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While Africa is one of the new frontiers for global automakers and automotive industry investors, there are a number of local car companies - some new, some more established - which are getting attention for building quality motor vehicles for local and global markets.
The second Automotive Incubation Centre has opened in the capital city, Tshwane. It will establish and nurture small- and medium-sized enterprises that can supply components to Nissan South Africa's production line. It is expected to bring economic transformation.
The Vehicles-Automotive Investment Scheme has been extended to include the makers of medium and heavy commercial vehicles in a move aimed at growing and developing the sector in South Africa.
Volkswagen South Africa's 500 000th EA111 engine rolled off the production line on Friday, marking the 2-millionth engine produced at the company's manufacturing plant in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape.
The Gauteng provincial government and Nissan South Africa have started construction on a new automotive training academy at Nissan's plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria, in a bid to tackle the shortage of manufacturing skills in the country.
South Africa's Gauteng province has begun construction of a R58-million township Automotive Hub in Winterveld, one of the province's poorest areas, to help turn the tide of unemployment among young South Africans.
The government is committed to boosting the country's manufacturing sector and in particular the automotive sector in its drive to create more jobs for South Africans, says President Jacob Zuma.
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has opened a world-class production simulator facility at the company's assembly plant outside Pretoria that will be used to train both its own employees as well as engineering students from various institutions.
In a reassuring sign for South Africa's automotive industry, East London-based Mercedes Benz has shipped over 2 600 locally built C-Class cars to the United States - its largest consignment since November 2008.
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