History of MMA
With Five years behind us, “Platinum” continues its comradeship, unity and growth policy with a membership of 62 MOTH bikers. The Platinum chapter staged a monster 5th Birthday Bash on the 6th February 2016 which it is said “has set the standard” in motorcycle events, and was held in true festive MOTH fashion with good food, awesome music with some of the best singers and bands in the country, certainly a day to remember with fun for all, and even a MOTH recruiting desk which yielded three new MOTH prospects. Today we have members from Randfontein in the West to Barberton in the East, Pretoria in the North and Vereeniging in the South. Spread over a Provincial Dugout area known as Platinum Province which includes Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, as well as Northern and North Western Provinces, we are divided into 8 districts, namely; Coalfields, East Rand, Lowveld, Pretoria, South Eastern Transvaal, Southern Gauteng, West Rand and the newly formed Westvaal which straddles the Vaal river from Vereeniging to Stilfontein – a unique setup where the Freestate/Northern Cape and Platinum provinces share members.
With the growth in numbers across the region, the MMA – Platinum took a bold decision in 2014 to split the Province into smaller, locally managed chapters; and so the West Rand, Pretoria and Coalfields Chapters were born, with Southern Gauteng and Westvaal being added in 2015. This unique structure now operates with each chapter as an entity on its own with their own executive committees in control and taking the MOTH bikers into the future. 2016 also saw the birth of the new KZN Provincial chapter inaugurated on the 27th February under the watchful eye of the Southern KZN Provincial chapter which was set up by the Platinum Chapter in 2013. This was a highlight in the year for the Platinum chapter executive committee who were given the honour of conducting the installation ceremony. As we move towards the 2017 MOTH year, plans are already in motion to host the Sunflower Fund’s “Ride for Hope” event in September, which will be the 4th of its kind run by the Platinum Provincial chapter.
With the fifth AGM to be held in July 2016, the MMA – Platinum has notable milestones to its name, among them the introduction of the Friends of the MMA for non-Moths and pillion riders with their own unique patch now numbering 30 members from as far afield as Harare in Zimbabwe, 40 new Moths inducted into the order, and a strong membership base committed to the 2014/2015 vision: Comradeship, Unity and Growth.