Think back 30 years to 1983? Where you born yet? Do you remember anything in particular?
A number of significant events happened in 1983.
- March, the International Rugby Board (IRB) discussed the idea of a Rugby World Cup but the idea is dismissed as the ‘concept found no support.’ This was mainly due to the fact the IRB did not want the tournament to be commercially run.
- Schalk Burger (13 April) and Bryan Habana (12 June) are born
- 30 April – The Prime Minister of South Africa, Pieter Willem (PW) Botha meets with Lesotho’s Minister of Foreign Affairs to discusses the Lesotho Highlands Water Project
- 20 August, the United Democratic Front (UDF) was launched at the Rocklands Civic Centre in Mitchells Plain
- 22 September, the Republic of South Africa Constitution Bill is enacted
- 23 September, Gerrie Coetzee, the South African heavyweight boxing champion, wins the World Boxing Association (WBA) title in Akron, Ohio by knocking out American Michael Dokes and becomes the first South African boxer to win a world heavyweight title.
- 15 October, The South African Grand Prix, is held at Kyalami
- The first Midas Parts Centre was franchised in 1983
Why the interest in 1983 and Midas specifically you may ask?
When I was a kid, my dad and I used to make trips to Midas. Our family had a growing affinity for travel in and around South Africa and naturally before each trip we had to ensure that the family car was in tip top shape.
We’re not specifically talking about the car’s service history but all those extra bits and bobs that we thought we may need, extra oil, fan-belt, tow hook, booster cables and a plethora of tools.
Not that any of our vehicles over the years were prone to breaking down, but we often stopped to help other stranded travelers along the way.
To this day this image stuck in my mind and I often pop into one of their 298 franchised Midas stores to browse around for something extra to add to my travel box – you know, just in case.
I now keep at least a good set of tow cables, booster cables, cable ties a fire extinguisher and ever indispensable tyre-fix (if you’ve ever driven a Volvo before, you’ll know about this one – they always tend to pick up punctures) on hand over and above my ever expanding outdoor kit.
Come to think of it, somehow Midas was involved when I got engaged to my wife. It’s quite a story (for another day) that involves a forest, two mountain-bikers, a cable tie and a wedding proposal. Nothing like a cable tie standing in as a makeshift wedding ring. I kid you not.
So with that I congratulate Midas for always being there for us over the past 30 years and we’re looking to spending many more with you.
About Midas (stores) – Midas is a group of franchise-owned retail stores, designed around the needs of any vehicle owner; providing service and products in the automotive parts, accessories and lifestyle travel equipment areas. The group is one of a number of subsidiaries within the larger Midas Group, an entity operating in the replacement automotive parts industry.
The first Midas Parts Centre was franchised in 1983, and subsequently, the 30-year-old brand has evolved to more than 298 Midas franchised outlets in Southern Africa including Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and South Africa, catering not only for automotive parts and accessories, but lifestyle travel equipment, too.