The Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), its predecessor the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP), and the post-2020 APDP extension were not the outcome of an individual’s input. Consultation, multi-stakeholder engagement and policy crafting led to this package of incentives, of which the Automotive Investment Scheme (incorrectly described in the article) is just one pillar. The recently announced extension, which is biased to driving localisation in the value chain, came through a stakeholder engagement committee chaired by
The outcome was the SA Automotive Masterplan 2035. The impression that Davies and the department of trade & industry (DTI) don’t have a constructive working relationship with business is incorrect. Importantly, such policymaking, and associated
The Public-Private Growth Initiative (PPGI) is a valuable process, which the automotive sector has completely committed to. Readers should know that the automotive sector’s input for the PPGI was complementary to, and centred around the objectives and activities of the masterplan, not in any way substitutional. The leveraging of DTI-implemented support is the key to unlocking the sector’s deliverables under the PPGI.
Impressions of dysfunctional business relationships with government partners need to be grounded in fact, and in this
Executive director, National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers
Automotive component industry in need of 500 suppliers
The local automotive component industry needs to grow considerably to meet the needs of vehicle assemblers and the South African Automotive Masterplan. Read on