Cyril Ramaphosa driving a Navara car in South Africa
Cyril Ramaphosa driving a Navara car in South Africa

In the presence of the President of the Republic of South Africa, "Cyril Rama Fawza", Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company in the region of Africa, the Middle East and India "Biman Kargan" and Managing Director of the Nissan Group "Mike Whitfield" was officially announced the production of the Nissan Navara flagship in South Africa.

In the presence of the President of the Republic of South Africa, "Cyril Rama Fawza", Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company in the region of Africa, the Middle East and India "Biman Kargan" and Managing Director of the Nissan Group "Mike Whitfield" was officially announced the production of the Nissan Navara flagship in South Africa.

The company has invested 3 billion rand in its factory in Rosslyn in Pretoria, which is currently producing the popular Nissan models NP200 and NP300, which are sold in 45 countries in Africa.

As part of Nissan's plan to expand in the region and increase production, it will develop and modernize the Roslin plant with the addition of a new and flexible production line through which cars can be assembled and assembled.

The development will also include the recruitment of more than 1200 new employees with a plan to train staff and fly their skills to raise the quality of production, especially the production of the car Nisnan Navara, which will start in 2020 to be the total annual production volume of the factory more than 65 thousand cars.

The President of the Republic of South Africa stressed that the decision was taken by Nissan as part of the importance of the automotive production sector in the country and to contribute effectively to the local economy.

“The automotive sector is the largest manufacturing sector in South Africa, contributing around 7% of annual GDP and accounting for one third of manufacturing production. I am very pleased that Nissan has started producing the Navara and I would like to congratulate the employees for their hard work in Coming this way to South Africa. "

For his part, Chairman of Nissan in the region of Africa, the Middle East and India in his speech: Africa is an essential part of the plan "Nissan" M.O.V.E. to 2022 medium term through which we seek to double our presence in Africa, Middle East and India.

We are currently in several countries in Africa, including Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa, and we plan to set up a factory in Algeria.

Today's announcement highlights Africa's continued evolution and transformation into an important global market as well as the South African government's efforts to ensure a stable environment that attracts long-term investments.

As part of the plan, Nissan has teamed up with the Automotive Development Center to host eight new manufacturers and companies in line with the broad economic black empowerment program, bringing the number of suppliers to 34% for Nissan suppliers in South Africa at 318.

It is worth mentioning that the Nissan Navara pickup has won many international awards since its launch in the market, including the award for the best pickup in the world in 2016, and has achieved sales exceeded 231 thousand cars in 2018, an annual increase of 6%, which makes Navara one of the best Nissan's best-selling cars in the world. On the start of production in South Africa, Mike Whitfield, Managing Director of Nissan Group in Africa said: