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toyotaBL Premium reports that according to Toyota SA Motors (TSAM), the eThekwini Municipality has been unable to provide reassurances about restoring stability in the wake of violent riots, thereby putting the carmaker’s investment plans at risk and meaning some production could be lost to other countries.

In a letter addressed eThekwini mayor Mxolisi Kaunda, Toyota appealed for feedback on the city’s plans to bring order and stability, so that it could assess its own plans for investment and production. Toyota’s manufacturing facilities in the south of Durban have been closed since Monday last week as violence and looting gripped the province, with Toyota saying this had left it “feeling very uncertain about the future of our business in KwaZulu-Natal”. “The loss of production over the past week means that TSAM will more than likely lose some of this business to one of our other global Toyota affiliates because our European customers will not wait for their orders,” the group said. Toyota added that the closure of the N3 to Gauteng meant it was unable to deliver vehicles to that province. TSAM expects its sales to drop as much as 10% in July.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Karl Gernetzky at BusinessLive (paywall access only)
  • Lees ook, Groot probleme vir werkers as Toyota uit KZN onttrek, by Maroela Media

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