Press Releases

  • Public speaks out about proposed Automotive Code

    Twenty-four private comments were submitted in response to the first draft of the Code of Conduct for the automotive industry. “There were several interesting ideas and issues raised in these comments, many of which support the fundamentals of the Right to Repair (R2R) Campaign,” says Gunther Schmitz, Acting Chairman for Right to Repair SA. Pricing dominated many of the comments

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  • Original parts come only from manufacturers – not so, says Right to Repair

    For years consumers have been led to believe that original car parts can only be obtained from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), that they are superior parts, and independent workshops deal in inferior, or commonly referred to as pirate parts. This is not the case, says Gunther Schmitz, Acting Chairman of Right to Repair SA (R2RSA). “Probably 99% of the parts

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  • Breaking four-wheel barriers

    JEÁNNE ESTERHUIZEN – PRESIDENT OF RMI Born in Barkley East, Jeánne Esterhuizen has always had a passion and love for beautiful cars and bikes. She and her business partner opened Technicolour in 1994 as a small micro enterprise. In the space of just 15 years it has grown into a large company and is currently rated as the best overall

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  • Unhappy with your car repairs? You have options

    You want to know that when you hand your car over for costly repairs that they will be done properly. But what if they aren’t? Jakkie Olivier, CEO for the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), says there is recourse for inefficient servicing of vehicles, if, of course, you have used the right service provider. “It’s so important for vehicle owners

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  • Darker for longer – have you checked your car lights are working?

    Winter is here and with it comes longer hours of darkness. Making sure the lights on your car are working should be a priority, says Dewald Ranft, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), an affiliated association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI). “Many accidents on our roads could be prevented if all vehicles’ lights were working and

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  • Are you ready to assist in a roadside emergency?

    With hundreds of accidents happening daily on our roads the chances of you witnessing an accident are high. Are you prepared, in the unfortunate event of an accident, to get out of your own car and assist? Dewald Ranft, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), an affiliated association of the Retail Motor Industry (RMI), says most motorists are

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  • How old are your tyres really?

    Purchasing new tyres can be a costly affair and most people put it off for as long as possible. But, says Pieter Niemand, Director of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), a constituent association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), vehicle owners need to realise that many accidents on our roads are caused by worn and old tyres. So

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  • How long does brake fluid last?

    So how often should you change your brake fluid? Dewald Ranft, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), an association of the Retail Motor Industry (RMI), says this is a common question customers ask their workshop mechanics The braking system of the vehicle remains one of the most overlooked systems in the vehicle and can be one of the

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  • Car coolant needs to be checked once a year – here’s why…

    Coolant (or Antifreeze and Summer Coolant) protects your engine from freezing and/or over-heating while defending components against corrosion. It also plays a critical role in sustaining overall engine heat balance by removing heat. “For these reasons it is important that you not only have coolant in your vehicle but that it is checked annually,” explains Dewald Ranft, Chairman of the

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  • Checked your windscreen wipers lately?

    Windscreen wipers are obviously an important safety feature of your car and will need replacing at some stage. Windscreen wipers are in fact one of the hardest working, yet least durable, parts of your car. Dewald Ranft, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), an affiliate association of the Retail Motor Industry (RMI), says weather conditions will obviously affect

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  • Get the car and kids ready for mid-year holiday road trips

    With the mid-year school holidays fast approaching, families will soon start preparing for those long drives ahead. “Keeping the kids safe and entertained is an important part of the trip,” says Dewald Ranft, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), an affiliate association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI). He says it is essential when travelling with young

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  • O2 sensors – what are they and how long do they last?

    Stricter environmental controls and the requirement to create less pollution has led to far more complex automotive exhaust systems. One component of these systems is the oxygen sensor or Lambda sensor. Dewald Ranft, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), an affiliate association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), explains that depending on the make and model you

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