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​​​Automotive ​Overview​​

​Automotive ensures the safety of vehicles, after-market components and automotive-related products offered for sale in South Africa. The safety and environmental requirements are based on the international safety standards which are applicable in more developed countries. NRCS is also appointed by the National Department of Transport as the Inspectorate of Manufacturers, Importers and Builders (MIBS) in terms of the National Road Traffic Act (Act 93 of 1996). NRCS administers compulsory specifications for the fitness of previously unregistered vehicles offered for sale for use on public roads, as well as off-road and specialized vehicles covered in terms of the National Road Traffic Act. The regulatory scope also includes certain safety-critical vehicle components and other automotive products which are covered in the relevant compulsory specifications. In general, the compulsory specifications are aligned with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Regulations (UNECE Regulations) applicable to motor vehicles and their parts. 

AUTOMOTIVE SECTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES​​​

Section and Responsibility
Contact Person and Details
Vehicle homologation/approval for registered Manufacturers Importers and Builders

Responsible for :
i. the approval and homologation of vehicle designs of locally manufactured and imported vehicles by registered Manufacturer, Importers and Builders

ii. The capture of data and model numbers for new vehicle models on the National Traffic Information System (NATIS);
Boitumelo Mokoena
Position: Administrator
Tel : 012 482 8817
Email: Boitumelo.Mokoena@nrcs.org.za (for general enquiries)
Email: formsnls@nrcs.org.za ( for homologation and applications)

Aletta Sigasa
Position: Natis Office Administrator
Tel: 012 482 8874
Email: Aletta.Saal@nrcs.org.za (for NATIS related enquiries)

Themba Kaula
Position: Manager
Tel : 012 482 8817
Email: Themba.Kaula@nrcs.org.za
Vehicle homologation/approval for Non registered Manufacturers Importers and Builders

Responsible for :
i. The approval and homologation of vehicle manufactured,imported and built by manufacturers, importers and builders not required to be registered (Private individuals and non-registered organisation)
Sifiso Phakathi
Tel :012 482 8865
Email: phakatsz@nrcs.org.za ( for Private Individual Vehicle Applications)

Charlotte Makou
Tel 012 482 8785
Email: Charlotte.Makou@nrcs.org.za (for Private Individual Vehicle Applications)

Alex Mkondo
Position : Manager
Tel : 012 482 8807
Email: Alex.Mkondo@nrcs.org.za
Automotive Components and related products

Responsible for :
ii. The approval and homologation of vehicle components and related products.
Administrator
Tel : 012 482 8818
Email: homologation@nrcs.org.za ( for vehicle components homologations and applications)

Alex Mkondo
Position: Manager
Tel : 012 482 8807
Email: Alex.Mkondo@nrcs.org.za
Registration of New Manufactures Importers and Builders of Motor Vehicle

Responsible for :
i. Evaluation and registration of Manufacturers, Importers and Builders (MIB) of Motor Vehicles who manufacture, import and build motor vehicles for the purpose of selling.
ii. Administration of World Manufacturer Identifier Code for the purpose of creating vehicle identification Number(VIN) for registered manufacturers
Simon Legodi
Position: Administrator
Tel:0124828761
Email: Simon.Legodi@nrcs.org.za (general enquiries)
Email MIB.Applications@nrcs.org.za

Tumelo Mokolokolo
Position: Inspections Manager
Tel:012 482 8820
Email: Tumelo.Mokolokolo@nrcs.org.za
Market Surveillance Inspections Section

Responsible for :
i. Port of Entry Inspections and Enforcement
ii. Company Inspections and Enforcement
iii. Retail Inspections and Enforcement
iv. Compliance Audit for registered MIB’s
v. Investigations of complaints concerning Compulsory Specifications
Aletta Sigasa (Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Northwest, Limpopo and Free State)
Position: Port of Entry Inspections Administrator
Tel: 012 482 8874
Email: Aletta.Saal@nrcs.org.za
GPPROFILE2@nrcs.org.za

Dewald Horn and Theo Becker (Western Cape)
Position: Inspector(s)
Tel: 021 526 3400 | Email: Dewald.horn@nrcs.org.za
Tel: 021 526 3453 | Email: Theo.Becker@nrcs.org.za

Vuyo Grootboom ( Eastern Cape)
Position: Inspector
Tel: 0413986900(ext:2018)
Email: Vuyo.Grootboom@nrcs.org.za

Nishlen Pather , Neil Sewamber and Thulani Mnguni (Kwazulu Natal)
Position: Inspector(s)
Tel: +27315336720 | Email: Nishlen.Pather@nrcs.org.za
Tel: +27315336720 | Email: Neil.Sewamber@nrcs.org.za
Tel: +27315336720 | Email: Thulani.Mguni@nrcs.org.za

Reuben Moloi
Position: Inspections Manager
Tel:012 482 8820
Email: Reuben.Moloi@nrcs.org.za

