About Us

Richards Bay Panelbeaters is based in Alton, Richards Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and was established by Chris Howcroft in 1984 as the first panel beating and spray-painting business in Richards Bay. With a business history of 33 years we have an established and loyal client base.

Our company is a Major structural repairer and is factory approved with the following manufacturers; Ford Motor Company, Mazda South Africa, Great Wall Motors SA (Pty) Ltd and Renault SA and Honda. We are in the approval process for Volkswagen South Africa, Toyota and Hyundai Motor Company. Richards Bay Panelbeaters is the approved body repair Centre for Santam and Mutual & Federal, Zurich, Hollard, Etana, SA Underwriters, S.A. Fire, Mi-Way, ABSA and Absa iDirect, Standard Bank and Renasa we do work for various other insurers which includes; CTU Claredon, Unity, Oakhurst, Regent, African Independent, , Brolink, Iemas, Quick Sure, Auto Pedigree, Cover Spec, FNB, MIB Glenrand, Best Sure, IDA Sure, Telkom and many more.

Richards Bay Panel beaters are a proud member of Collision Repairers Association (CRA).

Our company has a BBBEE certificate with a level 2 score; we employ 35 people consisting of qualified panel beaters, spray painters, strip and assemblers, general workers, manager’s admin and reception staff.

Mission, Richards Bay Breakdown is dedicated to providing excellent road side and accident assistance. We wish to establish a successful partnership with our clients, staff members and insurance companies that respect the interests and goals of each party. Success will be measured by our clients choosing us because of their believe in our ability to meet or exceed their expectations of service, price and expertise.

Our vision is to be the preferred and most trusted resource of panel beating and spray painting in Richards Bay and surrounding areas.

We value integrity, honesty and excellence. Guided by these values, we provide superior service to all people.


24 Hour Towing Breakdown Service is Available


Tel 035 797 3505
After Hours 035 797 3505
Fax 035 797 4509


Street Address 15 Copper Corner, Alton, Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, 3900 Postal Address PO Box 62, Richards Bay, 3900 GPS Coordinates 28°45’31.1”S 32°01’38.1”E

Contact Persons

Chris Howcroft & Sophia Howcroft Owners (035) 797 3505 rbpanel@icon.co.za


B-BBEE Levels Level 2 CSI Rating Pending

Registrations Number

Company Registration Number 2008/180614/23 MIBCO Number 30002656 VAT Number 4630258699

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