Historical Challenges …
A grading system that gave rise to a Preferred Insurance Service Provider System and ultimately a Motor Manufacturer Factory Approved System, which limited small and medium-size body shops that had been in existence for up to fifty years, to access procurement opportunities.
This system was designed to streamline the industry and ensure that the previously advantaged body shops remain advantaged. It also did not allow for new entrants and the transformation policy of our country to become a reality.
SAARSA’s continued struggle against unfair industry practices and exclusion parameters led to the formation of the MITF [Motor Industry Transformation Forum] by engaging the government in the form of the Department of Trade and Industry to facilitate the forum to find constructive and effective solutions to the problems facing the industry.
In addition SAARSA was also instrumental in the formation and implementation of the SAIA Industry Interim Measure to prevent further business casualties whilst changes and improvements were being made in the Insurance Industry.
SAARSA is currently representing in excess of 200 body shops nationally and growing daily. We are a non-racial organization, but understand that race too needs to be addressed to truly transform all industries. Our main aim is however to narrow the gap between Big and Small businesses by creating a free and fair business environment in which to trade.
If you own a panel beating business and want your voice to be heard, your business interest taken care of, SAARSA is the home for you. We currently have our head office in Cape Town and a regional office in Durban, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth with full-time staff to offer assistance with your day-to-day needs.