Casual day adds R27m to the coffers of disability sector

Top L to R: Provincial director of KZN APD Cheryl Naidoo, Casual Day ambassador Bongi Mdluli, Casual Day chairman Lusani Netshitomboni, provincial chairman of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA (NCPPDSA) PB Singh and Casual Day project leader Vanessa du Plessis. Front: Special guest Sipha Gumbi, a member of the National Wheelchair Basketball team.

Top L to R: Provincial director of KZN APD Cheryl Naidoo, Casual Day ambassador Bongi Mdluli, Casual Day chairman Lusani Netshitomboni, provincial chairman of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA (NCPPDSA) PB Singh and Casual Day project leader Vanessa du Plessis.
Front: Special guest Sipha Gumbi, a member of the National Wheelchair Basketball team.

The top performers in the Casual Day campaign for 2015 were announced to the project’s awards breakfast at the Elangeni Hotel in Durban yesterday [Tuesday 9 February].

Top of the leader board was the Quadpara Association of South Africa with R306 428, followed by the KZN Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD) with R293 332 and the KZN Blind & Deaf Society with R109 650.

The function was organised by a team from KZN APD whose director, Cheryl Naidoo, thanked all the attendees for their contribution towards the project.

The generous public added R27 million to the donations raised by Casual Day over the past two decades, bringing the national total for 21 years to R249 million.

Sponsored by the Edcon Group and supported by a number of corporates, Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA (NCPPDSA). Says project leader Vanessa du Plessis: ‘We would like to thank all Durban employers who permit their employees to take part in Casual Day. A large portion of what we raise comes from employees in South Africa’s companies and big corporates. It is very interesting to note that employees who participate in projects like Casual Day are more positive, motivated and productive at work. Doing good as a team gives employees a feeling of pride and meaning.

‘Doing good together leads to more satisfied employees and ones that are more likely to exceed their performance expectations than those who are not involved. The bottom line is - doing good is good for the bottom line.’

Casual Day Project Team chairman Lusani Netshitomboni encouraged the fundraisers in the room to think of innovative ways of raising funds within a constrained economy.

Mercia Maserumule, head of enterprise development at the Edcon Group said the company has committed over R12 million to Casual Day since becoming a principal sponsor in 2013, with over R4,3 million of the funds raised as sticker donations at Edcon stores.

The group continues to support the agenda of the South African community of persons with disabilities with the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA and its affiliates across the country. Edcon’s relationship with the NCPPDSA extends beyond the Casual Day sponsorship to the recruitment and placement of persons with disabilities in jobs within the Edcon Group, she said.

The donations will be distributed to the following beneficiaries: the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA, South African National Council for the Blind, SA Federation for Mental Health, Deaf Federation of South Africa, Autism South Africa, Down Syndrome South Africa, the National Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy, the South African National Deaf Association, the National Institute for the Deaf, QuadPara Association of South Africa, Alzheimer’s South Africa and the South African Disability Alliance.

You can contact the organisers of the project on 011 609 7006 or visit our website at www.casualday.co.za

The funds are raised as a result of a R10 donation for a Casual Day sticker.

Keep abreast of activities at Casual Day on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CasualDaySA

Rectify power problems in even the harshest conditions with CVT technology

 

Marco Da Silva, Managing Director of Power Solutions, The Jasco Group

Marco Da Silva, Managing Director of Power Solutions, The Jasco Group

Consistently high standards of power delivery has been a commodity that the majority of organisations have taken for granted; until recent years. However, the reality is that even when supplied power is available and is seemingly stable, there are still minor variations that can occur that are sufficient to cause operational problems with a variety of equipment, in particular sensitive technology such as data centre solutions and servers.

 

Add to this the challenge of now on-going power problems, and the issue becomes a far more significant one. Ensuring a consistent, clean power supply has become the responsibility of all businesses wishing to protect their equipment. Constant Voltage Transformers (CVTs) offer an affordable solution to assist local organisations across a variety of industries to protect their equipment both from everyday fluctuations as well as harsher power conditions.

In developing countries, industries that make use of high-tech electronic and electrical equipment, such as mining and manufacturing, have long understood the effects of unstable power on their equipment. Operations for these industries often take place in areas where clean and consistent power is difficult to come by, and the effects of dirty power can cause equipment to fail prematurely.

However, for other businesses, this has not been an issue until recently with load shedding and the evident issues surrounding power delivery. Today organisations rely on data centres for their daily operations. The data centre has become known as the heart of the business, and these business hubs are made up of highly sophisticated technology that is sensitive to the supply of power. Even the slightest variations in supply can cause vital equipment to crash and essential processes to falter.

