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The home of inspiring articles and useful information for women working in motor body repair, apprentices and job seekers.
Uvashen Bramiah, newly appointed national director of the South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association (SAMBRA), a proud association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), says challenges with limited business premises, lack of access to resources and technology, poor infrastructure, bureaucratic hurdles and a lack of managerial competencies are some of the reasons that many informal Motor Body Repairers do not succeed. As a key player in the motor body repair sector, SAMBRA remains committed to the continued professional development of SMME MBR’s in the industry and therefore actively encourages a free market system within which all aspiring MBR’s have every opportunity to succeed. This baseline data will be used as a starting point for gauging progress and measuring the level and direction of change and ultimate effectiveness of the programme The RMI and SAMBRA have accordingly partnered with AIDC Eastern Cape (Auto Motive Industry Development Centre) to assist, uplift, and develop these small-medium enterprise businesses offering various forms of management, technical, financial and procurement assistance. Bramiah says to assist these businesses and develop a business plan, Arnelle Heynes, the AIDC Eastern Cape Project Manager – Auto SMME Support, and the rest of the AIDC team involved in this project […]
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 KZN provinces. He has extensive experience in the sector having first joined the automotive industry in 1999. Having worked his way up through the ranks to eventually becoming self-employed, Bramiah’s career came full circle in 2018 when he joined the Retail Motor Industry Organisation. Career Highlights Started in the industry as a qualified spray painter. He later became the workshop manager at a small family-owned business, before being recruited by a large car rental company to manage the company’s in-house MBR shop. Soon after he opened a small MBR business which later amalgamated with TCTS to create a bigger business venture, TCTS Autobody. Bramiah oversaw operations and business strategy. In 2018 he joined RMI as an Associational Representative. Transformation is high on Bramiah’ s agenda as well as encouraging Industry stakeholders to participate in collaborative negotiations, to strengthen the relationship between themselves and SAMBRA. “I […]
This post was written and originally published by the RMI. On 22 June 2022, Doctor M. J. Phaala, Minister of Health, terminated certain sections of the National Health Act, which were in effect to combat the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Since the repeal of these sections of the Act, we received several queries from members uncertain about which measures still apply in the workplace. To clarify uncertainty, take note of the following: It is not compulsory to wear a face mask in an indoor public space. The restrictions on both indoor and outdoor gatherings are repealed. The provisions concerning international travel into South Africa are no longer in effect. This does not mean that all regulations regarding the management of COVID-19 in the workplace are repealed. The Hazardous Biological Agents Regulations and the measures for COVID-19 in the workplace regulated by the Code of Good Practice are critical and are still in force and effect. Therefore, risk assessments need to be kept updated and The Hazardous Biological Agents Regulations and the Code of Good Practice, as communicated earlier, still dictates the response of the business regarding, ventilation, sanitizing, and so forth. For further detail in this regard, go […]
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 Board (108), amongst others. SAMBRA has taken SAIA and others to task about the publication of the V80 database for the past four and a half years and it eventually agreed to do so at the start of this year (2022). “We took on this task as a strategic project after it became clear that the publication of the VSD was in the public interest,” says Richard Green, National Director of SAMBRA. “Keep in mind that this issue has been ongoing for the last ten to fifteen years. We took it on because we can take the moral high ground without fear of reprisal and pursue it as a matter of public interest. Following the agreement earlier this year, SAMBRA, SAIA and other organisations such as the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) formed a task team to work towards the publication of the V80 database. […]
Modern Collision Repair is looking for an experienced Motor Vehicle Estimator to join their team in Secunda. Knowledge & Skills Successful candidates must meet all of the listed criteria below, and will be contacted for an interview. Confident and experienced in Estimating including using Abuntex / Audawach / Online assessments and manual quotations Liaising with day-to-day clients Well-presented Liaising with insurance assessors Hands on estimator that quotes right the first time Must be willing to relocate to Secunda – Mpumalanga Disciplined individual that takes ownership and is responsible Must be bilingual – English & Afrikaans Valid driver’s license Sober habits Own reliable transport Job Type Full time Salary Negotiable How to apply If you comply with all of the above, please email your CV with a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about Modern Collision Repari, visit their business page.
