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CONTENTS – MARCH 2019 COLUMNS 5 Driver’s Seat: Jakkie Olivier, CEO of the RMI 7 Editor’s Letter: Kate Kennedy 9 Hot Stuff! New product showcase 60 Frequently asked Questions: Answers from experts 66 Tailpiece: Land Rover facilitates Stormers’ pep talk from Kingsley Holgate

P12 Editor: Kate Kennedy kate@thefuture.co.za

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

RMI news Industry news SAMBRA honours the country’s best A word from NAAMSA on new vehicle sales stats Member update

Reporter: Greg Surgeon greg@thefuture.co.za Publisher: Richard Lendrum richard@thefuture.co.za




ERA at Automechanika News from the Engine Remanufacturers’ Association

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


WESBANK forecasts minor decline in 2019 new vehicle sales


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.

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Wesbank’s CEO, Chris de Kock, delivered the bank’s view of the market The RMI took to the road to help educate members on several new labour laws that have recently been implemented

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TransUnion Africa reports challenging market conditions TransUnion Africa Vehicle Price Index (VPI) below inflation

Production of new Ford Ranger commences in SA Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria has started production of the new Ford Ranger

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Tech Talk Jake Venter takes a look at an engine’s inner secrets

Mandatory and Discretionary Grant Submissions MerSETA implements a new grant application system that you need to familiarise yourself with

50 Impact of new National Minimum Wage Act The National Minimum Wage Act comes into effect 52 Legal Eagle Breach of Contract part 2 – When do I not cancel? 62 Workshop Autodata addresses questions about the keyless entry system on a 2009 Audi Q5 and several faults on a 2012 Citroen C3 III 1,6 VTi

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BELONGING IS BETTER BUSINESS Here’s why… e Legacy and unity • We’ve been representing the retail motor industry for more than 100 years. • With more than 8,000-member businesses, our unity is our strength.

e Your voice RMI represents the industry at: • Centralised wage negotiations. • Various MIBCO and Industry-related Boards and committee structures. • Various South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) committees and working groups. • The National Regulator for Compulsory specifications (NRCS), defending our industry when compulsory specifications and standards are compromised. • The Moto Health Care Fund, Industry Provident Funds and the Sick, Accident and Maternity Pay Fund. • Meetings hosted by reputable organisations recognised by government, big business, consumers and relevant stakeholders like Business Unity SA (BUSA).

e Supports your business • Professional industrial relations advice ensuring procedural and substantive fairness when disciplining staff. • Chairing of disciplinary hearings and AUTOMATIC entry at the CCMA, DRC and Labour Court. • Exceptional CPA support 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%. • Training needs and representation via merSETA and W&RSETA. • Industry-specific products like RMI4BEE, RMI4LAW, RMI4OHS and RMI4SURE.

e Keeps you in the know • Industry labour relations seminars. • Automobil magazine and weekly web letters. • Commenting on industry topics in the media, and participating in and hosting numerous conventions and shows.

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On the road to professionalising the motor sector Professionalising the motor sector in South Africa is a goal for the RMI and we are working tirelessly to make this a reality in the near future


or too long the role that professionals in the industry play has been undervalued and through professionalising we aim to change this. But what exactly is professionalisation? Basically, it’s a process by which any trade or occupation transforms itself into a true profession of the highest integrity and competence. As a professional body, the RMI will register designations, recommend best practice and oversee the conduct of members of the profession. The end result will be acceptable designations that clearly demarcate the qualified professional from the unqualified and non-designated individual. We strongly believe that through skills development and professionalisation we will see reduced unemployment, economic growth, better returns on investments for employers, more profits to employ more people, re-investment in business growth and sustainability. Of course there should also be increased consumer satisfaction as they get professional services and advice, whether it be when buying a vehicle, parts or equipment or when repairing, servicing and maintaining their vehicles; it will all be managed by professionals. We also need to make working in the sector attractive for up and coming young people. Through professionalising we will change the traditional stereotypes and negative perceptions associated with a career in the industry. So where are we in the process? In August last year we expressed an interest

in being recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as a professional body. We then contracted the services of an expert to prepare the SAQA application and to assist the RMI in Professional Body-readiness. IT platform development has also started, to ensure compatibility to the National Learner’s Records Database of SAQA. The first six months of this year will be dedicated to the application to SAQA. We plan to initially start with at least one designation in the Automotive Sales and Support Services field. Other designations including technical jobs will follow. Once implemented, the project will run in close liaison with the Institute for the Motor Industry (IMI) UK. In order to meet SAQA requirements we need advocacy from all stakeholders. We have to define the role of the RMI as a professional body for retail motor industry practitioners in South Africa and register designations with SAQA. We also have to implement a process of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points to maintain the professional status. Lastly, we need to prove that our level of professionalism is comparable internationally. We are currently working on three must-have policies that cover recognition of prior learning, NQF levels, national standards of designations, work experience, CPD and more. As you can imagine, this is a big task before us but one we believe strongly is worth the effort. The benefits for the automotive industry, the RMI and our members are immense. For example, as a Professional Body we participate in SETAs as a Qualification Development

partner and will be involved in retail motor industry curriculum and learning material development. We can develop professional designations and register these on the National Learners’ Records Database (NLRD) at SAQA. There will also be access to a wealth of information and global recognition through this process. We are busy garnering close working relationships with alliance partners and stakeholders such as DHET, SETAs, QCTO, NAMB, MIBCO etc. which will strengthen the retail motor industry professions. We also envisaged the opportunity for the individuals to become IMI UK Professional Body members. This means that such individuals could also, by choice, become a member of a global automotive industry sector professional body over and above the RMI Professional Body membership. It is an exciting time and we will keep you posted on developments in this space. I extend many thanks to all those involved in the process for your time and effort. We anticipate a future where working in the retail motor industry is regarded as a profession with clear career paths.

Jakkie Olivier, CEO of the RMI

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


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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




The impact of load shedding on South African businesses


t’s frustrating enough to have your day interrupted by a power outage, but when it starts affecting your livelihood, that frustration reaches a whole new level. As we sat stewing in dark last month, cursing the corruption and mismanagement at Eskom, there was an added worry of business performance. Business owners in the automotive industry definitely lost business due to a lack of electricity and it prompted many to look at how to cut costs to offset this loss of revenue. For the workers in the industry, the worry was about lost working hours and thus lost wages.

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While employers aren’t required to pay workers for hours not worked, they do need to manage their employees during load shedding by keeping workers informed. If employees show up for work and aren’t needed, they are entitled to their wages for a minimum of four hours, unless they were informed the previous day that they weren’t to come in.

your business ticking over and even make you a preferred provider as you’ll always be operational.

There are predictions that load shedding is going to last a while longer, not to mention that if Eskom gets it's way, the cost of electricity is going to get ridiculous. It’s a good idea to start investing in other forms of electricity production, such as generators and C M Y CM MY CY solar power. These solutions can keep

But enough about this depressing subject.

There’s no denying that it’s a pricy project to get off the ground, but if you look at it as a long-term investment for your business, it makes forking over huge sums of money now more palatable.


In this issue we look at an engine’s inner secrets in Tech Talk, the local production of the new Ford Ranger and the launch of RMI’s new mobile K app.

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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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HOT STUFF Snap-on Tools Introduces its Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS4) To determine whether tyre pressure monitors on vehicles need to be replaced

This tyre monitoring system captures sensor data including PSI, ID, temperature and battery status. It provides vehicle-specific reset procedures when tyres have been changed or rotated, and so much more…view the product video at www.snapon.co.za/tpms. This unit partners perfectly with a Snap-on Diagnostic scanner, which no workshop these days should be without. The TPMS4 Tyre Pressure Monitoring System is available from your Snap-on Tool, or Snap-on Equipment dealer, or contact the customer services department at equipment@ snap-on.co.za

Enertec introduces the CTEK CT5 Time To Go battery charger Charging an automotive battery has reached a new level of convenience thanks to CTEK’s CT5 Time to Go, which provides an indication of exactly how long it will take until important charge thresholds have been reached The clue is in this technologically-advanced charger’s nomenclature: a series of lights indicate when your battery is sufficiently charged and ready to be disconnected to start the engine. But it also has a ‘Try’ function for when time is limited – it lets you know when you can safely attempt a start, indicated by the first LED in a sequence illuminating. With the guesswork taken out of the equation you can plan accordingly, knowing how much charging time is still needed. It has a function which allows it to be used as a battery maintainer and can be used to keep all common battery types topped up via the “Care” mode. Features and benefits include: • Five Amp charging rate. • Works with all types of lead-acid batteries; 12V, WET, MF, Ca/Ca, AGM, GEL. • Built in charge voltage temperature compensation linked to ambient temperature. • Battery capacity range between 20 and 160Ah. • Five-year warranty. Recommended retail price of the CTEK CT5 Time to Go is R2,220.00. Contact Enertec on 087 807 7760 for full details and information on dealer location


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RMI launches mobile app The RMI has identified consumer awareness, communication and the promotion of member businesses amongst the motoring public as three of its most important strategic objectives. These objectives, each important in their own right, have one common thread – interaction between the RMI, the consumer and the RMI member


n pursuit of delivery on these objectives, Team RMI commenced the development of an RMI mobile application, which will be available on the Apple and Android platforms, as well as a desktop application for use on computers. The mobile application will be launched early in March and take-up of the app will be promoted amongst members and the motoring public. The app will give members access to critically important trade and related information, relevant training courses, and serve as a communication platform, allowing members to interact with RMI staff in real time. The RMI will communicate with members by way of push notifications, allowing members to access information at a time convenient

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to them. Members will also be able to promote their businesses to the consumer on this platform. The motoring public will have access to the application via the various app stores, which will provide critically important information that will not only empower the consumer, but also connect the consumer with RMI member businesses. The app will provide the consumer with RMI members' details and an auto-routing facility, which will use on-board

mapping software to guide the consumer to the nearest RMI member for motorrelated services and/or products. The aim of this functionality is to ensure that trading conditions of members are improved and the motoring public can report any unsatisfactory service or companies trading illegally as RMI members. Team RMI will notify members when the mobile app is available to download, and members are encouraged to coach their customers to do likewise.



RMI participates in a successful BUSA business economic INDABA The Business Unity South Africa’s (BUSA) inaugural Business Economic Indaba on 29 January was a resounding success. Thanks to broad support from business partners at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, a vision that had been set out late in 2018 was realised


he Business Economic Indaba was not only well attended, it also managed to achieve a core objective – it set the tone and context for the business outlook on the economy for 2019. Feedback from stakeholders and the continuing media coverage of the event and its outcomes all make it clear that this objective was successfully realised.

discussions, exploring future collaborations with government with emphasis on each of the economic clusters, outlining macroeconomic visions, having a frank and constructive conversation with President Cyril Ramaphosa and, finally, launching the BUSA-CCMA (Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration) Web Tool for small business.

This was accomplished through informative and engaging sector

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Economic Indaba outcomes and action plans. In the meantime, policy and governance work has continued in earnest, with BUSA and the subcommittee on energy hosting important engagements with Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin on the Expropriation Bill and the Presidential Task Team on Eskom respectively. The Health Working Group also finalised input to Health Summit compact.