Worse still, data processing errors can arise as sensitive equipment struggles to cope with any variety of surges, sags and dirty mains. This could result in organisations losing business critical information. A direct symptom of this sees many equipment manufacturers now specifying that their devices and electronic components are void of warranty, in the case of poor mains supply feeding their equipment.

Enterprises in other sectors should begin following the path of the mining and heavy industry sector, with robust power solutions to filter power and stabilise voltage to prevent potential issues as a result of power problems. CVTs are a type of ferro-resonant transformer, a highly robust technology that provides power filtering and voltage stabilisation. Power filtration is delivered through a process called galvanic isolation, which is created by isolated primary and secondary coils within the transformer. Voltage stabilisation is generated through the ferro-resonance of the transformer.

A CVT unit can perform a number of functions, including as a power filter, voltage stabiliser, isolation transformer and a harmonic filter, enabling it to rectify power sags, swells, dips, spikes and harmonics. It provides multiple functions around power conditioning to help organisations protect their equipment from dirty power, making it a very cost effective solution. CVTs are also highly robust technology, and are often called ‘bullet proof’ when dealing with harsh power requirements. This is as a result of the composition of the CVT, which allows the unit to resort to current limiting mode in the event of a power short.

Such a dead short, or immediate power cut, would usually either damage equipment or trip breakers, however a CVT can handle this extreme power problem by collapsing the output voltage to zero before the issue reaches connected equipment. The dead short can then remain indefinitely without damaging the CVT, which will continue to perform as expected once power is restored. It effectively acts as a barrier between harsh voltage swings, harmonics, dirty or noisy power, which are fed into the CVT, and ensures clean smooth output of the sinewave, which is then delivered to equipment.

While CVTs have traditionally been utilised in the mining sector because of the need within this industry to deal with dirty power conditions on a regular basis, they are in fact applicable across a wide variety of sectors and all applications, from heavy equipment to sensitive IT solutions.

Factories and industrial environments can make use of CVTs to filter power before it reaches equipment, IT environments can make use of the solution to filter power before it reaches sensitive equipment such as the data centre. In addition, sectors such as transportation can utilise CVTs to protect essential equipment like security camera networks and recorders even during power problems.

A single CVT unit can handle far more power issues than any other technology that exists, and can rectify the majority of power problems, limited to single phase power at a maximum power capacity of 20kVA. The only thing a CVT cannot do is provide backup power – and for this function most organisations make use of a UPS and a generator. However the CVT can also be used to protect the UPS itself from power fluctuations, helping once again to extend the usable life of this equipment.

With power conditions in South Africa becoming increasingly harsh, organisations would be advised to examine power protection solutions such as CVTs.

 

Family of four injured in Boksburg house fire

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Categories: Household, Life

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A family of four people which includes two adults and two children are being treated for smoke inhalation and burns following a fire at their residential flat on Cason street in Boksburg.

Netcare911 and other emergency services arrived on scene and treated the four including a two year old boy and a four year old girl.

After paramedics stabilised the four, they were transported to various hospitals in the area for further medical care.

The cause of the fire will remain a subject for police investigation and comment.

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Life insurance for the young: why wait?

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Categories: Finding Insurance, Life, Q&A

RyanFor young people who are just starting out in the world of work, planning for death, disability or a serious illness is not exactly top of mind.

Hollard Life  says this is evident in the significantly lower number of their clients who are in the 20-30 year age group when compared with people between 30 and 40.  “The average age of clients taking out life, disability and critical illness cover for the first time is getting older.  Today, we’re seeing young people focusing on their careers and delaying marriage and families until well into their 30s. With the postponement of these major lifestyle decisions, insurance purchases are being delayed too,” explains Ryan Chegwidden, Technical Head at Hollard Life.

Expect the best, plan for the worst

24-year old Quinton Roux found out just how important life insurance is after agreeing to meet with his father’s financial advisor.

“I lived with my folks and had just started working at an auditing firm after varsity.  My parents always emphasised the importance of starting to plan for retirement the day I started working but I had never considered what the financial impact of a serious illness, disability or even dying would be.  It was on my dad’s insistence that I met with his financial advisor, and up until that stage, I was convinced that I was too young to possibly need life insurance.  The financial needs analysis and a honest discussion with my financial advisor  made me realise how badly my family would have been affected if anything happened to me,” explains Quinton.

