PMI Training

We have been funding a number of MERSETA-accredited training courses and learnerships for the staff to attend. These range from NQF Level 2 to Level 4.

In the picture are our heroes currently enrolled for the Wholesale and Retail Management NQF 4. From left to right, Thobeka, Debbie, Mandisa and Welcome on their first day in class back in February.

Action Soccer

On 11 January 2020, the first Action Soccer tournament for the year took place for the Durban region at Northwood Crusaders. It was an incredible experience for everyone on and off the pitch.

 The day was a massive success, with everyone playing their hearts out for their branches. In the end, Pietermaritzburg came out victorious, with a 5-3 win over Pinetown.  

 A big thank you to Graham for catering after the final match, and to Chané who plated up for everyone. To everyone who attended: you make the whole experience worthwhile, and, as much as soccer might not be your game, it was good to see everyone taking part and having fun!

Final Quarterly Sales Conference

 At the end of November, we held our last Sales Conference for 2019. The conference covered various topics, including theories on how to run a business, going into detail about the lead retention process and how this is applied at each branch. Frank also went into detail about the upcoming Yes4Youth project that will begin in 2020, and encouraged everyone to welcome and embrace the new candidates.

 After 2 days of intense work, the teams took part in their traditional post-conference go-kart race, and watched a Chelsea match to finish off the festivities.

Everything You Need to Know About Your Car’s Battery

The last thing you want is to be left stranded with a dead battery. The more you know about your battery and electrical system, the less likely you’ll get stuck. On average, a battery will last 3 to 5 years, but driving habits and exposure to extreme elements can shorten the life of your car battery.

How Does a Car Battery Work?

The car battery provides the jolt of electricity necessary to power all the electrical components in your car. Talk about a pretty huge responsibility. Without battery power, your car, as you’ve probably noticed, won’t start.

A chemical reaction puts your car in action: Your battery converts chemical energy into the electrical energy necessary to power your car, delivering voltage to the starter. Not only does your battery provide the energy required to start your car, it’s also stabilising the voltage (that’s the term for the energy supply) in order to keep your engine running. A lot’s riding on the battery.

The car battery may be small, but the power it provides is huge. And you need to constantly be aware of the fact that your battery may be in trouble.

Are There Any Warning Signs That May Indicate My Battery is Giving In?

“If only I knew sooner…” We’ve all been there before. Fortunately, here are some indications and symptoms that your battery may need replacement:

Slow engine crank – When you attempt to start the car, the cranking of the engine is sluggish and takes longer than normal to start. You’d best describe it as that clicking sound your car makes when you try to start it.

Check engine light – The check engine light sometimes appears when your battery power is weak. Strange system indicator lights –such as check engine and low coolant lights– could mean there’s a problem with your battery. (It could also just mean you need more coolant).

Low battery fluid level – Car batteries typically have a part of the casing that’s translucent, so you can always keep an eye on your battery’s fluid level. You can also inspect it by removing the red and black caps if they are not sealed (most modern car batteries now permanently seal these parts).

Bottom line – If the fluid level is below the lead plates (energy conductor) inside, it’s time to have the battery and charging system tested. When fluid levels drop, it’s typically caused by overcharging (heat).

The swelling, bloating battery case – If your battery casing looks like it ate a very large meal, this could indicate your battery’s gone bad. You can blame excessive heat for causing your battery case to swell, decreasing your battery life.

There’s a stinky, rotten egg smell – You may notice a pungent, rotten egg smell (sulphur odour) around the battery. The cause: Battery leaks. Leaking also causes the corrosion around the posts (where the + and – cable connections are located.) The gunk may need to be removed or else your car might not start.

Three years + battery age is considered old – Your battery can last well beyond three years but, at the very least, have its current condition inspected on a yearly basis when it reaches the three-year mark. Battery life cycles range from three-to-five years depending on the battery. However, driving habits, weather and frequent short trips (under 20 minutes) can drastically shorten the actual life of your car battery.

One thing you can do is check the four-or-five-digit date code on the cover of your battery case. The first part of the code is key: look for the letter and digit. A letter is assigned to each month — you know, like A for January, B for February and so on. The number that follows nods to the year, as in 9 for 2009 and 1 for 2011. This code tells you when the battery was shipped from the factory to your local distributor. The additional digits tell where the battery was made.

If you’ve noticed some of the abovementioned signs and if it’s over three years old, consider it time for close monitoring and replacement.

Everything You Need to Know About Car Insurance – Types of Insurance

Car insurance is available for motor vehicles, motorcycles, light delivery vehicles, caravans, and trailers. There are also specific business policies available for emergency vehicles. There are three types of insurance for your car:

•    Comprehensive cover

•    Third-party, fire and theft cover

•    Third-party cover

Comprehensive Cover

This type of cover is compulsory if your car is still financed. It is more expensive, but it’s the best insurance you can get, even if your car is fully paid. “Comprehensive insurance” means that the following is covered:

  • The damages to your own car when you were in an accident (excluding your excess, which is a payment that you must make when you have a claim).
  • Full or part of the damages to any other car(s) that were directly involved in your accident which we call “Third-party cover”.
  • Fire that damages or destroys your car.
  • The theft and/or hijacking of your car (some policies do not cover this in full or with higher excess payments that you have to make, so check your policy document).

Third-Party, Fire and Theft Cover

With this cover, you are not covered for damages to your own car so, it is definitely cheaper to have only this insurance, but you may not be able to replace your car if the car is written off in an accident. If you have this cover and you are the wrong party in an accident, it is likely that the other car will, even if they have their own insurance, claim against your policy. You are also covered for a fire that damages or destroys your car and the theft and/or hijacking of your car.

