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Celebrating 100 Years of The South African Automotive Industry

As the South African automotive industry marks a century since 1923, naamsa is gearing up to commemorate this historic milestone with the following initiatives:

Historical Reflection

Industry Celebration Events

Public Awareness Campaigns

Stakeholder Engagement

Youth Education Programs

PRE-ACTIVATION STRATEGY

SA Auto Week

Thought Leadership Roundtable

The future of Auto Retailing in SA

Preparing for the evolving mobility ecosystem. How will tomorrow’s car sales representatives engage with a customer on the dealer-floor? As the future of mobility evolves, automakers and dealerships owners alike will need to rethink their traditional operations to appeal to customers looking for customisation and connectedness.

TBC

Thought Leadership Roundtable

Heavy Commercial Vehicles on SA Roads

The frequency and intensity of disruption. Commercial vehicle companies are forced to think differently about their value proposition and supply chains. Given these changing dynamics, how should commercial vehicle companies prioritise and position themselves for success?

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2024

Automotive Trade Manual Launch

The Automotive Trade Manual [formerly known as the Export Manual] is an annual publication compiled and produced by naamsa, is an acknowledged source of South African automotive trade data. The publication provides a comprehensive overview of the export and import performance of the South African automotive industry under the Automotive Production Development Programme [APDP] and APDP Phase 2 [APDP2].

TUESDAY, MAY 07, 2024

Captains of Industry Dinner

For the fourth year running, Absa will partner with naamsa to deliver an exclusive executive networking platform for auto Captains of Industry across the entire value chain to connect and break bread together over a gala dinner. Without exception, this year’s event will be a big party where a limited number of guests will wear their fanciest ball gowns and be treated to a gala evening, including a drinks reception, a sit-down dinner, speeches, announcements on this year’s edition of the SA Auto Week, and lots of dancing.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2024
In 2024, our pre-activations will feature two significant introductions:

Make Autos Attractive Programme

Auto Masterclass

These are a series of engagement platforms curated in partnership with four Universities in SA. We will be in lecture rooms where an auto expert will share their experiences, insights and speak to an auto specific topic that will motivate young prospective graduates and professional to consider and advance their careers in the auto sector.

The Masterclass Sessions will be held at the following Universities from the three provinces below:

Durban | Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies [TWIMS-GIBS] – TBC;
Johannesburg | Wits Business School – Thursday, June 13, 2024;
Gqeberha | Nelson Mandela University – Thursday, July 25, 2024;
Pretoria | Tshwane University of Technology [TUT] – Thursday, September 05, 2024

Follow The Leader

As part of our intention to attract talent into the auto industry and make the sector more attractive, naamsa will host a 2-day Follow The Leader’s Programme to make a meaningful contribution towards shaping career choices and future aspirations of 25 young post graduate students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, who are in their final year of study. The selected candidates will pair with and follow 25 OEM CEOs for 2-days in July this year. All our CEOs will be invited to join the programme.

As part of our intention to attract talent into the auto industry and make the sector more attractive, naamsa will host a 2-day Follow The Leader’s Programme to make a meaningful contribution towards shaping career choices and future aspirations of 25 young post graduate students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, who are in their final year of study. The selected candidates will pair with and follow 25 OEM CEOs for 2-days in July this year. All our CEOs will be invited to join the programme.

Any of the 2 days Monday, July 01 to Friday, July 05, 2024

SA Auto Week

DATES: TUESDAY, 15 – FRIDAY, 18 OCTOBER 2024

Media Day

PRESS CONFERENCE | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2024

On the first day of the SA Auto Week this year, we will host an interactive media day commencing with a Press Conference, followed by media witnessing the history and rich heritage of the South African automotive industry since 1923 as we celebrate our 100 years.

Auto Indaba

DAY ONE & TWO | WEDNESDAY, 16 – THURSDAY, 17 OCTOBER 2024

The SA Auto Week has firmly become a strong networking and lobbying platform for and on behalf of the auto sector in SA. This year’s instalment of the event is our third edition which will be curated differently from the past two events.

Exhibition-Floor

WEDNESDAY, 16 – FRIDAY, 18 OCTOBER 2024

naamsa takes you on a curated journey through exciting spaces, promising an unmissable event for all passionate auto fans, customers, and beyond.

Get closer to exciting and innovative exhibition stands and galleries, local brand exhibits, vehicle engagement, happy hour, entertainment, food and drinks, music, and masterclasses.

naamsa Accelerator Awards

FRIDAY, 18 OCTOBER 2024

The prestigious naamsa Accelerator Awards, celebrating our automotive industry. As we reflect on the journey of the past 100 years, we are inspired by the industry’s resilience, adaptability, and unwavering commitment to excellence and celebrate with pride.

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