“I had study loans of over R200k. If I died or couldn’t pay back my loans because of a serious illness or disability, my parents would be lumbered with my debt as they had signed surety for me with the bank. I also travel to work in the heart of Sandton on a motorbike to avoid the traffic and save on petrol costs.  When my advisor asked me how I would maintain my standard of living for the rest of my life if I became disabled in an accident and had no income, the lights really came on for me.  There really is no such thing as having no dependents – I had an obligation to myself to see to it that I was financially secure even if the worst happened.  I realised that without life insurance, my parents’ comfortable retirement, something they were aiming for in the next five to 10 years, could be destroyed by my lack of planning,” he adds.

You’re never too young for life insurance

While you may be young and on top of the career game, the need to protect yourself from the financial implications of a serious illness, disability or even death are no less important than they are for older people with dependents. Most young people don’t realise that they already have an important responsibility to ensure that they are able to sustain themselves financially in the face of a life changing event.

When you consider the implications of a twenty-something-year-old permanently disabled in an accident having to sustain his or her standard of living for the next 40 years without a salary, the need for cover becomes crystal clear. Life can take a challenging turn at any age, so make sure you’re prepared to live your life to the absolute fullest, no matter what the future holds in store.

Hollard Life provides some valuable considerations for young people embarking on their first financial planning journey:

  • Speak to a professional: Avoid the inherent pitfalls in a DIY approach and get the experience, advice and product knowledge of a professional financial advisor to ensure your money is well spent on the best cover for your needs.
  • Your employee benefits may not be enough: Many companies offer cover as part of employee benefits packages but group-scheme policies usually don’t provide anywhere close to the benefits and cover that an individually-rated policy will. Ask your advisor to assess whether these covers are the best value for money and that the benefits are right for your unique needs.
  • You’re never too young for disability cover: The real challenge in surviving a disability is being able to provide a future income for yourself. You might not have any major outstanding debt in the form of a bond, but you’ll always have day-to-day living expenses. Your first priority should therefore be disability cover.
  • Critical illness is not just for the old: Remember, if you develop a serious illness like cancer or heart disease and don’t have critical illness cover in place, you may not be able to get cover in future. Not only is treatment for a serious illness expensive (and not always fully covered by medical aid) but there are other costs that people don’t often expect. That’s why it’s so essential to have critical illness cover and to get it when you’re young because when it’s cheapest and easiest to acquire.
  • Prioritise your financial plan: Many people are struggling with daily living costs such as rent, groceries and utility bills that take preference over purchasing life insurance. Ask your financial advisor to help you prioritise what you absolutely have to have and shop around for the best price and benefits for your needs.

“No one particularly enjoys thinking about their own death or the possibility of suffering poor health, but the reality is that we tend to have less savings and more expenses when we are young and building our asset base. The reality is that you need cover when you are young.  This is the most productive time of your life when you are most reliant on your income to meet financial obligations now and in the future.  Buy early in your career: not only is this the time when you need it most, but it’s also the time when insurance premiums are cheaper,” concludes Ryan Chegwidden of Hollard Life.

Justice Project raises concern about expected significant increase in roadblocks

JOHANNESBURG – An article entitled “Expect roadblocks galore” which appeared in the Times newspaper today is of major concern to JPSA for a number of reasons, not least of which is the serious disruptions caused to already poor traffic flow in Johannesburg and the fact that roadblocks do not tackle the vast majority of moving violations which cause injuries and loss of life on our roads.

From the contents of the article, it is not clear whether the purpose of these roadblocks is going to be to look for unfit vehicles and drivers by inspecting vehicles and screening drivers or to serve camera speeding fines on motorists instead of using registered mail as is prescribed by the AARTO Act.

If the latter is true, as it would appear that it is from Stephen Grootes’ interview on the 702 Midday Report with Edna Mamonyane, this is unlawful because regulation 3(1)(b) of the AARTO Act states that “An infringement notice contemplated in section 17(1) of the Act shall be issued and served or caused to be served to the infringer by registered mail, on a form similar to form AARTO 03 as shown in Schedule 1, within 40 days of the commission of the infringement.” Personal service of infringement notices in relation to camera speeding fines is not catered for anywhere in the AARTO Act and Regulations.

Although personal service of AARTO infringement notices is contemplated in the AARTO Act and Regulations, this is only applicable where the infringer is stopped at the time of the alleged infringement and issued with an AARTO 01 or AARTO 02 infringement notice.

