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Toyota invests in a Manufacturing Academy

DURBAN, South Africa – Toyota has launched a Manufacturing Academy at the TVET College in Mobeni, Durban.

It was born of a strategic alliance between the Department of Higher Education and Training, the United Nations Development Programme SA and the Japanese government

The objective is intended to promote youth empowerment through vocational training and was officially opened by SA’s Minister of Higher Education Dr Blade Nzimande.

(TMA is part of the Automotive Training and Re-Skilling in the Post-COVID Economic Recovery for Vulnerable Youth and Women in South Africa project.

Coastal KZN TVET College,Tshwane South College (Pretoria), and Northlink College (Cape Town) will also benefit from the developments.

The parties agreed to set up a project to teach skills relevant to the auto industry, supported by the Japanese government.


Implementation of the project dates back to March 2021 but since then interventions have been delivered to contribute to South Africa’s economic recovery through skills development.

TSAM’s senior VP for corporate services, Suben Moodley, told The Corner: “The automotive sector is facing what TMC president, Akio Toyoda, described as “a once-in-century period of disruption” involving transformation by a wide range of new technologies as well as social, economic, and environmental factors.

Moodley again: “Traditional markets are being redefined as new types of vehicles are introduced, ranging from hybrid to plug-in hybrid, battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicles with a wide range of driver assistance systems, which require digitisation and smart factory systems.

“Equally important, soft skills such as resilience, flexibility, problem solving, and creativity will be highly valued. This aspect should not be underestimated and needs to be included into educational training programs.

“So, the challenge is not just technical skills but also a combination of soft and technical skills.”

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