association


RMI/VTA - value of belonging The main strategic objectives of the RMI/VTA are as follows: 1. Lobby for the implementation of periodic testing through a focus on safer vehicles. 2. Building the brand and reputation of the association and its members; 3. Ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry. 4. Ensure that all members have sufficient information and news to remain compliant and relevant. 5. Ensure good stakeholder relationships and represent the best interest of the association and its members in all forums. In conjunction with the above, members can benefit from the following: 1. Affiliation to a reputable organisation recognised by Government, Big Business, consumers and relevant stakeholders. 2. Regulatory compliance function – advising on all regulatory aspects to ensure your business is operating within the ambit of all laws in South Africa, as well as compliance with regulations and standards 3. Representation on Technical Working Groups at the SABS – Ensuring that members’ interests are protected and that their voices are heard during the establishment or amendment of standards or compulsory specifications relating to the industry 4. Represent the industry in engagement with the National Department of Industry, the SABS Inspectorate, as well as industry focus groups with regard to new and amended legislation affecting the roadworthy and related industries, and protecting the interests of the members.

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5. Holding members accountable – Commitment and undertaking expected of all members to the AntiCorruption and Anti-Fraud Charter, as well as expecting adherence to the RMI Code of Conduct. 6. Improving the trading conditions of members by promoting services and products by members. 7. Labour and Industrial Relations a. Professional Labour advice by expert industrial relations Specialists, to ensure you are both procedurally and substantially fair when disciplining your staff. b. Industrial Relations Seminars focused on rules, agreements and industry-specific topics affecting your business. c. Chairing of disciplinary hearings and AUTOMATIC entry and representation at the CCMA and Labour Court. 8. Consumer Protection Act a. CPA support and members’ assistance with paperwork when defending cases against a consumer at the NCC (National

Consumer Commission) and MIOSA (Motor Industry Ombud of South Africa. b. F acilitation of a business-tobusiness complaint, where both parties are RMI/VTA members. 9. Industry communication, meetings and networking a. The informative Automobil magazine, weekly web letters and newsletters which facilitate twoway communication and create consumer and industry awareness. b. World perspective and news about periodic testing from all over the world, through association with CITA (International Vehicle Inspection Committee) based in Brussels. c. Facilitate regular meetings with members, with speakers from industry, the Provincial Departments of Transport, the SABS and other relevant role players. 10. RMI specific products a. The offering of industry-specific products like RMI4BEE /RMI4LAW / RMI4OHS/ RMI4SURE.


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Lifting machinery in the automotive industry of South Africa The driven machinery regulations and the South African national standard # 71 There has been much debate over this subject for many years, most of which stemmed from the existence of two separate pieces of legislation applying to the Lifting equipment typically used in the Automotive industry. Both of these pieces of legislation form part of the Department of Labour, Occupational Health and Safety Act. 1993 (as amended).

of standards attached, of which there are 14 inclusions, are to be incorporated into the DMR 2015.


he legislation in discussion here, both of which apply separately under the OHS Act, are known as the:

• Driven Machinery Regulations (Specifically section 18, lifting machines, hand-powered lifting devices and lifting tackle). • South African National Standards # 71 (Inspection and Testing of Vehicle Hoists). The confusion in the interpretation of the application of both sections of the legislation can be clarified through the understanding that while the DMR is quoted directly in the OHS Act, the SANS 71 is included under a Government Notice R542 titled “Occupational Health and Safety Act 1993, Incorporation of Safety Standards”. Notice 542 (included hereunder) clearly states that the schedule

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So let’s first of all determine what the range of lifting equipment is that is included in this discussion: • Bottle Jacks • Trolley Jacks • Centre Lift Jacks • Single Post Vehicle Lifts • Two Post Vehicle Lifts • Four Post Vehicle Lifts • Vehicle Scissor Lifts There is no relief from the demands of the legislation for any form of lifting equipment in the industry. This means all lifts and jacks need to be inspected and tested annually. For a long time it was assumed that lowlevel lifts, that lifted less than one metre, were exempt from testing - this is not the case, as there is no distinction made anywhere in the legislation for height of lifts. So to now refer back to the context of the legislation, interpreted as clearly as possible. There are some basic fundamentals that are requirements of DMR18 and SANS 71. These relate to the following: • Maintenance for at least 10 years of a register where all particulars of Examinations, Load/Performance Tests, Maintenance and or major repairs are

recorded. (DMR 18.7.a, SANS 71.3.2). • All required markings relating to safe working load, the manufacturer’s identification plate displaying the manufacturer’s name, the design standard, the serial number and country of origin, are clearly and permanently displayed/ affixed on the Lifting Machine. (DMR 18.1 a,b,c, SANS 71.3.1). • All service, repair, inspection and testing documents of the lifting machinery must also be accessible to the inspector at all times. (DMR 18.7). • All operators’ manuals are accessible to the operators of the lifting machinery at all times. • All operators are specifically trained in the use of the Lifting Machines. (DMR 18.11, SANS 71.3.1.a). The lifting equipment: • All lifting equipment must be examined every six months (DMR 18.6, SANS 71. 4). • All lifting equipment must be examined, and Load/Performance tested every 12 months. (DMR 18.5, SANS 71.5). • All lifting equipment must be examined and Load/Performance tested after any installation or major repair. In other words, all lifting equipment is to be serviced at least twice a year and then tested and inspected at least once a year.


Next in the determination of this legislation is who can perform the service, and who can perform the inspection and testing of the lifting equipment. It is important to note here that there are three different parties involved in the process. Examination and repairs/servicing: • Can be performed as per the definition by a ‘competent person’ who has appropriate qualifications and training as per the national legislation, (qualified mechanical technician). The ‘Competent Person’, unless registered as an LMI with ECSA, cannot perform the Annual Load/Performance Testing. Inspection and Testing (LMI) • Can be performed by any registered LMI (lifting machinery inspector) who is currently registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa, who holds a certification specifically for the inspection of: o vehicle hoists o lifting machines, hand-powered lifting devices and lifting tackle • An LMI may only function within the limitations of the category of registration of the LMI certification. (DMR 18.5.b). • See the list below of all LMI categories (As per ECSA), where the two pertaining to Jacks (14) and Vehicle hoists (17) are highlighted. LMI Categories: 1

Lifting Tackle


Chain Blocks and Lever Hoist




Mobile Cranes


Overhead and Gantry Cranes


Tower Cranes


Ship Cranes


Wharfside Cranes


Reach Stackers

10 Straddle Carriers 11 Container Crane Constituting: 12 Aerial Plaforms 13 Suspended Access Platforms 14 Industrial Lifting Devices (Jacks) 15 Under The Hook Non-fixed Attachments 16 Tail Lifters 17 Vehicle Hoists 18 Other Categories


The Lifting Machinery Entity (LME): • This is the Entity that has the competency and operational ability that is approved by the Department of Labour for the examination and testing of Lifting equipment (DMR 19, 21 & 22). • The competence is based on the status of the LMI of the entity.

is certified to inspect the specific equipment type. • The LMI must be employed by or appointed by a Registered LME, who has produced proof of registration to the person to whom it intends rendering an examination or performance test (DMR 19.4).

Let us summarise the situation: • Examination, services and repairs can be conducted by a Qualified Mechanical Technician. • Testing and inspection may only be performed by a registered LMI who

Notwithstanding any of the foregoing information, the overall compliance with the OHS Act of 1993 requires the full compliance with the requirements of the DMR and SANS 71, which includes all the equipment previously mentioned.

