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Delegates attending the 2015 Sadfia Nuts and Bolts conference were witness to a legend being recognised for his dedication and commitment to maintaining the highest standards of quality in the diesel fuel injection industry. On behalf of all members, Chris le Roux, National Chairman of the SA Diesel Fuel Injection Association (SADFIA), presented Dave Stalker with a trophy at the conference held on 8 May 2015 at Automechanika Johannesburg. Andy Roth, Desamark Chairman and owner of Diesel-Electric Rand, shared the stage with Chris and commended Dave on his excellent work and ethic in his tenure with Robert Bosch and Diesel-Electric. He remarked that the diesel fuel injection and vehicle repair fraternity will be left with a void that will be difficult to fill.
Dave has enjoyed support and encouragment from his wife June, throughout his career. It was therefore fitting that she was invited by Sadfia to attend the recognition award handover and was able to witness the kind words expressed by both Chris and Andy. Sadfia was honoured by June’s presence at the conference.
Hailed as a legend by his peers, Dave’s experience is vast and his employment history at Bosch and Diesel Electric where he held the following positions, speaks for itself; General Manager Robert Bosch (Pty) Ltd, Workshop Manager Diesel-Electric, Lusaka, Zambia and Workshop Manager, Diesel-Electric, finally Dave held the position of RBSA Technical Service Manager up until his retirement in May 2015.
Dave has trained many technicians and interacted with owners of diesel pump rooms in conferences and meetings. He instilled in all that Bosch Training Courses are a mixture of theory and practical. He emphasised that by following this training approach, technicians are forced to understand the system before the process of repair or replace commences. The Bosch diagnostic technician or other user training focuses on the operation of the Bosch Testing Equipment while the technical training modules deal with the unit and vehicle system repair.
Throughout his presentations to audiences over the years, Dave has stressed that technological advancement of the modern motor vehicle is such that electronics now make up 30% of a vehicle’s value with electronics now controlling mechanical systems. Furthermore the emission system of the modern vehicle has become extremely complex. Along with continuous training and up skilling of technicians Dave always emphasised that customer demands are increasing. Vehicle owners pay a substantial amount for a modern vehicle and they expect a professional, efficient and comprehensive service from repair establishments. Dave pointed out that proper diagnostic equipment plays a key role in the modern workshop and will result in a lasting customer experience.
Dave Stalker in his position as Technical Manager of Robert Bosch SA, is a most remarkable person who not only had the basic ingredients of integrity, morality, fairness, reliability but also the expert technical ingredients, gained with many years of practical workshop experience to attend to any technical challenge.
For the Bosch organisation the word “Compliance” is of utmost importance in adhering to the uncountable rules, standards and regulations which are ever changing and always being expanded.
In other words a “Swamp & Maize” which requires an “Iron Person” to manage and survive. If you can picture this you will realise how challenging his position was. Having a reporting obligation and target fulfilment function to many supervisors locally and internationally, one can visualise the job function Dave had to balance.
Dave not only handled this with ease, but surpassed all expectations on a daily basis. Sometimes to the annoyance of the people on the receiving end, but never unfair or vindictive. This technical knowledge, helpfulness and reliability will still be a subject of many discussions .
I walked with him for nearly fourty years and can only express my highest respect and admiration for Dave who’s replacement will have to take big strides to follow in his footsteps.” Andy Roth
“Dave Stalker’s technical input within the automotive industry, especially in the diesel field, over the past 40 years has been outstanding & enormously valued by Bosch associates, our wholesale distributors & the Bosch Service network.
His enthusiasm to offer an abundance of technical assistance based on his years of experience is irreplaceable and will be truly missed.
Again, we thank Dave Stalker for his contributions within Bosch and extend best wishes to him and his family in his well-deserved retirement.” Ewald Faulstich – Director Automotive Aftermarket South Africa
“The RMI acknowledges Dave Stalker for his contribution to the diesel fuel injection fraternity and especially the Bosch Diesel Workshops. The RMI’s relationship with Robert Bosch South Africa (RBSA) is solid and we applaud Ewald Faulstich and his team for continuously advocating the RBSA values. The Bosch brand has always been valuable to repairers. We, in our interaction with members find many Bosch franchisees to be proud, privileged to be associated with a global brand, able to attend high-quality training and procure state of the art repair solutions.” Jakkie Olivier, RMI CEO
“Dave’s attention to detail, work ethic and wealth of knowledge has benefitted the greater diesel fuel injection fraternity. His dedication to training and sharing of knowledge will leave a lasting legacy at Robert Bosch South Africa” Peter Nell – Product Manager Diesel & Turbo MIDAS Group
“During (this) 30 years with the Bosch family, Dave has been involved in training, marketing, technical and sales of all Bosch fuel injection products. However, Dave excelled with Robert Bosch, in a sphere that I don’t think he ever dreamed of. In the last 10 years he became the best Tour Guide those that have been on the incentive trips have ever experienced. Those of us who were lucky enough to have earned these trips, and we did earn them, to the Caribbean, Morocco, Thailand, Greece and Zanzibar, to name but a few, will treasure the memories forever. He had us riding camels, dancing with wild Indians in South America and butterfly hunting. Dave was a wizard at getting us up at 4.30 in the morning, tired and worn out after only getting to bed at 1.30am and took us Hot air ballooning in the Moroccan dessert, where believe it or not, some irate farmer tried to shoot the balloon out of the sky. He had the old and the young amongst us riding bicycles for miles.” Chris Le Sadfia National Chairman and Bosch Bosch Diesel Center