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How FAW benefits its S. African staff

(People's Daily Online)  Zhang Jiexian  2014-09-18 08:25


Fidel, team leader in component section of FAW
 
"I’ve been working for FAW for 13 years. It’s good to see the company growing as you are." Fidel, team leader in component section of FAW factory in Johannesburg, South Africa, has dealt with a variety of engines through these years.
 
Every three years, FAW transfer a new group of Chinese staff members from their headquarter to Joburg. Yet Fidel has kept a closed relationship with his Chinese colleagues. "There’s some kind of special connections between me and FAW, especially the Chinese people here. I don’t plan to leave for better wages. There’s no need to go find another job."
 
FAW has been in South African market for 20 years providing passenger and commercial vehicles. It officially opened its vehicle manufacturing plant at Coega, Nelson Mandela Bay, in the Eastern Cape this July, becoming one of the most important and largest investments made by a Chinese entity in South Africa to date.
 
As the S.A president Jacob Zuma noted in his speech at the opening ceremony, the investment of R600 million into the economy would create much needed jobs and promote an improvement in the lives of many people in the area.
 
The investment also augurs well for South Africa's position within the global automotive manufacturing network and proves once again that S.A. has an attractive operating environment to host global multinational companies.



Sammy, JHB workshop manager of FAW
 
"It’s a growing market here. When the company grows, the market is opened. They're doing very well," said Sammy, the workshop manager of Johannesburg. He mainly covers everything in the factory, from component section, production to service and maintenance. “That’s basically what customers are looking at outside. They are buying like suitcase. And I want to be part of this plant growing up here.”
 
The Coega plant with its build-capacity of 5,000 units per annum, representing the first high-quality Chinese manufacturer to set-up and contribute on this scale, in the Eastern Cape region.
 
Expected to ramp-up to produce 5,000 trucks per annum, the plant will supply trucks to the South African market, as well as to the rest of Africa, in both right-hand and left-hand-drive derivatives. The current projections are that 40 percent of production will be destined for the South African territories, while 60 percent will be exported.


Paul, mechanic in PDS team of FAW
 
Paul has worked eight years as a mechanic in production for FAW. "I will always be proud as trucks going out. I can say I’m one of those guys who can do trucks. I can always say I’m proud of FAW."
 
Meanwhile, they go for training once in a while when a new type of truck arrives. Getting enhanced day by day, Malcom said he was "more than satisfied" with his job.


Malcom, mechanic of FAW
 
"The company is basically paying for my study. As I came here I had no knowledge on diesel or mechanics. FAW brought me in, keeping me with all the guidance, teaching me to do my entry to the college. Every side on all components."
 
He also appreciated the friendly working atmosphere in the company. "What I like about them is that, whether we have problems or even an idea, we can communicate with management."
 
"So far everything looks good. What I expect is just to stay longer here. Build myself up, And maybe one day I can go to China for study as well."