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SAMBRA echoes Ramaphosa’s call to empower small business With SME development having been placed in the centre of government policy in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address, the South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association (SAMBRA), a proud association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), is calling for a thorough overhaul of its industry to facilitate small businesses growth – particularly that of emerging black-owned businesses. This may require a modest sacrifice by company shareholders


n his own State of the Nation (SONA) speech to the industry at the 2018 SAMBRA Awards, National Director Richard Green noted that SMEs in the motor body repairs industry were currently “in a precarious position”, and urged the entire industry supply chain (including short-term insurers and Original Equipment Manufacturers) to break the mould of its business model by adopting the following six-point plan: • Set fair ethical standards for entry, including compliance to a universally accepted accreditation system, while resolving to eradicate insurer panels of any sort. • While maintaining fair entry standards, open all manufacturer approval programmes to any qualifying business. • Truly honour client choice within a communication environment that ensures all clients are well-informed, especially regarding the pitfalls of poor service provider choice. • Do everything in its power to eradicate unnecessary or excessive costs, be they capital or administrative in nature.

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• Make prompt payment of small business’ invoices a key priority and remove any barriers to achieving that goal. • Ensure all skills development initiatives operate from entities that do not distribute funds acquired but are constructed to reinvest every cent, other than operational costs coverage, back into developing skills and enabling those newly skilled individuals to gain entry into the market. “South African business and our sector particularly, I believe, is currently positioned to either fail dismally or succeed fabulously! The latter is only possible if we courageously emerge from our respective cocoons,” said Green. He noted that SAMBRA would, in turn, work tirelessly with its members to substantially increase their business efficiencies so that the service offering contributed to the removal of any

unnecessary costs, to excellent service and to repair quality levels. “Owning and operating small businesses is tough at the best of times, and the failure rate high, but that applies to black or white owners – neither are better or worse than the other. To ignore the importance of small business growth in South Africa is folly,” said Green. “Only through maintaining and developing those we have and establishing many more will South Africans prosper. To achieve the growth that will deliver true economic growth in this sector, we all need to adopt an unselfish collaborative and transparent approach.” Green issued a call to action to ‘big business’ to convince their shareholders to accept, for a period, lower share value growth due to the tremendous expenditure required to grow the pyramid base of small business service providers in South Africa and to employ many thousands of black South Africans. “Without this,” said Green, “in my opinion, the future is very bleak”.



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hat wonderful time of year has arrived: RMI is about to transport you into the future! Don’t miss this most exciting annual golf event where the ‘who’s who’ and ‘who knows what’ in the Retail Motor Industry will be doing what they know best, bringing you the latest news and views of everything that there is to know of the industry, while meeting members on the golf course.

The Golf Day will take place on Wednesday 15 May at the exclusive Kyalami Country Club, firing on all cylinders, where metal meets golf balls. The RMI looks forward to an exhilarating event with a full fleet of 144 golfers paired with company directors, dealer principals, managers, suppliers, contractors, manufacturers and wholesalers all creatively ignited with all in the Retail Motor Industry.

The day’s agenda will include a round of golf, with lots of driving on the course, including halfway-mark and drinking holes, followed by dinner to fuel you up, sparkling prizes, and entertainment from 18h00. The cost of sponsoring a hole is R4,000 and the cost of entering a 4-ball is also R4,000. Owing to the fact that this will be a prestigious and exclusive event, we strongly feel that you will benefit from the enormous exposure.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Jackie for further information and to book your 4-ball. Tel: (011) 453 9088; Fax: 086 606 2840; Cell: 082 784 840; email: Jackie@thegolf.co.za

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Motolek: providing the spark for SA’s vehicles for 50 years All things automotive have changed. That is also the case for South Africa’s Motolek which this year celebrates 50 years of supplying electrical parts on retrofitting features that bring their vehicles up to date. Park distance control sensors and reverse sensors are firm favourites with drivers who today, must contend with more congested parking areas and parking bays that allow an SUV to squeeze in. It’s a good investment when the alternative of buying a new vehicle featuring all the ‘mod-cons’ is considered.”


asting your mind back to 1969 will conjure up images of the Rolling Stones in their prime, Tom Jones and Three Dog Night. Let your mind wander across to vehicles, and it will likely have visions of the muscular Chev Camaro, the Valiant or the iconic Triumph TR6. All were masterpieces of engineering at the time. That was over 50 years ago, however, and they are now ‘real plodders’ that couldn’t beat a half-decent, modernday hatch. In 1969 when doors opened for business, it included ‘points’ (remember those), plugs, condensers, distributors, HT leads, plugs, thermostats, generators and other parts the average DIY mechanic or professional workshop required. Fast forward 50 years to the vehicles of 2019 which require much more than a quick look at fuses to find out where an electrical problem has occurred. Sophisticated computer systems operate air conditioning, radios and in-car entertainment systems, airbags and engine controls to name but a few. Diagnosing a problem now goes far

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beyond a dashboard light telling you what is happening under the bonnet. The light now provides an indication that alerts the driver towards a symptom; finding the underlying problem involves computerised diagnostics to isolate a problem. The trial and error parts-swopping marathon that was the only way to find a fault in 1969 has gone for good. “Motolek has kept pace with the rate of change. Today, it is a fully-fledged workshop franchise for auto electrical specialists who work from more than 40 franchised stores across the country. All are professional, experienced technicians who carry out tasks using state-of-the-art diagnostic machinery,” said Hugo Grobler, National Franchise Manager at Motolek. “The range of services has also expanded exponentially. The list of specialities includes air conditioning electronics; fitment of alarms and anti-theft devices; alternator services; audio; wiring and diagnostics; and fitting of after-market systems and parts. We are finding that many customers are spending money

Motolek also offers field services that enable quick turnaround times on breakdowns experienced in the field. This business-to-business service limits downtime for the customer and ensures his fleet or machines function 24/7. It also currently offers a range of services in the commercial, mining, marine, agricultural and earth moving fields and is sure to have the solutions to any electrical problems experienced by the prospective customer. Any predictions for Motolek’s future? “We have successfully served South African motorists for 50 years. To continue to meet their demands will involve ongoing investment in technology and equipment. Importantly, Motolek will continue to ensure that the skilled technicians are on hand to deliver the best from a franchise store concept that will continue to grow, said Grobler.” With the future advent of electric vehicles, Motolek will be even more relevant in the changing environment of motoring and will facilitate the need for more training and investment in technology and equipment. “We have been committed to South African motoring for 50 years. We intend being here in another 50 years,” concluded Grobler.



DRiV Inc to spin from Tenneco later this year New aftermarket and ride performance company expected to be a global leader


RiV Incorporated is the name of the future publicly-traded aftermarket and ride performance company that will launch in the second half of this year, following Tenneco Inc’s separation into two independent companies. After the spin-off, the remaining Tenneco businesses will focus on powertrain systems technology and will retain the Tenneco name. Once separated, DRiV will serve as one of the largest global multi-line, multibrand aftermarket suppliers and one of the largest global original equipment (OE) ride performance and braking suppliers to aftermarket, light vehicle, and commercial vehicle customers. DRiV will be headquartered in the greater Chicago area. “DRiV will be a unique new business, a more than $6 billion start-up, built from the combined strengths of Tenneco, Federal-Mogul and Öhlins – laser-focused on innovation, performance, brand development and customer service,” said Brian Kesseler, Co-CEO, Tenneco and future chairman and CEO, DRiV. “Our global scale, our stable of well-respected and enduring aftermarket brands and our longtime partnerships with the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers give us a significant competitive advantage. We are strategically positioned to capitalise on secular trends such as the expansion of vehicles in operation globally, as well as growth in intelligent suspension, new mobility models and the evolution of autonomous driving.”


Brian Kesseler – Co-CEO Tenneco and Future Chairman of DRiV

The DRiV name is emblematic of what the new company expects to be – a global leader in the aftermarket and original equipment businesses, driving advancements that help people get the most out of every vehicle, every ride, every race, and every journey. “The DRiV name and logo is distinctive, standing out from the competition in both the original equipment and aftermarket spaces,” said Scott Usitalo, the company’s Chief Marketing Officer. “It personifies the idea that there’s a driving force behind anything in motion. Our mission is to be a driving force that moves people – offering them enhanced ride experiences through differentiated brands, products and technologies. DRiV is an active name that inspires energy and movement, and signals what we intend to provide to our customers – superior driving advancements.”

Scott Usitalo – Chief Marketing Officer - DRiV

Motorparts DRiV’s aftermarket business, which will be known as Motorparts, will develop, manufacture and distribute a broad portfolio of products in the global vehicle aftermarket. Through the acquisition of Federal-Mogul in 2018, the company has built an industry-leading brand portfolio that positions it to become one of the largest global suppliers of replacement parts to the global aftermarket. Its stable of well-respected, enduring and registered brands includes Monroe, Champion, Öhlins, MOOG, Walker, Fel-Pro, Wagner, Ferodo Rancho, Thrush, National, Sealed Power, Axios and others. Ride Performance The original equipment business, known as Ride Performance, is one of the world’s largest ride performance businesses, developing, manufacturing and supplying to the leading global original equipment manufacturers with shock absorbers, struts, NVH performance materials and brake friction.

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Toyota – Winner – Best OEM Category

Santam – Winner – Best Insurer Category

RSB AutoGroup – Winner – Overall Service Excellence as well as Best Training and Product Support – Paint Suppliers Category

Gondolier – Winner – Overall Service Excellence – Equipment Suppliers Category

SAMBRA honours S the country’s best

hort-term insurer, Santam, won the prestigious SA Motor Body Repairers’ Association (SAMBRA), Insurer of the Year Award for 2017/18, also receiving the Service Excellence and Green Practices Awards in the Insurance Company category.

At a presentation ceremony that underscored a spirit of excellence, South Africa’s top motor body repairers recently honoured the insurance companies, original equipment manufacturers, paint and equipment suppliers they regard as the country’s best

Toyota SA took top honours for all-round best Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), while RSB Autogroup scooped the Service Excellence award in the Paint Suppliers category. Equipment supplier Gondolier took the overall Service Excellence award in the Equipment Suppliers category. The awards were presented last month in Johannesburg in honour of vehicle insurers and OEMs, as well as paint and equipment suppliers, which were deemed to have met exemplary standards in providing services to SAMBRA members.

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Old Mutual – 2nd Place – Insurer Category

Volkswagen – 2nd Place – OEM Category

Volkswagen and Audi – 2nd and 3rd Place – OEM Category

Hollard – 3rd Place – Insurer Category

SAMBRA, a proud association within the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), represents the majority of the country’s motor body repairers and focuses on creating and maintaining industry sustainability and development. The association’s annual awards ceremony is one of its flagship projects. In an address at the event, Jeánne Esterhuizen, President of the RMI and Chairperson of SAMBRA, said the survey on which the awards were based had been conducted each year since 2011, with the original aim being to monitor business relationships between the insurance and motor body repair industries and, subsequently, extended to include OEMs as well as paint and equipment suppliers.


“Each of the sectors makes a vital contribution to the motor body repair industry,” she said, adding that this year’s survey was independently managed and audited by Lightstone Consumer.

Bosch – Best Product Support and Best Training – Equipment Suppliers Category

The survey targeted about 850 SAMBRA members nationwide, who rated insurers, OEMs and suppliers on fair business practices, including prompt payment – which is now a dedicated award – green practices; relationship satisfaction; quality of vehicle damage assessment and repairers’ interaction with claims staff; customer service; training programmes and product support.