GOVERNMENT NOTICE No. R. 542 DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT, 1993 INCORPORATION OF SAFETY STANDARDS I, Nelisiwe Mildred Oliphant, Minister of Labour, after consultation with the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety, hereby, under section 44(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993), incorporate into the Driven Machinery Regulations, 2015, the safety specifications specified in the Schedule hereto. • Safety standards of South Africa: • "EN 14502 -1 ", Cranes: equipment for lifting of persons, Part 1: Suspended baskets. • "ISO9927 -1 ", Crane inspections - Part 1: General. • “National Code of Practice for Training Providers of Lifting Machine Operators” published in Government Gazette No. 38904, Government Notice No. R. 539 of 24 June 2015. • "SANS 19 ", Inspection, testing and examination of mobile cranes. • "SANS 71", Inspection, testing and examination of vehicle hoists in use. • "SANS 500 ", Inspection, testing and examination of hand-operated chain blocks and lever hoists in use. • "SANS 522 ", Inspection, testing and examination of tower cranes in use. • "SANS 2972 ", Lifting tackle inspection. • "SANS 10147 ", Code of Practice: Refrigeration systems, including plants associated with airconditioning systems. • "SANS 10148 ", Code of Practice: The installation and operation of cable cranes and aerial ropeways. • "SANS 10295 ", Parts 1 and 2: Inspection, test and examination of lifting platforms in use. • "SANS 10375 ", Inspection, testing and examination of overhead cranes (including gantries, electric wire rope hoists & chain hoists). • "SANS 10388 ", inspection, testing and examination of lift trucks. • "SANS 18893 ", Mobile elevated work -platform safety principles, inspection, maintenance and operation.




Category finalists announced for AutoTrader SA Car of the Year competition The list of vehicles eligible for category wins in the 2019 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year competition has been published In keeping with the popularity and global growth of the sports utility vehicle (SUV) and crossover market, the Leisure SUV and Crossover category is the most highly contested, with a whopping five finalists battling it out for top honours. They are the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Hyundai Kona, Porsche Cayenne, Renault Duster and Volvo XC40. Urban Compact


or the first time in the 34-year history of the contest, categories have been introduced in the AutoTrader South African Car of the Year competition. The five categories in the 2019 event are: 1. Urban Compact (small hatch and sedan). 2. Medium Family (hatchback/medium sedan and MPV). 3. Premium (executive and premium sedans). 4. Leisure SUVs and Crossovers. 5. Lifestyle Utility (bakkies, 4x4s and bakkie-derived sports utility vehicles). All entrants must meet one major requirement to win a category: they must finish in the top six out of the 12 finalists in terms of overall scoring. A neck-andneck battle is predicted in four of these five categories. The Premium category lists only one finalist, the Lexus ES, but this does not mean that the Lexus will automatically win this category. “In order to win this

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Urban Compact category it must finish in one of the top six overall places. The competition celebrates motoring excellence. Accordingly, the winners of the categories and the overall winner will be vehicles that set benchmarks – both within their segments and also within the entire motor industry”, explains Rubin van Niekerk, chairman of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists, which organises the competition. There are at least two finalists in the other four categories – and members of the public and motor vehicle manufacturers are keen to see which vehicles triumph. The Nissan Micra and Suzuki Swift will do battle in the Urban Compact category. The Honda Civic Type R and MercedesBenz A-Class will go head-to-head in the Medium Family category. The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Suzuki Jimny are the two contenders in the Lifestyle Utility category.

George Mienie, AutoTrader CEO, believes that the introduction of categories will enhance the competition immeasurably. “These categories will be of great interest to members of the public. If someone intends buying an urban compact vehicle, for instance, a win by either the Nissan Micra or Suzuki Swift will certainly influence his or her choice of vehicle”, he explains. The vehicle manufacturers will be keen to take top honours – in both the categories and the overall competition. “A victory at the AutoTrader South African Car of the Year competition is the ultimate accolade for any vehicle manufacturer – because this is the country’s most prestigious automotive contest”, notes Mienie. The next step of the 2019 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year journey is the actual testing of the finalists, which takes place in March next year. The winners of the categories and the overall winner will be announced at a gala event in April 2019.



Leisure SUVs and Crossovers

Leisure SUVs and Crossovers

Leisure SUVs and Crossovers Full list: Urban Compact Small hatch and sedan • Nissan Micra • Suzuki Swift

Leisure SUVs and Crossovers

Leisure SUVs and Crossovers

Medium Family Hatchback/Medium Sedan and MPV • Honda Civic Type R • Mercedes-Benz A-Class Premium Executive and premium sedans • Lexus ES

Medium Family

Medium Family

Leisure SUVs and Crossovers • Alfa Romeo Stelvio • Hyundai Kona • Porsche Cayenne • Renault Duster • Volvo XC40 Lifestyle Utility Bakkies, 4x4s and bakkie-derived sports utility vehicles • Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Lifestyle Utility


Lifestyle Utility





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n engine’s output depends on only three factors. The cubic capacity, the maximum revolutions per minute, and the average pressure acting on the pistons. In textbooks the formula for one cylinder is usually given in an easily-remembered form as: kW= PLAN/(60 000) Here P = brake mean effective pressure (BMEP) in pascal (Pa). L = stroke length in metres (m). A = piston area in m2. N = Number of firing strokes per cycle. This is equal to the revs per minute for a two-stroke engine and half the r/min for a four-stroke. For the complete engine one multiplies the above answer by the number of cylinders. BRAKE MEAN EFFECTIVE PRESSURE (P) The BMEP is calculated from the engine torque as measured at the flywheel by what used to be called an engine brake. These days we call it a dynamometer. The formula is: BMEP = 4π(N.m/litre)

the industry as a yardstick to compare engines. A high value will result in a high power and torque output. The BMEP an engine develops depends on the breathing, i.e. the amount of air that flows through the engine per cycle of events, as well as the way the fuel mixture is distributed and combusted. This means the control of both valve and ignition timing is important, and explains why variable valve timing and precise electronic mixture and ignition control can, at present, be found even on some of the least expensive family saloons. Textbooks also mention an indicated mean effective pressure (IMEP). This is the actual average pressure on the pistons before friction and engine accessories robbed some of the energy. The ration BMEP/IMEP gives the mechanical efficiency of an engine. Once you know an engine’s BMEP it’s like knowing its innermost secret. This number will tell you not only whether it is an engine from a sports car, a racing car, or a tractor, but also give you some indication of how long ago

the engine was designed. In fact, it is fun to calculate BMEP values from the torque values published in magazines and promotional material and using the answers to compare different engines. In any particular ten-year period the BMEP values are more or less the same for unblown engines from different manufacturers provided these engines have been designed for the same duty. The values increase dramatically when engines are turbo- or super-charged and can no longer be used to compare engines unless they have the same boost. FIG 1 shows how the BMEP developed by Mercedes-Benz family saloons have increased over the last 110 years. Over intake and exhaust manifold design resulting from a great deal of air flow research. • Improved valve action, lately enhanced by variable valve lift and timing control. • Improved combustion efficiency, resulting from the adoption of electronically-controlled fuel injection and ignition timing.

