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About the Smart Industry Academy Port Elizabeth (South Africa)

In the first half of 2020, we will open the first Smart Industry Academy on the African continent in cooperation with the Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (SOC) Ltd (AIDC).The automotive development centre is a wholly owned enterprise of the Eastern Cape Development Corporation and is mandated to assist the automobile industry to remain viable and become more globally competitive.

In alignment with its focussed strategy to support the South Africa Automotive Masterplan 2035 – and specifically the Skills and Localisation pillars – the AIDC has proposed to establish the academy to develop skills to support not only the automotive but all industry with access to technology and skills pertinent to Industrie 4.0 and SMART Factories.   The AIDC is working with Volkswagen SA, Jendamark, the department of trade and industry, the provincial government, academia and other international partners to support this first Smart Industry Academy in South Africa. 

The Academy will be built in the Coega Industrial Development Zone. The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is a state owned entity formed in 1999 and mandated to develop and operate the Coega Special Economic Zone ( SEZ), located adjacent to the modern deep water port facility, Port of Ngqura, in Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape. Coega’s vision is to be the leading catalyst for socioeconomic growth.

The academy will help in developing the necessary skills needed for the fourth industrial revolution. But overall it will act as a catalyst in increasing the amount of locally produced components used in assembling vehicles, assisting new players in the market and also helping to grow existing companies. This is in line with the government’s SA Automotive Masterplan 2035.

The academy will also give access to cutting-edge technology, research, training material and support from the integrated German partners and the international network of academies or similar centres around the globe and will ensure the region to secure jobs and growth by developing a highly skilled labour pool to deal with smart technologies.

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