Esterhuizen said the survey ultimately benefitted consumers in that the results provided a means for all businesses involved in the motor body repair industry to evaluate themselves and their services against those of peers. She also took the opportunity to explain the reasoning behind SAMBRA’s new logo – which was revealed at the function –

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Richard Green (National Director of SAMBRA), Jakkie Olivier (CEO of the RMI), Jeánne Esterhuizen (President of the RMI and Chairperson of SAMBRA), and Jan Schoeman (Chief Operations Officer of the RMI)

which she described as emblematic of a handshake; a reaching out on the part of the association that could be interpreted as symbolic of showing support for those in need. In his address, Richard Green, National Director of SAMBRA, called for an overhaul of some structures within the motor repair industry with a view to stimulating business growth. “We need to emerge from our respective cocoons,” said Green. “To ignore the importance of small business growth in South Africa is folly. We have to adopt an unselfish, collaborative and transparent approach. We have to adjust our approach and find a better way to level the playing fields for SMEs.” Guest speaker, Dionne Kerr, CEO of Siyakha Consulting, said fixed direct investment into South Africa in 2018 had been at a 10-year high, and that local businesses should mirror the confidence of foreign investors by implementing a Buy Local programme. “It’s now that we need to achieve economic change and build a sustainable and growth-oriented South Africa. The government creates

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more incentives and grants for skills development than any other country in the world except Sweden and Norway,” she said. While acknowledging that business was tough and beset with challenges, Kerr said robust economies were built on the concept of excellence. “We need to collaborate. Transformation doesn’t work if the pie is cut into smaller and smaller pieces. Supply chains need to change. Business needs to change. In the spirit of the SAMBRA Awards, we need to embrace excellence,” she said. In his address, David Friskin of Lightstone Consumer, said it had been his privilege to conduct the research used for the latest awards. He outlined the survey’s objectives and methodology, saying that respondents had answered more than 70 questions regarding their business relationships with industry partners.

Best Insurer 1 Santam 2 Old Mutual 3 Hollard Best Payer MiWay Most Efficient OUTsurance Green Practices Santam Service Excellence Santam

OEM CATEGORY Best OEM 1 Toyota 2 Volkswagen 3 Audi Best Training Programme Audi Communication Excellence Toyota

PAINT SUPPLIERS CATEGORY Overall Service Excellence RSB Autogroup for RM product Best Training RSB Autogroup Best Product Support RSB Autogroup

EQUIPMENT SUPPLIERS CATEGORY Overall Service Excellence Gondolier Best Training Bosch Automotive Best Product Support Bosch Automotive

“I thank all those who took part,” he said. “The survey was comprehensive, offering good insight into all aspects of the motor body repair sector.”



WESBANK forecasts minor decline in 2019 new vehicle sales South Africa’s new vehicle sales are set to decline by 1% in 2019, according to WesBank, the country’s leading vehicle finance provider. WesBank CEO Chris de Kock delivered the bank’s view of the market and its annual sales prediction at the 2019 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards in Midrand, Gauteng, on 24 January


t is quite comforting to know that we were very close with our 2018 forecast, despite a tough year. Our prediction for total new vehicle sales was just 1.7% lower than the market’s actual performance,” said de Kock. “Looking at the 2018 performance, we know it was the result of a sharp sales decline in the passenger segment. This was starkly evident in the dealer channel, where the majority of buying activity takes place.” South African consumers have become prudent with their personal financial planning, thanks to erratic fuel prices and high inflation – both dictated by the exchange rate. This is evident in buying patterns, with data showing consumers either delaying purchases or buying downwards. To target inflation rates, the Reserve Bank has responded by slowly increasing interest rates, putting further pressure on household budgets. WesBank expects further minor increases in the medium term, which will influence consumer and business confidence.


More lenient visa rules for tourists are expected to boost travel and tourism – welcome news for the rental market. Alleviated drought conditions in Cape Town could have a positive impact, especially with an expected increase in domestic business travel. However, WesBank predicts that overall sales of passenger vehicles will decline 1.5% in 2019. Motor manufacturers are under pressure around the world, with a global decline expected. Locally, dealers and manufacturers will no longer be able to offer lucrative marketing incentives to aid sales, the likely short-term result being sales remaining flat.

vehicle sales and 1.7% for medium commercial vehicle sales. Heavy commercial vehicle sales are predicted to decline 4.4% in 2019. “With little in the way of economic stimulation on the horizon and a slump in the global economy, a 1% decline in year-on-year sales is our forecast for 2019. We remain optimistic; however, it is challenging to predict which way the tide will turn following the elections,” said de Kock.

Politics could affect vehicle sales as tenders for fleet contracts are put on hold in the run-up to the 2019 national elections in May. Business should resume normal levels in the second half of the year as the government focuses on its service delivery efforts. Given the above, WesBank forecasts growth of 0.3% for light commercial

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Lance Schultz Appointed CEO at AIDC The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in Gauteng has appointed Lance Schultz as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He joins the AIDC after a near four-year tenure as CEO of the Centurion Aerospace Village


ance Schultz, being no stranger to the industry, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the AIDC. His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Operations Management from the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) and a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pretoria. He also obtained a Master of Business Administration from NMU, where he focused on Supply Chain Excellence. His thesis is titled The impact of supply chains in automotive clusters. Schultz also holds a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and is a qualified Total Productive Maintenance Facilitator. Lance fine-tuned his skills as an Industrial Engineer at Mercedes Benz SA where he served for nearly a decade before proceeding to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality where he was the Project Director for the development of an Automotive Supplier Park. During his prolific

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career, Lance has been part of the AIDC team on two other occasions. Between 2002 and 2005, he served as a Project Manager in Gauteng and as Managing Director of the AIDC in the Eastern Cape from 2014 to 2015. Overall Lance has over 25 years’ experience in senior and executive management in positions relating to logistics consulting, supply chain development, business development, project management, and marketing for both private and public-sector companies. He is also a Turnaround specialist, having been appointed by the South African Cabinet to effect turnaround of the R1.1 billion aerospace park. His appointment lead to unqualified audits as well as the implementation of a plan, approved by parliament, as developed through sound King IV governance practices. He has also lectured NMU’s Industrial Engineering faculty on a part time basis. Lance is affiliated with professional bodies that include The Chartered

Institute of Logistics and Transport South Africa, South African Institute of Industrial Engineering, SA Production and Inventory Control Society. He is described as a strategic and lateral thinker who is self-motivated, passionate, confident and assiduous. Lance is also dedicated to the cause of empowering women and young people to play a more active role in the country’s economy. Lance is committed to creating the AIDC as a ‘first port of call’ within the automotive sector and is in full support new SA Automotive Masterplan. He furthermore believes very strongly in ensuring that socio-economic imperatives of the Gauteng Province are realised through this key sector. Ultimately, he will be responsible for sustaining the organisation and providing world-class services, facilities and meeting overall development objectives.



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ERA heads to Automechanika ERA, in collaboration with WERC, sets its sights high for the upcoming Automechanika – Johannesburg Show, working in synergy with Multi-International Engine Rebuilders

ERA NEC Chairperson and WERC Chairperson: Frank Mac Nicol

RMI REMAN Cluster ERA SADFIA ACRA: Director and WERC Secretary: Attie Serfontein

ERA Vice-Chairperson: Jay Gungadeen

RMI’s New Thinking Model The implementation of the RMI NTM or New Thinking Model as we knew it in July 2017 was created to cluster similar trade sectors together (all remanufacturers’ trade sectors), which are now known as the RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA, SADFIA and ACRA. ERA has embraced the NTM and can report a positive momentum. The RMI REMAN Cluster has grown into a strong unit that is moving with a focussed pace toward positive sectorial influence and bringing about change and a better business atmosphere to its respective trade sectors.

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The RMI REMAN Cluster is looking to merge into a single association, with the same unified look to our brand awareness and logo. This will bring the trade sectors, even the whole industry, closer together, giving us a stronger footprint when approaching industry and stakeholders. Due to the shared industry aspects of ERA (Engine Remanufacturers’ Association), ACRA (Automotive Component Remanufacturers’ Association) and SADFIA (South African Diesel Fuel Injection Association), it makes perfect

sense to cluster these constituent associations together, with implementation of the NTM, and also proved to be enormously successful. As a result these three trade sectors continue to move and grow together as a unified body under the auspices of the RMI. Subsequently, all activities of the associations – meetings, mutual projects and communications – have been grouped together and they speak to a greater and more influential audience.


Automechanika – Johannesburg ERA (Engine Remanufacturers’ Association), in collaboration with SADFIA (South African Diesel Fuel Injection Association) and ACRA (Automotive Components Remanufactures’ Association), are preparing for its bi-annual Automechanika – Johannesburg conference, a multi-international event scheduled for 19 September.

automechanika JOHANNESBURG

The event will host a target audience of automotive engineering remanufacturers, diesel fuel injection specialists, automotive component remanufactures, vehicle repairers, turbocharger remanufacturers and suppliers. Industry experts, with the likes of WERC Vice-Chairperson and Liaison: Omar Ricardo Chehayeb – Brazil; Dave Stalker: SADFIA Consultant and Diesel Fuel Injection Specialist – South Africa; and Rob Munro: AERA Membership and Technical Development – USA, are lined-up as speakers for the event.

18-21 September 2019 Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec

WERCs formation and history WERC was initially formed in London during 2007, but lost momentum over the years until the various country bodies re-established contact at last year’s Automechanika Frankfurt motoring exhibition.

WERC due to visit South Africa World Engine Rebuilders Council (WERC) Vice-Chairperson and Liaison, Omar Ricardo Chehayeb – Brazil, has arranged a tour group of both WERC Members and multiinternational delegates from SouthAmerica, for the Automechanika – Johannesburg Show. During the tour, ERA will host our international partners at Automechanika, which will present an opportunity for a WERC meeting in furthering our collaboration with international partners and host technical visitations at ERA Engineering Shops, amongst others.


In a meeting held in Bad Boll, near Stuttgart in Germany, on 13 September 2018, representatives from over 12 countries revived WERC. The reestablishment of WERC is significant as it allows our industry to share global best practices and give the Engine Remanufacturer Trade Sector a unified voice in trade and industry matters. Further benefit to all member countries involves building better international relations, stimulating collaboration amongst one another, and assisting other countries to overcome their industry issues. The purpose of WERC is in fact to create a world alliance of independent

engine rebuilders in search of excellence in their work, better profitability and greater awareness of the new trends that disruptive technology is bringing into the engine rebuilding business. The growing number of WERC Members includes Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Europe, Guatemala, Mexico, South Africa, USA, Canada, Panama, Australia and Russia. South Africa is represented strongly on WERC, with Frank Mac Nicol, the ERA NEC Chairperson elected as Chairman of WERC, Mr Van Eck, ERA Western Cape Committee Member elected as a WERC Member and Attie Serfontein, Director of REMAN Cluster ERA SADFIA ACRA elected as WERC Secretary. ERA, geared for synergy, will optimise the Automechanika opportunity, and will have a World Engine Rebuilders Council meeting, in furtherance of our collaboration with global partners.

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ERA training matters In order to preserve the longevity of not only the engine rebuilding industry but also the automotive aftermarket repair industry, it is incumbent on all business owners to embrace the future availability of skills in the industry.

What started as a critical industry concern and scarcity of trades within the Automotive Engineering Sector, identified by Frank MacNicol, ERA National Executive Committee Chairperson, and a vision shared by the RMI REMAN Cluster has since come a very long way. Almo Engineering has made it official that 10 Engine Assembler Apprentices are trade-test ready, which will soon follow with 10 Automotive Machinist Apprentices. The ‘Engine Assembler Trade Test’ procedures are currently under discussion with NAMB at Ndlena (the old Oliefonteins Training Academy). ERA’s National Executive Committee approved a national industry skills development initiative targeted at

the motor industry’s Sector-3 Businesses. The initiative encompasses an apprentice training programme that will be facilitated on behalf of the Association by Almo Engineering, based in Virginia, Free State. This apprentice project will enhance the current Competency Based Modular Training System (CBMT) or Learnership Training System. At the same time; this programme will enable the development of courseware and a syllabus required for the new Occupation Qualification Apprenticeship curriculums and programmes. This has been developed by ERA and other industry role players in conjunction with merSETA as a development quality partner.

