MIWA has been championing the cause for the Right to Repair for several years now and we are thrilled that the topic is now in the spotlight with the recent announcement that the Competition Commission is investigating exclusionary conduct in the car repair industry.

Consumers have been facing tough economic times for a considerable period now so we welcome the Commissionís efforts to investigate finding a workable solution for the greater motor industry that will not only relieve the burden of consumers but will also facilitate discussion between industry stakeholders.

We have always believed that collaboration is key to the success of Right to Repair and have been engaging with affected parties for some time. However, some role players have opted not to engage. This investigation will most likely bring these role players to the table and create an opportunity to tackle, what we believe is, prejudicial market behaviour.

At the end of 2016 MIWA formed an external, non-profit company, Right to Repair South Africa, tasked with taking the Right to Repair Campaign to fruition. The companyís steering committee includes key industry role players including aftermarket parts suppliers, workshops and associations as well as consumer rights organisations.

The Competition Commission will be hosting a workshop in March and Right to Repair South Africa will be adding its voice to other industry players wanting to see change. The Right to Repair initiative has come to the fore in many countries over the past 15 years and we believe the time is right for change in South Africa.

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