Tokyo - A total of 112 Japanese companies provide jobs to
about 200 000 South Africans, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.
"They also provide training and development to their employees," Zuma
said in a speech prepared for delivery to the Keidanren [Japan Federation of
Economic Organisations] in Tokyo.
He said during a working visit to Japan: "Japanese companies have made
large investments in South Africa."
He said South Africa appreciated Toyota's announcement that 50% of all Hi-Ace
vehicles would be constructed and assembled in the country.
Nissan announced that it would re-launch the Datsun brand in South Africa next
"South Africa welcomes the role played by Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan,
Hitachi and others in the provision of job opportunities and skills
Zuma explained how South Africa is implementing plans to build the country and
also addressed the National Development Plan (NDP).
"The process has begun to align government programmes and plans with the
National Development Plan, with an emphasis on implementation.
"Within this broader roadmap, the NDP is our industrial policy action plan
which focuses on growing our manufacturing base and the size of our
economy," said Zuma.
This was done because South Africa has positioned itself as a
"manufacturing centre of excellence".
Zuma said the country is inviting investment in six key sectors: infrastructure development, agriculture, mining and beneficiation,
manufacturing, the green economy, and tourism.
"We urge you to explore opportunities in these sectors.
"We will provide as much support as possible," he said.
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