Conference overview

Given that the region has the highest number of independent panel beaters in the country, this two-day conference focuses on critical issues and solutions with the vision to overcome the challenges faced by the automotive aftermarket and commercial vehicle sectors in the Western Cape.

The high-level platform brings together key stakeholders and industry professionals to discuss the latest technologies, engage in meaningful discussions, review global industry trends, best practices and case studies whilst networking with your colleagues and peers.

Increase your knowledge by learning from industry experts through keynote presentations and exchange ideas and view-points during dedicated panel discussions.
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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


Call for speakers

We are currently working hard on compiling a high-level conference programme to ensure that we deliver the most practical, professional and high-quality business platform.

If you believe that you have the relevant experience to be considered an “industry expert” or that your products and services will add merit to the conference and would like to be considered as a speaker or panelist at the Cape Automotive Forum, please get in contact with us today.

Note that this is not a commercial platform to promote the sale of your products, we are looking for innovations that will enable the growth of the industry and add value to conference delegates.

Should you be interested in speaking or be on a panel of experts, please contact Joshua Low on


Conference Agenda


Wednesday 17th October

9:15 – 9:45am - Skills Development

10:00 – 10:45 - Automotive Revolution and the age of disruption

11:00 – 11:45 - Keynote Address: The future of e-Retailing in Automotive Aftermarket.

12:00 – 14:00

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

15:00 – 15:30

15:30 – 16:10 - Panel Discussion



Thursday 18th October


9:15 – 9:45am - Keynote Address: The State of the SA Economy and its effect on the Automotive sector

10:00 – 10:45 - Changes in the BBBEE codes and the implications for companies in the automotive sector

11:00 – 11:45 - Doing Business in Africa – opportunities for growth

12:00 – 14:00

14.00 – 15:00 - A Digital world – do we still need dealerships and retail outlets and how to adapt to meet this change in the consumer journey?

15:00 – 15:30

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




Conference info

Dates: 17-18 October 2018

Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre

Cost: R450 for one day, R750 for both days