Toyota uncertain if it can continue to invest in KZN and South Africa

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Toyota threatens to leave Durban

Toyota is concerned about the violence and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and said it is not certain if it can continue to invest in the province or the country.

Netwerk24 reported that Toshimitsu Imai, Toyota’s regional officer for Africa, wrote to eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda to express his concerns.
 

Other Pineapple Smurf

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This would be ideal for Western Cape to lure them to setup shop there.

They will move to Roslynn and just move them by truck, not rail, to Durban harbour like they do with many other brands.

Our harbour is not geared for car exports, that is why setting up in Durban was a natural choice.
 

Scooby_Doo

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And what is guvament going to do? F-all!

Didn't you hear, everyone is getting a grant of R1200. Luckily we all get to pay more tax to support that.

Reason being, R1200 will stop people from wanting to go looting.
 

Scorpion101

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Toyota can leave we don't care. We will manufacture our own cars but first we must take 10 lunch breaks and have 20 strikes. In the interim we will use Horse and cart to transport our people.
 

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Shame man, cannot be true. They will be forced to invest here. Else.....
 

ToxicBunny

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This would be ideal for Western Cape to lure them to setup shop there.

If they leave Durban, it won't be to another place in SA... they will beef up capacity at other existing facilities around the globe.

Toyota will not invest in a whole new plant in the same country.

Personally though, it is highly unlikely that Toyota will pull out, but they may scale down future investments for a good long while. The current operation in Durban is vitally important to them for the right hand drive markets.
 

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why don't they just move to Cape Town

Logistics.

Our harbour won't handle the export volumes. Car manufactories won't touch rail with Zumas appendage as their cars get vandalised.

Now put hundreds of more trucks on the road from Cape Town to PE / Durbs and there go our nice roads.

Would take a lot of investment to upgrade Cape Town harbour.
 
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