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Who is the RMI?

With a membership of 7 500, the RMI provides a very effective collective voice that gives members considerable clout in negotiating better trading conditions. As the lead voice in the motor industry, the RMI is a member-driven organisation that constantly seeks solutions to concerns raised by members in the day-to-day running of their businesses. Members' needs are serviced through six regional offices, manned by 83 professional staff. In addition, the RMI is the major employer representative of the Motor Industry Bargaining Council, playing a significant role in labour negotiations as well as the industry's social benefit schemes, dispute resolution processes and exemption procedures.

The Story in the Story Board:

A pictorial representation of the Organisation’s culture, values and norms across its various sub-components. A moral compass that guides its members and staff in pursuit of its goals:
!! Belonging is Better Business !!

  • Mission
  • To be the lead voice in the motor industry.

  • Vision
  • The RMI is the proactive, relevant retail and associated motor industry organisation recognised both as the lead voice serving the daily needs of its members and for its key role in enabling motor traders to deliver top class service to motoring customers in South Africa.

  • Slogan
  • Belonging is Better Business

  • Code of Conduct:
  • As accredited members of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation we pledge to:

    1. Provide quality products and services at a fair and reasonable price.
    2. Honour both the letter and the spirit of any guarantee accompanying the sale of these products and services.
  • Values
  • Integrity, Unity, Adaptability and Accountability
    These values will be included in performance management reviews and will define how RMI staff and representatives behave according to:

    • Totems:                                 Things we will do
    • Taboos:                                 Thing that we will not do
    • Repetitive interactions:            How we will behave according to our specific job roles.


  • Similar to our vision, the South African Coat of Arms symbolises that we function in South Africa and we represent businesses in South Africa. It depicts that we trade under the South African law and we may interact with other sectors, government institutions and professional bodies. We are proudly South African.
  • The road represents the motor industry – it is what binds us to our vision, mission, values, Code of Conduct and services.
  • The road stretches after the Coat of Arms, into our vision and values – symbolic of the growth potential of the RMI. It means that we can render services and expand beyond the boundaries of South Africa; that we are not cast in stone and our vision, mission and values can change, which speaks to our of Adaptability. The Code of Conduct is what we stand for and that will not change, hence its different location on the story board - away from the distant road and things that can change.
  • The road connects the RMI and all its associations and speaks to belonging; symbolising that we are one, but that each association located alongside the road has its own story to tell. This is a representative of the Road Map of the Retail Motor Industry
  • The watermark of the values is indicative that the shared values of the RMI are embedded in every entity of the RMI, i.e. the members, staff, associations officials and partners.
  • The design of the dots in the watermark is symbolic of all the internal and external policies, protocols and processes that the RMI recognises and respects as drivers of our business functions and how we conduct ourselves.
  • The yellow road line as opposed to the normal white, signifies that the RMI recognises and respects the laws of the Country, but when industry see things differently or require something different where the RMI is mandated correctly, the RMI will challenge that status quo on behalf of industry; hence the yellow colour of the road line. It symbolises that the RMI is the voice of organised business in the retail motor industry, even during challenging times.
  • The border of the story board frames the consistency and connectedness of the entire organisation.
  • The story board itself is a professional portrayal of the RMI, symbolising that the RMI is a true professional body. The story board is what we stand for. It is a story that every person associated to the RMI can extract meaning from.

Objectives of the RMI
  • To promote, protect and encourage the interests of members and the motoring public by setting and maintaining proper standards of service and ethical trading conditions in the industry.
  • Facilitates the settlement of labour disputes between members and their employees by conciliation/mediation/arbitration.
  • Regulates relations between members and their employees and/or trade unions and protects and furthers the interests of members in that regard.
  • Promotes, supports or opposes when necessary, any proposal, legislative or other measures affecting the interests of members.
  • Affiliated with, and participates in the affairs of other bodies sharing common interest with RMI members i.e. NAAMSA, NAACAM, SABS, DoT, Busa, Nedlac, SAPIA, DTI, etc.
  • To maintain high standards of business ethics and service delivery to the motoring public by members of the RMI, and where necessary provide upliftment programmes to improve the knowledge and professionalism of members.
For more information on the RMI click on "About the RMI" above.

A toast to success!

With 2016 drawing to a close, Jakkie Olivier, CEO of the RMI, looks back on what has been the Organisation’s most successful financial year since 1999, marked by significant achievements ...
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November 30th, 2016


Focusing on road safety

Joy Oldale, director of the Vehicle Testing Association (VTA), reports on the fifth Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) Road Safety Africa event to be held on the continent since 2012 ...
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November 30th, 2016


Invitation to participate at Automechanika Middle East 2017 National Pavilion in Dubai

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites South African exporters in the Automotive Industry to showcase their automotive equipment and products at Automechanika Middle East, from 07 – 09 ...
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November 29th, 2016


Promulgation of 27 December 2016 as a paid public holiday

Please note that the President of the Republic of South Africa, on the 14th of October 2016, published and promulgated the 27th of December 2016 as a paid public holiday ...
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November 29th, 2016


B-BBEE Certification of the RMI

Industry Transformation is one of the RMI’s key strategic objectives and in pursuit of this objective, the RMI Board of Directors view the Organisation’s compliance with B-BBEE requirements as imperative. ...
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November 28th, 2016


MIBCO Wage and Substantive Negotiations Update

We are pleased to advise that after almost 6 months of protracted negotiations, the RMI, FRA and NUMSA have finally signed a wage agreement for the next three years. In ...
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November 22nd, 2016


Holiday period stand-by-roster

The RMI will, as usual, be closing its national and regional office for annual shutdown from the 24th of December 2016 to the 2nd of January 2017, both dates included. ...
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November 22nd, 2016


RMI Annual report 2015/2016

The RMI have released their annual report for the period 2015/2016. This document contains information on RMI business activities, Associational activities, an overview of RMI labour activities, the RMI financial ...
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November 22nd, 2016


RMI/Legalex Collaboration: Outbound Telesales Campaign

As some members may already be aware, the RMI has enjoyed a collaborative relationship with Legalex (Pty) Ltd for some years now.  Many members have opted to procure the substantial benefits ...
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November 22nd, 2016


Tyre Safety for all

Tyre tread minimums So in life there are minimums as measurements to which we are expected to adhere or achieve. One of these is directly related to your safety on ...
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November 21st, 2016