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General: Events Planned for Expo Centre During Automechanika SA


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Several organisations are taking advantage of the Automechanika South Africa trade fair, which takes place at Expo Centre from March 18-21, to stage their own conferences, workshops and presentations.

One of the most important of these is the RMI’s conference on opening day, March 18. The organisation has arranged an excellent line-up of speakers to address “Survival in these Times: An industry Perspective”. Included are Nedbank Economist Nicky Weimar, scenario planner Clem Sunter, McCarthy Motor Holdings’ CEO, Brand Pretorius, NAACAM CEO, Stewart Jennings, penelbeatign and spraypainting expert Ian Groat, Guy Harris, Jansen, RMI Road Safety’s Petro Kruger and the RMI’s president, Mrs. Ferose Oaten.

In addition, the RMI-affiliated Tyre Dealer and Fitment Association is staging a Roadshow on March 19, with the guest speaker being Frans Cronje of the SA Institute of Race Relations.

More information on the RMI events can be obtained from Claire Paterson, National Communications Director, RMI. Tel: 011-886-6300
Cell: 082-443-9226 e-mail:

The Automotive Industry Development Centre will stage a National Skills Indaba and Exhibition for the duration of the show. It has the full backing of the RMI, an organisation that is a key partner with the AIDC in the retail and aftermarket side of the business. This Indaba is the outflow from a proposal at the AIDC’s annual conference in June last year for the organisation to stage such an event.

The AIDC’s Business Development Manager, Fayaz Sacoor, says the organisation has achieved much in the field of skills development over the past seven years, but still has some way to go to achieve government and industry targets over the next decade.

He adds that the National Skills Indaba will provide the opportunity to reflect on past achievements and to identify strategies and collaboration opportunities to ensure skills development within the automotive sector is accelerated.

More information on the AIDC’s National Skills Indaba can be obtained from Fayaz Sacoor at Tel: 012-564-5250

Another important event during Automechanika SA will be the presentation of KPMG’s 2009 global survey of automotive executives. The presentation will take place during a breakfast at Expo Centre (07:15 for 08:00) on March 20.

The worldwide KPMG survey has been conducted annually since 1999, with KPMG South Africa having arranged presentations locally since 2002. Next year’s survey results will undoubtedly be the most important to date as the world automotive industry faces the biggest challenges to its survival in history.

KPMG has expanded the reach of its authoritative survey this year, adding 12 additional countries to the original list. Executives from the following countries were interviewed: Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States.

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