How to Claim for Pothole Damage

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You know how it goes… It’s raining, and you drive into what looks like a puddle of water, only to meet a pothole! And because you never saw it, you did not exercise cautionary speed. This can result in anything from steering system misalignment to a full-on tyre puncture, or worse, bent rims. All it takes is a split second, and the damage is done.

Tyres and rims are crucial to maintaining the balance and alignment of your car. Experts note that damage to your tyres may not always be clear, but can result in many other problems, such as premature wear on shocks, exhaust system damage or even engine damage.

Replacing tyres or damaged rims is not a cheap solution, but the good news is that you may be able to claim from the JRA (Johannesburg Road Agency) if you meet the following requirements. It’s as easy as filling in a claims form that you will need to submit. This claim form must be attached with a:

  •  Police affidavit
  •  A copy of driver’s license and ID
  •  Vehicle registration documents
  •  Photos of the damaged car, tyre or rim
  •  Quotations of invoice/payment
  •  Doctors report if you sustained injury and letters from the insurance company

Tips when filing your claim:

  • Fax or email documents, don’t do both as this delays the process.
  • If you don’t receive acknowledgment of receipt within three days with a reference number, email the JRA claims office or call 0860 562 874 or 011 298 5001.
  • Each claim is assessed on its merits, which means not all claims will be successfully paid out.

To get started, download the claim form the JRA website.

AIDS Awareness Month

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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. 

Yes 4 Youth

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Yes4Youth is a business-driven initiative which is breaking new ground by pioneering a partnership with government and labour, in collectively tackling a national plan to build economic pathways for black youth. The goal is for 1 million black youths to be employed by 2030.

In November, Super Tyres hosted an induction for 11 Yes4Youth candidates, who will be hosted for a full year by Super Tyres in 2020.  Each candidate is set to receive a R3 500 stipend and a cell phone (a Yes4Youth requirement for communication access with the organisation that is essential in the reporting and updating process).

Super Tyres will earn B-BBEE points for their participation, and it will create an opportunity for the young candidates to be brought into the family permanently.

Targets met in Bloem

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Wesley, the manager of joint ventures 851 and 852 in the Free State, challenged his staff to go above and beyond their sales goals, for the chance to win an afternoon of braaing and relaxing. 

Needless to say, both teams smashed their goals, with 851 going R4 224 over their target, and 852 going R1 700 over their target. The break was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and they appreciated the opportunity for some healthy competition. 

Christmas shopping with our LIV family

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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

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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.

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  • 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

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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.

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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

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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!

Sales Conference: August

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The month of August ended with a bang as we held our 3rd quarterly Sales Conference at the La Mercy Beach Hotel. The main theme for this session was consistency; we emphasised the importance of everyone being on their A-game everyday. 

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Our MD, Dean Horn addressing the sales team

Part of being on your A-game is being able to handle any situation that is thrown your way, and our staff certainly did not disappoint when a challenging task was presented to them. They were divided into groups and were told to create a unique business idea and pitch it to the rest of the group. Congratulations to the following superheroes who were especially impressive: Desmond (Pinetown branch) who was awarded “Best Presenter”, and the group of Chris, Nxumalo, Hein, Mlu, Daniel, Wesley and John, who won “Best Business Idea”.

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After the conference, the group decided to unwind with some good, old-fashioned competition, in the form of go-kart racing. They ended off an exciting conference weekend with cocktails and conversations at Beach Bums. 

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We’re already looking forward to the next conference!

Action Soccer – Durban

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Teamwork breeds a cohesive unit that is more inclined to bring about success.

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Winners of the tournament; Umgeni Road Branch

Working together as a team breeds a healthy competitive edge that can only bode well for the team and each individual within it. Teamwork in sports allows our staff to work together to achieve a common goal. That might be winning the soccer trophy, getting one over on a rival, or simply improving as a team. While it’s necessary to ensure that players don’t think winning is everything in sport, a level of competition is always more likely to lead to better teamwork.

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Some heroes enjoying the soccer action from the sidelines

Team Umgeni Rd were the victors in this quarter’s 5 a side interbranch soccer tournament, held on 26th Oct at Northwood Crusaders. The Boss himself got stuck in and enjoyed the camaraderie that was shared by all, with a braai and refreshments to wrap up a great afternoon.

Hein at BNI

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Hein Potgieter, our Pietermaritzburg branch manager, has taken our value of Growth to the next level, by attending networking workshops and conferences organised by BNI, a networking company focused on connecting people from various industries and businesses. He was invited to one of BNI’s meetings when he was prospecting a new client, and has made the most of the opportunity to network with other professionals. 

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Hein presents short informational sessions to over 20 people a week at the Victoria Country Club in Pietermaritzburg. He makes it a point to always mention Super Tyres’ company values and the outstanding customer service they are known for.

Well done, Hein! Keep up the amazing work!