This means the maximum torque must be divided by the engine displacement in litres and the answer multiplied by 4. The BMEP is usually calculated in kPa where 100 kPa = one bar. For example, many of the latest unblown family saloon petrol engines are developing just over 100 N.m/litre. This is equivalent to a BMEP value of 1 256 kPa or 12,56 bar. The BMEP is the average pressure on a piston that will result in the measured torque value and is used by

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The trend shown in the graph is not unique to Mercedes-Benz. The same graph drawn for any of the major manufacturers will show a similar trend. BMEP-values are strongly linked to the duty cycle. The graph for more sporting models will show a similar trend but have higher BMEP values. FIG 2 shows the range of modern BMEP values for different kinds of engines. In general, higher BMEP values tend to be associated with engines designed for light duties and lower values are found in engines that have to work hard. It would be interesting to speculate on the influence of BMEP on the expected mileages before an overhaul is necessary. In the case of the dragster we know it won’t last for more than 5 runs down the dragstrip, if that many. This amounts to a total of 1,25 miles, and 20 seconds (note that P = petrol, D = diesel and TD = turbodiesel.)! STROKE LENGTH (L) The choice of stroke length affects the power output directly, because a longer stroke will result in a proportionally bigger engine displacement. The stroke cannot be lengthened indiscriminately because a long stroke has a number of disadvantages. It not only results in a taller engine, but the inertial loads, i.e. the load imposed on the engine by the reciprocating masses, increases directly with the stroke length. In fact, the average piston speed, calculated at maximum power revs, which involves the stroke length and the revs, is a partial measure of these loads, and is easy to calculate from the following formula: Piston speed S = 2LR/60 metres per second. where R = revs per minute L = stroke length in metres. We divide by 60 to change from per minute to per second because it’s


traditional to express the piston speed in m/s. Modern piston speeds are in the range 16 m/s to 25 m/s, where higher values, which imply higher internal stresses, apply to expensive sports cars and Formula One engines.

but it has the advantage that for the same BMEP it will result in more power, because the pressure acts on a bigger area. There will also be space for more or bigger valves, so that a higher BMEP may be possible.

For example, a previous Formula One engine (stroke: 40 mm (0,040 m), max revs: 20 000) has an average piston speed S = 2(0,040)(20 000)/60 = 26.7 m/s but the maximum piston speed for a workhorse 4x4 like a Daihatsu Terios (stroke: 91,8 mm, max revs: 6 000) is 18,4 m/s.

On the other hand, a smaller bore will not only reduce piston mass and hence inertial stress, but also result in a narrower and shorter engine, but the valves will have to be small. It becomes obvious that the choice of bore and stroke for a particular engine is not easy. The values chosen will always be a compromise.

Over the last 100 years the trendline for piston speeds will show a similar rise to that shown in figure 1 for BMEP. For the same displacement a long stroke implies a smaller bore, and this will result in smaller valves so that the breathing will suffer. Modern engines usually have shorter strokes so that they are happy to rev. PISTON AREA (A) This area depends on the square of the bore dimension, because piston area = (π/4)(bore)2. This means a small change in bore diameter will result in a bigger change in displacement than one would intuitively expect. A large bore implies a heavy piston

NUMBER OF FIRING STROKES PER CYCLE (N) A high BMEP, and the resulting high torque, may not result in a high kilowatt output unless the engine likes to rev. Most designers have found that it is not an easy task to get an engine to rev higher without experiencing misfortunes like an engine chewing up bearings or breaking connecting rods. One of the reasons is that inertial stresses increase as the square of the revs. For example, if you cruise in seventh gear in your BMW with the rev counter showing 2 000 r/min, and then change down and floor the




throttle until the engine nudges 8 000 r/min, your inertial bearing loads are now (8000/2000)2 = 42 = 16 times higher than they were at 2 000 r/min! Another reason is that it has taken 100 years to develop suitable materials, lubrication techniques and lubricants to handle the higher stresses, but the industry is now (at last) able to build engines that love to be revved. NUMDER OF CYLINDERS We all love a V12, but a V16 is too much. There’s a lot of emotion attached to deciding how many cylinders to specify. A small number of cylinders increase vibration levels but lends character to an engine, as any Harley fan will tell you. A large number of cylinders increases the smoothness but makes an engine bland. Some engineers believe the ideal piston displacement is half-a-litre. This would give a 2-litre four, a 3-litre six and a 4-litre V8, and there are lots of successful examples of such engines. CONCLUSION To design an engine, one has to look at all the variables, and choose them wisely in order to end up with an appealing and possibly successful engine. To modify an existing engine, you really only have the BMEP and revs to play with. The rest is fixed, unless you can change the bore and stroke. FIG 3 shows the power and torque curves for two petrol engines of the same capacity. One is suitable for an LDV and the other was designed for a family saloon. They have the same maximum BMEP and this gives them the same maximum torque of 200 N.m, but at 2 000 and 4 000 r/min respectively. Note how different the power curves are. The two top curves show the torque and the power curves are at the bottom. The bakkie (green and purple) revs to 5 000 but the family saloon (blue and red) revs to 6 000.

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SHOCK ABSORBER top strut mounting

The Macpherson strut is made up of a number of components for a compact suspension unit. This is a very popular choice for vehicle manufacturers due to its simplicity and low manufacturing cost self – aligning torque. The strut mounting also has to locate the shock – absorber spring and form a support surface, for full deflection of the shock absorber. All this has to be achieved in a compact design that has been optimised for limited mounting space and supplied as a sealed unit. It also needs to be maintenance free.


bearing or a bearing plate that allows the strut to turn with the steered wheels.

A coil spring is located between two retaining cups. This is held in place under compression by a retaining nut, which is secured to the top of the damper piston.

The strut mounting acts as a coupling to the spring and shock absorber, connecting it to the body. The damping force is absorbed separately within the mounting, which in turn insulates the vehicles body from suspension and road noise.

he main part of this suspension unit is a long telescopic tube, which incorporates a damper. This is usually fitted with a piston protector to keep out road grit and protect the seals.

The unit is rigidly connected to the stub axle or hub assembly and is pivoted at the top, usually by a top bearing, to accommodate steering movement. The bearing forms part of the strut top mounting assembly, which acts as an insulator as well as a fixing point between the suspension unit and the vehicle’s body Functionality of a strut top mounting The suspension strut top mounting is a bonded rubber bush, which is mounted to the top of the damper and fixed to the vehicle chassis. This is an integral part of the suspension strut assembly. Strut mountings can also incorporate a

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Strut top replacement During the life of this suspension unit, the damper and spring have to expand and contract millions of times, enduring the stress of the road surfaces, which brings extra stress to the unit. The rubber itself can deteriorate with age, leading to reduced driving comfort due to noise development.

In the lateral direction, the mounting is designed to be stiffer. This positively influences the driving dynamics, and the steering response, which greatly reduces noise, vibration and harshness from the driveline and suspension. This insures maximum driver and passenger comfort.

This results in tight steering or excess play in the steering, unstable handling, and reduced driving and braking safety.

To do this, the strut top mounting has to ensure low – friction and distortion – free movement of the shock absorber spring during steering and deflection. This enables the road spring to operate without

The strength of a strut top mounting comes from the properties of the elastomeric material used and metal reinforcement within it. This provides the flexibility and stiffness required.

This allows water to enter results in excessive wear. The consequence: too much play in the joint, which leads to the aforementioned noises.



