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Nissan aims to create over 1000 jobs

Nis­san South Africa says it will cre­ate an esti­mat­ed 1, 200 jobs to man­u­fac­ture Navara full mod­el line-up at its Ross­lyn Plant, north of Pre­to­ria

The Group said the plant’s cur­rent pro­duc­tion out­put will grow by over 50 per­cent when Navara pick­up man­u­fac­tur­ing begins in 2020.

Nis­san Group Africa Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Mike Whit­field said to increase pro­duc­tion capac­i­ty, the work requires two-shift, adding this will result in cre­at­ing 400 addi­tion­al jobs.

White­field said the com­pa­ny is expect­ing to cre­ate more vacan­cies with­in the broad­er man­u­fac­tur­ing for the local com­po­nent sup­pli­er indus­try.

Fol­low­ing Nissan’s recent deci­sion to man­u­fac­ture Navara line-up in South Africa , Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa stat­ed the auto­mo­tive sec­tor is an essen­tial part of the indus­tri­al­i­sa­tion of our econ­o­my.

“The sec­tor is a reli­able part­ner and depend­able ally as it has shown by this invest­ment,” the Pres­i­dent said.

“Nis­san has a deep under­stand­ing to invest in skills devel­op­ment. Not just for our ben­e­fit but also for eager young minds seek­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to improve them­selves,” said Whit­field.

He said Nis­san part­nered with the Auto­mo­tive Indus­try Devel­op­ment Cen­tre (AIDC) to build an incu­ba­tion and train­ing cen­tre at the Ross­lyn man­u­fac­tur­ing plant.

The cen­tre offers a five-year train­ing and men­tor­ship pro­gramme.

This pro­gramme equips entre­pre­neurs with the skills need­ed to run their com­pa­nies.

AIDC pro­vides busi­ness skills while Nis­san offers nec­es­sary tech­ni­cal know-how.

“To enroll in the pro­gramme appli­cants goes through demand­ing selec­tion process. It includes mul­ti­ple rounds of inter­views, two-day assess­ment incor­po­rat­ing psy­cho­met­rics, role play, and a case study,” explains AIDC’s Dine­shan Mood­ley,

“The pro­gramme teach­es can­di­dates assem­bly line lay­out, process opti­miza­tion, effi­cien­cy improve­ment, house­keep­ing, finance man­age­ment, human resource man­age­ment, pay­roll overview, com­pa­ny tax­es, cost man­age­ment and qual­i­ty man­age­ment sys­tems.”

“The pro­gramme has devel­oped eight new black-owned sup­pli­ers. We’re plan­ning to add five more for the local pro­duc­tion of the new Navara pick­up,” said Mood­ley.

Nis­san teams [from Japan] will work with South African sup­pli­ers to devel­op the local com­po­nent indus­try through tech­ni­cal sup­port, train­ing and skills exchange.

“We aim to localise more to grow South African vehi­cle pro­duc­tion and con­tribute and to trans­form the country’s auto­mo­tive val­ue chain,” added Whit­field.







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