ROSSLYN, GAUTENG –  As part of Nissan's continued support to the education sector and the enhancement of practical training in technical schools -  especially those offering mechanical studies  -  the Rosslyn-based manufacturing plant  today handed over brand new engines and gearboxes to five  technical high schools in and around its area of operation.

Beneficiaries of the automotive parts – from discontinued models  - were Atteridgeville's Edward Phatudi Secondary School and Bokgoni Technical Secondary School; Soshanguve's Kgomotso Comprehensive High School and Soshanguve Technical Secondary School; and  Hebron Technical High School.

"We believe in prioritising communities from where we draw our workforce," said Nissan SA's corporate and general affairs director Wonga Mesatywa.

The initiative also speaks to Nissan SA's commitment to addressing both unemployment and the shortage of scarce skills in the automotive industry.

"This is an opportunity to invest in and give back to these communities by assisting learners to become employable when they leave school," added Mesatywa. "Our passion for equipping young people with skills that will serve them well in the workplace is further evident through our learnerships, apprenticeships and graduate programme. "

Accepting the engine parts for his institution, Mr Ramonne Mogase, Head of Technical Department from Hebron Technical High School said, "Technical high schools do not have some of the resources that they need for practical studies, which hinders the delivery of quality education in our schools. We are, therefore, delighted with Nissan SA's contribution which provides learners with vital practical learning tools".

The engine handover programme was started in 2007 and falls under Nissan's three-pronged corporate social responsibility programme which focuses on education, the environment, and humanitarian assistance.

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