Filpro sponsors R1million in tools and equipment to informal mechanics in PE

Twenty five motor mechanics operating informal workshops in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality received one million Rand in automotive tools and equipment on 21 February 2019.

Filpro, our Enterprise Development company, 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, to support their workshops.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Atlas Copco, through their social development funding organisation, Tirisano Trust, who has recognized our commitment to support informal motor mechanics. In 2014 we expanded our programme to 106 motor mechanics operating their businesses in the Kwa-Nobuhle, Kwalanga and Despatch townships. The mechanics already possessed 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 job creation potential.” says Bonnie Magada, General Manager, Filpro (Pty) Ltd.

In 2017, an additional 115 motor mechanics from Missionvale, Veeplaas, Zwide and Kwa-Zakhele joined the programme in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. A variety of Soft Skills trainings such as Basic Business Management, Finance and Bookkeeping, Sales and Marketing, Business Planning and Profiling and Business Excellence are offered to all programme participants. These trainings equip motor mechanics to formally operate their businesses.

In addition, the programme beneficiaries received product training on automotive filters, brake pads, lubricants and spark plugs. The product training sessions highlighted the importance of fitting quality automotive parts to their customers’ vehicles.