- South Africa's first smartphone production plant has opened at the Dube TradePort in Durban
- President Cyril Ramaphosa himself launched the plant, describing the Mara Phones endeavour as a great moment in South Africa
- As the nation gears up the drive to produce sought-after goods, the launch was welcomed by the politician
President Cyril Ramaphosa opened the country's first smartphone production plant at the Dube TradePort in KwaZulu-Natal.
In Durban for the ceremony, Ramaphosa dubbed the Mara Phones plant a great moment in the South African drive to produce goods.
Speaking during the occasion, Ramaphosa commented that the visit was the highlight of his trip to the province:
"The highlight of my visit is the Mara smartphone plant. At the investment conference, the chief executive of Mara Phones, Ashish Thakkar, was willing to set up the factory at the Dube TradePort.
"The smartphone plant is an outstanding world-class facility. The facility is equal or even better than smartphone factories. With the launch of the smartphone factory we have made history. The launch of the plant shows that South Africa is indeed a place where people should invest."
IOL reports that the company had been established in 1996, opening its first factory in Kigali, Rwanda last week.
Employing 313 workers initially, Mara Phones plans to increase its workforce to 1 369 over the next five years.
KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala lauded the plant as a success of Ramaphosa's investment drive last year:
"We will continue to support foreign and local investors to ensure that they succeed. Make eThekwini more vibrant. Investment conference has yielded the result of SA's first smartphone production plant."
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had presented Mzansi as one of the hottest investment opportunities in Africa.
The president had been on a working trip to the United Kingdom, where he told investors that despite issues with Eskom (among others), South Africa was brimming with potential.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!