Tebogo Msimanga |
Director-General of the Department of Trade Industry and Competition, (the dtic) Lionel October, revealed on Wednesday that that all plans are on track to finish all construction of Tshwane Automotives Sez. More than 8 500 jobs will be created through the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ), and up to 70% of those jobs will go to local residents of Mamelodi and surrounding areas in Pretoria.
The Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Mr Fikile Majola and Gauteng Premier, Mr David Makhura were part of the briefing, at the Ford Motor Company headquarters in Silverton, Pretoria.
The Tshwane Automotive SEZ was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in November last year. The SEZ is situated in Silverton near Mamelodi and Nellmapius townships. It will act as an automotive component supplier industrial park and will support FMCSA’s ambition to become the world’s largest Ford Ranger pick-up plant.
Deputy Minister Majola said the SEZ was a key launch pad towards developing Tshwane as the first Automotive City in the African continent. It is expected that the Tshwane Automotive SEZ will positively contribute to South Africa’s industrial strategy, by attracting automotive components manufacturing companies and related services.
Majola said the SEZ was a key launch pad towards developing Tshwane as the first Automotive City in the African continent.
An estimated R25 million of the project funds has been set aside for training, mentorship and support for local Small Medium and Micro Enteprises (SMMEs).