Newly-launched Toyota vehicles will assist SA in reducing its carbon footprint: Sihle Zikalala

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KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says the newly-launched production line of new vehicles from Japanese auto manufacturing giant, Toyota, will assist the country in reducing its carbon footprint.
It is the first of its kind to be manufactured in South Africa and is available both in petrol and hybrid.
The production line was officially unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa at Prospecton, south of Durban on Tuesday.

Zikalala says South Africa has set a target to reach zero net emissions by 2050.

“Global emergency of climate change calls on all countries and nations to adopt technology that uses sources of energy that are environmentally friendly, clean and renewable. This hybrid electric car is a giant step forward, a future that is carbon neutral. We are committed to securing.”

CEO of Toyota South Africa Motors Andrew Kirby says the new production line has created 575 new jobs. He says these are critical with the ongoing pandemic and July’s civil unrest that crippled the country’s already struggling economy.

“One of our main focuses is also to improve the profession of our employees. The production of these vehicles has created 575 new jobs and many other jobs. We have many individuals and leaders who are incredible who did a marvelous job. We are grateful to all of them.”