Tumelo Mokolokolo
Position: Inspections Manager
Tel:012 482 8820
Email: Tumelo.Mokolokolo@nrcs.org.za
Office of General Manager: Automotive

Jennifer Mahlangu (PA)
Tel: 012 482 8774
Email: Jennifer.Mahlangu@nrcs.org.za


Approv​al and Inspection​​​ 

PROCEDURE ON THE ADMINISTRATION OF TYRE HOMOLOGATION AND LOA1 APPROVAL PROCESS

The process for administering the approval activities within the automotive business unit will generally result in the issuance of a single certificate of compliance in a form of LOA or homologation certificate. On the contrary, the process for tyre homologation and LOA1 for individual vehicles specifically for imports, comprise a “two-stage approach” which results in the issuance of a dual certificate of compliance. This procedure was developed as an addendum to the automotive business plan to distinctly explain the application of dual certification process applicable to tyre homologation and LOA1 for individual vehicles.

Describing the “Two-Stage Approach"​
Tyre Homologation

All imported tyres are first subjected to stage 1 of the homologation by evaluating the submitted documentary evidence of conformity against the mandatory requirements. Once the evaluation process establishes that the type of the tyre complies with the mandatory requirements applicable, a preliminary/conditional letter of compliance will be granted to the applicant. The preliminary/conditional letter compliance which is valid for a period of twelve months may be presented to the International Trade Association Commission (ITAC) to facilitate the importation of such tyres into the country.
The applicant shall present the sample tyre/s for which preliminary/conditional compliance letter has been granted, for inspection and verification against the entire relevant mandatory requirements before offered to the market. Upon satisfaction that the documentary evidence of compliance and the sample presented to meet all the applicable requirements including those in the preliminary/conditional letter of compliance granted, the final homologation approval letter will be granted to conclude the process.


Letter Of Authority (LOA) 1

Certain imported motor vehicles by private persons which are classified as high risk in accordance to the automotive risk criteria will be subjected to stage 1 of the vehicle LOA process by evaluating the submitted documentary evidence of conformity against the mandatory requirements as applicable. Once the evaluation process establishes that the vehicle model complies with the mandatory requirements applicable, a conditional LOA1 will be granted to the applicant. The conditional LOA1 is valid for a period of twelve months which may be presented at port of entry to facilitate the importation and release of such vehicle into the country.
The applicant shall present the vehicle unit for which conditional LOA1 has been granted, for inspection and verification against the entire relevant mandatory requirements before registration on the electronic National Traffic information system (eNatis) can be permitted. Upon satisfaction that the documentary evidence of compliance and the vehicle unit presented to meet all the applicable requirements including those in the conditional LOA1 granted, the final LOA1 certificate will be granted to permit the registration of the vehicle unit.


List of VC's and Regulated Product​
Name
TitlePDF
VC8065Compulsory specification for ball-type couplings and towing brackets for towing caravans and light trailers VC8065.pdf
VC8053Compulsory specification for replacement brake lining assemblies for road vehicles VC8053.pdf
VC8023Compulsory specification for motor vehicles of category M2 and M3 VC8023.pdf
VC8059Compulsory specification for pneumatic tyres for commercial vehicles and their trailers VC8059.pdf
VC8027Compulsory specification for vehicles of category O3 and O4 VC8027.pdf
VC8049Compulsory specification for replacement headlights for motor vehicles VC8049.pdf
VC8022VC8022 - Compulsory specification for motor vehicles of category M1 VC8022.pdf
VC8024Compulsory specification for motor vehicles of category N1 VC8024.pdf
VC8048Compulsory specification for replacement incandescent lamps for motor vehicles VC8048.pdf
VC8078Compulsory specification for material for contour marking on motor vehicles - Withdrawn on 26 July 2013 VC8078.pdf
VC8056Compulsory specification for pneumatic tyres for passenger cars and trailers VC8056.pdf
VC8016Compulsory specification for safety helmets for motorcyclists VC8016.pdf
VC8057Compulsory specification for agricultural tractors VC8057.pdf
VC8050Compulsory specification for replacement secondary lights for motor vehicles VC8050.pdf
VC8080Compulsory specification for replacement elastomeric cups and seals for hydraulic brake actuating cylinders for use in motor vehicles using non-petroleum base hydraulic brake fluid (service temperature 70 °C to 150 °C max) VC8080.pdf
VC8033Compulsory specification for child restraints for use in motor vehicles VC8033.pdf
VC8062Compulsory specification for retro-reflective number plates for motor vehicles - Withdrawn on 26 July 2013 VC8062.pdf
VC9098Compulsory specification for motor vehicles of Category L (Motorcycles, motor tricycles and quadricycles) VC9098.pdf
VC8026Compulsory specification for category O1 and O2 vehicles (caravans and light trailers) VC8026.pdf
VC8025Compulsory specification for motor vehicles of category N2 and N3 VC8025.pdf

