In line with Scania’s global purpose to Drive The Shift Towards A Sustainable Transport System for business and society at large, Scania South Africa has partnered with the Limpopo Economic Development Agency and Thulamela municipality to develop the R15 million Scania Thohoyandou workshop. “As part of the ethos of Driving the Shift, identifying new opportunities and finding solutions to local challenges is an important part of our mandate”, says Fabio Souza, MD Scania Southern Africa.
The new Scania workshop investment supports the revitalisation of the underutilized industrial Park owned by the Limpopo Economic Development Agency in Thohoyandou. With spatial challenges isolating rural businesses, the new location of the Scania endorsed Thohoyandou workshop will ensure that the BEE business, Scania Boarder Auto Centre is now closer to its market, while customers will have to travel shorter distances to have their vehicles serviced. “This is a real-world example of our Customer First, philosophy “explains Nomonde Kweyi, GM Marketing & Communications, Scania Southern Africa. “The workshop’s improved proximity will allow for improved service efficiencies for our valued customers.”
At the soil turning event, on Friday 21 August, attended by Vhembe District Executive Mayor Nenguda, Fabio Souza outlined Scania’s commitment to making a sustainable contribution within the communities it operates in. In conjunction with Scania’s donation of a School Science Centre, the new workshop will create over 20 job opportunities for local residents. As part of the partnership Scania will service the buses that transport workers and school children in the greater Vhembe district. The workshop will also offer an approved apprenticeship program, giving many aspiring workshop technicians the chance to train locally. The workshop is slated to be built by 30 April 2020.
“Through this new Scania franchise dealership, which is led by our partners, David Gotoro, Managing Director and Isaac Chalumbira, the CEO and Chairman of Lionshare Investment Holdings, Scania is committed to continuous improvement and to ensuring we do our part in continually giving back in a sustainable manner,” explains Souza. “We are grateful for the support from both Executive Mayor Nenguda and the community of the Vhembe District on the new building project. We look forward to being a part of the journey of growth and development of this thriving community”.