Fifty motor mechanics in Durban received one million Rands worth of automotive tools and equipment on 17 November 2016 towards the growth of their informal workshops. Filpro, partnered with Tirisano Trust and Atlas Copco, a global manufacturer of industrial tools and equipment to sponsor the motor mechanics with reciprocating piston compressors, 2T trolley jack, and impact wrenches etc.
“It is a privilege to partner with Atlas Copco, through their social development funding organisation, Tirisano Trust, who has recognized our commitment to support informal motor mechanics. The mechanics already possess the technical knowledge and experience of their trade but lacked the range of automotive tools and equipment that would elevate their businesses even higher. This sponsorship highlights the significant role they provide as entrepreneurs in their communities through their services and potential job creation as well as skills development.” says Bonnie Magada, General Manager, Filpro (Pty) Ltd.
The sponsorship beneficiaries were chosen based on a strict criterion which included participation in all Filpro programmes, formal registration of their business, conducting business improvements to support the transformation of their informal workshop to a semi-formal workshop etc.
Atlas Copco also conducted training to the motor mechanics on the tools and equipment to ensure its correct application. In 2015 fifty Filpro mechanics from Soweto, Gauteng also received the same generous contribution as the KZN recipients.