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Nissan builds more homes for the less fortunate in City of Tshwane Nissan builds a further 26 homes for less fortunate families in the community of Ga-Rankuwa – Pretoria a roof and windows as well as a fresh coat of paint. Each home includes a monolithic, solid structure; superior thermal insulation; larger living areas; factory-fitted water and electrical services; structural stability, and it’s certified by the South African Bureau of Standards.


ith millions of South African’s still homeless or living in unsafe conditions, Nissan has joined forces with the City of Tshwane and Habitat for Humanity to create the Nissan Development Area (Nissanda) project in Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 10 in Pretoria. The Nissan team has already built 50 homes and will be building a further 26 as part of the new wave of activity. Individuals eligible for a new home are already on the City of Tshwane’s housing waiting list, and have an income less than R3500 per month. The homes are being built by Bravo Max, ensuring that each home has a smaller carbon footprint while remaining of the highest quality, capable of withstanding extreme weather conditions, and is fireproof. Wonga Mesatywa, Nissan Corporate Communications Director, South Africa said, “Having a home empowers people with a sense of self-worth and provides them with a feeling of ownership and value. The Nissanda project is giving us the opportunity to provide a basic human right to those most in need, giving them and their family’s security”. Over a ten-day period, the Nissanda project team is able to transform a traditional brick and mortar structure into a fully functional home that has

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Nissan is working with residents to plant trees in their gardens, many of which are fruit trees which help to further feed the community. This is part of a greening initiative and further strengthens the feeling of accomplishment and pride these new home owners have been given. “Nissan is committed to working to improve the lives of South Africans, and this initiative is one of many supported and managed by the company”, concluded Mesatywa. About Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti, and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2015, the company sold more than 5.4 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 12.2 trillion Yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America, and North America. Nissan has partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and Mitsubishi Motors since 2016 under the Renault-Nissan Alliance. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website

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Jaguar Land Rover opens the door for easier access with automatic technology The mobility door prototype, currently being tested on a Range Rover Sport, uses motion sensors and existing keyless entry technology to detect the driver as they walk towards the vehicle before automatically opening the door to welcome them like an invisible valet out and pull the door shut. Software built into the infotainment system shows the status of each door and allows operation of the driver and passenger doors from inside the cabin.


aguar Land Rover has developed the ultimate car door that opens automatically as the driver approaches or can be operated by gesture control. • Mobility door opens and closes automatically to welcome approaching driver • Gesture control and radar sensors stop door colliding with objects in car parks on opening • Prototype technology could help disabled customers get in and out of their vehicle more easily • Invictus Games gold medalist Mark Ormrod is helping Jaguar Land Rover trial the system

Radar sensors on the driver’s door detect lamp posts or other obstacles to stop the door swinging open and bumping into objects. The door can also be programmed to close and lock behind you as you walk away. Jaguar Land Rover is working with a gold medal-winning Invictus athlete to trial the system. Former Royal Marine Commando, Mark Ormrod, is Britain’s first triple amputee from the Afghanistan conflict. Mark said: “This innovative Jaguar Land Rover technology would be such a benefit to me and has real power to change lives for those who face problems getting in and out of the car. Opening and closing the car door may seem like such an insignificant task to many people but sometimes it’s the small, everyday obstacles which people take for granted that are most frustrating to overcome for those living with disabilities”.

The technology could help disabled people for whom a car is their main mode of transport – as many as a third of whom report practical difficulties in their daily usage. In addition, it has benefits for those carrying child seats or large items as the driver no longer has to struggle to free a hand to open the door.

Jaguar Land Rover research engineers developed the system on a laboratory rig over six months before testing it on a Range Rover Sport. As well as helping disabled people, they also see the technology as relevant to all future vehicles.

Once on board, occupants can close the mobility door with an overhead button – without the need to reach

Xu Zhou, Deep Learning Technical Research Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The mobility door is an exciting

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piece of technology that offers a realworld value to our customers. There’s also something very welcoming about the door opening on your approach – something we think will be greatly valued as we become more familiar with shared mobility”. About Jaguar Land Rover Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles, and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques. At Jaguar Land Rover, we are driven by a desire to deliver class-leading vehicles, which will provide experiences our customers will love, for life. Our products are in demand around the globe. In 2017/18 Jaguar Land Rover sold 614,309 vehicles in 129 countries, with more than 80% of our vehicles being sold abroad. We support around 260,000 people through our retailer network, suppliers and local businesses. Manufacturing is centred in the UK, with additional plants in China, Brazil, Austria, and Slovakia. Our innovation is continuous, we will spend in the region of £4 billion this year on new product creation and capital expenditure. From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified, giving our customers even more choice. We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles, as well as continuing to offer the latest diesel and petrol engines.


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Hino automatics impress beverage fleet operator The Hino 300 and 500 models with automatic transmission are making a positive impression on Riaan Harmse, who is the fleet logistics controller for Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), the largest Coca-Cola bottler in South Africa


e haven’t had many Hino trucks in our fleet previously, but I was impressed when we had the latest models with automatic transmission for extended evaluation”, explained Harmse. “We have used Toyota Dyna light trucks for many years, but only purchased the larger, Hino 300 Series trucks a few years ago when they were offered with the option of automatic transmission. We then waited until the Hino 500 Wide Cab range with automatic derivatives was launched before we ordered our first Hino 500 models”. The national CCBSA fleet currently includes 38 Hino trucks, mainly 300 815 and 500 1627 long-wheelbase models. The 300 models are used mainly for special promotional events. These include some trucks that have been fitted with special Serco van bodies which double as an entertainment stage with professional music and sound systems. The 500 Series trucks are used for a variety of tasks, including the delivery and collection of coolers. The Dynas work hard servicing vending machines. A study into building special drop trucks for smaller retail outlets is currently underway, using Hino trucks as the prototypes. They have van bodies with

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lockable roller doors and can be operated only by the driver. The CCBSA fleet, which has been consolidated following the merger between non-alcoholic, ready-to-drink bottling operations of The CocaCola Company, SABMiller, and Gutsche Family Investments, is made up of more than 6 200 pieces of equipment, which consist of trucks, trailers, cars, light commercial vehicles, forklifts, and motorised pallet jacks. Owner-drivers operate the vast majority of the trucks and truck-tractors, but all the trailers are company-owned. The fleet operates from 12 major sites, and then there are about 100 distribution partners which assist with deliveries from various sites close to the market place. The fleet moves in excess of one million cases of beverages daily and operates 24/7 with many nighttime deliveries to major customers. The delivery volume can move up to 1.5 million cases a day during the festive season, and then additional trucks are hired in – as many as 150 trucks at peak demand periods. The CCBSA fleet has just been awarded RTMS accreditation after an exhaustive process. “It was a big task, but it will be

very beneficial to our fleet operations going forward”, commented Harmse. He added that the company had a huge focus on road safety, with all trucks having both tracking systems and in-cab cameras to monitor driver behaviour. The latest initiative has been the acquisition of two sophisticated driver simulator rigs which will be mounted in 8-metre dry freight box bodies, so they can be moved around the country. All drivers will in future have to undergo annual evaluations on these simulators, as well as physical, on-road assessments to be issued with a CCBSA driver’s licence. “Our safety drive includes speed governing to a legal 80km/h limit and full operational checks done at each service, whether it is carried out by a dealer or at the on-site workshops at each depot”, added Harmse.



College of Cape Town receives motor manual donation worth R1.6m College chosen as Centre of Specialisation for the Automotive Mechanic trade


t was an exciting day on 23 November at the College of Cape Town where representatives from HaynesPro, Ken and Donovan Harwick, donated 30 HaynesPro licenses to the College. The College was selected by the honourable Minister Nzimande of Higher Education and Training in October 2017 as a Centre of Specialisation for the Automotive Motor Mechanic trade. “This donation is significant because students completing their studies in motor mechanics now have access to a wealth of information and will become proficient in using the manual ahead of entering the workforce”, says Ken Harwick, the South African representative of HaynesPro. Pieter Niemand, Director of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), says MIWA and the RMI have been working closely with HaynesPro locally and internationally and saw an opportunity for skills upliftment


in South Africa. “Traditionally the training in this sector was left to the larger dealer bodies. This is, however, no longer sustainable and if we really want to be successful in addressing the skills deficit in SA, all stakeholders need to get involved. We need to create opportunities for up-and-coming youngsters who are passionate about the industry and need to be trained”, he says. “These HaynesPro licenses will go a long way to upskilling not only students but lecturers too”. A UK based HaynesPro specialist also Skyped in to run an hour-long training session showcasing the possibilities of the programmes which included the generating of invoices; job cards and looking up on parts and fault finding. The licenses will be available to the College for the next four years and are valued at around R1,6 million.

