Plans are on track for the 2019 South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association (SAMBRA) Conference which will take place between 17 – 18 October at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.
This year we will be including an extra day specially earmarked for a highly targeted Enterprise Development focus, hosted by Dionne Kerr of Siyakha. The target is to have 200 delegates representing funders from corporate and government spheres as well as small and micro enterprises. The conference will have a clear focus on growth and development in the sector as well as support to Exempted Micro Enterprises (EME’s) and Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSE’s) supplying the sector. The conference will include showcasing of innovation within the sector presented by successful innovators to stimulate strong collaborative thinking and engagement.
The 18th will follow with the SAMBRA Conference culminating in the annual SAMBRA Awards gala dinner on the Friday which honours top vehicle insurers, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and paint and equipment suppliers for their contribution to the sustainability of motor body repairers in South Africa.
The outcome of the SAMBRA survey has become an important benchmark to measure the success and progress in the insurance, OEM and supplier sectors.
The industry is transforming rapidly and it is critical to be able to build best practice models by assisting all parties to re-evaluate and streamline their processes and procedures, and improve skill levels and regulatory compliance. The addition of our Enterprise Development conference this year will be a useful catalyst in encouraging growth and ownership transfer in the sector.