IR seminar invite – MIBCO Main Agreement

We are pleased to announce that the RMI will be presenting an online seminar entitled – MIBCO Main Agreement

-When:  2 June 2022

-Time:  09h00 – 12h00  

-Platform:  Microsoft Teams

-Cost:  See registration form below

-Presenter:  Jeff Molefe

Some of the topics of discussion will be:

  • Scope of Application
  • Peace Clause
  • Journeyman’s work
  • Outwork
  • Commission work
  • Categories of employees
  • Annual leave, holiday bonus, additional holiday pay, sick leave
  • Retrenchment pay
  • Damage to property/vehicle
  • Resolution of disputes

You are invited to secure your attendance by completing the registration form below.  The training material will be distributed to the delegates electronically.  A certificate of attendance will be provided to each delegate.

Please find the banking details and registration form below.

We look forward to seeing you there.

IR Podcast: Dishonesty in the workplace

In our efforts to support our members with easy access to information on topics that are vital to their business interests, the RMI’s team of IR and Consumer Specialists have compiled a series of individual podcasts in answer to the most commonly raised queries from members.

Listen to the latest podcast on ‘IR Podcast: Dishonesty in the workplace’ here:

72. IR Podcast: Dishonesty in the Workplace – Retail Motor Industry Organisation (rmi.org.za)

All Podcasts are available on the RMI website: https://www.rmi.org.za/news/rmi-podcasts/

Autogas conversions can provide ideal transformation away from petrol and diesel fuel

AutoGas, which, in South Africa, is usually liquid petroleum gas (LPG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or methane obtained from biomass, is being punted as a viable and affordable alternative fuel for petrol and diesel vehicles in an industry that is slowly transforming towards electrification. Using gas as a fuel source also has the benefit of making substantial reductions in harmful exhaust emissions – a reduction of as much as 25%.


This message came through clearly at the recent Automechanika online seminar “Powered by Gas: Why AutoGas is a viable alternative energy source,” which was presented with the full support of the RMI and in association with Absa. This seminar was part of an ongoing programme of seminars relevant to the upcoming Automechanika Johannesburg trade fair for the automotive aftermarket, which will be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from June 7-10.


Speakers at the local online seminar were Eddie Cooke, an industrial gas consultant, Attie Serfontein, National Director of the Automotive Remanufacturing Association (ARA), Frank MacNicol, ARA Chairman, and Justin Schmidt, Head of New Sector Development at Absa.
Eddie Cooke, who participates in international AutoGas projects and works with the South African Bureau of Standards on this subject, says the country is well positioned to use gas as a vehicle fuel because the relevant regulations are already in place, while both LPG and CNG are readily available locally.


“Contrary to what some people may think, gas as a fuel is safe because the fuel tanks are 20 times stronger than those used for petrol or diesel fuel, while safety valves cut off the gas flow in the case of a collision,” explained Cooke.


Cooke said that there was five times more gas than oil in the world and a greater number of countries had gas than oil, so it was not only a fuel source available globally, but it is also considerably less expensive than petrol or diesel fuel – as much as 50% cheaper in terms of petrol and 30% less expensive for diesels. This is a major consideration in these times of rocketing liquid fuel prices.

“Although there are very few vehicles available in South Africa that are sold as standard to use LPG or CNG as a fuel the conversion of petrol- or diesel-powered vehicles can be undertaken nationwide,” said Cooke.


Frank MacNicol, whose ARA organisation has been involved with gas conversions for many years, said there is growing interest in this business, and they are becoming more affordable with light vehicle conversions costing less than R20 000 and heavy truck conversions costing between R200 000-R250 000 for those with engines of 350 horsepower or more. He added that these costs can be amortised in a comparatively brief period, particularly if the vehicles are well utilised.


Attie Serfontein said that costs would be even lower if the major conversion components were made locally instead of having to be imported. He added that engines running on gas were also cleaner as there was no oil contamination and service intervals can be extended significantly. A gas conversion industry will provide additional employment as well as upskilling opportunities in the local motor industry.


“Gas conversions on existing internal combustion engines (ICE) will also extend the lives of present-day service and maintenance workshops and the people who work in them,” said MacNicol. “Vehicles with gas conversions also escape the ban on driving ICE vehicles in congested areas and operating in certain countries after cut-off dates,” added MacNicol.
It was revealed during the informative online seminar that there are currently 27 million gas-powered vehicles in the world at present, with some countries having as many as 50% of the vehicles on their roads powered by gas.


LPG was used as a vehicle fuel for the first time in Germany in 1930 but since then the United States has been responsible for many of the latest developments and technologies that make this fuel even more efficient.


