The DAC is a well-established and mature public-private partnership (PPP) between the eThekwini Municipality and the Automotive Manufacturing sector in KZN, created to Promote the Growth and Competitiveness of the Local Automotive Industry. The overarching objective of the DAC is to grow the local manufacturing value addition (MVA) by 100% in real terms between 2012 and 2020, and the DAC has has identified three strategic focus areas central to supporting this objective. The following programmes have been established to operationalise activities directed at supporting the four focus areas:

1. Manufacturing Excellence
2. Skills Development
3. Growth and Localisation

 

“In 2015 the local economy faced significant headwinds from the weak global economy which the automotive manufacturing sector in the KwaZulu-Natal province managed to navigate admirably. The DAC provides an effective platform to facilitate strategic and operational change and is a powerful example of what can be achieved through collective action.” ~ Councillor Nomvuzo Shabalala Deputy Mayor, eThekwini Municipality

Recent Events

Thursday, 21 July, 2016

 The Durban Automotive Cluster’s 2016 Annual General Meeting was held on 21 July 2016 at the Dube TradePort.

The event  reflected on two key current issues, namely...

 
Tuesday, 14 June, 2016

Quality Circles are an appropriate World Class Manufacturing intervention to drive improved performance and safety in the automotive industry.  The aim of the programme...

 
Tuesday, 17 May, 2016

The DAC Skills Development Programme hosted a quarterly session on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. The session included a Technical Steering Committee meeting and a look at Skills...

 
Wednesday, 20 April, 2016

After the success of the pilot programme in 2015, the DAC  launched its Quality Circles (QC) Programme in 2016, with the first 3-day Session to commence on Wednesday, 20 ...

 
Thursday, 7 April, 2016

Following the success of the 2015 programme, the DAC  hosted the Team Responsibility and Competitiveness Evaluation (TRACE) programme at REDUCED...

 
Thursday, 11 February, 2016

The South African automotive industry is neither bullish nor bearish with reason for both positive and negative sentiment. The Durban Automotive Cluster’s annual State of...

 
Wednesday, 2 December, 2015

The DAC Skills Development Technical Steering Committee held a meeting on Wednesday, 02 December 2015 which focused on better understanding HR & IR and Preparing for...

 
Monday, 9 November, 2015

The DAC was hosted by Deloitte & Touche Director Newton Cockcroft (Incentives Research and Development Leader) who  shared with members the benefits of the Sect. 11D...

 
Monday, 2 November, 2015

On Monday, 02 November 2015, the DAC hosted a study tour in KwaZulu-Natal titled Optimising Availability of Capital Investment - Leveraging Competitiveness Through...

 
Thursday, 15 October, 2015

Logistics is a strategic resource for the South African economy and key to providing a global competitive advantage. The Logistics Barometer, compiled by the University of...

 

DAC in the News

Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

“The Eastern Cape Automotive Sector Support Initiative was launched in Port Elizabeth on Monday. The initiative, which government, labour and industry pledged to support, will see a collaboration among...

 
Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

Africa is an untapped opportunity for the automotive industry, but for the local industry to take advantage complex issues need to be resolved.

This is the view...

 
Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

The worthy winner of the Partnership award, the top award of the evening, was the ambitious public-private partnership between the eThekwini Municipality and KZN’s automotive industry, the Hillcrest-based Durban...

 
Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

The KwaZulu-Natal automotive sector, which has been hard hit by pre-recession and post-recession blues, has an ambitious long-term strategy that is aimed at doubling the size of the sector in the province by...

 
Friday, 11 May, 2012

The International Trade Centre (ITC) recently published an article on the DAC’s NTFII project citing the significant productivity improvements this project has already yielded at Ramsay Engineering. To view the...

 
Wednesday, 11 September, 2013

The challenge for the local motor manufacturing industry was that some suppliers imported instead of buying locally, Toyota South Africa senior vice-president Nigel Ward said.

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Wednesday, 11 September, 2013

THE FUTURE growth and goal of effectively doubling the size of South Africa’s motor manufacturing industry
was predicated on how it was positioning itself to take advantage of its...

 

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Case Studies

Co-ordinated initiative enables Tier 1s to provide supplier development support to 110 Tier 2 suppliers in a highly resource-

 

Graduate development programme for engineers established to address critical shortage of engineering skills in local

 

15 managers graduate from the automotive specific Management Development Programme (MDP) run in partnership with the

 

Employees at 40% of members benefit from comprehensive nine-phase HIV and AIDS workplace programme promoting improved wellness

 

Over 100 people awarded qualifications in automotive purchasing management enabling improved adoption of purchasing best

 

Members provided with support to develop strategies that will better position them to benefit from the APDP...

 

Study tour enables exposure to factors driving the Turkish automotive industry's competitiveness and growth...

 

Six Black owned SMEs provided with development support to enable improved access to opportunities in the automotive industry