Ford of South Africa is reaffirming its commitment to education and skills development by announcing a significant donation of 240 engines, with a value of R7.8 million ($457,000), to technical high schools across South Africa. This initiative, which is supported by the Department of Basic Education, is aimed at promoting technical training for learners interested in a future career in the automotive industry.
The donated engines consist of both Ford’s 2.0L Single Turbo and 2.0L EcoBlue Bi-Turbo diesel, along with its 2.2L and 3.2L Duratorq turbocharged diesels. The engines were assembled locally at the Ford Struandale Engine Plant in Struanway, South Africa.
“Ford Motor Company has been a leading player in the South African automotive industry for more than 96 years. It’s an exceptionally proud legacy built on continued investment and innovation to build segment-defining products, empowering communities through creating job opportunities, and striving to improve the world around us for a brighter future,” said Neale Hill, Managing Director, Ford of South Africa.
As Hill explained, the donation aims to help tackle one of South Africa’s biggest economic challenges at the moment. “Being a responsible corporate citizen means playing an active role in addressing the many challenges South Africans face. And arguably the biggest challenge we are dealing with currently is the high level of unemployment, particularly among our youth.”
“This will allow learners to understand and appreciate the inner workings of modern engines and will help ignite greater interest in the field of automotive manufacturing and technology,” Hill continued. “We trust it will also lead to an even greater focus on the diverse range of engineering disciplines to address the shortage of these essential skills in South Africa.”