ZIM-MIDAS Parts Centres have launched the search for Zimbabwe’s Parts Person of the Year for 2012.The competition, the 12th in succession, is designed to find Zimbabwe’s top expert on automotive parts. A regional test will be hosted in the four centres in which Zim-Midas operates –– Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Gweru –– followed by a national final for the top three from each of the four regional tests. Entry is open to anyone involved or interested in the parts business, be they technicians, administrators or sales people.
The original Midas franchise-holders in Zimbabwe, Zim-Midas Parts Centres, are part of the Clover Leaf Motors Group, one of the country’s leading motor trade organisations, which launched the competition in 2001 and has run it each year since then, with hundreds of participants entering each time.
The overall winner for 2012 will receive a cash prize and the Zim-Midas Parts Challenge trophy.
Clover Leaf Motors Sales and Marketing manager Admire Ndumo told guests at the launch ceremony the annual parts challenge had become one of the best known and most important events on the Zimbabwean automotive industry calendar and helped raise standards in the parts trade.
He challenged everyone involved in the parts trade to come forward and enter, suggesting those in the motor industry should engage in a continuous self-improvement exercise regarding parts knowledge and understanding, for the ultimate benefit of the motoring public. Cash prizes would be handed out to the top three participants at regional and national level.
Entry forms are available from Zim-Midas head office in Harare or branches in Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Gweru. Regional tests will take place in late August, followed by the national test and prize-giving to be held in Gweru at the end of September.
Ndumo said the competition had become even more successful than had originally been anticipated.
“A decade or so ago we conceptualised this competition and I do not think that even in our wildest dreams we thought it would prove to be the success that it is and 12 years later we would still be presenting this event to the Zimbabwean motor industry,” he said. –– Own Correspondent.