“This is indeed a first not only for a TVET College like the College of Cape Town, but for the country and Africa”, says Louis van Huyssteen, Training Director for the RMI. Currently, the College is the first, and only college in Africa, to be able to supply its students with undated technical information that has been directly obtained from the various car manufactures. He adds that feedback from one of the lecturers was very positive. “The lecturer felt the tool would be of great value as the scope of vehicles covered is vast, the specifications of each vehicle are easily accessible, it shows where components are fitted on every vehicle, and how to replace these components.” “We extend our sincere thanks to HaynesPro for its involvement and generosity to the upliftment of our sector”, concludes Niemand.




Mahindra delivers its first order to SA rental fleet industry • Landmark fleet deal for Mahindra South Africa • 100 brand-new KUVs delivered to vehicle rental depots across South Africa 2018 turned out to be a milestone year for Mahindra in South Africa. In May, the company opened its first assembly facility in South Africa, and has since started shipping locally assembled Pik Up models to dealers throughout Southern Africa. In October, Mahindra launched the upgraded KUV100 NXT and XUV500 and celebrated sales growth of over 30% for the previous quarter


his month, Mahindra notched up another achievement when it signed the first large-vehicle rental deal. As part of the agreement, Mahindra has delivered 100 KUV100 NXT models to six regional rental depots across the country. “This is the first transaction of its kind for Mahindra South Africa, and it’s a significant vote of confidence from one of South Africa’s largest vehicle rental companies. We are delighted that we could deliver all the vehicles on time and look forward to a long relationship with the vehicle rental industry”, says Avinash Bapat, CFO of Mahindra South Africa. Mahindra has delivered the K6+ version of the KUV100 NXT for its vehicle rental fleet customer. The K6+ KUV100 NXT offers a comprehensive list of features, including steering wheel controls for its in-built audio system, air-conditioning, electric windows, ABS brakes, as well as two airbags. The K6+ model is fitted with Mahindra’s proven 1.2 litre mFalcon engine and a

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manual five-speed gearbox. The engine delivers 61 kW and 115 Nm of torque.

through our sales to vehicle rental companies”, says Gupt.

To continue offering the highest level of professionalism to fleet customers, Mahindra has appointed a dedicated team of fleet support specialists at its head office in Gauteng. It will also support fleet clients through its national network of dealers. Mahindra has over 60 dealers in South Africa and plans to open and expand its network further in 2019.

About Mahindra South Africa Mahindra South Africa is a fully-owned subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra of India, which was established in 1945. Mahindra SA is celebrating its 14th year of operations in South Africa.

“Our first large fleet sale follows a thorough vehicle testing process in which we made sure that the KUV100 NXT meets fleet customers’ need for a robust and reliable vehicle that has a low cost of ownership. It is these same qualities that have made the KUV100 NXT such a firm favourite with private buyers”, says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa. Mahindra introduced the new KUV100 NXT in October last year and expanded the range with the inclusion of an entrylevel K2+ model. At R2 199 a month on Mahindra’s new Graduate Finance package, the KUV is officially one of South Africa’s most affordable vehicles. “Compared to other entry-level vehicles, the KUV100 NXT offers great value with its SUV styling, high safety standard, and frugal, yet willing, 1.2 litre engine. We are very excited about the opportunity to showcase the KUV to more customers

The company has dealers in all nine provinces of South Africa, which are comprehensive facilities that handle sales, service, and spare parts. With 60 dealerships, in cities and in towns across Southern Africa, Mahindra has a growing national footprint that is moving ever deeper into communities as the company continues its drive to offer value-formoney products and services to its customers. The company has also expanded into other sub-Saharan countries, currently exporting vehicles to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland, and Namibia. Mahindra South Africa has achieved significant growth in the country since its establishment in October 2004, and since then it has sold approximately 40 000 vehicles. Learn more about Mahindra on www.mahindra.com / Twitter and Facebook: @MahindraRise






DISRUPTIONS in the Workplace

When managing a business and employees, a variety of disruptions in the workplace is inevitable and can be disruptive


n general, the most common disruptions (induced by employees) can be noted as strikes, protest action, or misconduct related issues. When these “workplace disruptions� occur, it is crucial that it is dealt with in an expeditious and effective manner. When determining how to deal with misconduct-related disruptions, the most important departure point would be to determine whether the type of misconduct (and the process to follow) is covered by any existing policies within the company or whether or not there are any collective agreements dictating how such procedural elements should be dealt with. A clear distinction should be drawn between workplace discipline, which is not recorded, and that which is addressed and attended to through a collective agreement, stipulations set out in an employment contract, or requirements as established through company policy. If the company falls short of any collective agreements, contract- and/or policy-related stipulations determining the manner in which it should be addressed, the Code of Good Practice: Dismissal will be the applicable source to consider in circumstances where it sets out the minimum requirements for a dismissal to be regarded as procedurally fair. The Code is not there to override or substitute any policies, contracts, or collective agreements, but merely to provide guidance in the treatment of procedural aspects.

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Failure to follow the procedural requirements set out within the company policies and procedures or collective agreements might result in dire outcomes for those Employers who knowingly (or even unknowingly) elected to act without determining the standing procedures.

of Cape Town & others (2015), the employer did not institute the disciplinary hearing within the period as stipulated within the collective agreement, the employer furthermore failed to apply for condonation for the late instituting of the hearing. The Court held that the noncompliance with the collective agreement renders the disciplinary hearing invalid.

For a dismissal to be fair, both substantive and procedural fairness should be proved - this will also be the case when dealing with unfair labour practices, unfair suspensions, etcetera. Deviation from prescribed disciplinary steps will, in all likelihood, result in a dismissal that is procedurally unfair.

In the event that a procedural defect is present and the dismissal is rendered procedurally unfair, despite it being found substantively fair, the arbitrator will be in a position to award compensation to the erstwhile employee. This is a result that one would naturally want to avoid.

In the matter of SA Municipal Workers Union obo Jacobs v City

In the matter Dr D.C Kemp t/a Centralmed v Rowlins 2009 factors


to be considered in determining if compensation will be payable, was set out. The applicable criteria, inter alia, included: • Whether the unfairness was on procedure, substantive fairness, or both. • The degree the employer deviated from the procedural requirements. All is, however, not lost, in certain circumstances deviation from the standard practice and policy will be regarded as fair, and can be seen in the matter BEMAWUSA & others v SABC and others 2016. The employer embarked on a disciplinary process that was different from the one established within the company – this can only be deemed as being “fair” in the event that there are exceptional circumstances, i.e. the number of employees involved in the process. The employees were supposed to appear in person before a chairperson and testify (give oral evidence), however, it was determined that the employees may receive the allegations against them in writing, providing them with the opportunity to respond in writing to the chairperson whereafter the chairperson would make a decision. It is advantageous to have top-notch policies and procedures alligned within the Company, but it will serve absolutely no purpose if it is not followed or applied consistently. It is a useful tool within a company but it can also become a company’s biggest liability if it is not enforced (or incorrectly enforced). To ensure proper implementation of policies and procedures it remains essential that all staff are well versed with the content of the policies relating to conduct. The Management that is tasked with the dealing and enforcing of discipline should be well acquainted with the policies and procedures, and should ensure that when the services of an independent chairperson are secured, that the chairperson is made aware of any and all policies, procedures and/or

collective agreements that might have an impact on the procedural validity of hearing. The Management should also refrain from making themselves guilty of general procedural pitfalls when dealing with discipline. These mishaps are, to say the least, avoidable and inexcusable. Failure to comply with the Company’s policies puts the Company at risk. A few examples of procedural pitfalls can be inter alia summarised as follows: 1. Engaging with the Chairperson and/or witnesses before and after a disciplinary hearing (enough to be perceived as being bias Ramchabi v Bureau Veritas). 2. Suspending an employee without proper procedure – always ensure that employee has the opportunity to respond to the suspension providing reasons why he/she should not be suspended. 3. Providing insufficient notice of a disciplinary hearing or any other form of inquiry. 4. Incorrectly dealing with the disciplining of a shop steward. It is advisable to follow section 4 (1) of the Code of Good Practice: Dismissal where certain requirements are listed when disciplining a shop steward. Consult with the union prior to any action taken against the shop steward. Although failing to adhere to the above will not automatically render the dismissal procedurally unfair. The Employee should not be prejudiced and if it is found that he/she has been prejudiced the dismissal will be rendered procedurally unfair.

procedures or sanctions, should contact their nearest RMI Regional Office and engage with one of the RMI’s labour legal specialists. The advice is free.