Over the last two years lead employers in this initiate have worked hand-in-hand with stakeholders to develop a working structure for the project and presents a real-world example of what can be achieved when ERA members and the industry come together. This project is a real milestone for the ERA member-base and the industry at large and all participants can be rightly proud that the engineering sector is creating a ripple effect in the training realm. MerSETA’s Mr Slabbert and Mr Ben, the Department of Labour’s Mr Weyers and Mr Pholoana, Almo Engineering’s Mr MacNicol and Mr Kapp (project Skills Developer Facilitator) and RMI’s Mr Niemand and Mr Van Huyssteen are all commended for the critical role they played in bringing this project together.

The RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA, SADFIA and ACRA … WHERE BELONGING MATTERS! New appointment RMI REMAN Cluster & TDAFA/MPEA Cluster: PA Previously a Personal Assistant to the Director and the Project Manager of Wetland Consulting Services, Marietjie Smith is now putting skills to work for the RMI. She has accumulated more than 28 years’ experience as a Personal Assistant as well as a Certificate in Customer Service Management which she obtained from UNISA in 2014. Marietjie is excited to add value to the team in the Pretoria office, and looks forward to learning new skills, dealing with clients and getting to know new people.

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IR Training Seminars During January and February, the RMI held labour relation seminars around the country


he Retail Motor Industry (RMI) wants to keep its member up to date with the changing labour laws and so undertook a series of nationwide seminars with expert RMI presenters to inform and guide attendees in remaining compliant with the latest legislation. The regional offices were overwhelmed with bookings for the seminars designed to explain the introduction of the four new labour acts, to the point where additional seminars had to be arranged to accommodate all. The sessions informed and updated RMI members on the new developments and key amendments of the South African Labour Laws including Labour Relations Amendment Act 2018 and The National Minimum Wage Act 2018.

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Members were assisted in recognising and implementing these changes within their businesses and stimulating, thought-provoking discussions between delegates and the RMI presenters made sure that everyone left with the know-how they needed to successfully navigate the changing landscape of labour relations. Some of the topics discussed included: • Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act • Labour Laws Amendment Act • Labour Relations Amendment Act • National Minimum Wage Act Participation was lively, with particular interest shown in the introduction of parental leave. But the most popular segment was, as always, the discussion stage, during which delegates shared their stories and opinions about everyday labour issues which they had experienced. Guest speakers conducted seminars to excited, although worried, delegates who voiced their concerns around the Paternal Leave of 10 days and raised reservations as to the impact it would have on production and on employees who have fathered more than one child in a year. The seminars produced a very participative atmosphere and delegates enjoyed the practical explanations offered by the facilitators. They found the seminars to be of value as it provided answers to some important questions regarding the National Minimum Wage Act, Amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Amendments to the Labour Relations Act. The delegates supplied positive feedback in terms of the seminar evaluation and showed a keen interest in attending future seminars to be offered by the RMI.


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Challenging Market Conditions The constrained economy, a VAT hike, and petrol price increases have all combined to push the latest TransUnion Africa Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) below inflation for the sixth consecutive quarter, although the outlook for 2019 is looking more positive


ew and used vehicle prices showed an annual increase of 2.5% and 1.6% respectively in Q4 2018. There was a small increase in the rate of growth for new vehicles, which had an annual rate of price inflation of 2.4% from Q4 2017, but was a marked decrease in the rate of price inflation for used vehicles which stood 3.5% for that period. This was, however, lower than consumer price inflation over the same period which ended at 4.5% in December after a high of 5.2% in November. Vehicle finance deals show a marked decline The TransUnion Africa VPI revealed that new and used passenger vehicle finance deals decreased year-on-year by 7% and 15% respectively, while the usedto-new ratio decreased from 2:22 in Q4 2017 to 2:03 in Q4 2018. Total financial agreement volumes in the passenger vehicle market also decreased by 12% between Q4 2018 and Q4 2017. “Challenging economic conditions have seen manufacturers reduce the price of new vehicles in real terms to stimulate sales,” said Kriben Reddy, Head of TransUnion Auto in Africa. “The overall cost of owning a vehicle is not just the purchase price; household disposable

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income and consumer confidence are also part of the changing dynamics of the vehicle market." Consumer confidence is key The latest consumer confidence data released in January held steady after a substantial deterioration in confidence levels across all income groups were recorded in November 2018. Low consumer confidence levels directly impact on consumer decisions. According to the latest TransUnion Africa Vehicle Price Index report, the percentage of new and used vehicles being financed below R200,000 now stands at 37% – marginally up from last quarter’s 36% – and mostly consist of used cars. Thirtynine percent of used vehicle sales during the period were for cars that were less than two years old, while 10% were for demo models. There is a significant price differential between new and used vehicles, so demo models and used vehicles under two years old offer attractive alternatives – especially as new vehicles start at the R200,000 to R300,000 band. After fuel prices surged to record highs in October, consumers saw some relief in January when prices fell by more than R1 per litre.

“Although further fuel price drops are expected, this is unlikely to have a significant impact on vehicle sales,” said Reddy. “Aside from the increase in VAT, a depreciating Rand and slow economic growth, consumers also face the looming prospect of electricity tariff increases as an embattled Eskom tries to recover.” The latest figures from NAAMSA showed total new vehicle sales had declined by 1% year-on-year, although export sales have consistently recorded growth. The automotive industry contributes 7.7% to South Africa's annual GDP. “Unless broader economic growth is stimulated, the automotive sector won't see a significant improvement in the near term,” Reddy said, adding that the dealer market is swinging toward used vehicles, with after-sales service a potential growth area. Reddy does believe that there is reason for optimism. The latest GDP figures show possible economic turnaround, indicating improved consumer confidence. While new vehicle sales are likely to show flat or marginal growth in 2019, there is potential for improved growth in the used-car market, provided quality stock is available.



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A word from NAAMSA NAAMSA comments on the January's industry new vehicle sales statistics


he Association said aggregate domestic sales of new vehicles at 42,374 units had declined by 3,398 units or 7.4% from the 45,772 vehicles sold in January 2018. In contrast, export sales started the year relatively strongly with January export sales at 18,289 vehicles which reflected a substantial improvement of 4,160 vehicles or a gain of 29.4% compared to the 14,129 vehicles exported in January last year. Overall, out of the total reported industry sales of 42,374 vehicles, an estimated 33,633 units or 79.4% represented dealer sales, an estimated 14.3% represented sales to the vehicle rental industry, 3.5% to government and 2.8% to industry corporate fleets. The January 2019 new-car market was particularly weak, and at 29,040 had registered a fall of 3,512 cars or a decline of 10.8% compared to the 32,552 new cars sold in January last year. The car rental industry made a major

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contribution, accounting for 19.9% of new car sales. Domestic sales of new light commercial vehicles, bakkies and mini buses at 11,681 units during January was virtually unchanged from the 11,679 light commercial vehicles sold during the corresponding month last year. Sales in the low-volume medium and heavy truck segments of the industry held up relatively well, and at 552 units and 1,101 units respectively, reflected a gain of 109 vehicles or an improvement of 24.6%, in the case of medium commercial vehicles. The heavy truck and bus segment showed a marginal improvement of three vehicles (a gain of 0.3%) compared to the corresponding month last year. The January export sales number was encouraging in view of the fact that a major vehicle exporter had only restarted production at the end of the month to allow for plant refurbishment. January 2019 export sales at 18,289 vehicles showed a substantial improvement of 4,160 units, or a gain of 29.4% compared to the 14,129 vehicles exported in the same month last year.

Vehicle exports over 2019 are expected to increase substantially and industry export sales for the year are projected at around 385,000 units compared to the 351,139 vehicles exported last year. Domestic new vehicle sales will likely be affected by the subdued current macroeconomic environment and pressure on consumers’ disposable income. The November 2018 0.25% increase in interest rates has impacted on new car demand due to higher vehicle financing costs. Most automotive companies expect new vehicle sales to be flat during the first half of the year. However, allowing for the general election and policy reforms, including expectations of a growthenhancing budget, domestic sales should improve during the second half of the year. The expected business conditions component of the latest Purchasing Managers’ Index, which track expected business conditions in six months’ time, had risen sharply. Besides this positive development, average new vehicle pricing remained at around 2.5% – well below the inflation rate – and this should assist in improved new vehicle affordability for consumers.



Production of new Ford Ranger commences in SA


ord’s Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria has officially commenced production of the new Ford Ranger, bringing a raft of product upgrades and refinements to one of South Africa’s best-selling vehicles and export models. “Following the investment of over R3-billion in our local operations and extensive upgrades to our plants over the past 18 months, we are delighted to see the first of the new Ford Ranger models coming off our production line,” said Neale Hill, Managing Director, Ford Motor Company sub-Saharan Africa Region. “This is an extremely important and exciting year for the Ford Ranger, which will also see the launch of the first-ever Ranger Raptor that is undoubtedly one of this year’s most highly anticipated new models. “The 2019 Ford Ranger will deliver more power, greater fuel efficiency, enhanced refinement and even more advanced technologies when it goes on sale in the coming months, and we are confident it will once again set the benchmark in the extremely competitive pickup segment.” Selected range-topping models, including the Ranger Raptor, will be powered by the all-new 2.0 BiTurbo diesel engine assembled at Ford’s Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth. This unit produces 157kW and 500Nm of torque – up by 10kW and 30Nm compared with the current 3.2 TDCi – and delivers up to a 9% improvement in fuel efficiency when combined with the advanced new 10-speed automatic transmission.


Following the launch of the ‘standard’ new Ford Ranger models, the attention will be shifted to the locally assembled Ranger Raptor that is set to create an entirely new segment in the pickup market when it makes its eagerly-anticipated debut.

Certain derivatives will feature a 2.0 Single Turbo version of this engine, producing 132kW and 420Nm of torque, mated to the same 10-speed transmission. Various other models in the line-up will retain the proven 2.2- and 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engines and existing gearbox options, giving customers the widest choice yet in this category. As usual, the line-up includes Single Cab, Super Cab and Double Cab body styles. Along with freshened design cues, range-topping Ranger models will raise the bar once again with industrydefining safety features on the Wildtrak such as Pre-Collision Assist and Active Park Assist. SYNC 3 with Navigation remains one of the Ranger’s technology highlights as a fully featured infotainment system with intuitive voice control.

“There is a lot of excitement and hype around the Ranger Raptor, and this exhilarating new model will occupy a white space in the pickup market when it goes on sale in the second quarter of this year, creating the first-ever true performance model in this crucial segment,” Hill said. “We can’t wait to get the Ranger Raptor to market, enabling our customers to experience unrivalled off-road performance, cutting-edge technologies and the most muscular design yet seen in this class.” Some of the defining features of the Ranger Raptor include Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers exclusively manufactured by FOX, and an advanced Terrain Management System (TMS) that includes an exciting Baja mode for fast off-road driving. It also boasts a toughened reinforced chassis, powerful all-disc braking system and specially developed BF Goodrich tyres.

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Pressure-volume diagrams – a look at an engine’s inner secrets In the early days when steam was king, the fact that the connecting rods moved in open air made it very easy to rig up a mechanical device that could record the movement on a sheet of paper


he pressure above the piston could also be measured and the two values were combined to give what is known as an indicator or PV diagram. It showed the variation in volume and pressure in the space above the piston as an engine moved through one operating cycle. This gave valuable information that helped to refine the operation of an engine. Nowadays, these graphs are generated for all kinds of engines by a computer that receives input from various sensors. A pressure-volume diagram shows the interplay between the pressure and volume that takes place during the gas mixture’s journey from the open intake valve to the open exhaust valve. We’re showing a theoretical PV diagram to illustrate the various points of interest and to calculate the maximum values that cannot be exceeded.

