The automotive sector recognises that the SAAM vision will only be realised if the six development objectives are met. Achieving the SAAM objectives will require careful coordination and a close working relationship between government, the private sector and organised labour. Six industry development pillars have been identified as being critical to the realisation of the SAAM.
The six pillars relate to:
- local market optimisation,
- regional market development,
- infrastructure development,
- industry transformation, and
- the development of industry-required technologies and skills.
The automotive industry employs workers at various skill levels and is labour intensive. The automotive industry and the relevant stakeholders, the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), the Manufacturing, Engineering and related services seta (merSETA), and Services SETA facilitate and promote skills development and training, Incubation programs, SMME development in the automotive sector, and the management of incentive programs aimed at addressing skills shortage and transformation in the industry.