RMI’s labour legal specialists Johannesburg Tel: (011) 886 6300 IR specialist: Phuti Manamela Durban Tel: (031) 266 7031 IR specialist: Janina Kalidass Cape Town Tel: (021) 939 9440 IR specialist: Brent Barichievy IR specialist: Johanita Olivier Pretoria Tel: (012) 348 9311 IR specialist: Phuti Manamela Bloemfontein Tel: (051) 430 3294 IR specialist: Jacques Viljoen Port Elizabeth Tel: (041) 364 0070 IR specialist: Eckhardt Oelofse IR specialist: Nolubabalo Mjila (East London)

Training of key staff involved in the management of discipline within your company is invaluable as it will result in the mitigation of any potential risk the company might be exposed to. The crux is simple: ensure compliance with the Company’s Policies and/ or Procedures and with the Code of Good Practice, then Management (and Employers) can rest assured. Members that require advice or assistance on the application of disciplinary

Douw Breed is a director at Barnard Incorporated Attorneys, Centurion.





Breach of contract – when can I cancel?

Most people have, at some time in their lives, entered into some form of an agreement, be it an employment contract, cell phone contract, or lease agreement. However, people are often not aware of the consequences of a breach of contract, whether by themselves or by the other party


acta Sunt Servanda, is a common law principle that literally translated means “agreements must be kept”. In terms of this principle, parties are required to perform all obligations imposed on them in terms of the agreement. In the case of Barkhuizen v Napier the court held that public policy favours the utmost freedom of contract and that parties should respect and honour their contractual obligations. But what happens when such obligations are not honoured?

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The following are distinct ways in which a breach of contract may occur: • Mora debitoris is a breach whereby the debtor fails to perform, on time, in terms of the agreement. • Mora creditoris, is similar to that mentioned above, however in this instance the creditor fails to perform on time. • Positive malperformance is committed by the debtor. The

debtor performs, but not according to the terms of the contract. Repudiation can be committed by either party; it is also known as “anticipatory breach” and relates to the intention to no longer be bound by the contract. Rendering performance impossible may also be committed by either party and occurs where one party makes performance impossible for the other party.


Remedies available following a breach of contract: Breach of contract is a wrongful act that affords an innocent party with certain remedies. These remedies are aimed at either enforcing the contract or cancelling the contract. Cancellation of a contract is usually the last sought remedy as it is regarded as an extraordinary remedy which is only available in certain circumstances. A claim for specific performance is a remedy that aims to enforce the contract. In this instance the innocent party approaches the court for an order whereby the breaching party is forced to perform in terms of the agreement. A further remedy that is available is one of compensation. In terms hereof an innocent party will be compensated for any damages suffered as a result of the breach. While an innocent party is afforded these remedies, it is of utmost importance to remember that enforcement and cancellation of a contract are mutually exclusive and the innocent party may only rely on one of these remedies. Once a decision to enforce has been made, a party can no longer cancel the agreement. Cancellation of a contract: As mentioned above, cancellation is an extraordinary remedy and only available in certain circumstances. Parties may include a cancellation/termination clause in their contract, which allows a party to cancel a contract by giving written notice to the other party within a specified time. It is important to note, however, that where a contract contains a “termination for convenience clause� it will lack legal standing within a court, if the reason for the cancellation is not sufficient and is against public policy.

Where a contract does not make provision for a cancellation clause a party subject to a breach may cancel the contract if the breach is material. In such an instance, a breaching party is to be served with a notice setting out the alleged breach, and demanding rectification thereof within a reasonable time. If the breaching party fails to do so, the innocent party may elect to cancel the contract. In doing so, the breaching party is to be provided with notice of the cancellation and once the breaching party has received the notice, the cancellation will take effect. If an innocent party elects to cancel the contract, the decision is final and cannot be reversed. While the effect of cancellation of a contract, cancels obligations, it also gives rise to new obligations, mainly that of restitution which requires both parties to restore any performance that has been received. The aim of restitution is to restore the parties into the position they were respectively in prior to the conclusion of the contract.

to claim damages as compensation for any financial loss it may have suffered as a result of the breach. It is advisable that a party subject to a breach of contract always consult with a legal practitioner before cancelling a contract to ensure that he or she understands the implications of such a cancellation as an untimely cancellation can in itself be grounds for a damages claim by the other party.

Where a party cancels a contract, the innocent party is in addition entitled

Roxanne Paans is a Candidate Attorney in the litigation department at Barnard Incorporated in Centurion. RMI4Law members enjoy the benefit of legal advice from an attorney 24 hours a day. If you wish to join RMI4Law, call 0861 668 677. Legalex (Pty) Ltd, registration number 2003/003715/07, is an authorized Financial Services Provider (FSP 5277) and underwritten by Guardrisk Insurance Company Limited (FSP 26/10/75) David Furlonger




What is a learnership? A learnership is a structured learning process for gaining theoretical knowledge through an accredited training provider and practical skills in the workplace, leading to a qualification registered on the NQF. A learnership is outcomes-based and not time-based and allows for recognition of prior learning. Learnership duration varies but the average is about 12 months.

Who is eligible to enter a learnership programme? Any person, employed or unemployed, may apply to register for a learnership: Ÿ If you are employed, you may register for a learnership programme

within the sector where your company or organisation operates; or

Ÿ If you are unemployed, you may register for placement in a

learnership programme at your local labour centre or with employers in your area.

The Department of Labour refers unemployed individuals, who meet the minimum criteria, to employers looking for learners.

How does one apply for a learnership programme? Ÿ If you are employed, find out which learnerships are available in the

sector in which you work. Upon deciding which learnership programme is appropriate, you will need to enter into an agreement with your employer stating your rights and responsibilities as a learner; or

Ÿ If you are unemployed, you must register your profile at the nearest

Department of Labour office, after which you may be referred to employers who may be looking for learners to enter learnership programmes.

What is an apprenticeship?


It’s about caring for people we render services to

The apprenticeship system is a well-known technical training system, which covers both practical and theoretical components offered in listed trades. Once you have completed your training, you will need to pass a trade test to qualify as an artisan.


Who is eligible for an apprenticeship programme?

It’s about working together with colleagues

Any South African citizen, 16 years or older. There are different admission requirements for the various trades. Competence in Maths, Science and English will enhance your chances of selection.


How does one apply to enter an apprenticeship programme?

