Women’s Month: Young motor industry ‘survivor’ conquers catastrophes and gender bias

The motor industry’s next biggest challenge is skills shortages, says Mika Heeraman, owner of Unique Auto Panel and Paint, in Tongaat, Kwazulu-Natal. She believes women can play a pivotal role in taking the industry to the next level. A challenging start Mika opened her own auto body shop at the age of 26. Three years […]

Supply Constraints continue to impact car repairs but not equally across all sectors

In July  Santam, South Africa’s largest short-term insurer, issued a warning that clients could, over the next couple of weeks and possibly months, experience delays in the repair of damaged motor vehicles due to a global shortage in parts caused, among others, by COVID-19 and other supply-chain challenges. The South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association […]

SAMBRA welcomes a new national director

Uvashen Bramiah takes over from Richard Green as National Director of the South African Motor Body Repairers Association (SAMBRA), effective 1 July 2022. SAMBRA is a proud association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI). Bramiah, who hails from Kwazulu-Natal, is currently a SAMBRA Association Representative overseeing 662 members in the Gauteng-Highveld, Mpumalanga, Northwest and […]

SAMBRA Forms Vehicle Salvage Database Task Team

The South African Motor Body Repairer’s Association (SAMBRA) will ramp up its efforts to have the details of previously written-off vehicles published for public consumption. This information is currently contained in a so-called Vehicle Salvage Database (VSD), which is used as a reference source by the South African Insurance Association (SAIA) and the Insurance Crime […]

SAMBRA celebrates excellence

Short-term insurer, Santam, has won the prestigious SA Motor Body Repairers’ Association (SAMBRA), Insurer of the Year award for the third consecutive year. Volkswagen received the top honours for all-round best OEM, RM took all three awards in the Paint Supplier category, scooping the Overall Service Excellence award in this category. For the first time […]