Skills of NMB mechanics to be sharpened

2017-03-22 06:04
Andrew Whitfield is die burgemeesterskomiteelid vir ekonomiese ontwikkeling, toerisme en landbou by wie ’n voorstel vir die opskerping van motorwerktuigkundiges se vaardighede ingedien is.

Andrew Whitfield is die burgemeesterskomiteelid vir ekonomiese ontwikkeling, toerisme en landbou by wie ’n voorstel vir die opskerping van motorwerktuigkundiges se vaardighede ingedien is.

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CAR mechanics in the greater Nelson Mandela Bay Metro who repair cars in their backyards, will soon have their skills honed.

This is according to a recent report to the Metro’s standing committee on economic development, tourism and agriculture.

“The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality experienced an increase in backyard mechanics in the automotive industry and related services. Many of these mechanics have developed excellent skills through experience.

“One of the roles of local government is to promote socioeconomic development in partnership with industry role players and other departments,” the report said.

The Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative launched the development programme for an informal automotive service centre in July last year to help backyard mechanics.

Through the programme, in partnership with the business development company Filpro, skills have been developed and those informal businesses were accredited as small businesses.

Currently, 30 car businesses of Uitenhage and Despatch are part of the programme.

“The directorate of economic development, tourism and agriculture and Filpro held a meeting last month and it was agreed that the partnership should be extended to the larger Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.”

A report on the cost implications would be submitted to the standing committee’s next meeting.

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