Nissan will boost employment in South Africa, with local production of the next generation Navara poised to create an estimated 1,200-plus new jobs in the automotive sector.
Manufacturing of the new Navara at Nissan’s Rosslyn facility, in Pretoria, is expected to begin in 2020 and to see the plant’s current production output grow by more than 50%.
In order to increase capacity to this level, a two-shift operation will be required and this alone will result in the immediate creation of an additional 400 jobs. Hundreds more vacancies will be created, though, at Nissan as well as within the broader industry and, specifically, the local component supplier industry.
“Nissan has a deep understanding of the need to invest in skills development in a meaningful way. Not just for our benefit, in terms of having a skilled workforce at our technologically advanced vehicle manufacturing plant in Rosslyn; but for the benefit of all the eager, young minds in this country, who are simply seeking opportunities to improve themselves,” says Managing Director for the Nissan Group of Africa, Mike Whitfield.