Conference overview

The Cape Automotive Forum, supported by Automechanika is a 2-day conference that features a global perspective on challenges and opportunities facing the local industry. With the technology shaping the future direction of the industry, it is critical for automotive leaders to adopt strategies to stay ahead of the technology curve and consumer buying behaviour to maintain their competitive advantage.

A world-class speaker line-up will cover topics such as automotive disruption, the consumer journey in a digital world, electric vehicles and the role of advanced manufacturing and the impact of the fourth industrial revolution, the future of e-retailing, changes in BBBE codes and the impact on the industry, as well as a broader view on the state of the SA economy and the medium and long term prospects for the SA automotive industry.
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Why attend?

  • Enhance your skills by learning from industry experts
  • Stay-up-to-date with the latest industry trends and technologies
  • Grow your business footprint by meeting with key industry professionals
  • Make valuable connections through scheduled business matchmaking meetings
  • Network with like-minded professionals
  • Learn from case studies and best practices




Conference Agenda


Wednesday 17th October

9:30 – 9:45am - Welcome address by the Mayor of Cape Town

The Western Cape’s commitment to developing skills and assisting businesses in the automotive aftermarket industry.

10:00 – 10:55 - Automotive Revolution and the age of disruption

Speaker:  Andrew Marsh, Director, Auto Industry Consulting – UK
The auto industry is changing faster today than in the last 100 years, driven largely by Electrification, Autonomous Driving, Shared Mobility, Connectivity and Legislation. With this inevitable change comes a whole host of challenges – how does the automotive aftermarket service industry prepare for this change and develop the necessary skillset.
What will the automotive sector in SA look like in the short to medium term and how can you ensure that your business is fully equipped to deal with the changing needs of this sector?

11:00 – 11:45 - SA Automotive Industry: Medium and long-term prospects

Speaker: Nico Vermeulen, NAAMSA Director
The presentation will cover aspects of the broader automotive industry performance as the foundation for growth and development over the medium to longer term, including a focus on business in Africa and opportunities for growth that exist in our neighbouring countries.

12:00 – 12:30 - Electric Mobility

Speaker: Hiten Parmer, Director, uYilo e-Mobility Programme
The global activity, latest technological advancements and South Africa’s enabling activities across the emerging industry.

12:30 – 14:00 - Lunch Break And Opportunity To View Exhibition

Break for lunch and opportunity to view exhibition

14.00 – 15:00 - Department of higher education and training: Centres of Specialisation.

Louis van Huyssteen: National Director Training, Retail Motor Industry Organisation
The Centres of Specialisation Programme is designed to meet two objectives simultaneously: firstly, to address the demand for priority trades needed for the implementation of government’s National Development Plan in general and its National Infrastructure Plan more particularly; and secondly to contribute towards the building of the capacity of its public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College system to deliver trade qualifications with employer partners. Why, what and how will these centres deliver the required outcomes?

15:00 – 15:30 - Tea Break

Tea Break

15:30 – 16:10 - A Digital world – Do we still need dealerships and retail outlets and how to adapt to meet this change in the consumer journey?

Speaker: Craig Parker, Research Director, Frost Sullivan
The always-on connected consumer is driving online purchasing across all sectors, including automotive. This buying behaviour has reduced the need for static dealership showrooms, retail franchises and, even to a degree, garages. The automotive aftermarket has also been affected with the increase in a trend towards ‘DIY’ repairs with the ability of end-users to source parts and accessories online. Frost and Sullivan predicts that by 2020 online B2C sales of automotive parts will reach $20bn

16:15 - Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks


Thursday 18th October


9:15 – 9:55am - Keynote Address: The State of the SA Economy and its effect on the Automotive sector

Speaker: Azar Jamine, Director and Chief Economist at Econometrix
Political uncertainty and low growth are just some of the factors that people and businesses in SA have become accustomed to. What impact will this have on the automotive aftermarket and commercial vehicle sectors? Understanding the current state of the economy is crucial in ensuring your business remains competitive and that you are able create long term, sustainable growth.

10:00 – 10:55 - Changes in the BBBEE codes and the implications for companies in the automotive sector

Speaker: Louis McLaren CEO B4i Group
Government has imposed strict guidelines for companies in the automotive aftermarket and commercial vehicle sectors. How will your business secure work from government if you don’t comply?
As both government and private companies start to exclude non-compliant companies from their supply chains, how will this affect your businesses’ ability to secure work in the future? This session will help to ‘unpack’ what the codes mean for your business and ways in which you will be able to meet the standards as set-out by the Department of Trade and Industry for the sector.

11:00 – 11:30 - Electric Vehicle Training

Speaker: Bajith Panday, Business Development Manager, Institute of the Motoring Industry (IMI)
In a first of its kind in Africa the Institute of the Motor Indusrty(IMI) conducts training that covers safety precautions, hazard management, maintenance and repair of Electric Vehicles. The presentation will cover the necessity of this training and how the qualification works and the access to it.

11:35-12:05 - Infrastructure to support the coming EV Revolution

Speaker: Winstone Jordaan, Managing Director, GridCars

12:10 – 14:00 - Lunch Break And Opportunity To View Exhibition

Break for lunch and opportunity to view exhibition

14.00 – 15:00 - Electric Vehicles and the role of advanced manufacturing and the impact of the fourth industrial revolution

Speakers: Barlow Manilal and Surusha Pillay
The Fourth Industrial Revolution has the potential to dramatically change the course of economic development but also the distribution of wealth. Whilst new technologies are enabling ever higher levels of productivity and efficiency, it is crucial to help SMEs to start transformation as well as integrate small and medium technology suppliers to realise their full potential.

15:00 – 15:30 - Tea Break

Tea Break

15:30 – 16:10 - Western Cape Apprenticeship Game Changer

Speaker: Dr. Florus Prinsloo, Apprenticeship Game Changer Lead, Western Cape Government
How the Western Cape Government is going about ensuring there are sufficient, appropriately qualified technical and vocational skilled people to meet the needs of prioritised economic growth areas.

16:15 - Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks



Conference Registration


Conference info

Dates: 17-18 October 2018

Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre

Cost: R1500 for one day, R1950 for both days excluding VAT