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SECTOR FOREWORD Automotive and Components South Africa’s automotive industry represents a significant part of the country’s manufacturing base. While the sector is not without its challenges, it exemplifies the way that value chains can link local production with global markets. The country has had some success in fostering a regional assembly hub for the global automotive industry. This has evolved from completely knocked down assembly operation in-country, where cars are assembled from imported parts, to South Africa becoming an important component manufacturer. But the industry has had a foothold in South Africa since the early 1920s, with Ford Motor Company and General Motors being the first to establish production presences in the country. The industry developed under a series of Import Substitution Industrialisation (ISI) programmes, with high levels of protection based on local content promotion. Having evolved into the giant it is today for almost a century, the automotive industry owes much of its success to the women in this sector. It is to these women that Toyota SA toasts.

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