R1 billion smart factory for East London

A FACTORY worth R1-billion, which will create jobs and innovative technology, was officially launched at the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) on Tuesday June 5.

which will help create jobs and innovate technology in the  province.

The 28000m² state-of-the-art Smart Factory lies in a customs controlled area at the ELIDZ, a short five minutes from the East London Airport and 10 minutes from the East London port.

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Yekani Group chief executive Dr Siphiwe Cele tied the launch towith Youth Month, saying the company  and said Yekani was reaffirming its commitment to investing in the youth.

Yekani Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd is a 100% black-owned information and communications technology (ict) company.

“Our new home is a stronghold, where young people’s brilliance will be nurtured with the ultimate objective of forming a pool of entrepreneurs within this group,” Cele said.

“We want the world to know that Africans are capable of pioneering new technology and at Yekani, we [believe]have this belief that our strength lies within our biggest asset  – our people,” he said.

The world-class technology facility, which is estimated to create 1000 jobs, is also aimed at improving the quality of education throughout South Africa.

Cele said Yekani Technology, with the help of its sister company, Yekani Manufacturing, manufactures and supplies devices purpose-built for education.

It is  which are aimed at enhancing the 21st century classroom experience for both teachers and students in order to improve the standard of education.

“Two years ago, the department of education in Gauteng introduced a five-year paperless e-learning classroom initiative in township schools and those with a 100% percent pass rate in last year’s matric finals received brand new tablets.

“The department of education in Gauteng led by the MEC of Education, Panyaza Lesufi entered into a partnership with one of Yekani’s local resellers to provide these tablets to the selected township-based schools,”  Cele said.

“We are happy to have played our part in this education initiative –  a project aimed at improving learning for students by providing digital textbooks and previous papers.”

“We believe that this new home will allow us to showcase our capability, flexibility, expertise and quality as well as contributing to the development of the manufacturing industry, not only in the country but also on the African continent,” Dr Cele said.concluded



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