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South Africa's Leading International Trade Fair for the Automotive Industry targeting Trade Visitors from the Sub-Saharan Region

6 - 9 May 2015
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MISA to Tackle Green Topics at Young Workers’ Forum

The Young Workers’ Forum of the Motor Industry Staff Association (MISA) will host an event to discuss a variety of green topics under the heading “Global warming – no jobs on a dead planet” on May 8 at Automechanika Johannesburg. This initiative ties in well with the environment-focussed Green Directory programme which is an integral part of all Automechanika trade fairs worldwide nowadays.

The discussion forum will include input from a number of environmental experts, including Magdel Erasmus of the SABC and Arlene Georgeson, of MMI Holdings while the objective is to attract about 160 learners from the Roodepoort and Burger High Schools to listen and participate in the discussions.

The MISA Young Workers’ Forum believes it is essential to engage learners in discussions around burning issues at an early age to make them agents for change; in this case the aim is to motivate them to promote greening in their own environments.

Meanwhile MISA will stage its usual Industry Breakfast at Automechanika on May 7. The keynote address will be delivered by Hermann Kostens, MISA’s CEO – Strategy and Development. His address will be followed by a presentation by JP Landman, the renowned analyst of political and economic trends.

Background information on Automechanika Johannesburg
Automechanika Johannesburg is part of the global group of Automechanika automotive aftermarket business- to-business trade shows and business events with its portfolio of 15 trade fairs in 14 countries (4 continents).

Automechanika Johannesburg is licensed to SA Shows Messe Frankfurt (Pty) Ltd, part of the Messe Frankfurt Group. It is the largest event of its kind on the African continent and serves South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa since 2009 For more information visit

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating around €550* million in sales and employing more than 2200* people worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and around 50 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 160 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2014, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 120* trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.

Comprising an area of 578,000 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres.

The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 per cent and the State of Hesse 40 per cent.

Further information on the company can be found at * preliminary numbers (2014)

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