LOA Application Process​

FormDownload​
AM Form 042 - Compliance Summary of Evidence for Homologation of Cat O1 and O2 Trailers (1) Download
AM Form 053 - Model Details for the Homologation of Cat M&N Veh Download
AM Form 008 Application for Homologation Download
VIN LAYOUT Download
AM Form - 055 Category 53 Vehicles (Incomplete) S-NVM Download
AM Form 036 - Summary of Evidence for Agricultural Tractors Download
AC Form 044 - Requirements for Approval of Automotive Components Download
Form AC Form 001 LOA application form Ed 5) Download
Form 015 REGISTRATION OF NEW LEVY PAYER Download
Data plate Download
AM Form 002 Compliance Summary of Evidence M & N Download
AM Form 064 - Summary of Evidence for Category L vehicles Download
AM Form 061 - Model Details of Category L vehicles Download
AM Form - 014 Production Conformance Summary of Evidence (2nd Ed) Download
AM Form - 043 Vehicle model details Homologation of Cat O Veh Download
EXAMPLE A Form 020 APPLICATION FORM FOR HOMOLOGATION OF PASSENGER TYRES Download
NVM Form Download
AM Form 042 - Compliance Summary of Evidence for Homologation of Cat O1 and O2 Trailers (1) Download
AM Form 053 - Model Details for the Homologation of Cat M&N Veh Download
AM Form 008 Application for Homologation Download
VIN LAYOUT Download
AM Form - 055 Category 53 Vehicles (Incomplete) S-NVM Download
AM Form 036 - Summary of Evidence for Agricultural Tractors Download
AC Form 044 - Requirements for Approval of Automotive Components Download
Form AC Form 001 LOA application form Ed 5) Download
Form 015 REGISTRATION OF NEW LEVY PAYER Download
Data plate Download
AM Form 002 Compliance Summary of Evidence M & N Download
AM Form 064 - Summary of Evidence for Category L vehicles Download
AM Form 061 - Model Details of Category L vehicles Download
AM Form - 014 Production Conformance Summary of Evidence (2nd Ed) Download
AM Form - 043 Vehicle model details Homologation of Cat O Veh Download
EXAMPLE A Form 020 APPLICATION FORM FOR HOMOLOGATION OF PASSENGER TYRES Download
NVM Form Download
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Database of Approved Produ​cts​

Frequently Ask​ed Questions

Q. What is the process to follow if I want to embark on a business of selling motor vehicles in South Africa and how do I get an approval certificate

A. The Automotive Unit is the inspectorate and approval authority in South Africa. We administer both the NRCS Act and certain provisions of National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act 93 of 1996) with a specific focus on the inspectorate approval of Manufacturers, Builders and Importers (MIB’s) of motor vehicles.

NRTA requires that anyone wishing to import, manufacturer or build motor vehicles for the purpose of selling, such manufacturer, importer or builder of motor vehicles must register at their provisional offices of the Department of Transport (DoT).

Registration of MIBs may only be granted if DoT is satisfied with the recommendation by both the Automotive Unit and the SAPS. A registered MIB will then be issued with a certificate of registration.

The Automotive Unit is mandated to evaluate the applications and recommend to the DoT regarding the suitability of registration.

Only registered MIB may apply at the NRCS for approval of motor vehicle models for selling purposes. Motor vehicle models must meet all the relevant legislation prior to approval being granted.

Q. I want to import a vehicle for private use and not for re-sale, am I allowed to do that?

A. Yes, motor vehicles manufactured, imported or built for personal use are allowed registration in South Africa if they have been approved by the Automotive Unit. A Letter of Authority must be applied for at the NRCS for a specific motor vehicle and only if the relevant national legislation is complied with may a letter be issued.

Q. Does the Automotive Unit conducts tests?

A. No, the Unit relies on test reports and certificates from a registered technical assessment body (test lab) and a visual inspection to verify compliance of the motor vehicle model. It remains the responsibility of the MIB to have their motor vehicle model tested before seeking approval.

Q. What about other products regulated by the Automotive Unit?

A. Certain replacement components and accessories of motor vehicles are regulated. No person is allowed to sell any products covered in the scope of regulated products unless such products have been tested and comply with the relevant legislative requirements determine Replacement components and accessories shall be granted with an LoA and or homologation certificate if they meet the relevant legislative requirements.

These products are child restraints, motorcycle helmets, hydraulic fluid, brake pads, shoes and linings, motor vehicle lights and bulbs, rubber seals for brake callipers and master cylinders, automotive safety glass, tow bars, passenger and commercial tyres.

Q. Are there any fees paid?

A. Yes, fees are paid in the form of levies and service fees for services rendered. Payable fees are gazetted and are reviewed from time to time in consultation with stakeholders. ​

Levy​

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​​​Contact Detail​​

Paul Snyman

: snymanpj@nrcs.org.za
:+27 (0) 12 482 8889

Sifiso Phakathi​​

: phakatsz@nrcs.org.za​
: +27 (0) 12 482 8865
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