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    South Africa's motor industry.

    There was an occassion last month when I realised that we have something to be quite proud of in our motor industry. This article reminded me of it.
    South Africa's automobile industry was a leader in the government's radical expansion of the manufacturing sector, President Thabo Mbeki said on Wednesday in stressing that it be encouraged and supported.

    It was self-evident that the automobile sector would play a significant role in ensuring the country achieved the higher rates of economic growth it needed, Mbeki said at Daimler Chrysler's launch of the Mercedes-Benz W 204 C Class in East London.

    He said the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) review undertaken in 2005 was scheduled for completion in December.

    The review aimed to, among others, evaluate the industry's performance in making vehicles more affordable, growing exports, rationalising production platforms and stabilising and growing employment.

    "At the same time, the thrust of this review is to ensure that our automotive industry remains globally competitive and is integrated into the global value chain," Mbeki said in a speech prepared for delivery.
    full story from M&G here

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    motor vehicle manuf. in SA

    do our local motor vehicle manufacturers pay royalties to their parent companies? eg Volkswagen has a plant in PE(i think) but its a German company with its HQ in Wolfsburg.
    does VWSA pay royalties to the German HQ?
    im trying to work out why the price of motor vehicles is so high in SA. Even used cars are too bloody expensive. actually, if we took the price of a decent used car in SA, you could almost buy a brand new vehicle in the UK or USA. whats the reason for this?

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    Question repatriate purchase price, not profits.

    well, in the good old days of apartheid when some american companys still did business here under the pretext of supplying technology & not profiteering, there were some of those that supplied their company here at prices that were at normal retail in their own countries.i think HP was one of those of us who at that time did business with the aforementioned companies did at balooned prices,much to our a can of coke in Dubai is approx R2-3 & it is double that here.???? makes one wonder

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