A DRIVING FORCE IN SOUTH AFRICA’S AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET

The Retail Motor Industry Organisation is a proactive, relevant, retail and associated motor industry organisation recognised as the leading voice in South Africa’s automotive aftermarket. It serves the daily needs of its members and plays a key role in enabling motor traders to deliver a superior service to motoring consumers. Eight Associations fall proudly under the RMI umbrella. Inter-associational business-to-business trading is encouraged in the interests of all stakeholders.

ARA – Automotive Remanufacturers’ Association: ARA represents the remanufacturing trade sector. This includes component remanufacturers involved in safety-critical components, inclusive of but not limited to vehicle cooling, turbocharger and braking systems; automotive engineers who machine and remanufacture engine components by way of expert engineering – ultimately rebuilding engines to its original specifications; and specialists in the repair, servicing and remanufacturing of diesel fuel injection systems fitted to diesel engines in earth moving equipment, highway trucks, stationary engines and passenger vehicles. ARA promotes the responsible reuse of remanufactured engine components for a ‘greener’ environment (carbon footprint). Its members are dedicated to providing consumers with only the best of advice, finest service delivery, and highest quality workmanship

MIWA – Motor Industry Workshop Association: MIWA, the Independent Workshop Association, representing general repairs, auto electrical; air conditioning; accessories and fitment as well as transmission and driveline workshops strives to remain ahead of the ever-changing technologies and best practices of the aftermarket motor industry. MIWA encourages members to support inter-associational, business-to-business trading with a view to strengthen the RMI. MIWA remains the leading resource for members ensuring continued relevance and sustainability.

NADA – National Automobile Dealers’ Association: NADA represents the interests of business people who own or operate new motor vehicle and motorcycle franchise dealerships and qualifying used motor vehicle and motorcycle outlets. NADA is committed to the image enhancement of the retail motor business, facilitating the interface between dealers and OEMs; importers and distributors; building relationships between dealers and customers and bringing relevant industry issues to the attention of government. NADA is the respected voice on all matters relating to motor vehicle and motorcycle dealer business. 

SAMBRA – South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association: SAMBRA is the pre-eminent motor body repair association in South Africa representing the majority of accredited motor body repairers. SAMBRA’s grading system, which was introduced over 30 years ago, regulates repair standards in the motor body repair industry in South Africa and instils confidence in consumers and industry stakeholders alike. The Association works in close collaboration with various key industry stakeholders including Insurers, Original Equipment Suppliers, paint and equipment suppliers, the labour department and trade unions, as well as related SETAs – to maintain industry sustainability and development. It ensures the provision of technical and business management skills training in order for members to meet the demands of the industry.

SAPRA – South African Petroleum Retailers’ Association: SAPRA represents the interests of all petroleum retailers in South Africa. Its aim is to improve growth and profitability for the investor. SAPRA plays an important role in tracking global and local trends that affect sustainability and help retailers remain relevant in an ever-changing business environment. Retailers voice concerns through one of the seven regional chairs strategically located around the country, into a National Executive Committee (NEC), where strategy and solutions are developed. This bottom up approach is a fundamental SAPRA imperative.

SAVABA – South African Vehicle and bodybuilders’ Association: SAVABA members are professional, certified and regulated vehicle body builders in South Africa who manufacture commercial vehicle body applications (tanker, coal, refrigerated trucks and trailers) and bus bodies (commuter and tourist type). Members manufacture using the latest equipment and highly trained staff to ensure strict compliance with NRCS regulations; SABS standards and all other legal specifications and requirements.

TEPA – Tyre, Equipment, Parts Association: TEPA represents tyre dealers; garage/workshop equipment and tool importers and distributors; auto part wholesalers, retailers and independent operators in the aftermarket motor parts industry as well as manufacturers and importers of parts for the automotive aftermarket. The members of TEPA represent, promote, sell and endorse the use of legitimate, bona fide, quality branded products. TEPA members also export parts, equipment and components into Africa and other countries in the world. TEPA encourages at all times inter-associational RMI business-to-business trading, intent on strengthening the RMI Organisation as a whole. TEPA is seen as the mark of integrity and fair trade for the consumer, the business operator and the government. The Association is the legitimate voice of the tyre, equipment, and parts industry in South Africa and is positioned as an intermediary between government, business, and the consumer.

VTA – Vehicle Testing Association: The VTA represents private vehicle testing stations that are
committed to operating within the law in accordance with the Road Traffic Act and the relevant SANS standards. In this highly regulated environment, the association represents the interests of its
members at government level working groups and is committed to enhancing the reputation of the industry in all the spheres.