Gauteng may soon have a Ferrari workshop that fixes
models of the motor manufacturer.
Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, said during a meeting
held in Sandton recently before the South Africa-Italy Summit, that the
Chamdor automotive projects in Krugersdorp, in which provincial government
partnered with the Italian Government, would also have a team of trained
mechanics to fix high-end models.
"The automotive hub that will be opened in the Chamdor area in the West
Rand is for after-sales support for all brands of vehicles that may be sold
in the country. We are also looking at training for high-end vehicles like
the Ferrari because we donít build Ferraris in this country, so Ferrari is
going to have a team dedicated to training local people in fixing Ferraris.
It might not be an engine overhaul, but if it is an electrical problem then
you would be able to go there,?Vadi said.
He added that this year 250 chief executives from across the continent
would be attending the summit, which will be held early next month in
partnership with The European House Ambrosetti, an Italian NGO.
The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), which is Gautengís
automotive parastatal, said the project was part of governmentís
international relations initiative and Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, had
signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Emilia-Romagna region in
This MoU allows both the Gauteng province and the equivalent
Emilia-Romagna region to collaborate on various mutually beneficial
programmes. Subsequent to the signing of the MoU, the GGDA (Gauteng Growth
and Development Agency) then also entered into an MoU with its equivalent
agency in Italy, known as the E35 Foundation, with common interests. This
was signed during a mission to Italy led by the MEC for Social Development,
Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, on 26 May 2017. This MoU refers to identified
projects for collaboration between E35 and the GGDA. The project more
specifically identified by the AIDC, which also attended the Italy mission
in May [last year], was around the support that the Italy partners could
provide to the township economy,?said AIDC spokesperson Mashadi Mangale.
She said the Chamdor hub would bring significant economic activity to the
West Rand and had targeted 15 small businesses, which would be specialising
in mechanical and auto body repairs, as well as parts sales.
She added that the hub would be serviced by master artisans and other
leading professionals in the automotive field, and that it would be a centre
for training and skills transfer in the motor industry.