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GM in South Africa
General Motors South Africa is a wholly owned subsidiary of internationally based General Motors Company. With its head office in Port Elizabeth, the company began distributing vehicles since 1913 and began manufacturing in 1926, producing brands such as Chevrolet, Oakland, GMC trucks, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Vauxhall.
Today, GM South Africa markets and sells Chevrolet, Opel and Isuzu.
The company is a self-sustaining business responsible for its own viability and future growth. It has manufacturing operations in South Africa for 85 years, and is commitment to continue its business in the country. In recent years the company built a state of the art Vehicle Conversion and Distribution Centre valued at R150-million while a huge Parts Distribution Centre valued at R250-million recently opened at the Coega Industrial Development Zone.
With two plants based in Port Elizabeth, GM South Africa produces award-winning vehicles such as the Chevrolet Corsa Utility – the best selling half ton light commercial vehicle in the country as well as the Isuzu heavy and light commercial vehicles.
As one of the key private sector employers in Nelson Mandela Bay and a significant contributor to the local economy, GM South Africa provides employment to approximately 1900 people and supports about 2 000 retirees.
GM South Africa’s Sales & Marketing operations are based in Johannesburg with regional offices in Cape Town and Durban. With a distribution network of 137 dealerships across the country, the company proudly offers a range of LCV’s and passenger vehicles providing full sales and after sales support countrywide.
The company has a comprehensive education benefits programme that it provides to employees and their dependents. This includes scholarships and bursaries to primary, university and adult education and training of employees, their children and retirees.
Employee dependents are offered courses in business through the Ready for Success Programme, the Mathematics programme and the Career Resource programme that offers career assessment for school leavers.
In addition, GM South Africa prides itself in the work it does in the community. The company’s corporate social responsibility focus is underpinned by its commitment to making a difference in our communities.
The company believes in sustainable initiatives that positively impact the lives of our people, our environment and our business. Education is a key focus area in enabling GM South Africa to achieve its CSR objectives.
Through the GM South Africa Foundation, the company supports various other educational initiatives and housing needs. The Foundation follows a process of undertaking the project management of innovative education and housing projects. This information is then shared with interested organizations across the country in order to promote the replication of successful new development models.
South Africa Assembly Locations
|Kempston Road, Head Office
Buildings: 179 245m2
Initial construction: early 1930's
Final plant construction: 1960's
Facilities: Body Shop, General Assembly,
Main sales office: Johannesburg Regional
sales offices in Durban and Cape Town
Vehicle Conversion and Distribution Centre
Property: 31 Hectares
Facility opened during September 2008
Facilities: Storage space for 8500 vehicles,
two high tech workshops, Paint Repair Shop,
car wash facility.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Our mission statement: "To support projects which are sustainable and incorporate community involvement as widely as possible. In addition to this, we aim to undertake activities which enable our employees and retirees to participate in making a contribution towards the uplifting of local communities."
Corporate Office: General Motors South Africa | Port Elizabeth | P. O. Box 1137 - 6000 | Republic of South Africa | Tel: 270 41 4039111 | Fax: 270 41 4032937
At A Glance
Approximately 1900 direct employees