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TASEZEngineering News reports that on Tuesday the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) celebrated the first cohort of 526 local youths trained in safety, health, environment and quality to participate in different parts of the automotive value chain.

These skills were critical in all aspects of the automotive value chain, said TASEZ CEO Dr Bheka Zulu. The event also saw the formal launch of the TASEZ Academy, with a new bespoke training centre to be built. Students are currently using existing buildings in the automotive manufacturing zone until the new centre has been completed. The TASEZ will rely on sector education and training authorities (Setas) to provide learnership, internship and skills development programmes, as well as coaching and mentoring, until the TASEZ Academy has been built. Subsequent skills development will focus on different technical skills along the automotive value chain and courses are being developed in partnership with the automotive manufacturers and their suppliers to ensure that the skills are not only in demand, but also bolster the local operations of these companies in step with their objectives. "We want our townships and people residing in them to see economic development. We are committed to developing township economies. Interventions such as skills development initiatives in line with global automotive standards will support economic development in our communities, in Gauteng and the country," Zulu indicated. TASEZ has established a community participation committee (CPC) with the local Mamelodi, Eersterust and Silverton communities. The ownership of the academy is vested with these communities

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