Press Releases

  • Right to Repair SA celebrates ‘David and Goliath’ victory in Australia

    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) is celebrating the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Final Report into The New Car Retailing Industry which was released today (14 December 2017). The ACCC’s Final Report recommends a mandatory scheme that will compel all car companies operating in Australia to share the same repair and service information that they currently share with

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  • Quote or estimate from your mechanic – know the difference

    So the new year has started and those car repairs you have been putting off cannot be ignored any longer. “Repairing a car can be a costly exercise so it’s always helpful to know what you are in for before the repair work begins,” says Pieter Niemand, Director of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), a constituent association of the

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  • Start of the year is a great time to revisit security measures & make changes, at home and at work

    The start of the year is a very opportune time to consider whether home and business security systems are still adequate, and to decide if changes are required. One of South Africa’s largest security companies believes there are basic questions everyone should be asking. The answers, they say, would determine what would need to happen next. “When last did you

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  • Managing risks of employing domestic staff

    Home owners are encouraged to do research into anyone they allow onto their property or into their homes to do any work. They should be sure that any contract worker, cleaner, construction worker or builder is trustworthy before they are granted access. “The people you have employed to work in your house or on your property form a vital line

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  • Education – Planning for the New Year

    There is no greater gift you can give your child than the gift of a secure education, however, ensuring that you give your child a quality education costs money – and it is often the kind of money that most of us simply do not have. All the signs point to a tough 2018 – a depressed local economy that

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  • An Angel amongst us

    As this holiday season approaches, it is important to remember that not everyone will be lucky enough to enjoy the festive season with family and friends. Angels of Hope an NGO started in Welkom by Cecilia Thebesoa, along with members of her church, is a group of about 15 volunteers who seldom get paid a cent for what they do

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  • Get your new year budget in order

    Bond repayments, rent, loans, school fees, municipal bills, medical aid, insurance, groceries… Making sure you have all financial responsibilities covered can be overwhelming especially at the beginning of a new year. Mellony Ramalho, African Bank’s Group Executive: Sales, Branch Network, says the only way to get on top of your finances is to make a budget at the start of

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  • Fight back against financial abuse

    Financial abuse occurs in 98% of abusive relationships. If someone forcibly controls another person’s money or other assets, it is financial abuse. During this 16 Day of Activism, African Bank is urging women and men who suspect they may be in a financially abusive relationship to get help. “It is your right to manage your money and be financially independent,”

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  • 88 apprentices get a chance to upskill in motor industry

    A year ago, the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA) entered into discussions with Bidvest McCarthy regarding training needs and possible solutions for the independent aftermarket. To date 31 companies and 88 apprentices have applied for funding through this initiative with the aim to address the artisan skills shortage in our country. “This is a brilliant step forward for us as

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  • A hot summer is here. What to do when your car overheats

    With high temperatures expected this summer, it’s inevitable that many of us will have to deal with a car overheating. “While it is rare for modern vehicles to overheat in hot weather, the two most common reasons for overheating are low water and coolant levels in the radiator or a leak in the cooling system,” says Pieter Niemand, Director of

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  • Is your vehicle roadworthy?

    Responsible drivers ensure that they’re not distracted while driving, they pay attention to the rules of the road and, importantly, they make sure their vehicle is roadworthy at all times. However, many drivers knowingly put their lives at risk by getting behind the wheel of a vehicle even when they know there is a problem with the car. “School holidays

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  • Checked your windscreen wipers? Summer rains are on their way

    Summer is just on the horizon and now is the perfect time to get your car summer-ready, says Pieter Niemand, Director of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA). “Why wait until you are caught in the first spring rains to realise that your windscreen wipers are old and need to be changed. Get pro-active and check your vehicle now so

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