Modern Collision Repair is looking for a Qualified Panelbeater to join their team in Secunda. Knowledge & Skills Successful candidates must meet all of the listed criteria below and will be contacted for an interview. Candidate must be between 30- 40 years of age Must be able to do major and minor structural repairs without any assistance Person must be willing to relocate to Secunda – Mpumalanga Start date Immediate Salary Negotiable How to apply If you comply with all of the above, please email your CV with a covering letter to email@example.com For more information about Modern Collision Repair, visit their business page.
Modern Collision Repair is looking for a Workshop Foreman to join their team in Secunda. Knowledge & Skills Successful candidates must meet all of the listed criteria below and will be contacted for an interview. Qualified Panel Beater Capable of handling quality control inspections and ensuring that work is completed to manufacturer’s standards Meet weekly and monthly targets Liaising with day to day clients – delivering of repaired vehicle Liaising with insurance assessors Be a “hands-on” manager and be able to efficiently manage staff Disciplined individual that takes ownership and is responsible Performs under pressure Person must be willing to relocate to Secunda, Mpumalanga Must be bilingual – English & Afrikaans Valid driver’s license Sober habits Own reliable transport Start date Immediate Salary Negotiable How to apply If you comply with all of the above, please email your CV with a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about Modern Collision Repari, visit their business page.
The Next 2022 Mazda Recommended Repairer Program Submission Deadline is coming up. Are you ready? SAMBRA and Mazda South Africa (PTY) LTD remain in an agreement after Mazda SA decided that they will continue with their current Recommended Repairer Program. SAMBRA, therefore, extends an invitation to SAMBRA Accredited Members (Non-structural & Structural) who are not yet included in the program, to apply to become Mazda Recommended Repairers. Deadline Please submit your applications for the 2nd Quarter before 30 June 2022. Paint Please note: Mazda does not specify the paint type. Both water and solvent types are approved by Mazda. As Mazda Recommended Repairer any warranty regarding paint repairs moves from the vehicle manufacturer to either the repairer or paint supplier. New Applications New applications will be submitted to Mazda SA on a quarterly basis. Apply below. Apply Now New Applicants Form Recommended Mazda South Africa Motor Body Repairer
Did you know that the SAMBRA Members Portal pages are packed full of motor body repairers news and essential industry information? One of our favourite pages is the Podcasts & Videos page. Here are our current Top 3 podcasts and videos on the page today: https://sambra.biz/second-hand-car-buyers-to-have-access-to-vehicle-salvage-database/ https://sambra.biz/diagnostics/ https://sambra.biz/podcast-short-time-load-shedding/ Which is your favourite industry related podcast? If there is something you would like to see or hear more of on the SAMBRA Members’ pages, send us a quick message here.
SAMBRA has been campaigning hard over the last four years for the South African Insurance Association (SAIA) to release more information to the market with regard to the status of written-off vehicles. Richard Green, National Director of SAMBRA says that without a register to refer to, there is no way of stopping these cars from going back into the system, only to be purchased by an unsuspecting and poorly advised consumer. This intense lobbying advocating for more transparency, has finally paid off with the Insurance industry agreeing to accept the principle that the purchaser of a second hand vehicles has the right to know if the vehicle they are considering purchasing has been in a serious collision and has been written off before. What Is To Come According to Green this will result in the VIN numbers of all previously insured written off vehicles being published on an open website providing purchasers of second hand vehicles and franchised dealers the opportunity to make informed decisions. The Terms The SAIA VSD (vehicle salvage database) task team met in February in Johannesburg and agreed in-principle to the following terms: ・All code 2, 3, 3A and 4 written off vehicles will be published […]
SAMBRA members are always striving for the highest standards. SAMBRA’s accreditation standards are recognized by all major Insurers and are often included in government regulatory documents as the industry standard. Our members pledge to: Perform high-quality repairs Use genuine parts or parts authorized by you or your Insurer Employ qualified personnel Repair effectively rather than replace parts wherever possible Furnish an itemized invoice for services rendered Furnish a comprehensive warranty on all work performed Obtain prior written authorization for all work done, or by other means satisfactory to the customer or their chosen Insurer Exercise all reasonable care of the customer’s property whilst in our possession Communicate effectively with customers during the repair process Ensure that all members comply with the sector regulations and industry standards For quality repairs and the highest industry standards find a SAMBRA Member near you today.