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This shows how the pressure and volume changes during the intake, compression, power and exhaust strokes that are typical of a four-stroke engine. The temperature cannot be easily portrayed on a flat sheet of paper but we can list the values at any of the points labelled 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4. It’s very instructive to look at these values at each of the points labelled 0 to 4 on a naturally aspirated petrol engine running at maximum torque delivery. Our example is 2-litre 4-cylinder engine with the following specifications: Cubic capacity per cylinder: 499,56cm3 Bore and stroke: 86mm Compression ratio: 10:1 The combustion chamber volume is 55,51cm3 We assume the intake manifold pressure is atmospheric (100kPa or one bar) and the temperature is 50°C. Point 0 is our starting point. This is the beginning of the intake stroke. The piston is at top dead centre and the intake valve has started to open. We have that: At Point 0: P0 = 100kPa V0 = combustion chamber volume = 55,51cm3 T0 = 50°C The piston’s movement during the intake stroke is represented by the green line from the point 0 to the point 1, while the piston’s return movement during the exhaust stroke is represented by the blue line from point 1 to point 0. The pressure on top of the piston will drop to a value somewhat below 100kPa while moving from 0 to 1 and increase by an approximately similar value while moving from 1 back to 0. These small variations are usually ignored in a theoretical analysis


which is why this line is straight. At Point 1: P1 = P0 = 100 V1 = V0 + piston displacement = 55,51 + 499,56 = 555,07cm3 T1 = T0 = 50°C The piston now starts on the compression stroke which takes it from point 1 to point 2 along the yellow line. In a real engine the intake valve will still be open but for this analysis we assume it closed abruptly at point 1. The upwards-moving piston compresses the mixture so that the volume above the piston returns to the combustion chamber value as shown along the yellow line. This action increases the temperature. At point 2: P2 = 22,39kPa (calculated) V2 = V0 T2 = 450°C (calculated) In a real engine the spark occurs before top dead centre, so that the effect of the combustion it created will be felt when the piston has started to go down. In this analysis we assume that the spark and the combustion occurred simultaneously at top dead centre, so that the pressure rise is immediate. This is shown by the vertical orange line from point 2 to

point 3. This assumption explains why a petrol engine is also called a constant-volume combustion engine. Point 3 represents the end of the combustion process. In a real engine this turnaround would be at a point of lower pressure and the graph would be rounded instead of a spike. The calculated pressure has some relevance since it gives the maximum pressure that can theoretically occur during the cycle, and we get: At point 3: P3 = 12,262kPa = Pmax (calculated) V3 = V2 (assumed) T3 = 3,688°C = Tmax (calculated) The very high pressure forces the piston to move down to bottom dead centre and impart energy to the crankshaft that shows up as torque at the flywheel where it is measured on an engine dynamometer. The pressure drops as shown along the orange line from point 3 to point 4 and a drop in pressure usually implies a drop in temperature, so that at point 4 we get: Point 4: P4 = 5,48kPa (calculated) V4 = V1 T4 = 1,496°C (calculated)

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TECH TALK At this point the exhaust valve opens and we assume the volume, pressure and temperature drops to the values that were assigned to point 1. We have now looked at critical points that crop up during one complete four-stroke cycle. Many readers are bound to ask if this analysis has any value in view of the fact that so many assumptions have been made. It’s true that no engine operates in such an instantaneous manner. Valves take time to open and close while a column of gas has enough inertia to slow down the theoretical processes. The beauty of this analysis lies in its simplicity and the fact that the underlying calculations are not difficult. They represent maximum values that cannot be exceeded. A practical PV-diagram will have rounded corners since all the critical actions take time to accomplish. It turns out that pressure times volume is equal to work done, so that the area enclosed by the yellow, orange and vertical blue lines is proportional to the work done by the moving piston during one cycle of operations. This area can be calculated from the underlying theory and multiplied by a diagram factor of something like 0,8 to take care of the deviations from real-world conditions. This will give a valuable estimate of the power that can be expected from a particular compression ratio. DIESEL ENGINES The above description and associated diagram refers to the four-stroke constant-volume cycle which is typical of petrol engines. Rudolph Diesel was convinced that his engines ran on what he called the constant pressure cycle. He thought the combustion process, controlled by the amount of fuel injected drop-by-drop, was so slow that the downwards piston movement combined with the slow combustion resulted in the maximum

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pressure staying at a particular value for a number of milliseconds. This may have been the case with the slow-speed (300 r/min) diesels that were built before 1900, but is certainly not true for modern diesels. Nowadays diesel engines run on a mixed cycle; initial combustion is at constant volume but subsequent combustion takes place at constant pressure. A PV-diagram for a diesel engine would show a short vertical line followed by a short horizontal line at the top of the graph. The pressure rise before combustion would also be much greater due to the compression ratio which could be as high as 21:1. ATKINSON/MILLER CYCLE ENGINES The above cycle analysis shows that when the exhaust valve opens on a petrol engine the pressure is still 548kPa. This represents wasted energy, but the waste would be far less on a diesel engine. The high compression ratio that diesel combustion requires on the intake stroke becomes a high expansion ratio on the exhaust stroke and this results in a dramatic reduction in pressure and energy loss. Petrol engines cannot be made more efficient by employing a high compression ratio because it will imply high combustion pressures that will increase the tendency to detonate (ie combust in an uncontrolled manner), but there are two ways that a high expansion ratio can be achieved. Petrol engines can be successfully modified and as early as 1882 James Atkinson built some stationary engines with a system of links between the piston and the crankshaft that allowed the exhaust stroke to be considerably longer than the intake stroke. RH Miller (1890 – 1967) achieved the same result on a normal petrol engine by modifying the valve timing. This cycle is called the Miller cycle

but since the two engines have similar pressure/volume diagrams either name would be correct. Toyota initially revived the Miller cycle for use in the Prius. In this engine Toyota’s VVT-I variable valve timing allows the inlet valve to close more than 100 degrees after bottom dead centre (when the piston is already only 80 degrees from top dead centre). This is allowed to occur only at partthrottle operation but means that some of the intake mixture has been forced back into the intake manifold. This mixture and compression pressure loss is compensated for by a reduction effective compression ratio, which means that the engine has less work to do to compress the mixture. It also allows a higher numerical compression ratio to be employed so that the expansion ratio is high. This odd timing results in a reduction in kilowatts per litre when compared to normal valve timing but the auxiliary electric motor employed on a hybrid will add enough extra power so that motorists will not notice any difference. Toyota is, at present, employing the Miller cycle on many of their engines, and most other engine manufacturers are following in their footsteps in order to improve fuel economy.

Jake Venter has worked as a mechanic, as an engineer in an engine assembly plant and as a lecturer, but now prefers journalism.



Bridging the gap between skills and education With unemployment rampant in South Africa, more needs to be done to bridge the gap between education and the skills demanded by employers


nemployment is one of the biggest socioeconomic problems currently plaguing South Africa, with the official unemployment rate reportedly close to 27%. However, this figure includes only the unemployed who are actively searching for work. Market observers have pointed out that the real figure could be closer to 40%. A quarterly labour force survey released last year by Statistics South Africa found that there are over 430,000 unemployed people in South Africa, with an estimated 58% of them being between 15 and 34 years old. The survey also found that unemployed graduates remain at a high 7.3%. Figures released by Stats SA for the third quarter of 2018 show a decrease of 16,000 jobs in the formal non-agricultural sector in the period ended September 2018. The jobs that are available require skills that even graduates are not taught. Employers want to see that applicants are demonstrably capable of doing the job and are placing increasing pressure on the education system to include competence as a measure of qualification. Vocational skills are valued over and above purely theoretical qualifications and commentators are questioning whether the education curriculum has been reformed sufficiently to make graduates employable. The national Department of Education is beset by numerous problems, including


inadequate teaching resources (in terms of both skills and capacity), a disconnect between curriculums and industry needs and a lack of focus on providing applicable work experience to graduates. Another huge problem with the public education system has been identified as government’s fixation on achieving a high annual matric pass rate, instead of focusing on the quality of education offered. Yet, instead of addressing the root cause of the problem, the Department of Higher Education and Training wants to introduce bridging programmes to assist under-prepared students enter technical colleges. Tertiary education courses will be supplemented with compulsory English and mathematics courses, as matriculants are not able to cope with the expected standard. This leaves the the private sector to fill this gap and, in the next few years, it is expected that a significant number of private education providers will begin offering vocational training to fulfil industry needs.

Careful consideration should be given when choosing which services to offer in the current economic climate. Some areas to look at are welding gates and fences, fixing appliances and furniture, doing electrical installations, and general handy work. These activities require relatively little investment to start with and can lead to great skills development. Another trend being driven by industry needs is the concept of lifelong learning that will be driven by universities and through learning-atwork programmes. In a bid to address the country’s skills shortage, the AA Technical College offers MerSETA and QCTO accredited apprenticeships, including automotive electrician, diesel mechanic, diesel fitter, diesel fuel injection technician and motor mechanic. With these trades as a background, there are multiple earning opportunities: finding employment and growing within the OEM or aftermarket work force and fixing vehicles for customers, which can evolve into a small, or even major, business over time.

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Mandatory and Discretionary Grant Submissions On 1 February merSETA implemented a new grant application system informs operating in the retail motor 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.


he submission deadline for the financial period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, for mandatory and discretionary grant submissions by merSETA levy-paying, merSETA nonlevy-paying (SARS exempted) companies and other legal entities including NGOs, TVET/Universities, operating in the retail motor sector, is Tuesday, 30 April 2019. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Key submission information is as follows: • 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); and • Small and other legal entities

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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; and • 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.



Q&A Q: What is a Skills Programme? A: Skills Programmes (SPs) are occupationally-based, practical learning programmes with a formative and summative component, addressing the needs of a specific industry. Learners, albeit employed or unemployed persons, obtain credits towards a registered qualification. These learners will be declared competent following successful assessment and moderation. Learners declared not competent will have a further opportunity to be declared competent. Accredited Skills Programmes are registered at SETAs (Skills Education & Training Authorities). These SETAs govern specific industry sectors and sub-sector and in particular fields of study and based on qualifications which are aligned to the National Qualifications Framework as outlined by SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority). Delivery of an accredited skills programme is done in conjunction with a registered and accredited Skills Development Provider (SDP).

Q: What is the difference between an accredited Skills Programme and a short course? A: Should a provider/institution be offering a course/programme that takes less than one year (full time) to complete and not contain registered Unit Standards, then the course will be classified as a short course. A short course will not contain credits towards a full qualification. It is important to note that a provider/institution does not need to be registered or accredited to offer short courses. Many short courses are useful within the appropriate career field and can add value to an individual already in said career. (Source: SAQA www.saqa.org.za/faqs) Q: What is the difference between a qualification and a learning programme? A: Qualifications and Unit Standards are governed by the NSB regulations and developed by expert stakeholder groupings, prescribe the outcomes, assessment criteria and other relevant detail for learner achievement. These guide the educator/assessor

with regard to what the learner needs to know, do and apply. A learning programme consists of learning and assessment activities derived from the outcomes that make up the qualification. This is what the provider designs, based on sound educational principles (for example, learner-centredness). This manual offers a systematic way of planning learning and assessment activities that will assist the learner to achieve the desired knowledge, skills, applications and attitudes. The learning programme is really the what, the when and the how of implementation. It is about what happens in the classroom: the teaching/ learning and assessment activities associated with achieving outcomes. It is clearly the task of providers to structure exciting, challenging and innovative learning and assessment experiences for learners, while it is the job of the ETQA to consider whether providers have offered learners a fair opportunity to acquire the outcomes by monitoring the learning programme and quality assuring the learning achievement. (Source: SAQA www.saqa.org.za/faqs)


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The university’s participation in the conference will benefit from the U-teach and TRAINING Green Index projects, which the university established in 2017 with funding from the merSETA.

with fundingresponse from to the is a much-needed a call for a concerted action between merSETA.

government, the private sector and civil society,” Dr Maritz explains.

