R50m training academy for Tshwane

Automotive cluster gets a boost

R50m automotive training academy for Tshwane
Gauteng Automotive Training Academy

Tshwane’s automotive cluster is to be given a boost with the establishment of the R50-million Gauteng Automotive Training Academy (GATA) in Rosslyn, which will be able to accommodate 1 000 students a year. 

Construction of the academy by the Gauteng Provincial Government and Nissan South Africa officially started on 14 November, with the first classrooms to be available for tuition at the end of January.

The entire project, conceptualised by the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, is scheduled for completion by May 2013.

The GATA will concentrate on four sectors of the automotive industry, namely vehicle assembly, automotive component manufacturing, dealer and after-sales support, as well as informal and mechanical repairs. It features a training simulator, including body welding and vehicle spray-painting areas.

It will expand later to include a black economic empowerment incubation centre, also operated by the AIDC. Although Nissan SA donated the land and buildings, valued at R17m, to the AIDC and will pay the rates and utilities on the facility, it is a government-owned institution and expected to train around 1 000 students a year for all vehicle manufacturers in Gauteng.

The AIDC will manage the training academy, including the training of Nissan SA’s new and existing staff, as the vehicle manufacturer is on an expansion drive at its Rosslyn plant, which is set to grow production volumes to 100 000 units a year. This will include assembly of a new one-tonne pickup truck in 2014.

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