It’s about going beyond the call of duty

Ÿ If you are unemployed, you may apply to a company that is offering

an apprenticeship programme; or

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Nala Mofokeng honoured as Best Trainee in Volkswagen Group Nala Mofokeng of Volkswagen Group South Africa was one of the 46 best young talents in Volkswagen Group to be honoured with the 2018 Best Trainee Award in Wolfsburg, Germany.


ala joined 14 young women and 32 young men from all over the world across 16 vocations that were honoured for their outstanding performance and professional competence. The certificates for 2018 ceremony were presented by the Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group, Dr. Herbert Diess, and Member of the Board of Management responsible for Human Resources, Gunnar Kilian, and the President of the Global Group Works Council, Bernd Osterloh. “You have every reason to be proud because you are among the world’s best trainees in the Volkswagen Group. In the future too, we will need a team that is motivated, competent, and committed, and also welcomes change. If you want to keep pace with the major challenges of our times, you must demonstrate flexibility and be ready accepting change”, said Diess at the award ceremony. Nala, 27, joined VWSA in 2017 as a Graduate Trainee after completing his Electrical Engineering degree at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. He started as a Maintenance Engineer in the Body Shop Maintenance department. After only two years at VWSA, Nala has made a big impression on his department and colleagues. “I am extremely honoured and grateful for the opportunity that Volkswagen has afforded me. Firstly for being part of the Volkswagen graduate programme


and secondly, to be chosen as the best amongst the best. The time I spent in Wolfsburg last week has opened my eyes to how big the organisation is on a global scale. I am especially grateful to the friendships and contacts I made while I was there. I was mostly inspired by the words of Dr. Diess and the strategy of Volkswagen moving forward. I am looking forward to enhancing my skills to benefit the organisation efficiently and effectively”, said Nala. “We are very proud that one of our young talents was honoured by the Group for his outstanding performance in 2018. Identifying and retaining talent is very important to the long term success of our company. As such, VWSA remains committed to investing in training programme such as our Graduate Trainees that helps us to attract young talent such as Nala to our organisation”, said Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa.

New Product Manager for Industrial Fluid Segment Appointed Laurence Fineberg appointed as Product manager for ContiTech’s range of Industrial Fluid Hose


his is seen as a positive step for the company to reconnect with their hose customers and distributors. “With this range of industrial fluid hose from ContiTech, we have the products and expertise to meet the market’s needs”, says Fineberg. Fineberg is certainly not a newcomer. With over 25 years’ experience in the rubber industry, he has earned his stripes with industrial fluid hose and conveyer belting. “I have total trust in our products,” says Fineberg. “Our industrial hose range is considered to be amongst the best in the world for class and value”. ContiTech’s Industrial Fluid Segment division can be reached on 011 249 9400.




merSETA hosts a series of nationwide roadshows informing facilitators of their new grant application system The merSETA has opened its mandatory and discretionary grant submissions, says acting merSETA CEO Wayne Adams merSETA levy-paying, merSETA nonlevy-paying (SARS exempted) companies and other legal entities including NGOs, TVET/Universities, operating in our sector, is Tuesday, 30 April 2019.


n the next two months, the merSETA will host a series of nationwide roadshows to inform all Skills Development Facilitators (SDFs), including Labour SDFs and stakeholder applicants, of our new grant application system. The newly implemented grant application system will be available from Friday, 1 February 2019, for mandatory and discretionary grant applications. Only electronic submissions will be accepted as the organisation matches up to Industry 4.0. The submission deadline for the financial period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, for Mandatory and Discretionary grant submissions by

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It is crucial to abide by the key submission information, which is: • Large and medium-sized companies that want to be considered for discretionary grants for PIVOTAL programmes must submit their mandatory grant application and indicate the method of funding as discretionary grants (PIVOTAL and non-PIVOTAL) on the WSP (Workplace skills plan): • Small and other legal entities operating in our sector that want to be considered for discretionary grants for PIVOTAL and non-PIVOTAL programmes must submit on the NSDMS. Preference will be given to learners linked to the merSETA’s identified priority skills as outlined in the merSETA Sector Skills Plan, which is available on the merSETA website. Skills Development Facilitators are reminded that the reporting periods are as follows: • The annual training report will be for the period 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2018. • The workplace skills plan period will be 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2019. • The PIVOTAL plan and PIVOTAL

report will be 1 April 2019 until 31 March 2020. Where a recognition agreement exists between the organisation and labour/labour union, regardless of the size of the workforce, a labour SDF, who is a member of the Training Committee, is required to sign-off the grant application electronically on or before the deadline date. Where a recognition agreement does not exist and the company employs 50 or more employees, an employee SDF, who is a member of the Training Committee, is required to sign-off the mandatory grant and discretionary grant applications, electronically on or before the deadline date. Any person applying for a discretionary grant is requested to submit an application to register online using the NSDMS on the merSETA website and clicking on “Register”. It must be noted that all allocations will be made in line with the merSETA Accounting Authority-approved grant policy and all Skills Development Facilitators/stakeholder applicants must ensure that they have read and understood the policy. The new system is designed for ease of use and assists the merSETA in being a leader in training and skills development in our country.


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The centre features a fully working seven-metre spray booth with the latest specifications and approvals. Hurricane equipment has shown phenomenal growth in many equipment ranges that body shops need to keep up to pace with. The new modern trade centre has a dual purpose - a permanent display area open for viewing and demonstration purposes on equipment and a fully equipped training facility to host training on preparation, painting, paint mixing, welding, sanding, polishing, dent removal and much more. Situated on the border between Pretoria and Johannesburg on 184 Boundary Road, Mnandi, Centurion, the facility is easily accessible and very central.


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GUD Filters launches service kits GUD Filters continues to innovate their product offering with the introduction of service kits. The GUD service kit includes the oil filter, air filter, fuel filter and engine oil required to perform a vehicle’s major service all in one box


e are excited to introduce the SK11 and SK17 service kits for various Toyota Conquest, Corolla, and Tazz models and the Volkswagen Citi Golf. We are currently developing the entire range to meet our customer demand for a service fitment ready product solution. We are confident that our customers will enjoy the convenience of our service kits”. says Ian Law, Group Sales & Marketing Director, G.U.D. Holdings. GUD’s award winning service kit packaging has been specially designed to ensure it is easy to carry as well as optimize shelf space at retailers. It also features the product images and vehicle applications on the packaging for easy identification.

Glendinning returns to Volkswagen Group South Africa after five years in Mexico. Stefan Mecha appointed as Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Volkswagen do Brazil Mike Glendinning welcomed back from Mexico to take up his new position as Sales and Marketing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa


ike Glendinning has been appointed as the new Sales and Marketing Director for Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) effective from 1 December 2018. Mike Glendinning holds an Honours degree in Marketing from UNISA. He joined Volkswagen Group South Africa as a Graduate Trainee in 1985. He has had a long and distinguished career within Sales and Marketing, holding many different senior positions, which included influencing and guiding Volkswagen’s benchmark advertising over the years. He headed up the Audi Brand from 1999 to 2004. Thereafter, he took over the reins of the Volkswagen Brand before his appointment as the Sales and Marketing Director in 2006. In 2014, he moved to

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Mexico to become Sales and Marketing Director of Volkswagen de Mexico. Mike is taking over from Stefan Mecha who has been appointed as the Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Volkswagen do Brazil. Mike will assume responsibility for the Sales and Marketing of the Volkswagen, Audi, and Commercial Vehicles Brands as well as the Sales and Marketing operations in Sub-Sahara Africa. “I want to convey my gratitude to Stefan for his excellent service to our National Sales Organisation in the past two and half years. Stefan played an important role in ensuring that VWSA maintains its leadership in the local passenger car market. He also contributed immensely to our expansion strategy into Sub-Sahara Africa markets”, added Schaefer.



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The American range covers over 200 models with more than 2,000 part numbers available. Like the cars themselves, the Blue Print American range continues to get bigger and better with new parts being continuously added.

In 2014, Blue Print launched a range of parts for traditionally known ‘British’ vehicles. In a short period of time Blue Print introduced 1,400+ parts from over 90 product types, covering more than 8,000 British applications.




