The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has put plans in place for skills development in its tooling cluster earmarked for zone two of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in Port Elizabeth.
The proposed cluster will provide a “pull factor” for tooling investors and aims to provide jobs for trainees from the National Tooling Initiative, training already rolling out at the Coega Training Centre located in zone four.
The tooling “incubator” will also focus specifically on attracting recently trained and qualified tradespeople, thus promoting job creation and sector development.
Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC spokesperson, said: “The establishment of a tooling cluster incubator aims to provide a range of opportunities for tooling companies. For instance, clustering resources and capabilities will allow companies in the cluster to tender on a collective basis to meet the major tooling requirements of original equipment manufacturers.”
The tooling cluster will allow for shared security, administration, metrology and other services and infrastructure, knowledge sharing and industry development initiatives.
“Left underdeveloped, the tooling industry will wither. There is no way that any corporation that envisages industrial development as a route to socioeconomic development and growth would pass up an opportunity to nurture the tooling industry,” Vilakazi said.