He points out that in particular, the university’s participation in the U-teach and Green Index projects, which the university established in 2017 with funding from the merSETA.

to train 600 Mathematics, Science The Green Building Index project, and Life Orientation educators from explains Dr Maritz, is more research high schools in the Free State on the driven, focusing on energy new technologies found in the Green awareness campaigns. He says the project has created a platform which not only educates people about the

all stakeholde ensure the pro university are needs,” says D

also allows for public engagement and participation.

The merSETA and the UFS are turning South Africa green The U-teach project has a mandate to train 600 Mathematics, Science and Life Orientation educators from high schools in the Free State on the new technologies found in the Green

“The success of both projects will be determined by getting industry and all stakeholders on-board, so as to ensure the projects we work on as a university are aligned with industry needs,” says Dr Maritz.

A new partnership promises great things for SA’s green economy

Dr Jacques Maritz demonstrating how th

Two senior officials from the University of the Free State flew to America to attend a World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) conference


niversity of the Free State’s (UFS) Senior Lecturer Dr Jacques Maritz and Head of Department in Engineering Sciences Mr Louis Lagrange, made the long journey to the USA in October to evaluate the alignment of South Africa’s Green Economy with other countries.

He points out that in particular, the university’s participation in the conference will benefit from the U-teach and Green Index projects, which the university established in 2017 with funding from the merSETA.


He continues: “What we found to be of great importance at the conference was the impact that collaborations between local manufacturing groups have on the success of their Green Economy initiatives.

“There is a need for building strong The U-teach project Dr hasJacques a mandate relationships between industry andaspects of energy conser Maritz demonstrating how they teach learners to train 600 Mathematics, Science universities. With the merSETA funding “It also gave us an opportunity to grasp and Life Orientation educators from projects such as these, an information internationally recognised concepts, high schools in the Free State on the highway between the two groups can be DECEMBER 2018 -found JANUARY 2019 ideas and actions that will enable the new technologies in the Green established, which ensures that we are able South African Green Economy to act as a Economy so that they are be able to feed to complement one another,” he says. sustainable development path based on this information onto their learners. addressing the interdependence between As a senior lecturer and project manager of economic growth, social protection and The Green Building Index project, explains both projects, Dr Maritz says the UFS trains the natural ecosystem,” says Dr Maritz. Dr Maritz, is more research driven, focusing a new era of hybrid engineering students. on energy awareness campaigns. He says “With South Africa and most parts the project has created a platform which not “We train students on physics and Jacquesa Maritz demonstrating howpeople they teach aspects of energy conservation. of the world steeringDrtowards only educates aboutlearners the importance complement it with engineering subjects. green economy to address issues of of energy efficiency, but also allows for We need to get young people excited about declining natural resources and other public engagement and participation. studying these subjects. Studying Maths and environmental, economic and social Physics is like learning a new language 19 – if you DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019 ills, this partnership between the “The success of both projects will be practice enough, you will see results,” he says. merSETA and the UFS is a much-needed determined by getting industry and all response to a call for a concerted action stakeholders on-board, so as to ensure the Dr Maritz has a PhD degree in Astrophysics, between government, the private sector projects we work on as a university are MSc degree in Physics, Honours degree and civil society,” says Dr Maritz . aligned with industry needs,” says Dr Maritz. in Physics and a BSc in Physics.

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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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requirements and correct procedures to be followed to enter an apprenticeship programme.




Automotive Enterprise Development Company awards informal mechanics R1M in tools Twenty five motor mechanics operating informal workshops in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality received R1 million worth of automotive tools and equipment on 21 February


ilpro, an Enterprise Development company, partnered with Tirisano Trust and Atlas Copco, a global manufacturer of industrial tools and equipment, to sponsor the motor mechanics with reciprocating piston compressors, 2T trolley jack, and impact wrenches etc, to support their workshops. Filpro was established in 2011 by automotive component manufacturers GUD Holdings and NGK Spark Plugs, to develop informal automotive service centres in previously disadvantaged communities. They empower motor mechanics who operate their businesses at roadsides, from their homes and in semi-established workshops. The success of the programme has grown to over 1,300 motor mechanics in Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Atlas Copco through their social development funding organisation, Tirisano Trust, which has

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recognised our commitment to support informal motor mechanics,” said Bonnie Magada, Filpro’s General Manager. “In 2014 we expanded our programme to 106 motor mechanics operating their businesses in the Kwa-Nobuhle, Kwalanga and Despatch townships. The mechanics already possessed the technical knowledge and experience of their trade but lacked the range of automotive tools and equipment that would elevate their businesses. This sponsorship highlights the significant role they provide as entrepreneurs in their communities, through their services and job creation potential.” In 2017, an additional 115 motor mechanics from Missionvale, Veeplaas, Zwide and Kwa-Zakhele joined the progamme in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. A variety of soft skills trainings such as basic business management, finance and bookkeeping, sales and marketing, business planning and profiling and business excellence are offered to all

programme participants. This training equips the motor mechanics to formally operate their businesses. In addition, the programme beneficiaries received product training on automotive filters, brake pads, lubricants and spark plugs. The product training sessions highlighted the importance of fitting quality automotive parts to their customers’ vehicles. The success of the initiative is also attributed to various partner organisations such as the AA, Department of Labour, SARS, banking institutions and local municipalities. The sponsorship beneficiaries were chosen based on a strict criterion which included participation in all Filpro programmes, formal registration of their business, conducting business improvements to support the transformation of their informal workshop to a semi-formal workshop etc. Atlas Copco also conducted training to the motor mechanics on the tools and equipment to ensure its correct application.



TATA Africa CEO joins BRICS Institute’s advisory board Len Brand, CEO of TATA Africa Holdings, has accepted an invitation to take up a position on the BRICS Institute’s Advisory Board


en Brand is committed to the development and success of the BRICS Institute’s short- and long-term goals, whose purpose is to create a better world that is economically balanced, politically just and environmentally sustainable.

The independent BRICS Institute is directed by an advisory board comprising leaders from business and government, and academics from all five-member BRICS-alliance countries. The Institute is governed by 20 members who form the Advisory Board, which comprises several sub committees that focus on research, knowledge development and innovation. During his tenure on the advisory board Brand will endeavor to guide the board with his own professional expertise to help discover opportunities, and define benchmarks for its continued success and growth. Brand is passionate about agriculture, job creation, education and skills development, especially in the areas of youth employment and community and social upliftment. TATA Africa Holdings believes in providing quality to its consumers and at the same time improving the quality of life of the people it serves.


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Kia introduces world’s first multi-collision airbag system Designed to significantly improve airbag performance in multi-collision accidents, KIA Motors Corporation – as part of the Hyundai Motor Group – has announced the development and future commercialisation of the world’s first multi-collision airbag system


ulti-collision accidents are those in which the primary impact is followed by collisions with secondary objects, such as other vehicles, trees, or electrical posts, which occur in three out of every 10 accidents. Current airbag systems do not offer secondary protection when the initial impact is insufficient to cause them to deploy. However, the multi-collision airbag system allows airbags to deploy effectively upon a secondary impact by calibrating the status of the vehicle and the occupants. The new technology detects occupants’ positions in the cabin following an initial collision. When occupants are forced into unusual positions, the effectiveness of existing safety technology may be compromised. Multi-collision airbag systems are designed to deploy even faster when initial safety systems may not be effective, providing additional safety when drivers and passengers are most vulnerable. By recalibrating the collision intensity required for deployment, the airbag system responds with greater promptness during the secondary impact, thereby improving the safety of multi-collision vehicle occupants.

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“By improving airbag performance in multi-collision scenarios, we expect to significantly improve the safety of our drivers and passengers,” said Taesoo Chi, head of the Hyundai Motor Group’s Chassis Technology Centre. “We will continue our research on more diverse crash situations as part of our commitment to producing even safer vehicles that protect occupants and prevent injuries.” According to statistics by the National Automotive Sampling System Crashworthiness Data System (NASSCDS), an office of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in

the USA, about 30% of 56,000 vehicle accidents from 2000 to 2012 in the North American region involved multiple collisions. The leading type of multicollision accidents involved cars crossing over the centre line (30.8%), followed by collisions caused by a sudden stop at highway tollgates (13.5%), highway median strip collisions (8%), and sideswiping and collision with trees and electric poles (4%). These multicollision scenarios were analysed in multi-lateral ways to improve airbag performance and precision in secondary collisions. Once commercialised, the system will be implemented in future new KIA vehicles.


New horizons for VW


Volkswagen’s expansion in sub-Sahara Africa gathers momentum with the signing of a MoU with Ethiopia


olkswagen has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Ethiopia to collaborate and deliver a joint vision for the development of an automotive industry in the country. The way is now paved for Volkswagen and the Ethiopian government to commence high-level, technical collaboration which is integral to the development of an automotive industry and policy framework. The MoU identifies important four key pillars for the development of the Ethiopian automotive industry: the establishment of a vehicle assembly facility; localisation of automotive components; introduction of mobility concepts such as app-based car sharing and ride hailing; and the opening of local skills development training centres. Both parties undertook to expedite the reassertion of the vision by drawing up timelines and key milestones for the project. Furthermore, VW undertook to draw upon its vast global experience in global supply chains in the automotive industry in anticipation that the project will lead to the development of an automotive industry in the country. In turn, the Ethiopian government committed to support the establishment of specialised clusters owing to the economies of scale and efficiencies realised through the project. Ethiopia becomes the third country in sub-Sahara Africa to sign a MoU with Volkswagen in the last six months, after Ghana and Nigeria signed in August. In Ghana, Volkswagen undertook to establish a vehicle assembly facility


Thomas Schaefer, Head of the Volkswagen sub-Sahara Africa signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abebe Abebayehu, Commissioner of the Ethiopian Investment Commission in Addis Ababa. With them are the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Ethiopian Minister for Finance and Economic Cooperation, Ahmed Shide.

and conduct a feasibility study for an integrated mobility solutions concept. In Nigeria, it undertook to implement a phased approach in relation to the assembly of vehicles initially from assembly kits with long term view of establishing Nigeria as an automotive hub in West Africa. "We are grateful for the support and vision of the Ethiopian government in identifying the automotive sector as one of the key manufacturing industries that can help the country to realise its Vision 2025 goals," said Thomas Schaefer, Head of the Volkswagen sub-Sahara Africa Region and signatory on the MoU. "Through this partnership, we hope to advance a joint vision for the development of a competitive, vertically integrated and sustainable automotive industry,� said Abebe Abebayehu, Commissioner of the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) and cosignitory. “The government of Ethiopia stands ready to effectively translate this partnership into concrete actions and actual investment.'' Volkswagen has been manufacturing vehicles in South Africa since 1951 and

has been the market leader in passenger cars for the past eight consecutive years. Volkswagen also has vehicle assembly operations in Algeria, Kenya and Rwanda. Rwanda has an Integrated Mobility Solutions business which currently offers Community Car Sharing and, shortly to be launched, Ride Hailing. Under its TRANSFORM 2025+ brand strategy, Volkswagen is strengthening the regions and focusing on new up-and-coming markets. Although the African automotive market is comparatively small today, the region could develop into an automotive growth market of the future. Africa has been identified as the last frontier for the automotive industry. Ethiopia is a priority and focus country for Germany under the G20 Compact with Africa initiative. "Volkswagen welcomes the G20 Compact with Africa initiative in Ethiopia. The German Government has been very supportive of our expansion strategy into sub-Sahara Africa. We are as committed to the success of Africa as they are," concluded Schaefer.