Once an infringement notice is served in person, if the alleged infringer does not exercise one of the four options available to them within 32 days therefrom, the Road Traffic Infringement Agency would have to issue and serve a courtesy letter by registered mail. One of those four options is to pay the 50% discounted prescribed penalty on that infringement notice, but it is not the only option.

If the alleged infringer still does not exercise one of the prescribed options after being served with a courtesy letter, then the Registrar of the RTIA must issue and serve an enforcement order on that alleged infringer by registered mail. An enforcement order has the effect of blocking the issue of a licence disc, driving licence and Professional Driving Permit (PrDP).

The problem is however that since the inception of the so-called “pilot” of the AARTO Act in the jurisdictions of the Cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane, neither the JMPD, the TMPD, nor the RTIA have in fact used registered mail to serve infringement notices and other documents they post. This was raised with the RTIA on 29 October 2015 at an event hosted by the RTIA in the East Rand and notice has been served on all three entities that JPSA intends bringing the matter before the High Court shortly.

Registered mail, which is the prescribed method of posting infringement notices and other documents required to be served in terms of the AARTO Act is not only a specifically defined service offered by the South African Post Office, but is significantly different in its functionality to the “secure mail” or “hybrid mail” services the SAPO offers and which the JMPD, TMPD and RTIA have utilised since the inception of the AARTO Act.

The City of Johannesburg and the JMPD appears to be adopting a similar strategy to the one it adopted when, between 1 June 2010 and 22 December 2012, when it posted AARTO infringement notices using ordinary mail and then set up roadblocks all over Johannesburg whereat it threatened motorists with arrest if they did not pay infringement notices they had not received in the mail. JPSA brought a successful complaint against the JMPD with the Public Protector, who released her report in December 2014.

Perhaps the City of Johannesburg’s latest strategy is associated with the fact that when the Public Protector found that the JMPD has engaged in unlawful actions and maladministration, the only sanction that was brought against the JMPD was them being ordered to publish a “public apology” in the newspaper, but they were allowed to retain the monies they had raked in illegally.

In April 2015, the JMPD finally caved into the demands of JPSA and cancelled all of the outstanding blatantly unlawful AARTO 03 infringement notices it had issued from the inception of AARTO in its jurisdiction up to December 2012. This action caused a reported R1.5 billion worth of outstanding AARTO infringement notices to be programmatically cancelled. JPSA is not however in a position to state just how much money the JMPD and the City of Johannesburg managed to rake in as a result of their unlawful actions, but it would be safe to say that this equated to several multiples of the stated amount.

Warrants of arrest are not contemplated anywhere in the AARTO Act for outstanding infringement notices, regardless of at what stage an infringement notice is at. Motorists are advised not to be intimidated by threats of arrest levelled at them by JMPD officers manning roadblocks looking for payment of traffic fines. Instead, motorists may ask such officers for a comprehensive printout of any outstanding fines they have, whereafter they should exercise one of the prescribed (legislated) options available to them in terms of the AARTO Act.

It’s a huge pity that the City of Johannesburg and the JMPD have apparently still not reached the realisation that by simply complying with the prescripts of the AARTO Act, it could realise the huge revenues from traffic fines it remains so fixated on budgeting for. It’s an even bigger pity that they apparently have no interest in reducing the incidence of violations of traffic law but instead choose to continue to violate the provisions of the AARTO Act. JPSA looks forward to its day in court.

Howard Dembovsky

National Chairman - Justice Project South Africa (NPC)

New All-Terrain Wheel Pros available

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Categories: News, Vehicle

New All-Terrain Wheel Pros available (2)

Off-road enthusiasts who believe that form is every bit as important as function, will not be disappointed by the newest alloy wheels in the Wheel Pros off-road XD stable.

"Wheel Pros XD wheels are what happens when creative design meets precision engineering. The six newcomers to this range are certainly a fine example of that, and we are proud to stock them at Tiger Wheel & Tyre stores, nationwide," said Joe du Plooy, Group Marketing Executive.

In keeping with the rugged good looks they have in common, the hot new arrivals go by the aggressive names of Rockstar 2, Monster II, Bully, Machete, Revolver and Ravine.

"The wheels are built for fitment to bakkies, SUVs and 4X4 vehicles and, as you'd expect, they do their best work in tough environments, where their ability to take a knock and roll with the punches really shines through," du Plooy added.

Information on sizes and fitments for each wheel can be found at www.twt.to, where motorists can also locate their nearest Tiger Wheel & Tyre store. The six new Wheel Pros are available while stocks last. Visit a Tiger Wheel & Tyre today!

