Written-off, repaired and sold to unsuspecting first-time car buyer
Unsuspecting car buyers who don’t know what to look for when buying a second-hand car are being duped into buying used cars, which, on the face of it, seemed to be great deals. But after digging a bit deeper the joy is short-lived after they find out that they are stuck with a vehicle with serious underlying problems and should not be on our roads. Richard Green, national director of SAMBRA, has been campaigning hard for the South African Insurance Association (SAIA) to release more information to the market with regard to the status of written-off vehicles. Without a register to refer to, there is no way of stopping these cars from finding themselves back into the system, only to be purchased by an unsuspecting and poorly advised consumer. Last year SAMBRA commissioned a specialist independent assessor to investigate and assess what is really going on in the market and it looks as if the problem is even bigger and more serious than initially thought. A first time car buyer’s nightmare In the latest example, a Polo Vivo, advertised online and registered as a 2020 model with just over 10 000 km on the clock was purchased for a young […]
RMI IR Online Seminar – Unfair Labour Practices & Employment Equity
Unfair Labour Practices & Employment Equity A new RMI virtual seminar has been added to the calendar entitled, Unfair Labour Practices & Employment Equity. To register, click the button below. Some topics covered in the seminar include; Unfair Labour Practices: suspension, demotion, promotion, probation, disciplinary action, training, whistleblowing, provision of benefits, re-instatement. Employment equity: unfair discrimination: direct and indirect, harassment, designated employers and employees, affirmative action policies. Am I liable to defend a discrimination claim if an employee makes a joke to a colleague that has a racist or sexual implication? Can an employee make a claim of an Unfair Labour Practice against me for disciplinary warnings and suspensions that I have imposed? If I extend the employee’s probation period, can that also be regarded as an Unfair Labour Practice? Can the compensation that I must pay to my employee who wins a case of Unfair Labour Practice against me be as high as 12 months’ remuneration? Are my methods of recruiting staff in line with current legislation? o Is my business required to have an Affirmative Action policy? Can the compensation that I must pay to my employee who wins a case of discriminatory dismissal against me be as […]
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CAR INSURANCE – HOW TO AVOID YOUR CLAIM BEING REJECTED
Understanding your car insurance policy will go a long way to ensuring you are not faced with a rejected claim and having to pay out for your car repair costs.
Meeting Kubeshnie Naidu
Kubeshnie Naidu from Star Centre joins us for a short Q&A to share her story and her thoughts on the challenges of working in the vibrant MBR sector, on being a woman in the industry, and looking to the future. Hi Kubeshnie, can you tell us a bit about yourself? Hi, my name is Kubeshnie Naidu, I am a 48-year-old mother of two amazing children and the owner-director of the STAR Centre Group of Motor Body Repairs. How did you get into motor body repair, originally? In 2004, after the untimely death of my husband, I started as a debtor clerk in the family business. And, how did your career path develop after that? I went on to purchase the family business and in 2006 STAR Centre East London was incorporated as a major structural autobody repair centre. Together with my management team, we have been approved by twelve Manufacturer approvals including the prestigious Mercedes Benz South Africa In 2014, together with my business partner, we purchased STAR Centre Elliot and in 2018, we started our third branch, STAR Centre George. Educate yourself! Be knowledgeable in all aspects of your business and understand the repair process. Understand your clients’ needs […]
Women Driving Change in MBR: Santie Boshof
Bela-Bela’s Santie is no wallflower in the automotive industry Growing up with brothers is where Santie Boshoff from BB Auto Body Rebuilds says her love for cars started. They wouldn’t let her play with their cars so she would build her own. This can-do attitude has held Santie in good stead since she married into the industry and then became an integral part of it when they opened an auto body repair business in Bela-Bela 34 years ago. Boshoff (59) has owned and run BB Auto Body Rebuilds, a member of the South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association ( SAMBRA ) and proud association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), on her own since 2010. She grew up in Bela-Bela and looks back fondly and with gratitude on the early years when her and her late husband opened their shop. “When we first opened, I was secretary, flatter, paint mixer and even estimator. This is how I learned the business, alongside my husband. I was privileged to be skilled by the best – he was one of the first journeymen in training at the Olifantsfontein training centre. “Today, I am in a position to show my colleagues and staff […]
2021 SURVEY: WOMEN IN MOTOR BODY REPAIR
COMPLETE THE WOMEN IN MBR 2021 SURVEY This is a call to our female members, and all women working in the South African Motor Body Repair industry to share your views on MBR today. Complete the survey in around **3 minutes** and share it with other women in the MBR sector to let us know what being a woman in the motor body repair industry in 2021 is like.