The 2022 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada was awash with excitement after BMW unveiled its colour-changing concept car known as the “iX Flow featuring E-Ink.” At “the touch of a button” the driver can instantly change the colour of the car. Not only the car panels but the e-Ink panel technology found in Amazon’s Kindle, changes the colour of the wheels too. The company cites the benefits of the Flow technology, other than being able to match your car to your shoes ie. personalisation, the driver will have access to in-depth vehicle information such as battery life, and enjoy thermal adjustments to respond to the sun. BMW have yet to announce when this colour-changing technology will be available to the consumer, but the rollout of their first all-electric SUV, the iX is scheduled to begin arriving for pre-order customers from March. The iX claims to offer 480 km plus of range, 500 horsepower, and a 0-100 km/h time in under five seconds. With the company claiming to be bringing “personalisation to unforeseen levels”, it seems consumers looking for a more customisable driving experience have a lot to look forward to. Watch the full BMW presentation here. Article references: […]
Within the motor body repair industry, more and more people are looking for apprentice or internships in panel beating and spray-painting to get started.
It is almost time for the sun to set on the year, and for us to welcome in 2022. But before we say ‘adios’ to 2021, let’s take a quick look back! In 2021, we welcomed more than 20,000 new visitors to the various SAMBRA pages and helped more than 12,000 people find an accredited panel beater near them. This year, SAMBRA published and shared over 130 Consumer education articles, Member learning portal guides, COVID-19 updates, Government guidelines, Industry-specific podcasts, videos, jobs, CVs, events and more on our site. Here are some of our favourite articles, and yours by category. Consumer Education How To Open A Panelbeating Business Non-Structural & Structural Repairs – What is the difference? Competition Commission publishes key guidelines on ‘Right to Repair’ Basic quality control inspection at your Panel Beater: What is it? 3 Reasons To Become A SAMBRA Member Member Learning Portal or News (log in to view this content) Special Offer: Abuntex / Audatex Estimating Systems Competition Commission publishes key guidelines on ‘Right to Repair’ Apprenticeships and Job Seekers Apprenticeships – Kick starting careers Thank you for joining us this year! We look forward to sharing more informative, helpful and entertaining content about […]
Women are becoming qualified artisans and taking over the mixing rooms at motor body repair workshops. According to Lee de Sousa of Motus Technical Training Academy, about one-quarter of their spray painting students are female. According to de Sousa, “Many of the workshops today use qualified artisans and women are managing the mixing room. Women have amazing skills and the ability to do that (role)…” If you are interested in a career in motor body repair, check out these pages: Interview with Lee de Sousa (part 1) – https://sambra.biz/meeting-lee-de-sousa-motus-technical-academy-wadeville/ Interview with Lee de Sousa (part 2) – https://sambra.biz/part-2-meeting-lee-de-sousa/ Apprenticeships page – https://sambra.biz/apprenticeships/ Courses at Motus Technical Training Academy – https://www.motustechnicalacademy.co.za/artisanApprenticeshipPrograms.html
Lee de Sousa is back from Motus Technical Academy to talk to us about apprenticeships, trade qualification testing and why a career in the automotive industry is a great choice! A technical trainer of twenty-two years, Lee de Sousa started his career as an apprentice at Lindsay Saker. From there, Lee worked for the likes of Audi and Audi & VW when they were one entity. When the two brands were separated, Lee enjoyed various roles within Audi. From being a Motor Mechanic, Foreman, Service Advisor and then a service manager. Eventually, an opportunity within the training division came up where Lee says he discovered his passion. In Part 2, we are talking more about the Learner experience. Check out Part 1 of this conversation, here. Firstly, can you remind us which trades are offered at the Motus Technical Academy? We offer seven trades and do trade testing on all of them. They are; Automotive body repair Automotive spray painter Diesel mechanic Motor mechanic Automotive electrician Motorcycle and Scooter mechanic VDQ( vehicle damage quantifier ) How many students do you currently have? In automotive body repair there are 89 [students], and in spray painting, 104 (of which, around 20 to […]
