On Thursday Gauteng Premier David Makhura and MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi, visited the world-class BMW South Africa plant in South Africa, and the Soshanguve Engineering School of Specialisation with an automotive focus. The Premier and MEC are received a presentation from the BMW Group Plant Director Johan Mouton. Afterwards the Premier & MEC caught a ride in the solar train built by the high school learners who participated in the Sasol Solar Challenge 2022.
Makhura said he was inspired during his recent trip to Germany, where the BMW Group welcomed him to its group headquarters in Munich and he had key conversations about the motor group’s investments in Gauteng in future sustainability, and managing the automotive industry transition towards electrification and a carbon-neutral future as climate change reshapes societies and economies.
Lesufi said the department already had 21 schools of specialisation, and they were targeting 35, although ideally every school in Gauteng should be a school of specialisation.
Head of the BMW Group plant in Rosslyn, Johan Mouton said he was excited to have hosted Makhura and Lesufi because that strengthened relations between the company and the Gauteng government. He was most proud to show them that the beloved Gusheshe BMW was also built at the Rosslyn plant. He said they would continue to support the community and invest in its growth and development.
Acting principal of the school, Tladi Mashiane said as principal in the 4th industrial revolution dispensation, he believed in creating a global competitive workforce with high engineering skills that are relevant and match technological advancement in the industry.