Auto industry’s R1bn skills boost

31 October 2006

South Africa’s motor industry will invest more than R1-billion in technical skills development over the next six years with an eye to selling a million vehicles a year in SA by 2015 – and manufacturing a million vehicles a year in SA by 2020.

According to Business Report, the skills programme will be undertaken by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa) together with its own members as well as those of the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers and the Retail Motor Industry Association.

Naamsa president and Toyota SA CEO Johan van Zyl told Business Report that South Africa’s motor industry had trained around 12 000 people in technical disciplines since 2000.

Between now and 2012, Van Zyl told the newspaper, the industry aimed to train another 24 000 people “either as technicians or as artisans, or through technical learnerships.”

He described this target as “ambitious” but “doable, given a continuing strong economy and ongoing improvement in general living standards” in South Africa.

SouthAfrica.info reporter

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