- Motor Industry Ombudsman meeting, Johannesburg
- Dti and member meetings re Skills Pilot Programme
- Meeting with CEO of V&A Waterfront
- Operation Phakisa Marine Manufacturing Skills Working Group
- Cape Town Boat Show
- Cape Chamber Export of the Year Awards
- NAMB Boat Building Trade Test workshops
- SAIMI Working Group Chairs meeting, Port Elizabeth
- Ernst and Young/SAIMI Skills Strategy Workshop
- Meeting with The Business Place CEO
- Green Cape and member meetings and site visit
- V&A Executive meeting
- Dpt of Transport National Steering Committee World Maritime Day, Pretoria
- Careers presentation, Transport Week, Sci Bono Centre, Johannesburg
At a special members meeting held earlier this month there was unanimous support for the co-joining of the Export Council (SABBEX) and the Association (MIASA). The dti have given in principle approval for the alignment and we hope to have their final approval of the business plan before the end of the year. So from January next year, we will have one entity looking after both industry and export needs.
Interestingly, when I was at METS in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago, it was apparent that we are not alone in efforts to re-strategise association representation. With social media replacing many of the old “networking” opportunities of member based organisations, we need to re-think how we can add value to our members.
Another interesting global topic for discussion with international ICOMIA colleagues was how to Grow Boating and attract people to Boat Shows. The influence of the circular economy and issues relating to peer to peer boat rental were interesting discussion points.
Last by certainly not least! Huge congratulations to the team at Phoenix Marine for receiving two SAIL magazine awards for their X5 Catamaran. They scooped the Best Large Multihull and the Best Boat System. “To get the Best Systems award is indeed very special as it proves that South African boats can compare to any other boat in the world – even on the high tech side and shows that there are still good Artisans/technicians in the country”, wrote Clinton Johns in a recent e mail.
Enjoy the crazy count down to the end of the year and have a great Christmas break.