June 2017

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In our previous newsletter we addressed the junk status issues and how now is the time to get your business in tip-top shape. We have some pointers on how to get going...

Region in the spotlight: KZN
KZN regional MIWA Chairman, Daya Naidoo, says meetings have been well attended resulting in positive feedback for the KZN region. Take a look at an overview of the region's activities...
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Contact your regional rep
It's important that you know who your regional MIWA representative is just in case you need info, help or just want to touch base. Here's how...
From the Director's Desk

Dearest MIWA family

The time has come for me to bid farewell to you as Director of MIWA. I now embark on a new project within the RMI, the South African Petroleum Retailers Association (SAPRA). I leave MIWA in the very capable hands of Pieter Niemand (ex RMI Regional Manager for the Northern Region and Association Director for the Engine Remanufacturers Association) and the extremely capable MIWA National & Regional Executive Committees. Pieter has a wealth of knowledge in the aftermarket workshop environment and is committed to taking MIWA to even greater heights.

My journey at MIWA was indeed fulfilling with many fruitful and lasting relationships formed. The MIWA brand is now a recognised and trusted brand in both the eye of industry and certainly the consumer. We have gained tremendous respect as experts in the industry, certainly amongst media houses, newspapers, radio and TV.

The specific challenges we faced during the implementation phase of the Right to Repair Campaign to the most recent developments by the Competition Commission to regulate the behaviour of all players in this sector to fair and reasonable trading conditions was testimony that our collective voice can yield results. Your enduring member support and resource enabled MIWA to gain the traction we did, for that I say thank you.

It is clear that MIWA member confidence is at an all-time high. This is a great position to be in as we navigate the evolution taking place in this industry.

MIWA members are specifically small business, having a collective voice to lead and channel concerns is fundamental and non-negotiable. I implore you all, if you are not already doing so, to attend the meetings or engage with the MIWA officials, lend your support to enable MIWA to achieve even more for you. We need you to assist us so that we can assist you.

Unwavering gratitude goes to the MIWA NEC that worked tirelessly with me and my office to achieve our objectives. A special thank you goes out to the RMI Regional offices, our PR ladies Cathy and Tessa, and a further thanks to your auditor Aubrey of Ace Accreditation. A very special thank you to my MIWA administrator, Giselle, who has grown to be a proud ambassador for MIWA.

With that I wish MIWA every success for the future.

Stay well and stay blessed.

Vishal Premlall

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