Monthly Archives: October 2015

Drunk Driving – South Africa Rated the Worst

South Africa remains as one of the more dangerous countries for road safety, with Time Magazine ( August 2015) reporting a mortality rate of 31.9 deaths per 100 000 people – second only to the Dominican Republic which scores 41.7 deaths per 100 000 people.

Gas Pains: Mileage Myths and Misconceptions

There are a lot of popular conceptions—and misconceptions—about fuel economy as well. Some of them involve common sense, such as keeping your tires properly inflated, whereas others are myths that people accept as the truth. Because fuel efficiency is the new cause célèbre in the automotive world, we decided to test a few fuel-saving and/or fuel-sapping situations to see just how much of a difference these tactics can make.

Featured Member: Northern Natal Body Works

Northern Natal Body Works (NNBW) is a successful motor body repair business that operates in Vryheid, Northern KwaZulu Natal. Established in 2012, NNBW boasts a driven and experienced team and prides itself in offering the best panel beating and spray painting service to its customers.


At the Annual General Meeting of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) held in July 2015, it was agreed that the Guild, in support of government’s endorsement of October as Transport Month, would focus on a specific aspect of road safety – namely “the dangers of distracted driving with the focus on using cell phones”.

What to Watch for When Driving on Rural Roads

There may be times when fleet drivers find themselves traveling on rural roads or unpaved private roads. These roads can present some driving hazards not normally found on highways and city streets. So here are nine safety tips about dirt road driving.

SAMBRA BASF Workflow 1-Day Seminar

Do you want to optimise your workflows, tangibly decrease daily workload and fully control your company’s productivity? A SAMBRA BASF Workflow Seminar can help you do just this! The final BASF Workflow Seminar for SAMBRA will be held in Cape Town on 3 November 2015.


merSETA AGM meetings are taking place around the country at the moment. Please RSVP to attend the merSETA AGM closest to you. Western Cape SAMBRA members – 13 October is the deadline for YOUR RSVPs, so submit them ASAP!

Member Survey: OHS Service Providers

Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) is an important part of every business, and employers are required by law to ensure reasonable care of their employees’ health, safety and comfort within the workplace. Whether or not you use an OHS service provider to assist you with this task, we’d like to gauge members’ current needs in terms of OHS service providers, by means of a very short survey.

Taking the danger out of dangerous goods

When a vehicle carrying dangerous goods is involved in an accident the cost can extend into the millions. Even if you were wise enough to get insurance to protect your company in the event one of your dangerous goods vehicles has an accident, this cost can still be debilitating to both your company and the economy.

Reasons for registering with MIOSA

A busy few months have followed since accreditation of the office of the Motor Industry Ombudsman of South Africa (MIOSA) as a statutory body. But not everyone in the motor industry appears aware of the advantages provided by MIOSA.