Errol Masinga

Transformation coordinator, Alexander Forbes

Errol Masinga didn't start out as a panelbeater. After completing his marketing qualification at the Vaal University of Technology, he joined the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Johannesburg as part of their learnership programme. It was there that Masinga's passion for the development of small and mediumsize enterprise was fostered. Seeing a gap in the automobile repair market in 2003 he spearheaded the Alexander Forbes's Adopt A Panel Shop project. The project selects disadvantaged black-owned panelbeating business and helps them upgrade their infrastructure and facilities so they are able to qualify for the necessary grading and approvals. But it's a bigger challenge than merely providing equipment and facilities. Qualifying as registered paintless dent repairers, non-structural repairers or major-structural repairers � the various grades required to receive business from the insurance industry � requires intensive skills development as well as management and systems upgrades. � Jane Steinacker

Lunch spot: The Butcher Shop & Grill, Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg