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As 2017 draws to a close, Jakkie Olivier, CEO of the RMI, recounts a number of the organisation’s advancements and engagements that continue to ensure that the industry remains sustainable
With 2017 drawing to a close, I have no doubt that most readers will agree that in many respects, the past year has been a challenging journey in the automotive industry. We have seen major developments impacting on the future of the industry, which has not been made easier with the unstable political environment and struggling economy.
The RMI and its various constituent associations, with our very strong collective voice, were at the forefront of new advancements and engagements in order to be proactive in ensuring their sustainability and that of our members operating in the automotive industry on a daily basis.
One of the developments that rates as extremely important was our participation in a process initiated by the Competitions Commission to establish a voluntary code of conduct for the broader automotive industry. At the RMI we also adopted a New Thinking Model (NTM) during 2017 in order to generate better products, services and benefits for our membership. The NTM’s implementation commenced earlier in the year and will continue to deliver better outcomes in 2018 for all those who are active in the automotive industry.
Another strategic objective of the RMI, and in fact for South Africa, is that of transforming the economy and therefore the motor industry, to address the ongoing challenges we face with regards to skills development and training, B-BBEE compliance and change, the high unemployment levels and much-needed job creation, protection of small businesses, and the ever-increasing demands of technological advancement.
While 2017 witnessed many business closures, liquidations, and the disinvestment of General Motors, the RMI maintained a high level of activity, innovation and creativity to ensure the RMI’s continued relevance in the fast-changing business environment. During 2018, we need to remain confident and reconfirm our collective commitment to make the automotive industry vibrant, sustainable, and successful for our members, the industry we serve, and our country. As the RMI, we are working tirelessly to ensure that our members continue experiencing our slogan, BELONGING IS BETTER BUSINESS, in every interaction that they have with the RMI.
We at the RMI would like to thank all stakeholders who have engaged, and will continue to engage with the RMI in future, for choosing the RMI as your preferred business partner. Through constructive dialogue and engagement we could make a difference to shape the automotive industry, and our country, into a better place for all. Road safety is our collective concern, and therefore we would urge all to be safe on the roads during the upcoming festive season – happy holidays and we will see one another again in 2018.