Winning enterprise development initiative goes national
The Adopt a Panel Shop empowerment model which assists black owned panelbeaters to participate in the main stream auto-repair industry goes national with the launch of an upgraded panel shop in Pietermaritzburg on Friday 21 August 2009.
Umsunduzi Panelshop & Spraypainters is the first Kwa-Zulu Natal beneficiary of the Adopt a Panel Shop programme and the 5th black owned automotive repair business to be supported by Alexander Forbes highly successful enterprise development model.
Mc Tabs Panelbeater and Mechanical Workshop, now trading as Umsunduzi Panelshop & Spraypainters, was registered as a business in 1996 by Phillip Thabethe, a qualified spraypainter. Along with this wife, Anastasia, and other family members, the business has operated successfully for 13 years – despite not being able to access the lucrative repair opportunities offered by main stream automotive insurers.
High profile delegation from the RMI National Offices and KZN region, SAMBRA, Umsombovu, Alexander Forbes Risk Management, NAAASP, Ithala Finance, Hyundai and KZN Department of Transport graced the occasion.
Jeff Osborne, the RMI CEO, alluded the RMIâ€™s commitment from the RMI Board and Management by saying, â€œtransformation and development are the key strategic objectives into levelling the play field offering opportunities to previously disadvantaged communitiesâ€.
â€œTransformation and development from Hyundaiâ€™s prospective, is not only business imperative but also a moral oneâ€, Gary Braude from Hyundai S.A added to Jeff Osborneâ€™s speech. This launch is Hyundaiâ€™s fifth approval award to a NAAASP Auto Body Shop since last year.
Moeketsi Wa Mitane from NAAASP said, â€œitâ€™s only through partnership and dialogue that we can build a strong automotive industry, that will grow the economy and create sustainable, much needed, jobs. He also announced that two more beneficiaries has been identified in Umlaze and Kwamashu, a Speed Shop and Autoglass Centre, to be launched in October and November respectively.
Since 2005 the Adopt a Panel Shop initiative has been involved in the upgrade and accreditation of Zombodze Panelbeaters in Aeroton, Toy Panelbeaters in Ga-Rankuwa,
Five Star Auto Speedshop in Boksburg and Scratch Mobile at Oliver Tambo International Airport.
â€œThe key to Adopt a Panel Shopâ€™s success as an enterprise development model is the fact that Alexander Forbesâ€™ engagement with these businesses is not a once-off event, by handling in a big cheque, choking on BEE points and credential, but a real basic development program that has long term relations to build a profitable, sustainable business for 24 months before exitâ€, Moeketsi Wa Mitane concluded.