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Automotive

The South African automotive industry includes seven (7) Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) with vehicle assembly facilities in Gauteng, the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal.  Export of locally assembled passenger and light commercial vehicles to other African countries has increased to over 90,000 units. The improved state of development of Richards Bay and Durban as export ports has contributed towards the export traffic of vehicles and minerals being diverted from Maputo to these ports over the last 20 years.  However, the establishment of the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI) and the stable political and economic environment of Mozambique led to the establishment of the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC).  The company has further developed the coal and vehicle terminal and is now experiencing increased demand for the export of raw and processed minerals originating from the northern provinces of South Africa and vehicles from Africa. Further development of the port handling capacity will attract more export traffic from South African mines and industries. Komatipoort and the proposed Nkomazi SEZ should be aligned to support the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative and the export/import of commodities becomes an important link in the transport of goods across the border.