Few people realise that the Metrobus service in Johannesburg has more than 140 dual fuel buses in its fleet that use a combination of CNG and diesel fuel. Nigeria is a country looking seriously at using gas on more of the vehicles operating on its roads and is initially targeting the conversion of more than two million of these vehicles.


“Now it is to be seen whether South Africa will also accelerate its move in this direction, but the time is certainly ripe with a roll out in the Western Cape shortly,” concluded MacNicol.

To register for free attendance please click on the following link: https://bit.ly/3yyWjsS
For more information on Automechanika Johannesburg 2022 or to book your free visitor pass, please visit our website www.automechanikasa.co.za

Minister opens new Toyota Manufacturing Academy

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) announced the launch of the Toyota Manufacturing Academy (TMA) at the Coastal KZN TVET College in Mobeni, Durban.

The initiative was borne out of a strategic alliance between the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) South Africa as well as the Government of Japan (GoJ). The fundamental objective of the academy is to promote youth empowerment through vocational training.

Officially opened by Minister Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, TMA forms part of the Automotive Training and Re-Skilling in the Post-COVID Economic Recovery for Vulnerable Youth and Women in South Africa project. Coastal KZN TVET College, as well as Tshwane South College (Pretoria) and Northlink College (Cape Town) are three beneficiaries of the programme.

“I have always advocated for an increased partnership between our TVET Colleges and the industry as we continuously enhance our curriculum to respond to the needs of the industry. I therefore directed that all our TVET colleges embrace the latest National List of Occupations in High Demand (OIHD) in South Africa which I publicly announced. The list reflects the work undertaken by the DHET, through the Labour Market Intelligence research programme, to support human resource development in our country,” Blade says.

The launch of the TMA was preceded by the signing of a memorandum of understanding between UNDP South Africa and DHET – supported by the Government of Japan in July 2021. The parties agreed to set up a project that would up-skill youth and women for skills relevant to the automotive industry, supported by the Government of Japan.

“Youth development is key to addressing address the triple development challenges of poverty, inequality, and unemployment. Honing their skills and unlocking their untapped talent not only promote inclusive and sustainable economic development but also have a transformational impact on society,” according to Dr Dr Ayodele Odusola: Resident Representative for the UNDP in South Africa.

The implementation of the project dates back to March 2021, and since then a series of interventions have been delivered to contribute to South Africa’s economic recovery through various skills development activities and to strengthen the capacity of TVET colleges to align with the post-COVID-19 economy and labour market needs, including the provision of learning equipment.

According to TSAM’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Services Group, Suben Moodley the automotive sector is facing what Toyota Motor Corporation President, Akio Toyoda described as a “once in century period of disruption”. This refers to transformation by a wide range of new technologies, and non-technological aspects such as social, economic, and environmental factors are part of our future landscape.

“Equally important, soft skills such as resilience, flexibility, problem solving, and creativity will be highly valued. This aspect should not be underestimated and needs to be included into educational training programs. So, the challenge is not just technical skills but a combination of soft and technical skills,” concluded Suben.

Credit: Dealer Floor Motor Industry news

Minister opens new Toyota Manufacturing Academy | Dealerfloor

Festival of Motoring returns

This August the Festival of Motoring returns to the delight of the motoring public who have been waiting patiently to get into the driving seat of their favourite cars and experience the thrill and excitement that the event provides.

The event takes place at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from 26-28 August 2022 and will continue to deliver on its mandate as the largest industry- supported motor show in Africa, to unite the automotive community by bringing together key industry players, motoring enthusiasts, and consumers shopping for a new ride.

“This year will mark five editions of evolution of the Festival of Motoring, which will focus on the innovation and product offerings that the South African motor industry has to offer. We have added extensively to the wide range of experiences that will be available to visitors,” said Michael Dehn, Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt South Africa, the event organiser.

With 50 pit doors available, there has been enthusiastic support from vehicle manufacturers and importers, with more than 20 automotive brands, including Alfa Romeo, Abarth, Citroen, Fiat, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Mopar, Opel, Peugeot and Toyota who will be showcasing their brands and latest models. In addition, over 150 exhibitors will display automotive products and services and lifestyle, outdoor, and customised vehicle offerings to service the need of the visitor.

The Festival of Motoring provides exhilarating experiential platforms for exhibitors and visitors, including the opportunity to drive or be driven in the latest models including EVs and commercial vehicles around the iconic Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, the self-handling track, or the dedicated Dunlop Grandtrek 4×4 off-road course. “These experiences are core to the Festival of Motoring’s success as they provide a unique way for the consumer to see, touch and feel various and favourite brands on one platform,” added Judy Maharaj, the event Show Director.

