There’s a resigned sense of déjà vu in the South African motor industry after the government failed yet again this week to meet its latest deadline to announce a policy for new-energy vehicles (NEVs). 

In his medium-term budget speech on Wednesday, finance minister Enoch Godongwana spoke of the need for policy clarity — “the transition to NEVs poses an existential threat to South African vehicle production” — but did nothing to provide it. This was after industry CEOs had been primed to expect a major announcement.   ..

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