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Educating to promote safety The members of Partinform pool their resources to present a comprehensive programme of educational events to the automotive industry. They are geared to skills development and training at fitment level for spares shops and automotive workshops and teaching the peoples who sell and fit car parts about the importance of using reputable, guaranteed safety-critical brands. Partinform also campaigns for road safety and social responsibility. The first Partinform event of 2019 took place in Krugersdorp on 6 February at Mount Usambara, Honingklip Krugersdorp and was well attended by nearly 60 visitors from the local automotive industry.

Partinform visits Krugersdorp The purpose of the Partinform Trade Shows is to increase market awareness of quality branded products, which will be to our mutual benefit


artinform consists of a group of automotive manufacturers that visit towns and cities across the provinces in South Africa and was established almost thirty years ago as a means of sharing trade day impact but over time has evolved with a definite focus to address the need for skills development and training at fitment level and in spares shops and workshops. The road shows are not restricted to metropolitan areas but rather make a point of reaching out into rural areas and emerging local markets. In each area the local automotive industry representatives are invited to an exciting event that combines education, entertainment,

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brand exposure and networking opportunities. The Partinform trade shows are becoming highlights on local motor industry calendars. At each event Partinform members are on hand to promote and demonstrate the advantages of fitting quality parts and brands whilst interacting with potential buyers and business owners in the local areas. These events are a great opportunity for members to educate and answer any questions as well as keeping abreast of their customer’s needs.

The various stands were busy with visitors asking questions about the parts and brands that were on display at the stands and this stood them in good stead as the popular quiz show took place and contestants were asked questions about the brands and products. The sponsors of the prizes for the evening were Gabriel, Valeo, Brake & hose and Holts. The RMI stand attracted attention with many questions being asked about the benefits of belonging to the association and the Retail Motor Industry Association continues the good relationship with the Partinform Association by continuing to support the events. The Partinform members went to great lengths to ensure that their individual stands were attractive, well laid out but, as always, there can be only one winner and the Holts stand was chosen as the best stand of the evening. Their will be another Partinform on the 10 April 2019 in Welkom. If you are involved in the automotive industry come and visit the event and spend time communicating with your fellow members of the automotive community or if you need more information contact Charmaine at Charmsevents on 082 381 9026 or E mail: charmsevents@mweb.co.za




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The impact of the new National Minimum Wage Act The long-awaited, so called ‘topic of discussion and very controversial National Minimum Wage Act (NMWA), finally came into effect on 1 January


he newly proclaimed national minimum wage induced great uncertainty and chaos with regards to the implementation thereof (and the applicable exemption(s)). The preamble of the NMWA makes it clear that the Act has been introduced with the aim to advance social justice and economic development. In section 2 of the NMWA, it is stipulated to whom the Act shall apply. The NMWA is applicable to all workers – save for the following categories: • Members of the SANDF; • National Intelligence Agency; and • South African Secret Services.

Schedule 1 of the NMW Act sets out certain categories of workers who are not entitled to receive the R20.00 per hour remuneration (as of yet). These categories are: 1. Farmworkers – they will be entitled to R18.00 per hour; 2. Domestic Workers – they will be entitled to R15.00 per hour; 3. Employees employed on an expanded public works programme (EPWP) should be paid R11.00 per hour; and 4. Workers who concluded learnership agreements, who are entitled to allowances which are set out in schedule 2 of the Act.

The NMW is currently set at R20.00 (twenty rand and zero cents) per hour – and is subject to an annual review process as set out in the Act. However, during the first 18 months of commencement of the NMW Act, it is expected of the Commission (as appointed) to conduct a review in accordance with the requirements listed in the Act and subsequently make recommendations to the Minister on the adjustment of the NMW.

In the current economic climate, several business owners expressed their concerns over the introduction of a national minimum wage (although mindful of the fact that exploitation of workers for an exceptionally low wage/rate is not permitted and will defeat the entire objective of labour harmony and equality within South Africa). The concern revolves around affordability and financial growth within the business. Business owners

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indicated that the only alternative for them would be to either close or to retrench employees, resulting in even more job losses in South Africa. The Act does provide for an exemption process whereby employers can apply for exemption from the national minimum wage. Employers are, however, cautioned that this process is controlled by the Department of Labour and will be exercised on a meticulous and rigorous basis. The exemption is done through an online system. In order for an employer to be successful with its exemption procedure, the employer will need to show that: 1. It cannot afford to pay the national minimum wage. In order to determine same, the elements of profitability, liquidity and solvency will be taken into account; 2. Meaningful consultations took place between the employer and the affected employees, and if there is a union in the workplace, meaningful consultations with the unions; and


3. A copy of the exemption application must be provided to the bargaining council (if applicable) and to all unions involved. In the event that there is no union involved, a copy should be given to all affected employees. The mere statement that the employer is unable to pay the minimum wage will not suffice – solvency should be established, therefore extensive and comprehensive financial information will be required when the application is submitted. Whether or not the employer is successful with the exemption process, the employer will receive an exemption notice. This notice, in the event that it was successful, will contain the date and period, of no more than 12 months, for which the exemption is effective. The notice will furthermore contain the amount that is payable to the employees as well as any other condition that may be applicable.

It is noteworthy to mention that an exemption application will also only be considered if the employer confirmed that it is compliant with statutory regulations inter alia Unemployment Insurance Fund, Compensation Fund and any Bargaining Council Agreement. The employer will be obliged to display the exemption notice (in the event that the exemption is granted) in the workplace in order for it to be visible to all affected employees. A copy of the notice will also have to be handed over to the union representative, every employee who requests one and any applicable bargaining council.

In the event that the exemption is declined, the notice will contain the reason(s) for the refusal of the exemption. Section 2(7) of the National Minimum Wage Regulations determines the minimum wage thresholds – and no exemption may be granted below the following thresholds: (7) The wage thresholds below which no exemption may be granted are: (a) Ninety percent (90%) of the national minimum wage in respect of workers other than those referred to in paragraphs (b) and (c); (b) Ninety percent (90%) of the national minimum wage in respect of farm workers; (c) Ninety percent (90%) of the national minimum wage in respect of domestic workers. In essence, it means that the maximum that the employer may be currently exempted from on the National

the employer is able to pay the national minimum wage; or (d) there are other justifiable grounds for withdrawing the exemption notice.

Minimum Wage of R20.00 is R18.00 – a mere reduction of R2.00 per hour.

The delegated authority may also, under certain circumstances, withdraw the exemption notice, as per section 5 of the National Minimum Wage Regulations: (a) the employer has provided false or incorrect information that has led to the granting in its application for an exemption under regulation 2; or (b) the employer is not complying with the exemption notice; or (c) the employer’s financial position has improved to the extent that

The abovementioned withdrawal will not be made before the employer was consulted and the affected employees or trade union representative have seen the application that was lodged to have the notice withdrawn. The NMWA has been in operation for only a couple of months but is clear that any employer who does not adhere to the Act will face dire consequences. Parliament is to correct an error of backdating the implementation of the bill, but this does not affect the implementation of the Act. All business owners are urged to comply with the NMWA, and in the event that an application for exemption needs to be made, it is to be done soonest. Members of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) remain bound by the provisions of the Motor Industry Main Agreement, which provides inter alia for minimum wages for a variety of categories of employees. These minimum wages are, with the exception of parking garage attendants, all higher than the specified NMW and members are therefore obliged to pay the higher wage rates provided for in the Main Agreement.

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


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Breach of contract – part 2 – When I do not cancel?

It is trite law that when a contracting party is faced with a breach of contract by the other party, the ‘innocent’ or ‘injured’ party is faced with a choice. He can choose to either cancel the contract and claim damages, or to claim specific performance. One cannot enforce and cancel a contract at the same time. Once this election has been made, the party so electing is bound thereby


n the matter of Thompson v Pullinger (1894) 1 Off Rep 298, the court expressed itself as follows: “Under our law the option to demand either specific performance or damages is left to the plaintiff. This is no more than fair, as it may well happen that a defendant may find it more advantageous to pay damages than to deliver the thing sold, and in this way may derive advantage from this breach of contract. I am

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speaking, of course, of the case where the defendant is in a position to carry out his contract.” The legal principle that a party faced with a breach of contract must exercise an election suggests that the said party has the sole discretion to decide which remedy is suitable and therefore enforceable. The court in Santos Professional Football Club (Pty) Ltd v Igesund & another [2002] JOL 10021

(C) expressed in dictum that, although an injured party may decide which remedy to exercise, the enforceability of such a remedy still remains within the discretion of the court. The court found that, although the parties entered into the contract freely and voluntarily and on terms which include a remedy for specific performance, the nature of the services rendered by the breaching party was such that, to force the breaching party to continue with the


contract, or to be bound to a contract where the relationship with the other party has broken down irrevocably, would be so counterproductive as to negate the effectiveness of the remedy. A party seeking specific performance must (i) allege and prove terms of the contract (ii) allege and prove compliance with any obligations or tender to perform them (iii) allege and prove noncompliance by the defaulting party and (iv) claim specific performance. Where a plaintiff pleads for specific performance and even if the other requirements are met, the court may exercise its discretion to leave a plaintiff with a claim for damages. In this regard the court held in the matter of Haynes v King Williamstown Municipality 1951 2 371 (A) that: "It is, however, equally settled law with us that although the Court will as far as possible give effect to a plaintiff's choice to claim specific performance it has a discretion in a fitting case to refuse to decree specific performance and leave the plaintiff to claim and prove his id quad interest. The discretion which a Court enjoys, although it must be exercised judicially, is not confined to specific types of cases, nor is it circumscribed by rigid rules. Each case must be judged in the light of its own circumstances.� Common examples where the court refused to grant orders of specific performance have been where: (i) damages would adequately compensate the plaintiff, (ii) it is an issue of

practicality, for example, it relates to an exclusive limited edition item, (iii) the claimed thing can readily be bought anywhere, (iv) the specific performance entails rendering services of a personal nature (v) the agreement giving rise to the claim is unreasonable and (vi) the decree would produce injustice, or would be inequitable under the circumstances. As a result one cannot therefore but conclude that, in general, specific performance is an important remedy for a party seeking to enforce a contract. However, the facts of each dispute must be considered on merit to determine whether specific performance is indeed the correct remedy under the specific circumstances.

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Say hello to Garrett Honeywell Group's new Garrett operation and the ‘Advancing Motion’ tagline will support the company's capabilities and investments in turbocharging technologies, electric products and connected automotive software been used by nearly every major global auto maker, resulting in approximately 100 million vehicles using it's products and an average launch rate of 100 new applications annually spanning, gas, diesel, natural gas, electric and fuel cell powertrains.

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oneywell Group announced that its Transportation Systems business will rebrand itself ‘Garrett – Advancing Motion’ upon successful completion of the previously announced spin which closed late last year. The Garrett name ties back to Honeywell's turbo origins in the 1950s. At that time, entrepreneur and engineer Cliff Garrett led a project team to develop a turbocharger for a Caterpillar D9 crawler tractor that launched in 1954, marking the beginning of the turbocharged era for the automotive industry. Since then, Transportation Systems technologies and innovations have

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Honeywell Transportation Systems has been using the Garrett name to brand its current portfolio of aftermarket replacement and performance upgrade turbochargers for gasoline and diesel passenger and commercial vehicles. The decision was made to name the new company Garrett to acknowledge its long history of innovation while adding the tag line ‘Advancing Motion’ to embrace the future and the broader portfolio of differentiated products and services that Transportation Systems offers its global customers. “The new Garrett company is wellpositioned to be a global leader in turbocharger technologies with best-in-class engineering capabilities for a broad range of engine types across automobile, truck and other vehicle markets,” said Chris Kambouris Founder, Owner and MD of TurboDirect SA, the official agents for Garrett Turbo’s in Southern Africa. “It will build upon its established track record as an industry leader by providing innovative solutions helping auto makers develop electrified powertrains with their eBoosting solutions and connected vehicles that use their software for safe and secure performance.”

