It is centred in that province, one of South Africas poorest and worst governed. The international motor companies in that area include Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and General Motors.
What makes Zumas undertaking all the more interesting is that barely three weeks ago Mercedes-Benz CE Martin Zimmerman revealed that no steel manufacturer in South Africa can supply the type of steel his company requires.
He was speaking at the countrys Automotive Week in Port Elizabeth, and added that this was making it impossible for his company to grow.
Until the mid-1990s Mercedes-Benz was able to use South African steel products. Since then, however, it has moved to lighter steels in its pursuit of energy-friendly vehicles. These steels arent produced here.
This was part of Zimmermans plea for the restructuring of certain strategic industries integral to the business of beneficiating more of the countrys mineral products. Another example is the problem of catalytic converters.
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