Stop smoking to reduce the risk of cancer

Although most South Africans are aware of at least some of the health risks associated with smoking tobacco, this does not prevent millions of people from lighting up every day.

smoking

Benefits of quitting smoking:
• Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal within hours
• Blood circulation improves
• Reduction in chances of developing lung cancer, heart disease or suffering a stroke
• Reduction in feelings of anxiety and restlessness
• Improved concentration
• Better sleep
• Lung function recovery
• Improved immune system that is able to fight off infections better

Breast cancer still tops the list of cancers impacting South African women

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Categories: Life, Medical, News

Breast cancer still tops the list of cancers impacting South African women

Almost one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some stage of their lives, making it the most common cancer to impact women in South Africa.

Despite the high prevalence of breast cancer, the causes of the disease are still unknown. However, research has brought several risk factors to the fore, which may increase an individual’s chances of getting the disease.

Risk factors for breast cancer

  • Being over the age of 50 years
  • Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
  • Personal or family history of cancer, including breast cancer
  • Early menstruation or late menopause
  • Lifestyle factors such as drinking alcohol, smoking, being overweight and a lack of physical exercise

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer

The warning signs for breast cancer may differ from person to person. Some individuals do not have any signs or symptoms at all, which is why it is imperative that you make an appointment for a routine mammogram, which is an X-ray of the breast, and one of the best methods to detect breast cancer early on when it is easier to treat and the success rate is higher.

Sometimes an ultrasound or sonar scan of the breast is also needed, particularly in younger women whose breasts are more dense than older women whose breasts are more fatty. A sonar scan uses sound waves to create a picture of the tissues inside the breast. This scan is often used to check abnormal results from a mammogram. However, the first indication of breast cancer is usually a lump in the breast or under the armpit.

The following are other signs and symptoms:

  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast or armpit
  • Puckering (wrinkling) of the skin of the breast
  • The sudden development of a retracted nipple
  • A change in the skin around the nipple, such as redness, flaking or irritation
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast
  • Pain in any area of the breast, including the nipple
  • An enlargement of the glands under the armpit
  • One breast being lower than the other

Bear in mind that some of these warning signs are also symptoms of other conditions and may not necessarily mean that you have breast cancer. It is, however, advisable to make an appointment for a mammogram if you are concerned that you may have the disease.

Treating breast cancer

The first step in the management of a breast lump is a biopsy, which is the removal of a sample of tissue or cells to be examined by a pathologist to discover the presence, cause, or extent of a disease. If breast cancer is diagnosed, treatment is then tailored to the type of cancer and the patient’s wishes. Treatment can involve a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and, in some cases, hormone or biological therapies. The type of surgery needed depends on the type of breast cancer you have.

Surgery is usually followed by chemotherapy, which involves the use of toxic drugs to kill cancer cells. This type of treatment is systemic, meaning it impacts the entire body and even damages healthy cells, which fortunately have the ability to repair. This is why there are often many side-effects such as hair loss, nail discolouration, skin irritation and nausea associated with this type of treatment.

Radiotherapy is another treatment option that uses powerful X-rays to destroy cancer cells specifically in the area that is impacted. “In some cases, hormone or biological treatments are also required. Again, the treatment you need depends on the type of breast cancer you have.

Prevention of breast cancer

Netcare911 advises all women to quit smoking, limit your alcohol intake, and maintain a healthy weight through a balanced diet and an active lifestyle. New mothers should choose to breastfeed if possible, as research suggests that breastfeeding decreases the risk of getting breast cancer. Speak to your doctor about limiting your dose and duration of hormone therapy and avoid exposure to environmental pollution. And lastly, we want to encourage women to go for routine mammograms because it really is one of the best ways to detect the disease early on when it is easier to treat.

New vehicle price inflation in SA continues to slow into 2016

New vehicle price inflation in SA continues to slow into 2016

With the substantial weakness in the currency and the pressure of household debt, the latest Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) report released by TransUnion reveals that new vehicle price inflation in South Africa continued to slow in the fourth quarter of 2015, as economic pressure weighed heavily on the pockets of both consumers and businesses.

The vehicle financial registration data analysed by TransUnion shows the ratio of new to used vehicles financed has marginally reduced from 1.76 (that is one new vehicle to every 1.76 used vehicles financed) to 1.74 on a year-on-year basis.

Data from WesBank, the market leader in vehicle and asset finance, also shows that demand for used cars is growing faster than demand for new cars. Finance application volumes for new vehicles grew six per cent, in 2015. Used vehicle finance applications grew eight per cent during the same period. During 2015 used car finance applications outnumbered new car applications two-to-one.