Third-Party Cover

This is the cover that is the cheapest and will only provide cover for other cars, as described above.

What is Not Covered?

Normal wear-and-tear on a car and services are not covered by car insurance. It is also important that you read your policy schedule so that you know of any types of cover that may be specifically excluded from your policy. Like with most insurance, your car is not covered for intentional damage. Make sure that your car is covered outside of South Africa when you leave the country, in which case you need to request a certificate from your broker or insurance company that confirms you have a cover in the car. This certificate is to be presented at the border.

AIDS Awareness Month

December is not just about the holidays and eating too much, it is also the month for setting the groundwork for healthy and, perhaps, lifesaving, New Year’s resolutions. Appropriately, December is also International AIDS Awareness Month, a month when we remember, honour and continue to fight one of the gravest health epidemics of the modern world.

While great strides have been made in AIDS treatment thanks to massive research efforts, which have reduced overall transmission rates. Unfortunately, for young adults, HIV/AIDS still remains one of the most serious health threats. This group is experiencing the fastest rising rates of HIV infection in comparison to any other age group. 

New data from the Centres for Disease Control (CDC), indicates that AIDS transmission is on the rise among adults ages 25 to 29. As treatments have greatly improved, erasing the automatic death sentence stamp that was previously given to newly diagnosed individuals back in the 1980s and 1990s, awareness and preventive measures have consequently lagged.

In this month, we as Super Tyres wear our red ribbons in solidarity with those who are battling against this disease, in the hopes that bringing more awareness will help end the stigma that comes with HIV/Aids. 

Christmas shopping with our LIV family

In November, Super Tyres took mum Ntokozo Christmas shopping for herself and 6 of her children from LIV Village. 

They had an amazing time running around Gateway Mall. Each child got 2 new outfits, and mum Ntokozo treated herself to new bedding. After their shopping spree, Super Tyres treated them to a delicious meal. 

Well done, superheroes! 

How to Keep the Kids Entertained on a Road Trip

If you’ve been on a family road trip, you know how tough it is to keep children entertained on the road. The relentless ‘are we there yet?” questions could test the most fun-loving parents. Kids love to think outside the box, and confining them to a car for hours can really test their patience and yours.

Here are 4 methods that can help you ensure the next road trip is a fun experience for every member of the family.

  • Create an art kit

Most children love to draw and be creative, so anything that involves colour pencils and paper is huge winner. To create this kit, you just need a DVD cover, cut a piece of paper to fit into the left side of the case. On the right side of the case, you can place all the colouring equipment with a rubber band.

  • Hourly gifts and treats

Wrapping up gifts to give by the hour helps entertain them, and gives them something to look forward to by the hour. You can also use it as a time indicator. For instance, if you have five gifts, this helps them estimate the length of the trip without having to explain too often. This can also make a beautiful visual story for your road trip snaps. Examples of cost-effective gifts include: little toys, action figures, comic books, a chocolate bar or a cheap barbie doll, etc.

  • A car charger and games

Tablets loaded with your kids’ favourite games is guaranteed to keep your kids entertained. You can also keep it educational with e-books. The great thing is that most apps can now be used offline if data is a huge concern. Don’t forget your car charger!

  • Comfort goes a long way

It’s important to note that infants must be placed in a safe car seat. Having a parent or an older sibling next to the baby is a good idea because sometimes having someone to look at is enough to avoid restlessness. Make sure there are sun screens for the windows and lots of liquid to keep them hydrated. Food packed neatly in a cooler box will make sure food isn’t a dull experience. You could even ask them to draw up their own menu, to avoid complaints.

Don’t forget to make the holidays a special treat for your loved ones. Happy travelling!

How to Put Together a First Aid Kit for Your Car

An emergency car kit is one of those things we don’t think about until it’s too late. Whether it’s a break down in a dark and dingy spot with no cell phone reception, or going on a road trip and someone sustains minor injuries – it’s a good thing to always be prepared.

Having free road assistance is not an excuse to gear down on the safety. The great thing about making your own first aid kit is that you can customise it to fit into your family. You should always have a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, jumper cables, torch, extra batteries, a multi -purpose utility tool, a tyre gauge, and gloves on hand, just in case.

Today we focus on creating the perfect first aid kit for your family, you will want to add medication specific to your family’s needs, here are items will you need for your kit:

The Items

3 small and one medium-sized water-resistant container

A CPR mouth piece
Eyedrops
Hydrogen peroxide
Bandages
Gauze (assorted)
Medical tape
Adhesive bandages (assorted)
Disinfecting wipes
Hand sanitiser

Thermometer
Antibacterial wipes
Bug bite itch relief stick

Medical gloves
Tissues
Trash bags
Heat and/or ice pack

Labels

1 pair of small, child-safe scissors – metal

Medication (assorted)

Triple Antibiotic Ointment

Anti-septic solution

Sunblock

Anti-diarrheal medication

Getting it Together

The organisation is an important part of your first aid kit; everything needs to be easily accessible. The 3 small containers will help compartmentalise the bandages, gauze, and medication. This also saves space in the kit.

When you are done packing the small stuff in the various containers, label each container and include the day you stocked the stuff.  Labelling the stock date will make it easier to rotate anything that is running low or has expired. Add the small containers into a medium-sized container and put it in your boot in case of emergency. If you are unsure about medication, contact ER24 and ask for medical advice or the pharmacy. It is also wise to pack a safety blanket and a 5-litre water container if you have space in your boot. 

Safe travels!