Midrand, Gauteng – The story of Frank Ndzhukula captured South African hearts this week. Ndzhukulastarted his career at KTM in the wash bay. After 26 years, he defied the odds and qualified as an Orange Technician - the highest level that a technician can reach in KTM.
He is quick to mention that he "started from nowhere and knew nothing". His manager at the time, Ralph Pitchford, encouraged him to expand his knowledge and began teaching him to fix motorcycles.
While the process was overwhelming at first, Ndzhukula came up with a little mantra for himself and pushed through his struggles: “I told myself that I’m a human being if someone else can do it why can’t I?" he said.
There are three levels for technicians to get through at KTM. Each level teaching more advanced skills than the next. The starting level is Bronze, the next up is Silver, and the final level is Orange.
"To become an Orange Technician is by far the most difficult course to pass. It's a four-day course, and Frank was the only one who took all his training material home each night to go over it. He even asked me for extra stuff. This is a massive achievement for him personally," said Stephan Marais, KTM South Africa's Customer Service Manager.
Ndzhukula passed his bronze and silver courses but was hesitant to commit to Orange. Marais, who handles the Orange course at KTM headquarters, encouraged Ndzhukula to try it for years.
After 26 years with the company, Ndzhukula passed the course. It’s a massive milestone for any technician. He is currently employed at Raceworx KTM – a dealership in Gauteng. All the other workers are in awe of what he has achieved and say that they hope to reach the same milestone as him.
Ndzhukula is not only held in high regard by his colleagues, but South Africa’s top KTM athletes have great respect for him too. Louwrens Mahoney, a multiple South African Enduro and Cross-Country champion mentioned that Ndzhukula used to work on his bike when he started his racing career.
Well here’s one of the new MV Agusta’s now available to buy in SA. The bike is named the Brutale 800RC Reparto Corse. It’s number 75 of 300, so it’s beyond rare and unique, not to mention gorgeous. But this doesn’t come cheap at R299,888, combined with a 3-year factory warranty though, and Fire it-up’s superb 3-year maintenance plan, as do all of their machines.
Berto and James (left) are the ‘original’ guys that made MV Agusta, in SA, so popular in the past, before ‘silly/stupid-people’ took over and made a complete mess of things and hurting the famous brand.
But that is no more and these two professional dudes will confidently look after your MV needs better than ever, which is nice to say the least. More unique models will arrive in the near future with a ‘promised’ 217hp Brutale, the most powerful production naked bike EVER, on the cards. Now that’s going to be something very, very, special, right?
Go to www.fireitup.co.za for more information and fantastic deals on all makes.
Yamaha Distributors are pleased to announce that World of Yamaha will be officially retailing the full range of Yamaha motorcycles, Yamaha marine products, Kymco motorcycles including Side by Sides as well as the full range of AMP apparel and accessory products to the public as of Monday 03 June 2019.
World of Yamaha has been open as a business centre, events facility and showroom to showcase the Yamaha Distributor range of brands since 2011.
The facility is one of few venues of its kind in Africa that combines an innovative architectural design with one of the most aesthetically pleasing showrooms in Africa.
“We are proud of the facilities we have here at World of Yamaha and customers are welcome to purchase from our range of motorcycles, marine products and apparel” says Robin van Rensburg (Managing Director of Yamaha Distributors SA). World of Yamaha will be trading from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday and 09:00 to 14:00 on Saturdays as of Monday 03 June 2019. For sales queries you can contact Michael Creevy on (011) 259 7850.