Thursday, October 13, 2022

AIDC, GridCars and Lebone Renewables take charge of the future

AIDC, GridCars and Lebone Renewables take charge of the future Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), GridCars and Lebone Renewables signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Thursday, 13 October 2022 at AIDC offices in Rosslyn. With similar interests in Electric Vehicles (EV), the parties signed the agreement with a mandate and wish to co-operate in areas of mutual interests. Signed by AIDC’s Acting Senior Manager for Business Development, Mr. Asanda Mzinyati, GridCars’ Managing Director, Mr. Winstone Jordaan, and Lebone Renewables’ Prof. Phinda Madi, the MOA will provide a framework of cooperation and facilitate collaboration between the parties, on a non-exclusive basis. Areas of collaboration include roll out of EV charging infrastructure, skills development initiatives linked to charging infrastructure and supply and support of EV charge station hardware. Mzinyati said there has always been synergy between AIDC and GridCars. “One thing that makes people reluctant to invest in electric vehicles is the unavailability of infrastructure. Our partnership with GridCars and Lebone Renewables will allow us to solve the problem. We are excited about the relationship formed and we look forward to working together”. Echoing Mzinyati’s words, Jordaan said that the aim is to make the EV infrastructure accessible. “The partnership will focus on the roll out of EV infrastructure, the diversification of the EV value chain and skills development initiatives related to EV infrastructure and other areas of interest we can identify in future. It is important to note that the EV market is growing rapidly, and it is predicted to grow even further, which makes it important for us to roll out EV infrastructure as soon as we can”. Lebone Renewables’ Prof Phinda Madi thanked the AIDC for creating a platform for the parties to meet and being the catalyst for the agreement. “There has always been keenness to work together. When Lebone Renewables started out, it was out of frustration caused by the reoccurring power cuts in Soweto. So as a problem-solving means, we looked into renewable energy, hence solar energy.” Present at the signing ceremony were delegates from AIDC, GridCars and Lebone Renewables who were taken on a tour at the Automotive Supplier Park and test drives of EV vehicles brought in by GridCars.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

The AIDC welcomes the return of Automechanika to Gauteng

Marketing and Events Co-ordinator Matema Masemola, Acting CEO Jameel Chand and Business Development Officer Rirhandzu Khoza at the AIDC stand at Automechanika 2022. 

The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) is once again participating in Automechanika Johannesburg , as  a sponsor and exhibitor.  The AIDC as the Gauteng province’s implementing agency for the automotive sector has  partnered with Messe Frankfurt to render the Johannesburg leg of this trade  fair a success.  The AIDC has participated in all previous events.

Automechanika Johannesburg 2022,  was officially opened by the “Captain’s of Industry  Breakfast with the AIDC as one on the hosts .  The purpose of the event was to  officially welcome the Executives of Messe Frankfurt SA   as well as captains of industry to  this year events.

The Acting Group Chief Executive of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency ,  Simphiwe Hamilton,   representing Gauteng MEC  for Economic Development,  welcomed the guests highlighting the significance of this event on fostering collaborations that will contribute to the realisation of the SAAM 35 objectives.   

This year is a first live event following a 2-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Acting CEO of the AIDC Jameel Chad said  “ It is good to  be back out here again, we are ready to form  new relationships with stakeholders in the sector while reigniting old ones.  The AIDC has various  well established programmes including incubation, skills development and training, townships hubs and supplier development.  The  development of infrastructure for  Electric Vehicles in Gauteng  is a priority for us and we are leading the narrative in that regard. “  Chand says he confident that participating in this year’s trade fair will have an impactful outcome.

The Chairperson  of the AIDC   Board, Refilwe Letwaba as well as the chairperson of the GGDA  Board , Sibongile Vilakazi also supported the event.

Automechanika features  manufacturers from across the automotive sector, including parts  and  components, repair and  maintenance, electronics, accessories, car wash, care and  reconditioning, management, and  digital solutions as well as tyres and  wheels, safari and off-road vehicles. This years trade show will run from the  7th to the 10th of June with the AIDC exhibiting at  stall 6E16 at the Johannesburg EXPO centre in Nasrec. 

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Welcome Musa Khosa : Our new front Man


Name of the employee: Musa Khosa

Position: Receptionist and Switchboard Operator

Department: BSS

Start date: 1 June 2022

Musa Khosa hold a National Diploma in Tourism ManagementMusa brings with him over  three years’ of experience and has been with several companies in the hospitality industry as receptionist.Please let’s give him a warm welcome to the AIDC family.


Thursday, April 7, 2022

April 7 is World Health Day.

 The unparalleled value of good health is celebrated on this day.. Spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), physical, mental, and emotional well-being is promoted and celebrated all over the world on this day. This day is all about creating awareness for the health issues of the needy and the less fortunate in poor regions around the world, as well as reminding us to be grateful for our health and to better take care of ourselves.

Mental health is often most neglected, owing to our stressful lifestyles. So mediation and therapy are greatly encouraged. Of course, you are what you eat, so the meals of the day and restaurant promotions are all about maintaining a balanced diet. The Wellness Team urges you, on this World Health Day, to reflect on your own health.