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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