Motor industry needs support to avoid being a Covid-19 casualty
The immediate priority is to allow local motor firms to restart the manufacture of export vehicles as soon as possible
The government must amend its support for the industry if SA is to avoid being marginalised in a post-Covid-19 global motor industry, says Prof Justin Barnes, one of the chief architects of government’s long-term strategy for the SA motor industry.
In a policy brief to President Cyril Ramaphosa and the department of trade and industry, Barnes says years of progress in turning the SA industry into an effective global competitor may be undone if the industry is unable to respond to changing conditions caused by the pandemic...
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