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Carmaker Toyota SA and Pretoria University’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs) have combined forces to create Africa’s first specialist manufacturing Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in an attempt to boost the sector, which plays a key role in economic development. The degree programme will be introduced in 2019 following today’s launch of the Durban-based Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies. Former Toyota SA CEO Johan van Zyl, now president of Toyota Europe and a trustee of the Toyota SA Educational Trust, said: “The creation of a deep manufacturing culture has contributed to the development of Asian economies such as Japan, Thailand and Korea. I believe we need to start building a similarly deep culture of manufacturing in SA.” Institute executive director Justin Barnes said the MBA was not automotive-specific but would address manufacturing in general. Despite manufacturing being considered vital for the growth of developing economies, its contrib...

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