The Role Applicants must have at least 2 years of experience in all aspects of paint preparation work such as paint stripping, flatting/sanding, using fillers and sealers, feather edging, masking, applying primers, spray indicator/guide coats, doing spot repairs and spraying loose parts. Must be accurate and have a good eye for detail. Plastic welding/bumper repairs will be advantageous but is not a requirement. About DALS Motor Group The DALS Motor Group, a leading Automotive Body Repairer in the Western Cape has three vacancies for a spray paint preparator (SPP) at two of their branches. More about DALS Motor Group – https://www.dals.co.za/about/ To Apply Contact D. De Vos Email: Desray@dals.co.za Tel: 021 551 4394 For more auto body repair jobs in your area including spray painter jobs, estimator jobs, panel beater jobs, visit the Find A Job page, here. Looking to start a career in motor body repair? Why not join an apprenticeship program? More info, here.
Does it matter what you wash your car with? Absolutely! And it is not only what you use, but how you use it that counts. For many of us, having to hold onto our cars longer, maintaining the sleek outward appearance of our 4-wheel pride and joy is an absolute must. The good news is that frequent washing is in fact the best way to maintain a new-car finish. Here are some definite do’s and don’ts to watch out for from Richard Green, national director of SAMBRA. To keep your car’s paintwork in tip-top condition, DO; Use a dedicated carwash product that is milder and specifically designed for use on automotive paint. Before applying the soap, do rinse all surfaces thoroughly with water to remove loose dirt and debris that could cause scratching. Apply the soap suds with a large, soft natural sponge or a lamb’s-wool mitt. For more stubborn deposits like grease and road tar, you may need a slightly stronger product but still, ensure you are using a non-abrasive cloth. Wash one section at a time and wash and rinse each section before moving on to the next. Remember to work the solution into a lather to provide […]
A technical trainer of twenty-two years, Lee de Sousa started his career as an apprentice at Lindsay Saker. From there, Lee worked for the likes of Audi and Audi & VW when they were one entity. When the two brands were separated, Lee enjoyed various roles within Audi. From being a Motor Mechanic, Foreman, Service Advisor and then a service manager. Eventually, an opportunity within the training division came up where Lee says he discovered his passion. Today, Lee is the academy manager at Motus Technical Academy in Wadeville where four motor vehicle repair trades are offered; Diesel mechanic, Auto electrical, Automotive Body Repair and Spray painting. To start off, what testing does Motus Technical Academy offer? Motus Technical Academy has their accredited trade test (TTC) and they test internal learners, as well as external ones, for Diesel mechanic, Motor mechanic, Motorcycle and Scooter mechanic, Auto-electrical, Automotive Body Repair and Spray Painting. They extend their services to include ARPL (Artisan Recognition of Prior Learning), Learnerships, Skills Program, Short courses and Technical for non-technical. Where can course applicants complete their training with Motus? Motus Technical Academy has four training centres; Wadeville – Diesel Mechanic, Auto electrical, Spray Painting Automotive 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 out whether women find the industry a good fit and a workplace they would recommend to other women. “The results of the survey are encouraging. Of the nearly 90 respondents the majority said they didn’t find it too difficult to get into the industry and are very happy to be in MBR,” Green said. “Nearly 80% of respondents have been in MBR for five years plus, which I would like to believe is an indication that they are settled in this career path.” Interestingly, the Women Driving Change survey revealed that the majority of women ended up in the field through a family business (37.93%). More Apprenticeship Opportunities On The Wishlist When asked what training opportunities they would be interested in undertaking, the majority said they want to see more apprenticeships for women. Green agrees, adding that apprenticeships are an excellent way to develop […]
Kubeshnie Naidu from Star Centre joins us for a short Q&A to share her story and her thoughts on the challenges of working in the vibrant MBR sector, on being a woman in the industry, and looking to the future. Hi Kubeshnie, can you tell us a bit about yourself? Hi, my name is Kubeshnie Naidu, I am a 48-year-old mother of two amazing children and the owner-director of the STAR Centre Group of Motor Body Repairs. How did you get into motor body repair, originally? In 2004, after the untimely death of my husband, I started as a debtor clerk in the family business. And, how did your career path develop after that? I went on to purchase the family business and in 2006 STAR Centre East London was incorporated as a major structural autobody repair centre. Together with my management team, we have been approved by twelve Manufacturer approvals including the prestigious Mercedes Benz South Africa In 2014, together with my business partner, we purchased STAR Centre Elliot and in 2018, we started our third branch, STAR Centre George. Educate yourself! Be knowledgeable in all aspects of your business and understand the repair process. Understand your clients’ needs […]
