Press Releases

  • Beware incorrect jumpstarting can damage your car’s computer

    When an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) – also known as the ‘computer’ – of a vehicle needs to be repaired or replaced, motorists are often confronted with a hefty repair bill. This makes sense as an ECU is a very powerful control system capable of gathering hundreds of channels of information to control every aspect of your car’s engine management

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  • Demand for skills in motor industry grows

    Economic uncertainty has curtailed consumer spending and this conservative trend is now being felt in the motor industry with South African motorists tending to hold onto their private vehicles for longer periods. This has in turn seen increased demand for independent workshops, especially for motorists whose existing dealer maintenance and repair plans have expired. While stronger demand bodes well for

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  • Are further downgrades reason to panic?

    November’s further downgrade of local and foreign currency by S&P Global and the looming threat of a similar downgrade by Moody’s has raised concerns about whether further downgrades to non-investment grade will follow early next year. Jaco Pretorius, CEO of Ensimini Financial Services, says at the moment there is no immediate reason for investors to panic but it is worth

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  • Does diabetes affect women differently from men?

    Diabetes currently affects an estimated 4.6 million people in South Africa and around half of these people are women. While diabetes affects women and men in almost equal numbers, diabetes affects women differently from men. “The burden of diabetes on women is unique, because the condition can affect women both as adults and as potential mothers of their unborn children,”

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  • The truth about diabetes and sport

    Managing diabetes when doing sport is not easy. That’s a reality. But, the immediate and long-term benefits of exercise for people living with diabetes are immense ranging from improved circulation, better cardiovascular health, to experiencing less complications related to the disease with significantly less stress and anxiety. Andrew Heilbrunn, Head Biokineticist and Director at the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinologist’s

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  • Check your source

    Media reports this week highlighting the danger of non-medical personnel dispensing medical advice under the guise of a “doctor” have highlighted the importance of checking one’s source and questioning online sites that purport to have a medical doctor on standby. Not only are these sites unethical and potentially illegal, according to the Health Professions Council of SA, they could have

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  • Can diabetes be cured?

    Being diagnosed with diabetes is often overwhelming for a person. Living with it can be just as hard. Hamish van Wyk, Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator from the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE), says there is so much misinformation regarding how best to live with, or even ‘cure’, diabetes. Van Wyk says before addressing that point it is important

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  • The great weight loss myths

    The world is getting fatter and fatter and South Africa ranks as one of the most obese nations in the world and certainly the most obese in Africa. Obesity has literally become a modern day exponential pandemic that is contributing to deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and

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  • US implements Right to Repair – will SA follow suit?

    The United States (US) implementation of its Right to Repair legislation started four years ago and compliance with the requirements has been very good, says Aaron Lowe, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Auto Care Association. Right to Repair SA’s Director, Les Mc Master, says the US offers an interesting example of how the Right to Repair campaign has

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  • Don’t be duped by the car parts deception

    The hotly debated draft code of conduct for the motor industry has once again brought into the spotlight the issue of original parts. Director of Right to Repair SA (R2RSA), Les Mc Master, says for years an impression has been created for consumers that original parts can only be obtained from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), that they are superior parts,

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  • Code of conduct submissions are in – the battle begins

    Responses to the draft code of conduct for the automotive industry are in and it’s clear that finalising the code is not going to be an easy process. “We did anticipate a strong opposing response from the Original Equipment Manufacturers because the current status quo suits them just fine,” says Les Mc Master, Director of Right to Repair South Africa

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  • Exercise your rights as a car owner – comment on Code before 3 Nov, urges R2RSA

    The Competition Commission has gazetted a draft code of conduct for competition in the South African automotive industry and is calling for public comment by 3 November. “It is crucial that the public has a look at the draft code and submits comments. This is our chance to see real change that will benefit consumers and their rights when it

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