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Nissan SA wins prestigious award for economic development

The CCBC acknowledges Nissan for the role it plays in growth and job creation…

ROSSLYN, South Africa (19 December 2017) – Nissan continues to add to its trophy cabinet with another win for the exceptional team in South Africa, which won the CCBC Award for Manufacturing in recognition of Nissan’s contribution towards economic growth and job creation.

The Capital City Business Chamber (CCBC), which was established in 2008, aims to encourage business development in the greater Tshwane region. At a gala dinner held on 29 November 2017, the CCBC recognised businesses in different sectors for contributing to growth in the region.

Nissan Group of Africa MD, Mike Whitfield, accepted the award and participated in a panel discussion about smart cities being a driver for economic growth.

“Nissan South Africa has been committed to skills development and job creation for decades with our Rosslyn plant and we’re proud of this award that recognises our much-needed contribution to economic development,” said Whitfield.

The automotive industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the local economy and contributed 7.5% of South Africa’s GDP of R3.99-trillion in 2015. Vehicle and component production represents about 30% of SA’s manufacturing output.

“While we will continue to invest in the country, it must be said that there are potential stumbling blocks in our future as frequent industrial action combined with a decrease in domestic and international support could make other countries a more lucrative option for vehicle manufacturers,” said Whitfield.

Whitfield went on to highlight that South Africa remains a strong manufacturing destination for a variety of reasons that include access to Africa; a sophisticated financial services and business sector; relatively low production costs; well-developed logistics; government support; skills development programmes; and excellent quality of locally produced vehicles.

In recent years, the Rosslyn plant, which employs 2 000 people, has been running an engineering training programme after Nissan realised there was a shortage of core skills in the motoring sector. Roughly 50% of the students selected to participate in the training programme are black women.

“There is great potential for growth locally and throughout Africa. We are optimistic about the long-term future of the automotive and manufacturing sectors, and Nissan will continue to do its part to stimulate economic growth and job creation well into the future,” said Whitfield.

Via: Nissan South Africa

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