Speaking at the recent launch of the new Polo by Volkswagen South Africa, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Bulelani Magwanishe says the South African government is committed to supporting the local production of vehicles in order boost exports, job creation and economic growth. “As the government, our commitment to local vehicle production is marked in our Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP), with a prime focus towards adding value in the manufacturing and industrial sector. Export promotion, job creation and inclusive growth remain as the fundamentals to this policy,” he said.

The automotive industry is the largest manufacturing sector in South Africa’s economy, according to Magwanishe. The industry currently employs about 300 000 people, 31 000 in vehicle assembly, 82 000 in component manufacturing and the rest in retail.

Government committed to local vehicle productionMagwanishe said that the Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti) Automotive Production and Development Programme was successfully providing much-needed support to the automotive sector. “Under this programme, we have the Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS), which has disbursed R8 billion from its inception in 2009 to 2017. The government’s total commitment to the scheme is R13.5 billion. Moreover, this programme has supported a total of R48.3 billion in investments during this period. The country’s new Automotive Master Plan and associated support programmes will be announced in the near future following Cabinet endorsement.”

Government has also partnered with the automotive industry in creating the Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative (ASCCI). To date, support has been facilitated to more than 23 firms through this initiative. 30 more companies are currently being taken through various interventions, Magwanishe said.

“Through these interactions, we believe as a department that it is not about the role that we play but mainly about the goals that we aim to achieve. The dti will persist in pursuing efforts intended to increase local content in vehicle production, attract component manufacturers, provide investment assistance for expansion as well as advance competitiveness improvement programme.”

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