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SA motor industry holding up well in turbulent economic environment

The South African motor industry is holding up surprisingly well in a tough economicenvironment that is being exacerbated by political turmoil. This is the opinion of renowned economics commentator Dr Azar Jammine, Director and Chief Economist at Econometrix. He made this statement when addressing guests at the launch breakfast for Automechanika Johannesburg recently.

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Are uGoing My Way?​​​​​​ South African designed carpool app accelerates urban mobility solution

In an attempt to ease the chronic traffic situation in the Cape Town CBD and stem the adverse effects that increased journey times are having on business operations (and the human psyche), a carpooling pilot has been launched through Accelerate Cape Town (ACT).  Together with a few of its corporate members based in the CBD, ACT has partnered with locally designed, built and maintained mobile app uGoMyWay, to remove excess cars from the roads by connecting drivers and passengers to each other to share their everyday journeys.

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Parker’s E-Steering offers greater efficiency in commercial vehicle applications

Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, is now able to offer complete E-Steering solutions to the commercial vehicle market. The company can work with bus, coach and truck OEMs to develop complete, easy-to-install pre-wired systems featuring Parker’s ground-breaking Electro-Hydraulic Pump (EHP) technology at their core.

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Don’t Sweat the Small Talk

Do you Uber?

Convenient and ideal, especially as the festive season looms, Uber offers a safe alternative when social engagements are at the top of your priority list. If you do Uber, do you chat to the driver?

Now, we get it – not everybody is for small talk or is the type to launch into full-on conversations with everyone that they meet. After all, we were raised to avoid strangers and not talk to them. However, if you are going to be spending 20-odd minutes or more with someone, you may want to break the ice– especially if there’s traffic. Private taxi services offer a safe alternative for those who wish to avoid risking the safety of their vehicles, regardless of whether it’s a decision that is based on a night on the town or the fact that you’re putting in extra hours in the office and don’t want to drive while you’re feeling tired. Not only do these taxi services ensure that you get home safely, but they also ensure that you will not need to make a call to your car insurance provider!

We’ve put together a couple of ways in which you can start conversations that have the potential to help pass the time. We also understand that not everybody wants to chat either, especially if you’ve had a long day (or evening)! As the festive season approaches, and your chances of using Uber increase, take a look at the following tips:

  • “How long have you been an Uber driver?” Hey, it’s the equivalent of the age-old advice to ask “so what do you do” at cocktail parties. And it often leads onto other topics of conversation – such as what he or she did before they became an Uber driver.
  • “What’s the strangest ride you’ve ever given anyone?” Ask for stories, not answers! One way to get beyond small talk and make full use of the time is to ask open-ended questions. Aim for questions that invite people to tell stories, rather than give bland, one-word answers.
  • “So, who are you insured with?” Not something you’d usually think about asking your driver, but it can result in some pretty interesting answers and you knowing who’s got your back when it comes to road risks. While you may not have to worry about your own insurance policy, it’s important to know that the vehicle is covered with reliable business insurance in the event of an accident.

If you are would rather avoid chatting all together, MiWay clients have access to MiWay WeDrive the perfect way in which to get around without the responsibility of having to drive. 

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