Women Driving Change in MBR: Thembi Sithole
Fresh from school to boss lady Thembi Sithole’s journey in the motor body repair industry is the quintessential success story. She started at the bottom fresh out of school, cleaning cars and doing plastic bumper repairs then progressed to receptionist and administrative assistant. Fast forward three decades and this 54-year-old farm girl from Ladysmith is the proud owner of her own auto body repair shop in Randburg, G& T Autobody; owns a 30% stake in the business she worked at previously as an office manager, is looking to buy a second business and is a proud accredited member of the South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association (SAMBRA). “Family and friends still can’t digest what I do for a living. My female friends think panel beating must be a boring and dirty job. I just smile. I love my job and have proven women are capable of anything they set their minds to,” Thembi says. She explains that she received many compliments from customers when she began answering the phone and taking on admin roles. Some even asked if she was one of the owners of the business. “This recognition pushed me to explore the possibility of actually opening my own […]
WOMEN’S DAY 2021
9 August is Women’s Day and the SAMBRA management would like to wish all of our strong and resourceful women a very happy Women’s Month in honour of the bold and brave women of 1956 who fought for a better and brighter future for all. This year we embrace generation equality: realising Women’s Rights for an equal future. We deeply respect the role women play in our general society – you provide support, love, and inspiration. You nurture us and raise us. “You strike a Woman, you strike a rock” “Wathint’ Abafazi wathinti imbokodo”
PODCAST: How to Initiate Retrenchment Proceedings
Navigating the difficult topic of retrenchment proceedings is the place employers can find themselves in when all other options have been exhausted. In this podcast episode, The RMI take us through critical preliminary steps that must be followed to initiate retrenchment proceedings. Remember to obtain an IR Kit and to contact your local RMI Industrial Relations Specialist to facilitate this process before initiating proceedings. For more valuable industry information and support, become part of a body of SAMBRA-accredited motor body repairers as a member.
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Click to view a full list of quality panel beaters in the Eastern Cape. Find spray painters, car valet services and more. Find a SAMBRA accredited business in the Eastern Cape. The Eastern Cape is a coastline province. It has a population of 6.5 million people and is the second-largest…
Click to view a full list of quality Free State panel beaters. Find a SAMBRA accredited business. Welkom, Kimberley, Botshabelo, Parys, Harrismith and more. Lying between the Vaal River in the north and the Orange River in the south, the Free State is a vast stretch of land, in the…
Click to view a full list of quality Gauteng panel beaters. Find a SAMBRA accredited business. Despite being the smallest of the nine provinces, Gauteng is the economic heart of South Africa. It is therefore responsible for over 34,8% of the country’s total gross domestic product and has the largest…
Click to view a full list of quality KwaZulu Natal panel beaters. Find a SAMBRA accredited business. A coastal province along the Indian Ocean and reaching from Port Edward in the south, northwards to the Mozambique boundary. KwaZulu Natal is the only province with a monarchy specifically provided for in…
Did you know that Limpopo was named after the Limpopo River? The river flows along its northern border. Certainly, this beautiful province is rich in wildlife, spectacular scenery and a wealth of historical and cultural treasures. Should you visit the province, for instance, by car, the province has 125 755…
Click to view a full list of quality Mpumalanga panel beaters, spray painters, car valet services and more. Find a SAMBRA accredited business in the Mpumalanga. Mpumalanga has an excellent network of roads and railways. It is considered a highly accessible province. Have you visited the province? The province also…
Click to view a full list of quality panel beaters in the North West. Find spray painters, car valet services and more. Find a SAMBRA accredited business in the Mpumalanga. North West Province is a major tourism, farming and mining province. It is a mineral-rich province and is the country's…
Click to view a full list of quality Northern Cape panel beaters, spray painters, car valet services and more. Find a SAMBRA accredited business in the Northern Cape. The Northern Cape has a growing tourism and hospitality scene. This is, in part thanks to the Square Kilometre Array radio-telescope, the…
Find a panel beater in Cape Town or the surrounding Western Cape, South Africa? Click now to view a full list of quality panel beaters, spray painters, car valet services and more in the Western Cape. Find a SAMBRA accredited business. The Western Cape is known for its breathtaking scenery.…
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