President Jacob Zuma opened the First Automotive Works (FAW) manufacturing plant on Thursday, 10 July 2014.
FAW is a member of the Fortune 500 and one of China's largest automotive companies.
The plant is the newest addition to the Coega IDZ in the Eastern Cape.
Phase 1 of the project will produce 5,000 trucks pa and create around 350 jobs. A second phase in on the cards, which will produce 30,000 cars pa and create a further 600 jobs.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) aims to double vehicle production in the country by 2020 while deepening the components manufacturing sector at the same time.
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