Bela-Bela’s Santie is no wallflower in the automotive industry Growing up with brothers is where Santie Boshoff from BB Auto Body Rebuilds says her love for cars started. They wouldn’t let her play with their cars so she would build her own. This can-do attitude has held Santie in good stead since she married into the industry and then became an integral part of it when they opened an auto body repair business in Bela-Bela 34 years ago. Boshoff (59) has owned and run BB Auto Body Rebuilds, a member of the South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association ( SAMBRA ) and proud association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), on her own since 2010. She grew up in Bela-Bela and looks back fondly and with gratitude on the early years when her and her late husband opened their shop. “When we first opened, I was secretary, flatter, paint mixer and even estimator. This is how I learned the business, alongside my husband. I was privileged to be skilled by the best – he was one of the first journeymen in training at the Olifantsfontein training centre. “Today, I am in a position to show my colleagues and staff […]
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 the proud owner of her own auto body repair shop in Randburg, G& T Autobody; owns a 30% stake in the business she worked at previously as an office manager, is looking to buy a second business and is a proud accredited member of the South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association (SAMBRA). “Family and friends still can’t digest what I do for a living. My female friends think panel beating must be a boring and dirty job. I just smile. I love my job and have proven women are capable of anything they set their minds to,” Thembi says. She explains that she received many compliments from customers when she began answering the phone and taking on admin roles. Some even asked if she was one of the owners of the business. “This recognition pushed me to explore the possibility of actually opening my own […]
9 August is Women’s Day and the SAMBRA management would like to wish all of our strong and resourceful women a very happy Women’s Month in honour of the bold and brave women of 1956 who fought for a better and brighter future for all. This year we embrace generation equality: realising Women’s Rights for an equal future. We deeply respect the role women play in our general society – you provide support, love, and inspiration. You nurture us and raise us. “You strike a Woman, you strike a rock” “Wathint’ Abafazi wathinti imbokodo”
With Women’s Day fast approaching this Monday, 9th August, we are proud to see a spotlight being shone on one of SAMBRA’s Members, Annelie Kruger of Carty Carvenience in an IOL motoring article! A true inspiration to women in the industry, Annelie shares advice below on being a successful businesswoman in the motor body repair sector and what she thinks could change MBR for the better. Read the original article by IOL below.
SAMBRA, the South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association is a professional association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI). Accredited members repair over 80% of all insured motor vehicle accident repair claims in South Africa.The variety of manufacturer approvals that many of our members have attained is proof of the superior standards that we uphold in the motor body repair industry. As an association, we take pride in the quality workmanship that is being offered by our members.So, why else should you consider joining SAMBRA as a member? Here are four more reasons: 1. Exclusive Business Tools Downloads, industry documents and more are available for SAMBRA accredited members. Gain access to valuable industry information, and the support of an area manager should you ever have industry-related questions. Each member has their own dedicated Business Listing page on the SAMBRA website, which can be managed from the exclusive Members Portal. Each listing can be personalised. Members can add photographs and information and share their listing on social media platforms, to help promote their business. A new addition to the SAMBRA Member Tool Box, is the soon to be launched SAMBRA Connect App. This app will be invaluable to members in helping them […]