OEM Approval programmes finally open to qualifying applicants MBR sector

At the end of 2019, Richard Green, national director of SAMBRA, was lobbying hard for the inclusion of qualifying accredited MBR businesses onto OEM approval programmes as well as insurer supplier listings. Fast forward two years and that situation has dramatically improved. With all but one of the larger OEMs having opened up their panels […]

What Women think About Working in Motor Body Repair

With unemployment levels at an all-time high, the South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association (SAMBRA), a proud association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), recently ran a survey for women working in the sector entitled Women Driving Change: Women in MBR.  Richard Green, National Director of SAMBRA, explained that SAMBRA was eager to find […]

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 […]