This month we introduce you to Kevin Abrahams, Associational Representative for the KwaZulu Natal.
If you have ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at The South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association, then our Meet The Team series will introduce you to the dynamic SAMBRA team and give you a look into the people who make us tick!
Hi Kevin, great to talk to you! Can you start off by telling us a little bit about yourself and what led you to work in the motor body repair industry?
I matriculated in 1997 and was given the opportunity to choose a panel beating or spray-painting apprenticeship. I excelled in painting. And, as I was a young father, I poured my all into my work. In early 2001 I qualified as a spray painter. I was young and eager to give my daughter stability. I also discovered that I found great joy in restoring vintage and classic vehicles!
Who or what inspires you, and why?
Besides being inspired by a few pioneer motor vehicle founders, I am truly motivated by my uncle Craig Newman, who has shown me that through hard work and determination one can accomplish great goals.
My uncle was president of The UFI (The Global Association for the exhibition and events industry) and Group CEO of GL Events SA (nasrec). In early 2020, he was invited by the Pope to have a 40-minute interview in Vatican City!
What is your main role as a SAMBRA Associational Representative?
Personally, I believe that my role is to help members to grow in the motor industry.
What does a typical day look like as an Associational Representative (AR), and what is your favourite part of the job?
I attend to many enquiries, whether it be telephone or via email. I also seek to recruit new members.
At the end of the day, I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when finishing a task.
What challenges face SAMBRA members in the motor body repair sector today, and how do you think, we as an industry could overcome this/these challenges?
SAMBRA members face many hurdles across the board. I feel that through unity and transparency our motor industry can strengthen.
Where do you see the motor body repair industry in 10-years’ time?
South African artisans are world-renowned. Twenty-five years ago when I was first introduced to the motor industry, I was informed that at that time South Africa was 30 years behind in technology. Since then, we have grown in leaps and bounds. So, my belief is that 10 years from now, with the great potential we have, there is NO LIMIT to what we can achieve!
Would you recommend working in our industry, and what advice would you give to those looking to start a career in Motor Body Repair?
Yes, definitely! Having such skills one would find it hard to be ‘unemployed’.
I’d strongly advise any individual male or female, educated or not to learn a skill in the motor industry as There is a lot of room for growth and it is an honest means to support an individual and their family.
And finally, what does your perfect Sunday look like?
Cooking breakfast and enjoying the day at the beach and just generally relaxing, with NO cellphones!
More SAMBRA ‘Meet The Team’ article in this series:
Meet Randall Langenhoven – https://sambra.biz/meet-the-team-series-randall/
Meet Abie Kriek – https://sambra.biz/meet-the-team-series-spotlight-on-abie-kriek/