“There is a strong emotional attachment to the Garrett name, which has stood for pioneering turbo technology for more than 60 years and has made an indelible mark on the driving habits of millions of vehicle owners as well as the history of automotive engine performance," said Transportation Systems President and CEO Olivier Rabiller, "Moving forward, the Garrett name will continue to be synonymous with turbocharging technologies and also support the tangible progress and investments we have made in electric products, software and connected vehicles, and the future growth we see reshaping our industry. "We believe the next generation of vehicles will require a complementary mix of high-performance technologies to meet more stringent global environmental standards and demands for safer and more reliable electrified powertrains and connected cars," said Rabiller. "We see our role as an enabler for redefining and advancing how technology will move people and goods. Garrett – Advancing Motion captures both our traditional automotive domain experience as well as our capability for applying crossindustry excellence to solve problems." Honeywell is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials.



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The annual Festival of Motoring now 4 days Due to three years of increased growth, the 4th annual Festival of Motoring has moved from three days of motoring passion to a four-day extravaganza!


he 4th annual Festival of Motoring, presented by WesBank, returns to the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from 22 to 25 August. The Festival of Motoring, organised by Messe Frankfurt, is the only motoring show in Southern Africa endorsed by NAAMSA and supported by local motor manufacturers. Since its inception in 2016, the Festival of Motoring has shown consistent growth in terms of exhibitor participation and visitor attendees. In 2018, over 67,000 visitors flocked through the gates, and due to its popularity, an increase from three public show days to four is a testament to that positive growth.

In 2019, show visitors will once again enjoy an interactive showcase of both active and static content including supercars, classic cars and historic and modern motorsport activations. Leading industry-related after-market and accessory companies will also exhibit at the event. OEMs will, as in previous years, have a range of vehicles on display. Show visitors will have the opportunity to self-drive various models on the dedicated Kyalami Handling Track or be professionally driven around the world-class Grand Prix Circuit. An

interactive 4X4 area will again showcase a large range of off-road vehicles. A key focus of this year’s show will be future technology, a major factor in an evolving industry. The Tech Zone will showcase the future on mobility. The Festival of Motoring will once again focus on the family. A large variety of catering areas and refreshments will be available, and there will be numerous dedicated kiddies’ areas. Further information on new activations, hospitality and other exciting visitor packages will be announced soon.



Abandoned Solutions (Pty) Ltd offers various Motor Vehicle Dealerships and Workshops the opportunity to sell their claims with regards to outstanding invoices and monies where the dealership has rendered services and invoiced for work already, quoted, finished or assessed, in their workshops and where the owner of the vehicle has simply: • Failed to pay, • Is uncontactable & uncooperative or willing to settle • Abandoned their respective Vehicles • Passing onerous risk on to the dealership forcing them to store various unwanted vehicles • Occupying valuable rented workshop space by leaving their unwanted vehicles on the Dealerships Premises. Abandoned Solutions simply buys the outstanding claim by negotiating an acceptable price from the dealership and removes the vehicle with immediate effect, whilst taking ownership of the outstanding claim or invoice.

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Both Parties, simply negotiate the price per claim that the dealership is willing to sell at (Willing buyer willing seller principal) Contract per claim is finalized and the monies are paid immediately (effecting the sale) The vehicles are collected immediately or by way of arrangement (Removed as promised) Abandoned Solutions is now rightfully the owner of the claim or outstanding invoice (Dealership is free of the liability and no longer the rightful Creditor of that particular claim rather that ownership has passed to Abandoned Solutions Pty ltd) Abandoned Solutions will trace the client at its own risk and have the claim - MARCH 2019is how we make money and bring value to the Dealership) settled in full (this



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Which code is the employer expected to apply? Answers by experts to questions received recently by the RMI Question: In cases of sexual assessment in the workplace, which Code of Good Practice is the employer expected to apply?

Answer: When dealing with workplace sexual harassment, employers initially considered the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995’s Code of Good Practice on the Handling of Sexual Harassment Cases, which was published as far back as 1998 (the Code). This Code was amended on 4 August 2005 and represented by the Amended Code of Good Practice on the Handling of Sexual Harassment Cases in the Workplace (the Amended Code) which was published in terms of the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998. Generally and in principle, the Amended Code should have replaced the Code. However, despite the latter, the Code was never repealed. As a result, both the Code and the Amended Code apply when considering and/or dealing with cases of workplace sexual harassment. This created misperceptions as employers could not be certain which code to apply. On 19 December 2018, the Minister of Labour issued a notice formally repealing and replacing the Code with the Amended Code. This has now provided certainty and clarity for organisations. It follows that when an employer is considering workplace sexual harassment, the employer now only has to apply the Amended Code.

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Jason Cleghorn to head up Marketing and Product at FCA SA


iat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) South Africa has appointed Jason Cleghorn as the new Head of Marketing and Product across the Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Fiat, Abath and Fiat Professional Brands. Cleghorn joins FCA from Maserati South Africa, where he was previously employed in the role of Marketing Director – sub-Saharan Africa for the last three years. During this time, he helped manage the successful re-launch of the luxury sports car brand into the local market. Previous to this, he was Marketing Director at Ferrari South Africa.

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“Fiat Chrysler Automobiles boasts some fantastic models across our local portfolio and more are planned for the near future. I am really looking forward to see how a highly skilled and experienced marketer like Jason uses these vehicles to help grow our market share in South Africa,” says Graham Eagle, MD of FCA SA. In terms of qualifications, Cleghorn holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Chartered Marketer degree from the CIM in the UK.



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CITROEN C3 III: POOR STARTING/HESITATION ON ACCELERATION Problem: We are having difficulty diagnosing the cause of several faults on a 2012 Citroen C3 III 1,6 VTi. The vehicle suffers from intermittent poor starting, hesitation on acceleration, engine coolant temperature gauge reads high and engine coolant blower motor operating on maximum speed. Several trouble codes are stored relating to engine coolant temperature sensor and fuel shut-off solenoid. Have you any ideas where to start to fix this car? Solution: The symptoms you describe are known to affect the Citroen C3 III with 5FS (EP6C) engine code and BVM5 transmission code, up to 04/12/13 (RPO13540). The cause is due to an unsatisfactory design of the thermostat housing which has an integral engine coolant temperature (ECT) sensor. To complete this repair an additional engine coolant temperature (ECT) sensor complete with wiring harness, available from a Citroen parts department, will be required. Replace the thermostat housing air bleed screw with an additional engine coolant temperature (ECT) sensor. Apply thread sealing compound (Loctite 9731 60) to the ECT sensor before fitting. Disconnect the thermostat housing wiring harness multi-plug. Fit multi-plug of the additional ECT sensor wiring harness to thermostat housing. Fit multi-plug of the original thermostat housing wiring harness to the other multi-plug of the additional ECT sensor wiring harness. Secure wiring harness of the additional ECT sensor with cable ties. Carry out road test to confirm the faults have been eliminated.


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Land Rover brings Kingsley and Kolisi together to talk teamwork There are remarkable similarities between conquering the world’s toughest terrain and battling it out on the pitch, so it is fitting that renowned adventurer King


he 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby season kicked off on 15 February, and Land Rover brought two of its world-class partnerships together to give the DHL Stormers a competitive advantage. Adventurer extraordinaire Kingsley Holgate and his expedition team hosted a group of DHL Stormers players for a special evening to discuss the value of teamwork ahead of their first clash. Having recently completed an arduous journey from Cape Town to Kathmandu in a pair of Land Rover Discoverys, renowned storyteller Holgate was able to offer the team some valuable insight on the importance of preparation when faced with a monumental task. “Each member of my expedition team has a crucial role to play as we navigate treacherous conditions around the world,” Holgate said at the event. “Driving our Land Rovers in convoy along seemingly unpassable routes might seem like a completely different challenge to what the DHL Stormers are preparing for, but there are some


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remarkable similarities. With a common try line in sight, teamwork is key.” Among the rugby contingent was longstanding Land Rover ambassador and DHL Stormers captain Siyamthanda ‘The Bear’ Kolisi, who plans to lead his own team to victory over the next five months of Vodacom Super Rugby competition. “Listening to Kingsley’s stories about overcoming the tough times he and his team have been through on their many treks is exactly the kind of encouragement we need as we head into battle,” said Kolisi. “You need a good group of people to support you if you want to reach your dreams. Kingsley and his team set their sights on Kathmandu and achieved their goal by working together. The DHL Stormers’ sights are on the Vodacom Super Rugby trophy, and we plan to do the same.” “We’re proud to be associated with Siya, the DHL Stormers and the Springboks,” said Tina PienaarSmit, Jaguar Land Rover South Africa

Sponsorship Manager. “There’s a tough year ahead for all three with Vodacom Super Rugby and the Rugby World Cup 2019 on the schedule, but we’re confident all the ingredients are in place for a strong challenge on both fronts.” Land Rover South Africa’s involvement with rugby extends over 20 years. From right down at grassroots level where the brand’s ‘Rugby Goes Rural’ programme has supported rural rugby-playing schools around the country, to the sport’s pinnacle where the Springboks take on the toughest rugby-playing nations in the world, the partnership is a perfect match. Land Rover vehicles can dig deep when the going gets tough, just like South African rugby on all levels. In 2015 the term ‘Mud Brothers’ was coined to demonstrate the distinct capabilities shared between Land Rover and the DHL Stormers. Both are rugged, resilient and love playing in the mud – a natural brotherhood. Follow the DHL Stormers and Land Rover partnership on social media using #Mudbrothers.


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DAISY WHEEL The revolutionary paint mixing and dispensing tool.



Dosing Precision: • Precise and repeatable dispensing. The right colour every time. Precision of + / - 0.05g Maximized Paint Conservation: • No coagulation linked to air contact meaning less paint loss and a better quality • Drastically reduced evaporation Time Savings: • Lets the operator know the exact remaining paint levels in the machine for easy, proactive stock management • A positive gain in the organization of the repair process as the 100% automatic dispensing process allows the painter to maximize car preparation time. • No need for colorists to bring base colors back and forth to the dispensing area. Optimized Working Conditions: • A more comfortable and secure working environment as physical contact with the paint is drastically reduced • Web interface compatible with paint color software of the market Environmentally Friendly: • Less paint wasted, less mess, less solvents and less energy used. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: • Machine dimensions: 106cm x 103cm x 69cm • Table dimensions: 790mm x 900mm x 615mm • Machine weight: 127kg (without table) • Machine capacity: from 96 x 1L up to 160 x 0.5L (according to paint manufacturer configuration) • Can dose cups from 50mL to 2L • Electrical data: - P (W): 400 - U (V): 100-240 (50-60Hz) - I (A): 4 max • Air network: 6 < P < 10 bars • Certification: Atex Zone 2

For the full range visit: www.aerocure.co.za

Automotive Bodyshop Equipment Aer-o-cure PTY (Ltd) • SADC Registered Manufacturer and Exporter 8 Lees Street, Wynberg, 2090, Johannesburg, South Africa. PO Box 137 Strathavon, 2031 GraphicWerx • AOC_Daisy_AutoMobil_3447

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Tel: +27 11 444 6454 Fax: +27 11 444 5677 e-Mail: info@aerocure.co.za * Product / Colour may vary from image provided, subject to stock availability. (E&OE)

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