S03E04 Unlocking the potential of South Africa’s automotive industry

Posted On: August 17, 2023

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S03E04 Unlocking the potential of South Africa’s automotive industry

In this episode,  TECH PEOPLE TALK hosts Yanesh Naidoo and Goodwill Mabena engaged in an enlightening discussion with Renai Moothilal, the Executive Director of the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM). The conversation delved into crucial facets of South Africa’s automotive landscape, shedding light on the significance of deeper localisation, the role of private-sector participation, the impact of the South African Automotive Masterplan, concerns over sanctions and trade agreements, as well as the Employment Equity Act and the energy crisis affecting the industry.

Overall, this episode offers a comprehensive overview of South Africa’s automotive industry, exploring its challenges, opportunities, and potential for growth. As we navigate the complex terrain of this dynamic sector, we provide listeners with valuable insights and a deeper understanding of the industry’s role in the country’s economy.



Renai Moothilal, Executive Director of NAACAM, holds roles in key automotive associations and possesses expertise in South Africa’s automotive sector development. He leads NAACAM in engaging with government and stakeholders, advocating increased localisation and advanced technology adoption in the automotive value chain. Prior to NAACAM, Renai spent a decade at South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry, playing a pivotal role in automotive policies. His background includes positions at National Treasury, FNB Corporate, and Liberty Group.


00:00 – Introduction

04:37 – The importance of deepening localisation of the value chain

21:03 – Exploring opportunities for automotive industry growth

35:17 – The impact of the automotive sector on the SA economy

43:35 – How the Employment Equity Act impacts the automotive industry

51:23 – South African automotive industry opportunities

01:07:58 – What to expect at the 2023 NAACAM Show