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VW South Africa’s R4 Billion Investment Marks a New Era for the Eastern Cape

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Volkswagen VW South Africa

Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has announced a R4 billion investment in its assembly plant located in Kariega, Eastern Cape. This ambitious investment, warmly received by Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel, heralds the introduction of a new SUV model based on the Polo platform, consolidating the facility’s status as the global manufacturing hub for the Polo brand.

The announcement made at VWSA’s Kariega facility on Wednesday has been described by Patel as “a testament to the country’s industrial policy,” emphasising its potential to bolster the assembly plant’s capabilities while securing the livelihoods of some 3,500 individuals directly employed by VWSA. Patel further noted the broader impact of this investment, stating, “Moreover, this investment has rippled through this part of the Eastern Cape, fostering an ecosystem of prosperity and industrialisation, supporting an estimated 50,000 indirect jobs and livelihoods.”

This move is part of a larger effort by the South African government to enhance automotive production within the nation. Over the past five years, the government has implemented various strategic actions to support the industry, including the introduction of the New Automotive Masterplan and the consolidation of trade agreements under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and with the United Kingdom post-Brexit. Additionally, initiatives like the R6 billion Auto Industry Transformation Fund aim to integrate Black component manufacturers into the supply chain, showcasing a dedication to inclusive economic growth.

With an overall contribution of 2.9% to South Africa’s GDP in 2022, the automotive industry is a pivotal component of the nation’s manufacturing sector, directly employing over 115,000 individuals and supporting an additional 240,000 indirect jobs. Despite facing global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain disruptions, South Africa’s automotive industry has demonstrated remarkable resilience and growth. In 2023 alone, the country exported a record 399,594 vehicles, reflecting its enduring industrial resilience and global competitiveness.

Volkswagen VW South Africa
Volkswagen VW South Africa

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