Real African Works (RAW), which designs, develops, manufactures, markets and sell automotive drive-trains, focusing on commercial vehicles of 3 Tons payload and above, has been launched. South Africa's first 100% black owned Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) company in the automotive industry, RAW currently specialises in city buses, specifically for the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) being rolled out by various municipalities.

RAW Dr PenxaWith a mission to provide versatile commercial vehicles, RAW specialises in diesel powertrain systems with the support of multinational diesel engine manufacturer Cummins and ZF, a global leader in transmissions and driving axles. The company is headed up by Dr Vuyelwa Toni Penxa.

RAW complies with local and International regulations in the manufacturing of buses, and produces flexible drivetrains built into a 12-meter city bus body. These drivetrains are powered by Euro 5 diesel engines that are flexible and can be exchanged with a more suitable power option when it becomes available in the future.

RAW currently delivers on its contract obligations by utilising Busmark, and is in the process of building on a full manufacturing facility within the Gauteng Industrial Zone in Ekurhuleni.


“Over the years, my vision has been a focus on transforming the public transportation industry with a goal to create a system that was on par with leading international motoring organisations in the world. By identifying new avenues through integrating advanced manufacturing solutions, WE AIM TO meet consumer needs within a sustainable future society,” Penxa says.

“I want to acknowledge that the foundation of our business is anchored on a very strong support from the Gauteng Provincial Government, which not only presented an opportunity, but it also incorporated us into their research and enhancement of the 4th Industrial revolution, therefore introducing us to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Hydrogen South Africa Infrastructure (HySa), The Department of Trade and Industry (DtI) and The Department of Science and Technology (DST).”


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