Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Chinese firm drops SA taxi plans

JOHANNESBURG - A Chinese state-owned company is cancelling plans to manufacture Inyathi minibusesin South Africa after facing hostility from the taxi industry, Business Day reported on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

Resistance from the industry on Monday forced Beijing Automotive Works SA to cancel plans to assemble minibuses locally, the company's head of sales and marketing, John Jessup, was quoted as saying.


The taxi industry cited quality concerns and threatened to stop buying the Inyathi. SA National Taxi Council chief executive Nkuleleko Buthelezi said they told their members not to buy the vehicles.

Buthelezi told the paper: "We told our members not to buy that taxi until we have guaranteed the quality of the product."

On November 13, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel opened the first phase of the taxi-manufacturing company's plant in Springs in Ekurhuleni.

Patel said the factory would "re-industrialise South Africa", Business Day reported.



  1. Lovely... not even South Africans trust South African manufactured products...

  2. We dont need the Chinese leaching our economy .They are the most parasitic nation ever to set foot in Africa . Look at Zambia ....... totally run by Chinese illegals and the locals are 100 times worse off than they would be if they worked in South Africa . The Chinese rape Africa of its Rhinos and any other game they can lay their hands on . Perlemoen , ivory , you name it and they dont fall under the minimum wage law in South Africa so our locals are paid a fraction of the minimum wage . I would be glad if the xenophobia turns against them too . They suck .........

  3. The ANC still believes that China is the only option for trade agreements, little do they know how devious these Orientals are, or they prefer not to know. China's high work ethics is the opposite of the functions of Trade Unions in South Africa. Perhaps the ANC and China deserve each other.