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SADFIA represents the Diesel Fuel Injection Industry, a small highly specialised Sector of the Motor Industry whose main function is repair and servicing of diesel fuel injection systems fitted to diesel engines which are fitted to earth moving equipment, highway trucks, stationary engines and passenger vehicles. Members of SADFIA participate in an inter-industry warranty system on repair work performed by them and they subscribe to a Code of Ethics and repair classification system that governs warranties.
RMI – SADFIA Training Matters: DFI (Diesel Fuel Injection Technician) Apprenticeship Trade Test Centre’s
The RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA, SADFIA and ACRA office, together with the SADFIA NEC is currently engaging (and have recently met during a Stakeholder meeting with) NAMB (the National Artisan Moderation Body), ETQO (the Education Training Quality Assurer), QCTO (the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations), Robert Bosch SA and the relevant SETA (MerSETA – Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA), in reference to the critical scarcity of trade testing facilities of the ‘Diesel Fuel Injection Technician trade’ in South-Africa.
During the ‘RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA, SADFIA and ACRA Annual General Meetings 2017’ as well as on numerous occasions before, the need for an Industry resolve regarding this matter were raised and identified as a SADFIA project.
The RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA, SADFIA and ACRA office, together with the SADFIA NEC, engaged relevant Stakeholders (over and above the aforementioned) since project identification and since have come a very far way to where we are today (on the forefront of breaking through strongholds / barriers).
The following points are pertinent to the matter at hand:
- There’s a critical scarcity of ‘Trade Test Centres’ in South Africa for trade testing the ‘Diesel Fuel Injection Technician’;
- There isn’t any viable options for Industry (Pump Rooms) to consider, qualifying their apprentices (the DFI community raised said concern many a time, to find a workable resolve);
- The infrastructure, equipment (with the latest technology) and promise of RMI SADFIA Pump-Rooms (at large) is positioned to facilitate Trade Tests, and should (can) be considered as one of the options / a real ‘Industry-Problem-Solver’;
- SADFIA Pump-Rooms spend large sums (with Industry) for equipment on an annual basis, a Trade Test facility for testing Apprentices in the DFI Trade is of critical importance;
- Trade Test ready Apprentices / soon to be, for the current qualification are so to speak piling up, creating a bottleneck but also – leaves Industry with a high demand of qualified personnel;
- A possibility / similar like arrangement as with the Automotive Machinist Trade – where the MerSETA / the QCTO / ETQO have Apprentices Trade Tested at approved Pump-Rooms had been tabled to Stakeholders as one of the options (this concept / method have been tried and tested before and is a workable solution);
- The Trade Test will then be performed by an Independent Assessor, at approved Workshops (RMI Training / SADFIA are willing to assist Industry in identifying and accrediting an Assessor / Moderator in this regard);
- Said matter was discussed at the latest RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA, SADFIA and ACRA NEC meeting, in which an action plan to approach Industry was formulated;
- A meeting was setup with Industry / Stakeholders to fine-tune the best possible (economically viable) approach for SADFIA / Industry at large;
The office of the RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA, SADFIA and ACRA, together with the SADFIA NEC, wish to extend our gratitude to all participating Stakeholders, during the Stakeholder meeting held on 26 / 03 / 2018 at Bosch. Since our dialogue with Industry and its Stakeholders (late last year) to best address the matter at hand – which ultimately brought us to said meeting with Bosch, who shares our / Industry’s concern and who’s very capable (and well equipped) to pick up on this matter and be Trade Test Centre Accredited through the QCTO / ETQO, and by that of NAMB’s overarching mandate.
The office of the RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA, SADFIA and ACRA, together with the SADFIA NEC, confirms the following discussion / action points by SADFIA and Bosch:
- That Bosch have applied for the accreditation of the a Trade Test Centre – in terms of the ‘Low Pressure Trade’ (on the current curriculum and Trade Test);
- The accreditation process will be subject to a 2-3 month period, to be concluded (process already underway);
- Internal / External Assessors and Moderators have been identified from Bosch / Industry (accreditation process already underway);
The RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA, SADFIA and ACRA, together with the SADFIA NEC, is excited about this new endeavour we’re about to embark on and showcases the strength / milestones one can reach when Industry comes together. There’s without a doubt, still a lot of hard work that needs to go into this project and will we all have to play our part to provide Industry with a resolve.
The RMI New Thinking Model
Since the implementation of the RMI NTM or ‘New Thinking Model’ as we know it in July 2017; essentially clustering SADFIA with similar like Sectors together (all remanufacturers’ sectors), which are now known as the RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA, SADFIA and ACRA – have embraced the NTM and can report (positive) built-up momentum to date. The RMI REMAN Cluster: ERA, SADFIA and ACRA have grown into a unit and is stronger than ever before and moving with a focussed pace toward Sectorial (positive) influence and brining about change / better business atmosphere to its respective (ERA, SADFIA and ACRA) Sectors.
Due to the ERA (Engine Remanufacturers’ Association), ACRA (Automotive Component Remanufacturers’ Association) and SADFIA (mutually) shared Industry aspects, this made perfect sense (with implementation of the NTM) to cluster these constituent Associations together and also proved to be enormously successful. As a result will these three (3) Sectors continue to move and grow together as n unified body under the auspices of the RMI. Subsequently will future meetings, projects and communications be grouped together – speaking of a greater and more influential audience.
Meet the RMI – SADFIA (NEC) National Executive Committee
- Mr Chris Le Roux – RMI – SADFIA NEC Chairperson (KZNl Regional Chairperson)
- Mr Dirk Du Plessis – RMI – SADFIA NEC Vice-Chairperson (Western Cape Regional Chairperson & Turbocharger Representative)
- Mr Louis Lichtblau – RMI – SADFIA Highveld Regional Chairperson
- Mr Johan Botha – RMI – SADFIA Highveld Regional Vice-Chairperson
- Mr Cedric Higgins – RMI – SADFIA Eastern Cape Regional Chairperson
- Mr Clive Louw – RMI – SADFIA Free-State & Northern Cape Regional Chairperson
- Mr Marc Henwood – RMI – SADFIA Kwa-Zulu Natal Regional Committee Member & Turbocharger Representative
- Mr John Bamber – RMI – SADFIA Kwa-Zulu Natal Regional Committee Member