The Speed Challenge is an exciting new racing element that will see a few racing legends of South African motorsport driving a variety of cars, including single-seaters, in a race against the clock. In addition, the Sunbet ZX10 Masters Cup will hold an official round at the event, ensuring the motorbike fraternity’s needs are also met. Other entertainment on offer will include drifting and rally driving demonstrations, family fun including a dedicated kids’ play area, junior karting circuit, a gaming zone, and DJ sessions. General access tickets will cost R250 for an adult, R50 for children aged 3-12. Exclusive hospitality packages are also available at the Premium Club Suite, which includes among others a culinary experience with celebrity chef Reuben Riffle, reserved parking, and a luxury supercar hot lap session.

SKF’s Vehicle Aftermarket to offer technical training

SKF’s Vehicle Aftermarket is pleased to announce that a selection of e-learning technical training courses is available to mechanics. All that is required is an Internet connection to conveniently access these courses 24/7. Whether at work, at home or even while travelling, these e-learning courses allow participants to conveniently learn at their own pace and place.

The increasing complexity of modern vehicle systems is driven by the rapid development of new technologies. It is therefore crucial to stay ahead of these advances as some of these systems, such as steering and suspension for example, have a direct impact on driver and passenger comfort and safety. It can also affect the safety of other road users, cyclists and pedestrians.

These e-learning modules cover a range of topics and have been specially designed to suit less experienced through to professional mechanics. The basic module is for mechanics that are just starting to gain experience; the advanced module is aimed at individuals who are actively working as mechanics while experienced mechanics will benefit from the professional module.

The e-learning courses cover a number of topics including water pumps, steering and suspension, timing systems and wheel bearings. The seminars look at functions, an overview of components, advice and instructions on replacement of individual components, proper procedures, correct tooling, failure causes and consequences, etc.

These user-friendly courses have been carefully structured to achieve a number of learning objectives. Participants can avoid failures by learning how to correctly install mechanical, electrical and adjustable coolant pumps. They will also learn how to correctly diagnose typical faults and how to avoid them. If there is damage, participants will be shown how to determine the immediate cause and how to prevent it in the future.

At the end of each course participants will have the opportunity to take a short test to check what they have learnt. Upon successful completion of the test they will be able to print their own personal course-completion certificate.

Whether the objective is to increase machine uptime, solve application problems or manage machine assets for long-term profitability, these-courses will assist in up skilling technicians so that they can perform their tasks to the best of their ability.

Click on the link to access e-learning courses: https://vehicleaftermarket.skf.com/int/en/e-learning

Benefits of belonging to the RMI

Belonging to the RMI makes business sense. Below a few reminders.

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.

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).

Supports your business

• Professional industrial relations advice ensuring procedural and substantive fairness when disciplining staff.

• Chairing of disciplinary hearings and AUTOMATIC entry at the CCMADRC 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.

Covid-19 monitor

  • Providing our members with valuable information and protocols regarding Covid-19 as and when they happen. More than 150 monitors sent to our members since the inception of lockdown.
  • Providing members with guidance on how to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus within the workplace for the safety of their employees and customers;
  • Ensure that members remain compliance with regard to the Disaster Management Act and Regulations;

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.

Business flourishes through entrepreneurship programme

“Without intervention from government, business and the private sector, innovative business ideas will remain just that – ideas!” This is according to Sazi Tima, a young entrepreneur from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape who runs a carpentry business, SL.Tima Woodworks and Carpentry.

His business manufactures and installs built-in units (kitchen and closets), as well as free standing wood and carpentry units. “Running a business without funding and a proper growth plan can be daunting. I wanted to learn marketing strategies that can help me introduce the business into the market through different media platforms, especially digital media. I also wanted to be in a better position to build and maintain a strong clientele to grow the business,” Tima explains.

Upon completing his matric at Sinakho Secondary School in 2012, Tima went to Northlink College in Cape Town to study Marketing Management, which he could not complete due to lack of funds. Before venturing into business, he tried odd jobs but found that he was not cut out to be an employee.

His inspiration to become an entrepreneur was fuelled by a friend, whose welding business was making more money in a day than what he was making in a week. “This is when I decided to quit being an employee and invest all my time in starting a business,” he says.

Tima decided to seek training opportunities that would instil in him skills relevant to start a business. He studied woodworks and went through a six-month entrepreneurship training programme through Falsebay TVET College, with funding from the merSETA.

He explains that the training was beneficial for his business and that its content would be beneficial even for businesses that are already established and looking to grow. “Not only did we gain invaluable insights into the world of business, but the programme also gave us advice on how to access funding from organisations such as the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA),” he says.

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Occupational Health and Safety training

Please find information below on the exciting Occupational Health & Safety Training taking place in the months of May and June at the various RMI or MIBCO regional offices.