While the overall CPI increased from 4.37% in Q3 to 4.6% in Q4 of 2015, new car inflation softened from 6.58% in Q3 to 6.18% in Q4; reducing from 7.18% in Q4 2014 to 6.18% in Q4 2015. Used car price inflation increased marginally during the period from 1.44 in Q3% to 1.47 in Q4.

“Macro-economic factors contributed to a fall in domestic vehicle sales of 4.1% during 2015. New vehicles are showing a further slowdown in price increases in Q4, a direct result of struggling sales volumes of new vehicles and a stressed economy,” says Derick de Vries, CEO, Auto Information Solutions at TransUnion.

De Vries says that although new vehicle sales are under pressure resulting in an oversupply of stock in the market, sales volumes on new vehicles financed in Q4 2015 is on par with Q4 2014. However, manufacturers will be under more pressure to pass on price increases to consumers in 2016 due to the substantial weakness in the currency.” The slowing down of marketing incentives from manufacturers in 2016 combined with a weakening Rand will continue to strain sales volumes and lead to difficulty in the market.

Rudolf Mahoney, Head of Brand and Communications at WesBank, says that manufacturers are in a precarious position. “New vehicle prices need to be adjusted for the depreciating Rand and marketing incentives are required to maintain sales levels, but manufacturers can’t price themselves out of the market”.

De Vries adds that with continued pressure on consumer’s disposable income, the 2.25% increase in interest rates over the last 24 months and economic uncertainty, consumers are and will continue to hold back on replacing their vehicles. “TransUnion notes that consumers are settling for a used vehicle which offers the same luxury of a new vehicle. Consumers are still spoiled for choice however, affordability is playing a bigger role in their buying decisions.”

Mahoney points out that many consumers rely on long-term finance agreements to lower their instalments, but rely on trade-in assistance programmes to trade their vehicles in sooner. “Average contract periods are at the 69-month mark, but consumers tend to trade in at roughly 37 months into their contracts, nine months before the breakeven point is reached. If manufacturers cut back on marketing programmes then these consumers will have to hold onto their vehicles, which keeps them out of the market for longer.”

De Vries concludes that the struggling Rand and lower consumer confidence could see a decline of up to 8% in new vehicle sales during 2016. “Dealers are feeling the impact of the currency weakness and will have to ensure that they increase revenue in other areas of their business to support sales revenue whilst containing costs within their business. Furthermore, manufacturers will be faced with depressed sales volumes together with further currency weaknesses, which will result in increased prices into 2016.

Mazda Motor Corporation extends the Airbag Recall Campaign on certain Mazda6 and Mazda RX-8 vehicles

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Mazda Motor Corporation extends the Airbag Recall Campaign on certain Mazda6 and Mazda RX-8

Mazda has announced a formal global recall covering a wider manufacturing period in order to place the highest priority on the safety of Mazda customers. This recall follows investigative recalls by Mazda in Japan and North America for three different types of Takata Corporation manufactured inflators and although no cases of abnormal deployment or dangerous flaws have been found in any Mazda vehicles in the course of the investigative recall; the concern had deemed an extended formal recall campaign necessary.

To date it has been recorded that an estimated 8000 units are affected in South Africa. Affected units are Mazda6 and RX-8 vehicles produced from 2003 to 2007 with VIN numbers starting with JM6GG or JMZSE. These include Mazda6 and Mazda RX-8 vehicles equipped with the "PSDI-4" driver-side air bag inflator, the "SDI-160" driver side air bag inflator, or the "SPI" passenger-side air bag inflator.

The recall is due to an inappropriate production condition and storage of the propellant in the inflator. The density of the propellant may be insufficient on the inflator for the passenger-sideairbag. This might cause the propellant to ignite abnormally at the time of airbag deployment and potentially result in extremely high inner pressure of the inflator causing a rupture of the inflator case.  In a case of a rupture, the airbag might not deploy as designed and may lead to passenger injury.

Mazda Southern Africa will conduct a repair procedure to replace the driver-side air bag and passenger-side air bag inflator with an improved unit on the possibly affected vehicles.

Although the number of affected vehicles will be subject to further review and may change, Mazda SA urges all owners with possibly affected Mazda6 and Mazda RX-8 vehicles to contact the Mazda SA Dealer Network or the Mazda SA Customer Care Centre on 0860 069 700 or email customercare@mazda.co.za.