Tyre fac­tory cre­ates jobs in KZN

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KWAZULU-NA­TAL to ben­e­fit from for­eign in­vest­ment by a Ja­panese tyre com­pany.

About 600 jobs have been cre­ated in Lady­smith KwaZulu-Na­tal thanks to a R970 mil­lion di­rect in­vest­ment by Ja­panese tyre man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany Su­mit­omo Rub­ber South Africa (SRSA).

Su­mit­omo man­u­fac­tures the pop­u­lar Dun­lop, Su­mit­omo and Falken tyre brands. It has taken a step fur­ther by re­cently launch­ing its new, state-of-the-art Truck and Bus Ra­dial (TBR) fac­tory.

Lady­smith mayor Vin­cent May­i­boyi Mad­lala said the in­vest­ment from the Asian com­pany was not just about the peo­ple of Lady­smith but will also ben­e­fit the prov­ince through job cre­ation and grow­ing the econ­omy.

“The fac­tory has cre­ated about 600 job op­por­tu­ni­ties in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Lady­smith since the in­cep­tion of the com­pany in our city. With the new ex­pan­sion it is ex­pected to cre­ate a fur­ther 400 per­ma­nent jobs,” said Mad­lala.

He added that with skills short­age be­ing a chal­lenge in Lady­smith, Su­mit­omo also took to other ar­eas in the prov­ince such as Richards Bay and Es­court pro­vid­ing de­cent jobs for peo­ple in those ar­eas.

“In some cases the com­pany has taken peo­ple from our prov­ince for train­ing in other coun­tries in our con­ti­nent where they have a foot­print. To us this is boost­ing skills devel­op­ment for peo­ple in our city and prov­ince,” Mayor Mad­lala added.

Pro­duc­tion Trainee Spe­cial­ist at the SRSA fac­tory, Si­fiso Vi­lakazi is one of the peo­ple who has been equipped with skills.

‘TBR has changed my life by pro­vid­ing me with skills, knowl­edge and train­ing in dif­fer­ent pro­cesses of tyre tech­nol­ogy. It has im­proved my fi­nan­cial po­si­tion and en­abled me to think big­ger about my fu­ture.”

Su­mit­omo Rub­ber South Africa has in­vested about R970 mil­lion in the South African econ­omy.

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