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MIWA’s Free State and Northern Cape region, in conjunction with Diesel Electric Bloemfontein and Robert Bosch SA (RBSA), last week hosted some 70 delegates at an interactive information session at the Leopards and Lace Conference Centre in Bloemfontein.
Basil Field, General Manager Diesel Electric Bloemfontein, welcomed delegates to the event.
- Ryan Houseman of RBSA Automotive Service Solutions demonstrated the capabilities of the company’s latest diagnostic equipment and technology. The OBD 150 diagnostic tester was well received, drawing attention as an affordable and practical solution for both general and specialist repair establishments.
- Louis Van Huyssteen, the RMI’s Regional Manager for the Free State and Northern Cape, and Dewald Ranft, Regional Director of MIWA, briefly discussed regional specific issues which offered members an opportunity to address concerns and accomplishments.
- Les McMaster, National Chairman of MIWA, gave delegates insight regarding the Right 2 Repair (R2R) Campaign, which included an update on developments as well as plans for the future. General consensus from the floor was overwhelmingly appreciative of MIWA’s efforts in having established the campaign, delegates reaffirming their support for the initiative going forward.
- Vishal Premlall, National Director of MIWA, presented an overview of the association’s Master Technician programme and highlighted the need for further training in the independent workshop environment. He also commented on the achievements of South Africa’s MIWA registered Master Technician students, who boast better results than their North American counterparts, and elaborated on latest educational programmes that will allow non-journeymen an opportunity to take part and receive module-specific training.
The winner of a Test Your Knowledge competition held at the event was Karl Bertram of Eerstegeluk Service Centre Bloemfontein. He received, with compliments of MIWA, the fifth edition of the Automotive Technology Handbook,
valued at R1 500.
Hansie le Grange, a director of Diesel Electric Bloemfontein, thanked all delegates for attending the event.