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Smart reasons for buying a used car Paying a lower price for used versus new when buying a car is an obvious reason to shop in the used vehicle market, but there are other advantages as well “We have created a unique experience for our customers. A one-stop-shop to complete the buying journey, from the online experience, the well-checked car, transparency, dealing with professional and trustworthy staff, to the valueadded products”, says Sibanyoni, adding that “we are changing the used-car dealer landscape”77.


to afford that new luxury car you’ve yearned for, but one that’s two or three years old may fit your budget and offer the same features and style.

According to White, depreciation flattens out, usually after a car’s third year, before increasing again around year five.

When you decide to purchase a car, bakkie, or SUV from a used-car dealership, you’ve made a pragmatic decision. Shopping from a trusted dealership such as InspectaCar ensures that you’ll obtain a high-quality vehicle that has met the standards of an organisation specialising in the sale of used cars.

ason White, Head of InspectaCar Financial Services, says: “A new car typically depreciates about 20% when driven off the dealership floor. Most cars will lose another 10% in value during the first year. That’s a 30% loss in value during the initial year of ownership. A R300 000 car loses roughly R90 000 in value during that period.”

Reducing insurance costs White says a key factor in determining car insurance premiums is the value of the car. Because a used car has less value than a newer version, the cost of insurance should be less. Getting more bang for your buck Stretching your car-buying rand is another benefit of buying used. You can buy more car by purchasing used rather than new. You may not be able

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“We’ve been in business since 2002, and this type of assurance can never be obtained from an individual or private seller”, says Pertunia Sibanyoni, CEO of InspectaCar. Now in its 16th year of operation, InspectaCar was born out of a vision to uplift and professionalise the used-car market. The main emphasis has been to dispel the notion that buying a used car is buying someone else’s headaches.

“In addition to selling cars, our dealerships provide finance, insurance, as well as other value-add essentials within the buying journey, creating a one-stopshop and convenience for the customer. Our focus is on making it easy for the customer to deal with us. Our franchisees are driven to deliver quality secondhand vehicles customers can trust.” InspectaCar is the only second-hand vehicle franchise certified by WesBank. “Having a partner the calibre of WesBank, also speaks volumes about us, because it is one of the leading asset finance institutions in South Africa”, concludes Sibanyoni. About InspectaCar InspectaCar is the only second-hand vehicle franchise certified by WesBank, and is committed to providing a wide choice of quality pre-owned cars complete with excellent service. Every vehicle undergoes strict quality checks before arriving on its dealership floors. InspectaCar prides itself by being a one-stop-shop as it also offers finance, insurance and value-added products like scratch and dent cover and warranty. We’re here to help make your car-buying experience efficient and stress free. This means you can buy with confidence at any InspectaCar dealership, where second-hand will never feel second best. 


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TROUBLESHOOTING MADE EASY Autodata, the leading provider of automotive technical information shares manufacturer verified fixes to common problems found in motor vehicles. Visit www.autodata-group.com CITROEN BERLINGO: ENGINE SPEED WILL NOT INCREASE ABOVE 3000 RPM Problem: We have a customer with a 2011 Citroen Berlingo 1,6 Diesel who is complaining that they have a lack of engine power and the engine speed will not exceed 3000 rpm. We have checked to see if any intake pipes have a split in them and also checked the air filter, which is not blocked. Are you aware of this fault? Solution: Yes, we are aware of a fault which affects Citroen Berlingo models with 1,6 Diesel engine and 9HK (DV6ETED)/9HN (DV6ETED) engine codes. The fault is due to a defective fuel temperature sensor integral to the low-pressure fuel pipe. Locate the low-pressure fuel pipe on the engine Fig.1.1. Fit a new low-pressure fuel pipe with integral fuel temperature sensor. Carry out road test to ensure the fault has been rectified.

VOLKSWAGEN POLO: REAR DOOR WINDOW GLASS DROPS ABRUPTLY WHEN OPENING Problem: A customer of ours with a 2010 5 door Volkswagen Polo is complaining that the rear door window glass drops abruptly when opening. We removed the rear door trim and found the window glass detached from the window winder mechanism. We reattached the window glass to the window winder mechanism but the car has now returned with the same issue. Is this a known fault? Solution: The door window glass repeatedly becoming detached from the window winder mechanism is a fault known to us. It is due to the door window glass locating bush being dislodged or faulty. Remove the rear door trim. Remove the rear door window glass. Check the door window glass for damage and replace if necessary. Cut adhesive tape, available from Volkswagen parts department, into 6 mm x 55 mm strips. Wrap a new door window glass locating bush, available from Volkswagen parts department, with adhesive tape to a diameter of 13.4 mm Fig.1.1. Fit the door window glass locating bush to the door window glass. Lock the locating bush in place with an expander pin. Refit the rear door window glass. Refit the rear door trim. Repeat procedure for the opposite side. Carry out operation of the rear door window glass to ensure fault have been rectified.




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The RMI welcomes these new businesses into membership Member Trading Name

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Paddys Service Station

Cape Town

ACE Auto Trading

East London

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Prospur Auto Group

Cape Town

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Avonlea Motors

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010 9004545



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031 910 3111



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031 569 7673



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011 574 5603



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BENEFITS OF BELONGING With a membership of 8 000, the RMI provides a very effective collective voice that gives members considerable clout in negotiating better trading conditions. As the lead voice in the motor industry, the RMI is a member-driven organisation that constantly seeks solutions to concerns raised by members in the day-to-day running of their businesses.



Toyota guardian™ keeps the human element central to new automated driving technology • Toyota Guardian™ autonomous driving technology will amplify human car control, not remove it • Envelope-control system mimics fighter jet technology, blending the best input from man and machine • Re-enactment of test vehicle highway collision using actual video and 3D animation


vivid re-enactment of a three-car collision on a California highway opened a Toyota Research Institute press conference at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, 7 January. No one was hurt in the accident. “We know what happened, because we were there,” said TRI CEO Dr Gill Pratt. The test vehicle was travelling at freeway speed in manual mode, with its autonomy mode disabled as it gathered data, which suggested that



the crash could have been mitigated or avoided altogether by a future Toyota Guardian™ automated safety system. TRI’s ongoing Toyota Chauffeur programme focuses on a fully autonomous operation, where the human is essentially removed from the driving equation, either completely in all environments, or within a restricted operational design domain (ODD), while Toyota Guardian™ is being developed to amplify human control of the vehicle, not replace it. With Toyota Guardian™, the driver is meant to be in control of the car at all times, except in those instances where the system anticipates or identifies a pending incident and employs a corrective response in co-ordination with driver input. The Guardian system is inspired by modern fighter jets: the pilot uses the control stick but does not fly the plane directly - his intentions are translated by the low-level flight control system thousands of times a second to keep the aircraft stable and within its safety envelope. This is far more difficult to create in a car which is not only defined by vehicle dynamics, but also by the vehicle’s perception and prediction of everything in its immediate environment. The

idea is not a discrete on-off switch between human and autonomous control, but a seamless blend of both. Pratt stressed the difficulties of developing an autonomous Chauffeur system: Technically, to train a machine to navigate an ever-changing environment as well as - or better - than a human driver, and sociologically to gain public acceptance of future inevitable incidents during that time. Toyota Guardian™ is being developed as an automated safety system that can operate with a human driver, or an autonomous driving system, provided by Toyota or any other company. Toyota plans to include Toyota Guardian™ as standard equipment on all Toyota e-palette platforms that the company will build for the MaaS – Mobility as a Service – market. MaaS fleet buyers can use any autonomous system, with Toyota Guardian™ acting as a belt-and-braces redundancy for any self-driving Chauffeur system. “What makes the Toyota Guardian™ even more evocative”, concludes Pratt, “is that the joy of driving is an inherent and deliberate component of Guardian. Hands on the wheel and eyes on the road is first and foremost about safety, but it is also about how a driver feels behind the wheel - safe and secure to enjoy the drive, instead of the ride”.


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