Gauteng training: RMI Randburg office: 330 Surrey avenue, Surrey Square Office Park, Ferndale, Randburg

DateTimeCourse Name
25 May 202208:30 – 13:00Perform basic life support and first aid procedures (Level 1)
26 May 202208:30 – 13:00FIRETRAC – Perform basic firefighting plus apply fire fighting techniques

Durban training: RMI Durban: Unit 3A, 3rd Floor, The Ridge, Torsvale Office Park, 8 Torsvale Crescent,  Umhlanga, 4319

DateTimeCourse Name
30-May-2208:30 – 13:00FIRETRAC – Perform basic fire fighting plus apply fire fighting techniques
30-May-2213:30 – 16:30Occupational Health & Safety – SHE REP – (Health & Safety Representative (Part 1 & 2)
31-May-2208:30 – 13:00Perform basic life support and first aid procedures (Level 1)

SHE Rep – Describes the functions of the workplace Health & Safety representative

Bloemfontein training: MIBCO Bloemfontein office. 26 Lombard Street Hilton Bloemfontein

DateTimeCourse Name
13 June 202212:30 – 16:30Perform basic life support and first aid procedures (Level 1)
  • Please RSVP as soon as possible before training commences (atleast 5 working days).
  • Please note : Seats are limited, payment secures your seat

Reserve your seat online: https://www.csrsza.com/event-trainings/ after which you will receive your invoice.  Select the training date you want to attend, click on the training event, scroll down and select RSVP. Once you have made payment your seat is guaranteed.

Contact CSRSza on 021 001 7600, or office@csrsza.com / admin@csrsza.com

We look forward to seeing you in the classroom!

Who should attend which training?

  • COVID (SAIOSH Accredited) – For ALL employees
  • ERGONOMICS (SAIOSH Accredited) For ALL employees
  • Health & Safety Inductor (SAIOSH Accredited) – For ALL employees
  • Health & Safety Representative (SAIOSH Accredited) – Managers and senior employees

(*Inductor MUST be completed 1st)

  • Fire Prevention & Protection (SAIOSH Accredited) – As required
  • 1st AID (SAIOSH Accredited / DoE&L Accredited) – As required

* Health & Safety Inductor – Explain basic health & safety principles in & around the workplace

* Health & Safety Representative – Describes the Functions of the workplace Health Safety Representative

Please be reminded that CSRSza monthly contracted clients train at no cost.

RMI supports Automechanika Johannesburg

The Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), which is the largest employers’ and business representative organisation in the South African retail motor industry with almost 8 200 members, is proud to again support Automechanika Johannesburg, South Africa’s leading international trade fair for the automotive service industry taking place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from 7-10 June 2022

This will be the seventh time that Messe Frankfurt’s world famous Automechanika brand has hosted a trade fair for the automotive aftermarket in Johannesburg.

For the first time this year, all eight of the RMI’s Constituent Associations will participate in the event. The Automotive Remanufacturers’ Association (ARA) will host a Nuts-and-Bolts conference, while the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), will host its annual National Executive Committee’s Conference. The RMI will be proudly represented with its own stand in Hall 6, stand number 6A12, focusing on Digitalisation and the Value of Belonging. It will also hold its Board of Directors’ meeting during the event on the site of the Show.

“The last two years have been extremely challenging for many businesses in the sector, in particular the small business owners,” commented Jakkie Olivier, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the RMI. “The RMI has managed exceptionally well in the past two years which has been marked with disruption, change and adaption to new and unique challenges.

“Throughout this time, the RMI and its Constituent Associations, have managed to stay focused and continued to perform exceptionally well. The last two years have taught us the importance of effective communication, of collaboration with peers and colleagues and the need to digitise many of our activities. We have needed to adapt and innovate to remain relevant and grow our businesses.

“Inspiring our employees and embracing the ‘human essence’ remains critical. We fully appreciate the importance of networking and the significant role it plays in our business. We thus welcome the opportunity presented by Automechanika to interact face-to-face with other business owners, industry stakeholders and product suppliers. It is an honour to be part of a worldwide professional automotive trade show which values the industry as much as we do,” concluded the RMI CEO.

“We are delighted to have the full support of the RMI and its Constituent Associations for our Automechanika Johannesburg trade fair, which was to have been staged in 2021, but was postponed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Michael Dehn, CEO of Messe Frankfurt South Africa. “This year’s trade fair at the Expo Centre will be the ideal meeting place for members of the local and international motor industry to meet again in person and have the opportunity to view the latest innovative offerings in the global aftermarket and related service industries.”

For more information on Automechanika Johannesburg 2022 or to book your free visitor pass, please visit our website www.automechanikasa.co.za