Monthly Archives: October 2016

Mutual & Federal scores Best Insurer hat-trick in SAMBRA Awards

Short-term insurer, Mutual & Federal, has won the prestigious SA Motor Body Repair Association (SAMBRA) Insurer of the Year award for the third consecutive year. The award ceremony took place in Johannesburg and honoured top vehicle insurers and OEMs, as well as paint and equipment suppliers for their contribution to the sustainability of motor body repairers in South Africa. Read on for all the winners.

FSB investigates SaXum for irregularities

The Financial Services Board (FSB) is investigating possible irregularities in the business conduct of SaXum Insurance, after the short-term insurer was placed into liquidation by the High Court in Johannesburg last week, leaving 3,500 claims, amounting to R15m, unpaid.

Tesla Self-Driving Car: Insanity or Brilliance?

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, has begun testing on the Model S, fully autonomous vehicle. Self-driving technology, no driver required. Predicting safety far greater than that of a human driver, Musk projects a fully autonomous journey from LA to NYC in late 2017.

Don’t Be a Rookie When it Comes To Hail Storm Safety

It’s hail season in many of SA’s provinces, and these little (or sometimes, big) balls of ice cause millions of rands’ worth of destruction in South Africa every year.

The frequency of hail storms is closely related to height above sea level, and hail storms are often associated with thunder storms typical in high-lying summer rainfall areas.

Statistics show the highest frequency (approximately five hail storms per year) in South Africa in the Highveld/Bushveld areas.


The mediation sessions between the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) on the one hand, and the RMI, National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA) and the Fuel Retailers’ Association (FRA) on the other, continued on the 12th of October 2016 in the form of a bilateral meeting between NUMSA and the RMI / NEASA, in an endeavour to resolve the present wage- and substantive disputes between the parties.

Urgent Member Notice: Saxum Insurance

We have received official communications with regards to Saxum Insurance and the application from the Registrar for Short-term Insurance to have the company liquidated. In order to understand the extent of the damage and how this affects your business, please read on to see what information you need to email us.

From cleaner to business owner

From washing cars to owning her very own panle beating business, Thembi is a true testiment to hard work. G & T Autobody in Randburg, Gauteng are classed as a major structural motor body repairer.

MEMBERS: SAMBRA Awards Breakfast

This year’s SAMBRA Awards Breakfast will take place on 28 October 2016. Attendees will be treated to the brilliant words of guest speaker and self-professed petrol-head, Vuyi Mpofu. Limited seats still available for members – final chance to RSVP.

RMA Connect September Issue

The Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA) has streamlined its document management process. The latest RMA Connect Newsletter covers this topic and others including, correctly using RMA forms and RMA Coverage options.

Featured Member: Imperial Technical Training Academy

ITTA’s fully equipped academies provide high quality training to apprentices and artisans in the automotive industry, with the emphasis on the Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Motorcycle and Scooter Maintenance and Repair, Auto Electrical and Forklift, Automotive Body Repair and Automotive Spray Painting.

COSATU Protest Action

COSATU has announced scheduled employee protest action for Friday, 7 October 2016. Please note that employees are entitled to participate in this protected protest action.