September, 2021

Dear Member
Welcome to the September edition of the NAACAM News. Time for some fresh insight - I am the Commercial Director at NAACAM and lead our Value-Added Services portfolio, which includes leading localisation, transformation and skills initiatives for the association, as well as supporting member-to-member interactions, as well as marketing and communications activities.

This Women’s Month, NAACAM launched its bursary and apprenticeship programme to support the development of critical technical skills in the automotive components sector. The programme is generously funded by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA (MerSETA), and is NAACAM’s flagship initiative to empower youth to participate in the sector. Over the month of August, the female beneficiaries of the programme were profiled on NAACAM’s digital media platforms.

Another exciting development in recent months has been the research generated out of the High Gear project. This quarter, our Analyst, Beth Dealtry, authored a report on the prevalence of hard-to-fill vacancies and their broad-based impact on suppliers’ localisation and transformation objectives. 

Over the last quarter, we have also seen several achievements from members in a variety of business areas. I encourage you to learn more about these activities in this newsletter and engage us to see how the NAACAM team can support your organisation to grow and entrench your company in the sector.
Shivani Singh
Commercial Director
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NAACAM delivers localisation and transformation masterclass to the IDC

NAACAM Commercial Director, Shivani Singh has delivered a Localisation and Transformation masterclass to several representatives of the IDC.

Women’s Month: NAACAM celebrates strength and resilience of women

NAACAM celebrated Women’s Month with the launch of a bursary and apprenticeship programme supporting critical technical skills development.

NAACAM Business Guide 2021 now available

The official 2021 NAACAM Business Guide offers an overview of the state of business in the automotive component industry.

Latest Engineering News NAACAM feature

The latest feature includes topics such as the new Merseta chamber, an initiative to advance the TVET system and a reskilling programme for retrenched workers.

Bridgestone donates resources for Brits schools

Bridgestone Southern Africa has handed over more than R140 000 in school equipment, supplies and uniform to four schools in the Brits area.

Industry Partnerships

NAACAM announces MBA scholarship in remembrance of  Dr Johan Van Zyl

NAACAM is to provide a full manufacturing-focused MBA scholarship for intake in 2022 in memory of Dr Johan van Zyl.

The AIDC Eastern Cape signs agreement to implement High Gear project

The AIDC EC has signed an agreement to implement a High Gear project marking a significant turning point in the value of TVET engineering courses.

Several funds launched to support businesses impacted by unrest

The dtic and IDC have launched funds to support businesses impacted by July unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

High Gear

Hard-to-fill (HTF) vacancies prevalent in automotive component supply base

A High Gear survey has found that Hard-to-fill (HTF) vacancies are prevalent in the automotive component supply base in South Africa.

High Gear and IYF project addresses poor uptake of discretionary grants

A High Gear project, implemented by IYF and  DHET aims to address the poor uptake of discretionary grants.

Initiative to better leverage SETA funding, enhance TVET relationships

The rapid pace of technological change in the auto sector is requiring suppliers to speedily identify critical skills to secure global competitiveness.

Member Achievements

Dask Distributors partners exclusively with Saint-Gobain Tape Solutions

Dask Distributors has partnered exclusively with Saint-Gobain Tape Solutions to locally manufacture automotive bonding tapes.

Sumitomo Rubber taking in 100 young people for various programmes

Sumitomo Rubber is taking in 100 young people for various programmes to develop young talent in the dynamic world of tyre manufacturing.

Bosch Africa dedicated to training and development

Bosch Africa's Christine Phoko has provided training and development at Bosch locally to bring change in the lives of South Africans.

Continental Tyres appoints new senior management at Gqeberha plant

Continental Tyres South Africa has appointed new senior management at its plant in Gqeberha, Continental’s only tyre production facility in Africa.

Metair Investments supports subsidiaries to supply SA's local auto industry and create new jobs

Metair Investments is supporting its subsidiaries to supply SA's local automotive industry and creating new jobs through a major investment.

Acoustex acknowledged as 2021 Exporter of the Year

Acoustex has been acknowledged as the 2021 Exporter of the Year by Exporters Eastern Cape, announced at the annual Exporter of the Year Awards online event.

Bridgestone’s Thandeka Ngoma walks away with top honours

Bridgestone South Africa Consumer Sales Director, Thandeka Ngoma, has walked away with top honours in the ‘Positive Role Model'

Member Gallery


Since the launch in 2020 of the 218 premium Securi-Lid, which was originally tailored for vehicles with styling trim, the product range has been expanded with the introduction of the 218 Securi-Lid for vehicles without the style trim.

Walro Flex

Walro Flex, a member of the Intakobusi Holdings Group, is a leader in the field of manufacturing “pigtails” (highly flexible conductors) used in the manufacture of low voltage switchgear and carbon brush assembly on electrical motors.  

Member Benefits

Annual Automotive Industry Research Report at a discount to NAACAM members

Creamer Media’s annual Automotive Industry Research Report is available to NAACAM members at a 50% discount, R975 (ex VAT).

Advertiser Profile

SMC Corporation

SMC Corporation has its roots established in Japan in 1959, evolving into the global leader in pneumatic technology and industrial automation.
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