Region in the spotlight - Western Cape

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There has been much emphasis on training in the Western Cape region recently with the efforts lead by MIWA Regional Chairman, Gunther Schmitz, Vice-Chairman, Riaan van Zyl and the members of the committee Gerhard Haslam, Eric van der Merwe, Charles Baxter, Neville Frost and Deon Goch.

Gunther offers this overview of activity in the region over the last six months:


The last committee meeting was held on 1 December and ongoing matters were addressed. We also enjoyed a year-end function on 12 November where all MIWA member in the region were invited to Killarney Gardens where we watched Eric van der Merwe race. We had a braai and social get together which was a great opportunity to touch base.

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We visited eight training facilities in the Western Cape, including rural areas, that offer training and qualifications for motor technicians. We are in talks with the technical colleges to help with a programme, Work Integrated Learners (WIL). This programme assists in job creation and is funded by MERSETA and/or Western Cape Government Department of Higher Education.

The concept of the programme is that the college trains the learners for 18 months thereafter the learners must get 18 months’ practical experience and on-going training within the motor industry, ideally with a MIWA member. They then write a trade test at the end of their training. The best part of the programme is that the college pays the learners’ salaries and are responsible for the accompanying paperwork. We are busy with the service level agreement and have been in meetings with the Western Cape Government in this regard. We received a request from two MERSTA-approved private training companies to have open days/evenings to invite MIWA members to show then the importance of training. Dates are in the process of being confirmed.

A well-known brake company has also asked if they can join with MIWA to do a training /social evening in Worchester, hopefully at the technical college so that our members can see what they do at the college.

We will be preparing a summary for our members of the different offers, so that members utilise training more.