Brand South Africa profiles South Africa infrastructure to African media houses


Johannesburg, 25 September 2013 – Infrastructure in South Africa was foremost on the agenda as a group of African journalists embarked on a media tour, hosted by Brand South Africa. The journalists work for various media organisations based in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.

During the tour, journalists will be exposed to South Africa’s infrastructure through the motor industry value chain. Journalists will see the full spectrum of production to shipment and will visit sites in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban. The tour is also intended to profile and highlight the opportunities for intra-African trade and how South Africa supports this continental priority.

Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “South Africa’s infrastructure gained momentum in the run up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and has over the years expanded as the foundation of a national growth and development strategy. Our transport, water, electricity and telecommunications networks are being extended and we are thus strengthening the fabric of South African communities. Recent studies have also indicated that in terms of innovation, our country is performing strongly.”

On Wednesday, the delegation travelled via the Gautrain from Johannesburg to Pretoria. There, they toured the Roslyn Nissan site, which is a key vehicle manufacturing and assembly plant. The plant is a leader in sound environmental practice with regards to vehicle manufacturing and has won numerous awards for its environmental efforts. This was followed by a visit to the Automotive Supplier Park in Tshwane, which is a Gauteng Provincial government Initiative aimed at stimulating economic growth and job creation in the automotive industry, through investment in strategic infrastructure.

As part of the day’s activities, journalists also visited Freedom Park during which efforts to build the emotional, psychological and social capital of the country’s citizens through reconciliation and healing was showcased.

The journalists are this week also scheduled to visit Johannesburg’s City Deep Port, Durban’s New Cargo Port and the Moses Mabhida Stadium, among other sites.

About Brand South Africa

Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.

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