September saw noteworthy developments for South Africa’s automotive industry. Construction has begun on the R3.4 billion Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) in Pretoria. SEZ is an initiative by the South African government to reposition the country in the world economy. This SEZ will see the development of the first automotive city in Africa, with job creation expected to increase during construction, as well as following the completion of the project. Interest has soared in this initiative with companies such as Ford committing to setting up operations within the SEZ.
Concurrently, Ford South Africa has announced the upgrade of its wheel and tire facility at its assembly plant in Pretoria. This upgrade will enhance Ford’s production process whilst ensuring the assembly plant is efficient, reducing cycle times and improving capacity. The new location of the facility will also improve production flow due to its proximity to the assembly line.