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Taxi plant launched in Springs

By Sapa | Nov 14, 2012 |

Taxi-manufacturing company launched in partnership with the Beijing Development Works company from China

The first phase of a taxi-manufacturing company was launched in Springs in Ekurhuleni on Tuesday, said the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). It said the plant was being established in partnership with the Beijing Development Works company from China. 

Head of the IDC Geoffrey Qhena said plans to develop the plant were initiated by the department of trade and industry in 2010, following calls for a local bus, truck and minibus manufacturing programme.

“The assembly plant is expected to provide many benefits to South Africa, including increased localisation of the automotive industry and export opportunities.” 

Taxi owners would also benefit from the local production of the 16-seater taxis.

“The vehicles will include a free two-year, 200,000km service plan to ensure that they are affordable and safe,” said Qhena.

The plant was also expected to create employment for locals.

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Inyathi? That's is one bad vehicle.

Nov 14, 2012 7:48 | 0 replies

One recalls when no one gave Toyota, Datsun (Nissan) etc. any chance to become worthy producers of vehicles. Then the big things were Dodge, Chrysler or Valiant...20years on, things have changed. So I'd give Inyathi a chance. There may be a few extra jobs created in Springs. Springs has shed so many jobs over the years. Any job created in Springs is a major relief in that region.

Nov 14, 2012 9:0 | 0 replies

No fong kong busses and Tyres please, take our lives seriously now.

Nov 14, 2012 9:49 | 0 replies

Faceplant it is all going to be.

Nov 14, 2012 3:40 | 0 replies