Mureza Auto Plans To Open Zimbabwe Plant!
A South Africa based Zimbabwean businessman, who is behind the car manufacturing company Mureza Auto, reckons his firm will create thousands of jobs locally when they open a new plant back home.
Tatenda Mungofa believes the initiative will help fellow Zimbabweans with jobs and ease transport problems. In an interview, the Mureza Auto public relations officer, Chido Nemhara, said setting up a plant in Zimbabwe would definitely create employment opportunities for those qualified.
“Mureza Auto’s operations in Zimbabwe means value creation within the market and it gives us ground to establish and train a local labor force similarly promoting regional trade.
“We intend to engage other businesses here for any supplies that can be manufactured locally. “The goal was and is to solve transportation challenges in Africa by creating vehicles suited for African conditions.
“Mureza Auto Company is a black-owned, African car manufacturing company with the ultimate goal of resolving transportation challenges in Africa,” she said. She added: “Tatenda (Mungofa) started reading the motoring magazine at the age of seven, with a special interest in pages which were dedicated to cars of the future.
“Realising that nothing was being made in Africa for Africans, he made designing cars for Africa a mission and from there Mureza was born. “Operations in Zimbabwe commence in 2020 and we will be at Willowvale Assembly Plant in Harare and in other countries around the region.” Nemhara also said they are making arrangements for clients to pay in the local currency. “Our aim is to solve transportation challenges in Africa by creating the best quality and affordable vehicles for African conditions.
“It means the reduction of Grey imports and the endorsement of local value chains. “Our product comes with a 3-year unlimited warranty.”
According to Nemhara they have engaged SAIPA for technical support. “We have engaged SAIPA for technical support. “They have been in the industry for more than 5o years.
“Their expertise is crucial in ensuring that we deliver the needed quality in our vehicle production without increasing the costs.” Asked why they chose South Africa she said: “Considering that our technical partner is based in SA, it was the most suitable starting point that wouldn’t negatively affect the cost of production.”
“Ultimately this means the vehicles are more affordable for the consumer. They have three types of cars on cards with Mureza Prim8, Half-ton Bakkie and a mini SUV. “We have 5 more designs underway in the studio and these will be out next year.
“The launch of the Prim8 is scheduled for November this year in South Africa, however the same in Zimbabwe will be in the first quarter of 2020.”
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